This Job Opening refers to a project-funded position. The initial appointment is for one year and annual renewal is subject to continuation of the project’s mandate, priorities and availability of funds.
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.
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Office of the Director, Division for Sustainable Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs at UN Headquarters in New York. The Division for Sustainable Development, under the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, provides leadership in promoting and coordinating the implementation of the sustainable development agenda of the United Nations and serves as the Secretariat to the high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF), which was established following the Rio+20 Conference and General Assembly resolutions 66/288 and 67/290. For more information, please visit our website at https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org.
The Sustainable Development Expert reports to the Director, focusing on the implementation of a capacity building project on ‘unleashing full potentials of micro-, small- and medium-enterprises (MSMEs) in achieving sustainable development goals in developing countries’.
Within delegated authority, the Sustainable Development Expert will be responsible for the following duties:
•Provides substantive and administrative support to the capacity development work of the Division in implementing the MSME for sustainable development project at the national level.
•Monitors the MSME for sustainable development project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; ensures follow-up actions.
•Engage with stakeholders in supporting MSMEs – ministries or governmental agencies and public officials that oversee and manage government support to MSMEs, business associations that have been set up to foster the growth of MSMEs, MSME entrepreneurs and relevant civil society groups.
•Performs planning and facilitating workshops on MSME issues in assisting in developing action plans countries will use to strengthen the MSME sector.
•Develops draft policy recommendations on MSMEs for sustainable development issues, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies,
•Formulates survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions.
•Organizes and prepares written outputs on sustainable development issues, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
•Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations on MSMEs for sustainable development issues.
•Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
•Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff on MSMEs for sustainable development issues.
•Performs other duties as required.
•Professionalism: Knowledge of the UN sustainable development agenda. Understanding of the micro, small, medium enterprises (MSME) sector. Ability to apply theories, concepts and approaches on MSMEs for sustainable development. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic resources on the internet, intranet and other databases. 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.
•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.
•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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in sustainable development, economics, public policy, public administration, natural resources management or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, policy-oriented work in a broad range of sustainable development issues in general and MSMEs in particular. Must have experience in engaging with governmental and non-governmental stakeholders, including ministries or governmental agencies and public officials that oversee and manage government support to the business community, business associations, or relevant civil society groups. Experience in organizing and/or facilitating national workshops on sustainable development issues is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of other UN official languages is desirable.
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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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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