Governance and Public Administration Officer [Temporary]
Org. Setting and Reporting
The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA unescwa.org) forms part of the United Nations Secretariat and, like the other regional commissions, operates under the supervision of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. ESCWA comprises 20 Arab countries in Western Asia and North Africa. ESCWA provides a framework for the formulation and harmonization of sectoral policies for member countries, a platform for congress and coordination, a home for expertise and knowledge, and an information observatory. ESCWA activities are coordinated with the divisions and main offices of the Headquarters of the United Nations, specialized agencies, and international and regional organizations, including the League of Arab States and its subsidiary bodies, and the Gulf Cooperation Council.
This position is in Cluster 6: 'Governance and Conflict Prevention' of ESCWA. Cluster 6 acts as a pioneer and multi-stakeholder regional platform for deliberation, consensus-building, peer learning and policy solutions to ensure participation and partnerships for governance and institution building, and to enhance the capacity of member States in conflict or post-conflict settings on conflict prevention for more just, equitable and inclusive societies in the Arab region.
The Governance and Public Administration Officer reports to the Cluster Lead.
GOVERNANCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION ANALYSIS
•Develops governance and related socio-economic-financial indicators and methodologies to review related databases and qualitative information necessary for specified recurrent or ad hoc assignments.
•Interprets, applies and, as necessary, adapts data to determine trends, patterns and relationships and analyses the effects of alternative policies and assumptions.
•Undertakes substantive research and drafts specified inputs to studies, and preparation or review of reports and publications included in the Division’s regular budget programmes.
•Participates in the conception, planning and management of expert group meetings, seminars and similar consultations that contribute to the finalization of the work branch’s outputs.
•Prepares and contributes to the preparation of reports on governance, public administration and finance conflict prevention for issuance by the United Nations.
•Prepares and contributes to the preparation of speeches and briefing notes for senior staff and make presentations on governance, public administration and development management related issues for specialist or non-specialist audiences.
•Identifies and analyses policy proposals made outside the work unit relating to assigned topics.
•Attends international, regional and national meetings to collect information and to hold discussions with colleagues in other institutions.
•Prepares and contributes to the preparation of drafts of reports on governance, public administration and development management to intergovernmental bodies such as the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration or the Commission on Sustainable Development.
•Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports.
•Prepares and contributes to the preparation of drafts of statements by members of the Bureau of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration and of the Secretariat staff for meetings of the Committee.
•Contributes to the preparation and management of meetings of intergovernmental bodies.
•Represents the branch or division at international, regional and national meetings on governance, public administration and development management issues.
•Monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation projects.
•Participates in missions to Member States as a member of a diverse team as part of the Division’s technical cooperation activities.
•Prepares and contributes to the preparation of documentation for technical cooperation activities.
•Organizes training seminars and workshops for government officials and other officials of developing countries and countries in transition.
•Contributes to the preparation of materials for the approval of regional, country or sectoral technical cooperation projects.
•Undertakes research and studies in support of programme and project formulation.
•Contributes to the formulation of the medium-term plan, the programme of work and the budget of the branch and participates in the formulation of the organization’s overall programme of work and other similar endeavors.
•Attends to various administrative matters concerning the division.
•Maintains records and data related to programmes within his/her responsibility.
•Performs other related duties as required.
•Knowledge and understanding of concepts, theory and applications relating to governance, public administration and development management.
•Knowledge and understanding of governance, public administration and development theories, principles and applications.
•Ability to apply theory and concepts to issues of concern.
•Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including the application of quantitative and analytical tools and techniques on governance and development.
•Ability to determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided and of research and studies undertaken by others.
•Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations.
•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.
•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.
•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 public administration, governance, political science, social science, business administration, law, public finance or related field, is required.
A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in research, analysis and application of quantitative and analytical techniques in governance, public administration, development management, or related area, is required.
5 years of experience in analyzing governance and socio-economic-financial development issues at the global, regional, and national levels is desirable.
5 years of experience in analytical studies and drafting technical reports on selected global, regional, national or sector aspects of development, in particular governance within the SDG 16 framework, is desirable.
5 years of experience in substantive research projects related to private sector development, good governance and state-building is desirable.
5 years of experience in preparing analytical reports with a focus on institutional development, governance reform or state-building is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. In addition, Arabic is a working language at ESCWA.
For this position, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic is desirable.
Note: “Fluency” equals a rating of ‘fluent’ in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand) and “Knowledge of” equals a rating of ‘confident’ in two of the four areas.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by an interview.Special Notice
• This position is temporarily available for a maximum period of 364 days. Extension of the appointment is subject to availability of funds, extension of the mandate, continued need for services, and satisfactory performance.
• At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
• The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
• If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
• A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade.
• Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.
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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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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