This position is located in the Division for Sustainable Development of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), in the Intergovernmental Support and Interagency Branch. The Sustainable Development Officer reports to the Chief of the Intergovernmental Support and Interagency Branch.
Within delegated authority, the Sustainable Development Officer is responsible for the following duties:
Professionalism: Knowledge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); Exposure to the creation, adoption and implementation of sustainable development plans at international and national level; Ability to apply sustainable development theories, concepts and approaches. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Ability to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with 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 ele.ar 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.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in sustainable development, international relations, economics, public policy, law, public administration, 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience on sustainable development issues including three years at the international or regional levels is required. Experience in the substantive servicing of intergovernmental processes is required. Experience in policy analysis is required. Experience in providing substantive services to intergovernmental bodies in the economic, social or environmental fields is desirable. Experience in drafting reports to intergovernmental bodies in the economic, social or environmental fields is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of other official UN languages is desirable.