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Sustainable Development Officer, P-3
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:   28 Mar 2005
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   27 Jan 2005
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   Department of Economic and Social Affairs
DUTY STATION:   New York
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER:   05-ECO-DESA-405006-R-NEW YORK (G)


The post will become available on 1-January-2005. Priority consideration for vacancies at the P-3 level will be given to internal candidates and candidates who have passed a competitive examination.
 
Remuneration
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
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United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision and guidance of the Chief of the Policy Integration and Analysis Branch of the Division for Sustainable Development, the incumbent will be responsible for the following: 1. Provide substantive support to the intergovernmental process of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) by: (i) participating in the development of the annual Secretary-General reports to the CSD; (ii) preparing inputs to the Secretary-General reports to the CSD on the implementation of Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation, with a particular focus on means of implementation, including through reviewing relevant documents and reports and liaising with relevant agencies; (iii) servicing intergovernmental meetings of the CSD and preparing inputs to summary reports and other outcome documents; (iv) preparing briefing notes, talking points and other background material for the Branch Chief and Members of the Bureau; (v) assisting in the organization of panels, roundtables etc. in support of the annual official programme of the CSD. 2. Provide substantive support to the Marrakech Process on a 10-year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production by: (i) supporting the planning, organization and convening of biannual international expert meetings under the Marrakech Process, including through co-operation with host-countries, selection of participants, donor coordination etc.; (ii) providing support to the Steering Committee of the Marrakech Process in preparation for the international expert meetings; (iii) preparing analytical background documents on a variety of issues in sustainable consumption and production, notably with a focus on economic and other policy instruments, including a biannual status report on international programmes of assistance for sustainable consumption and production, analyzing problems, gaps and constraints; (iv) liaising with UNEP/DTIE and other relevant international and regional organizations, agencies and programmes; (v) enhancing the web site on the Marrakech Process; (vi) overseeing the maintenance and updating of the database of international programmes in support of sustainable consumption and production. 3. Support the overall work programme of the Division by undertaking research and policy analysis in various dimensions of sustainable development, including through: (i) drafting specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on selected global, regional or sectoral aspects of sustainable development; (ii) identifying and analyzing policy proposals made elsewhere relating in particular to means of implementation for sustainable development; (iii) attending international regional and national meetings to collect information and to hold discussions with colleagues in other institutions; (iv) serving as a peer reviewer and editor for papers on economic issues published by the division; (v) assisting senior staff in identifying and analyzing new and emerging issues in sustainable development. 4. Contribute to other functions of the Branch and Division by: (i) conducting briefings and seminars; (ii) making presentations on assigned topics and activities; (iii) assisting in the administration of day to day operations of the Branch; (iv) providing guidance and direction to ad hoc work teams, consultants and interns as appropriate.

Competencies
Professionalism: The incumbent must possess strong analytical skills, notably in economics, and be able to apply them creatively to an in-depth analysis of key issues in sustainable development. Must be able to analyze policy options and initiatives, notably with respect to economic and financial instruments, in support of sustainable development, and sustainable consumption and production. Must also possess a familiarity with the various components of the programme of work. Must have a good familiarity with the intergovernmental deliberations in sustainable development, in particular with regard to the means of implementation. Must keep abreast of major trends and emerging issues in sustainable development. Must be able to distil the policy relevance of technical research and make the results of research easily accessible to non-specialists. Ability to manage research project budgets and supervise the work of consultants. Planning and organizing: Proven ability to plan and organize own work. Ability to coordinate the work of others, work with tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent projects/activities. Communications: Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability to convey complex concepts and recommendations to staff at senior levels, both orally and in writing, in a clear, concise style. Teamwork: Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity. Client Orientation: Ability to respond quickly and effectively to requests for substantive inputs from the Bureau of the CSD, from the USG, or from other senior management staff of the organization.



QUALIFICATIONS

Education
Advanced university degree (Ph.D., Masters or equivalent) preferably in economics or related field. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience in sustainable development may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
At least five years of progressively responsible experience in the development field, of which three years should be in an international organization, working in sustainable development, policy analysis and intergovernmental processes. Experience in providing substantive services to intergovernmental bodies in the economic and social fields is highly desirable. Proven experience in working in interdisciplinary groups of professionals and experience in developing countries are advantages.

Languages
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 a second official UN language is desirable.

Other Skills
Knowledge of relevant institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to sustainable development and knowledge of the institutions and processes of the UN system desirable.


The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8).   English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.  The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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