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.
ESCAP is committed to promoting diversity and gender equality within the Secretariat. Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Org. Setting and Reporting
The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote inclusive economic,social and evnironmental development and support regional cooperation and integration in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership, through its analytical, normative and technical cooperation, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.
The main mission of the Environment and Development Division of ESCAP is to integrate environmental sustainability in economic and social development and enhance regional cooperation on environment, natural resources management, 2030 sustainable development agenda, as well as urban development, including the application of environmentally sustainable economic growth approach, as well as other effective policy initiatives, for inclusive and sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific.
This position is located in the Environment and Development Policy Section in the Environment and Development Division. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Section.
Under the direct supervision of the Chief, Environment and Development Policy Section and overall supervision of the Director of the Division, the incumbent is required to perform the following functions:
Environment and development analysis
•Develops, maintains and manages environment and/or sustainable development–related information both qualitative and quantitative
•Undertake periodic reviews and analytical studies including analysis and assessment of global, regional and subregional environment and development cooperation
•Assists with analysis, formulation and dissemination of innovative policy options and tools for improving the environmental sustainability of economic growth and for integration of the three pillars of sustainable development
•Assists n preparation of project documents and in implementation and monitoring of the Division’s work programme
•Drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on selected global, regional, national or sector aspects of environment and sustainable development.
•Identifies and analyses policy proposals made elsewhere relating to assigned topics.
•Develops partnerships with UN and other relevant institutions, by attending international, regional, and national meetings and capacity building events to collect information and to hold discussions with colleagues in other institutions.
•Assists in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, capacity building events, etc. on environment and sustainable development issues.
•Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.
•Prepares inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies.
•Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports.
•Prepares inputs to statements by members of the Bureau and Secretariat staff to such meetings.
•Assists in the organization of panels, round tables etc. on development issues on environment and sustainable development for intergovernmental processes.
•Participates in missions on development issues, usually as a member of a team.
•Organizes capacity development events and training seminars for national experts.
•Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects.
•Contributes to the preparation of material for the approval of regional, country or sector technical cooperation projects.
•Monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects.
•Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s services.
•Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.
•Professionalism: Ability to apply a scientific approach and combine economic and environmental theories on addressing sustainable development issues. Knowledge of project planning and management. Understanding of environmental and sustainable development policies, and ability to identify relevant issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. Ability to draft environment and sustainable development technical documents. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter, especially key principles on environment and development issues; 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
•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.
•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) in economics or environmental sciences, sustainable development-related field. A first-level university degree in the above fields in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in research and analysis, policy formulation, application of environment and sustainable development principles in development programmes or related area is required. Experience in developing innovative policies and tools for integration of the three pillars of sustainable development is an asset. Experience in research and analysis in the above fields as demonstrated through publication is desirable. Experience in the Asia-Pacific region is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.
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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The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.
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