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Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is located in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), in the Water, Energy and Capacity Development Branch. The Division for Sustainable Development, under the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, provides leadership in promoting and coordinating implementation of the sustainable development agenda of the United Nations and serves as secretariat to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development which was established following the Rio+20 Conference and GA resolutions 66/288 and 67/290. For more information, please visit our website at http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/about.html. The Senior Sustainable Development Officer reports to the Chief of the Water, Energy and Capacity Development Branch.
Within delegated authority, the Senior Sustainable Development Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
-Analyses the social, economic and environmental impacts of sustainable development issues related to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals as detailed in Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, aiming to accelerate its implementation ;
-Leads research on the identification of new and emerging sustainable development issues, and presents analysis of information gathered and reviewed from diverse sources with plausible recommendations.
-Coordinates policy development; reviews the assessments of sustainable development issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or research activities and studies,
-Undertakes survey initiatives; guides design of data collection instruments; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions.
-Supervises preparation of various written outputs, including background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, and inputs to publications on sustainable development issues, in particular in relation to energy.
-Provides direct substantive support to consultative and intergovernmental meetings, in particular the high-level political forum , and in this regard assists in coordinating support for countries conducting voluntary national reviews (VNRs), by offering strategic advice and giving technical guidance, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations on sustainable development issues.
-Prepares speeches for senior staff and makes presentations on sustainable development issues at various forums of intergovernmental, governmental, inter-agency, expert or multi-stakeholder nature.
-Manages outreach activities; designs and conducts training workshops, seminars, etc., gives lectures or presentations on assigned topics/activities on sustainable development issues.
-Oversees web contents and structure for the areas of his/her responsibilities.
-Leads field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties, including drafting mission summaries on sustainable development issues.
-Develops and maintains relations with senior officials of member governments and ensures a response to request for advice and/or capacity development on sustainable development issues and policies, including leading capacity development missions.
-Coordinates activities related to budget and funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and ensures preparation of related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.) on sustainable development issues.
-Serves as an effective spokesperson and establishes collaboration and partnerships with key officials at all levels inside and outside the organization.
-Ensures effective utilization, supervision and development of staff; Guides, evaluates and mentors staff.
-Takes the lead in task forces, working groups, inter-agency groups, as needed on sustainable development issues.
-Ensures implementation of gender mainstreaming guidelines by assessing the implications for men and women of any planned action, including legislation, policies or programmes, in all areas and at all levels.
-Represents the Branch/Division at international, regional or national meetings on sustainable development issues.
-Manages unit/section both substantively and administratively, as appropriate.
-Performs other related duties as required.
Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to sustainable development. Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction. Ability to communicate clearly links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation. Ability to negotiate and apply good judgment. Ability to analyze complex data and produce reports leading to sound policy recommendations for achieving sustainable development; Understanding of the political environment and the programmes and activities of the UN system in implementing Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI); Ability to think strategically, to identify key emerging sustainable development issues and related policy implications. 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.
Planning and 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.
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.
Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
Judgment/Decision-making: Identifies key issues in complex situations, 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 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 degree) in sustainable development, economics, public policy, public administration, finance, natural resources management, engineering, law, social sciences 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.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in policy development and formulation related to sustainable development issues is required, of which at least five years must be at the international level. Experience with the United Nations sustainable development agenda is desirable. Experience in relation to energy, natural resources management, and climate change is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official 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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