Senior Governance and Public Administration Officer - United Nations, United States, Deadline: May-10-2014

Posting Title:  Senior Governance and Public Administration Officer, P5 
Department/ Office:  Department of Economic and Social Affairs 
Duty Station:  NEW YORK 
Posting Period:  11 March 2014-10 May 2014 
Job Opening number:  14-PBA-DESA-33065-R-NEW YORK (R) 

- Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers In accordance with established rules and procedures.
- This vacancy is subject to availability of post. Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.


Org. Setting and Reporting


This position is located in the Public Administration Capacity Branch, Division for Public AdmInistration and Development Management of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

The incumbent is responsible for assisting the Chief of Branch in planning, programming, coordinating, supervising and implementing the research and technical cooperation activities assigned to the Branch. The Senior Governance and Public Administration Officer will focus on the areas of governance systems and institutional capacity development, civil service reform, human resources management, decentralisation and local governance capacity development, public sector knowledge management, and innovation in public administration.

The incumbent is under the overall guidance of the Director of the Division and the direct supervision of the Chief of the Public Administration Capacity Branch.




The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

Governance and Public Administration analysis:

Leads or provides major inputs in the formulation, organization and management of mandated programmes of governance, public administration and development management and in the formulation of possible governance, public administration and development management strategies, policies and actions for adoption by individual countries and/or the international community especially in the areas of public sector institutional and human resource capacity development, public service reform, human resource management, reconstructing public administration after conflict, and decentralized governance;

Leads or participates extensively in the identification of new or emerging governance, public administration and development management issues of potential concern to Member States and/or the international community, particularly those of a regional or global nature and design and in the development of  programmes to address them;

Commissions and oversees governance, public administration and development management studies and analyses that cannot be undertaken internally;

Plans, designs, supervises and undertakes substantive research, studies, and prepares or reviews reports, and publications included in the Division’s regular budget programmes; Conceives, plans and manages expert group meetings, seminars and similar consultations that contribute to the finalization of the work branch’s outputs;

Writes, supervises and finalizes reports on governance, public administration and development management for issuance by the Division, the Department or the United Nations;

Prepares briefing notes and speeches for more senior staff of the Division and of the Department and makes presentations on governance, public administration and development management related issues for specialist or non-specialist audiences;

Prepares and finalizes sectoral, country or regional analytical studies on governance, public administration and development management;

Leads the development of a research agenda, oversees the development of key trends and specific topics to continuously enrich the substantive work of the Division.

Technical cooperation:

Develops and maintains relations with senior officials of Member Governments and ensures a response to requests for advice and/or assistance on governance, public administration and development management issues and policies;

Negotiates with donor and recipient governments on technical assistance programmes and projects; Organizes and coordinates cooperation among Member States on governance, public administration and development management programmes or issues;

Leads or participates in technical cooperation missions;

Plans, designs and oversees implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of projects in governance, public administration, development management and manages major projects or studies;

Leads and finalizes the development of a research agenda and studies in support of programme and project formulation;

Takes a leading role in supervising the administration of technical support of seminars and workshops organized by the Division and its partners.

Actively participates and provides inputs to the Chief of Branch in the formulation of the strategic framework, the programme of work and the programme budget of the Division and participates in the formulation of the organization’s overall programme of work and other similar endeavors;

Attend to various administrative matters concerning the Branch;

Maintains records and data related to programmes with his/her responsibility and enter data, information and recommendation in the UNPAN;

Performs other related duties as required.

Researches, compiles and summarizes basic information and data on projects including those related to technical cooperation and the United Nations Public Administration Countries Studies (UNPACS).




Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of governance, public administration and development theories, principles and applications.  Ability to produce quality reports and publications in selected areas of governance, public administration and development management.  Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. 

Communication:  Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Teamwork:  Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Managing Performance:  Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.

Judgement/Decision-making:  Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.




Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Public Administration, Administrative Science, Development administration/management, political science, management science or a related field.  A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


Work Experience


A minimum of ten years of experience in research and policy analysis in the relevant field of work is required; demonstrated record of writing and/or publishing in the areas of public administration and development management is required; experienced in government, parliament, peace-keeping missions or international organizations in policy making is an asset; supervisory and management experience is an asset.




English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.  For this position, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage


Assessment Method


Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise, which may be followed by a competency-based interview.


United Nations Considerations


The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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