Sustainable Development Officer

United Nations

New York, NY, US

Special Notice

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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries Small Island Developing States (UNOHRLLS). Subprogramme 3 of the Office is mandated to foster achievement of the development aspirations set in the “SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway. The incumbent reports to Chief of the Policy Development, Coordination, Monitoring and Reporting Service, under the overall guidance of the Director. For more information see:


Under the supervision of the Chief of the Policy Development, Coordination, Monitoring and Reporting Service, the incumbent will act as the focal point for the Subprogramme on SIDS, monitor the implementation of the SAMOA Pathway. The incumbent will provide substantive services to intergovernmental processes relevant to sustainable development. The incumbent will undertake the advocacy effort in favour of SIDS in partnerships with relevant parts of the UN. The incumbent will mobilize international support and resources for the implementation of the Programme.

The incumbent will perform the following functions:

•Monitor the implementation of the SAMOA Pathway and assess the sustainable development in SIDS as the focal point of the Subprogramme;
•Provide necessary substantive services to the intergovernmental processes relevant to the sustainable development of SIDS, particularly the High-level Political Forum and the General Assembly and provide substantive services to the SIDS in their effective participation in the intergovernmental processes;
•Provide support to the mobilization of international support measures and resources for the implementation of the SAMOA Pathway;
•Support the advocacy work of the office in close cooperation and coordination with the relevant parts of the United Nations;
•Participate in the preparation of the Secretary-General’s annual progress reports on the implementation of the SAMOA Pathway;
•Participate in the preparation of the annual progress report of the Secretary-General on progress in the implementation of the SAMOA Pathway.
•Prepare publications, statements, presentations, background and issue papers, briefing materials, talking points and minutes of the meetings, and represent the Office at various inter-agency and expert meetings;
•Prepare written outputs issues notes, reports, statement, and briefings;
•Provide substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences pertaining to SIDS;
•Organize and conduct training seminars and workshops for government officials of SIDS; Participate in planning and assist in the preparation of the unit’s work plan and budget requirement.
•May perform other duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge on the development issues of the least developed countries and landlocked developing countries. Demonstrated research and analytical skills. Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different sectors of economic and sustainable development. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Ability to develop economic policies and make recommendations on their implementation. 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.

-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 the audience
-Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

Planning & Organizing:
-Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies
-Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required
-Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work
-Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning
-Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary
-Uses time efficiently


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in sustainable development, international relations, economics, public policy or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience on sustainable development issues including three years at the international or regional levels is required. Experience in intergovernmental processes is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English (oral and written) is required. Knowledge of a second official UN language is an advantage.


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

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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