Inter-Regional Adviser -- United Nations, New York

Posting Title:     Inter-Regional Adviser in Governance and Public Administration Institutional Development
Job Code Title:     INTER-REGIONAL ADVISER
Department/Office:     DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS
Duty Station:     NEW YORK
Posting Period:     23 October 2015 - 22 December 2015
Job Opening Number:     47025


This JO refers to a specialised interregional adviser position. The initial appointment is for one year. Annual renewal of appointment is subject to endorsement by an internal Departmental Panel on the continued need for the technical speciality depending on updates to DESA's priorities in the area of capacity development, and availability of funds. The functional requirements will be reassessed after five years.

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.- This vacancy is subject to availability of post. Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.
 
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Public Administration Capacity Branch, Division for Public Administration and Development Management of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. DPADM provides secretariat support to the United Nations Programme on Public Administration and Development. The Division is mandated to assist the Member States of the United Nations in fostering efficient, effective, transparent, accountable, clean and citizen-centred public governance, administration and services through innovation and technology to achieve the internationally agreed development goals, including the MDGs. 

Responsibilities
The incumbent is responsible for:
(i) Providing policy advice to governments and carry out technical cooperation missions to their countries, upon their request on various aspects of public administration, institutional reconstruction, reform, and modernisation, especially in post­ conflict countries where the governance and public administration institutions and systems have been severely incapacitated by conflict. The focus areas will include: (a) designing national strategies for governance and public administration structuring and modernisation; (b) redesigning public sector institutions, civil service reform, public sector structuring, public sector innovations, and capacity building in the public sector; (c) strengthening institutions responsible for public administration and management training institutes of public administration, management development institutes etc.; and (d) application of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) for improving institutional performance in the public sector including e-government;

(ii) Monitor, study and analyse the trends and best practices in public sector performance, institutional building and management development and prepare policy advisory notes to inform governments as well as feed into intergovernmental processes;

(iii) Assist governments, upon request, in the preparation of country programmes and projects for technical assistance in the field of public sector performance institutional capacity building;

(iv) Assist in the planning, preparation and facilitation of high level situation analysis and capacity building workshops seminars and conferences, and other training activities in the field of governance and public administration institutional development, especially in post-conflict countries;

(v) Conduct needs assessment in governance and public administration institutional development; based on the needs design projects, respond to the needs and mobilise funds from various donors to support the implementation of the projects; (vi) Manage technical cooperation projects assigned to him/her;

(vii) Undertake, as requested, official missions in relation to activities assigned, prepare final reports, setting out the findings of his/her mission and his/her recommendations to the Government through the Department including further actions which might be taken; and

(viii) Undertake other duties as assigned .by the Director of the Division and/or Chief of Branch. 

Competencies
Professionalism: Expert knowledge in capacity development, particularly in the areas of governance, public administration with a special focus in strengthening institutional and technical capacities of public administration systems, in knowledge management and application of ICTs for effective delivery of public services; proven ability to produce reports and papers on substantive, financial and administrative issues; ability to review and edit working reports and papers; strong networking and fund raising skills are essential; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results

Creativity: Ability to promote and persuade others to consider new ideas; ability to offer new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs;.

Communication: speaks and writes clearly and effectively; tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; demonstrate openness in sharing information and keeping people informed;

Client orientation: Ability to identify clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions, as well as to establish and maintain productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trusts and respect.
 
Education
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Public Administration, Administrative Services, Development Administration/Management, Political Science, Management Science or related field.
 
Work Experience
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in providing advisory services on public governance, public administration, human resources management and institutional capacity building is required; Experience in public service reforms, strategy analysis, program formulation and institutional restructuring is required; Five years of professional experience in advisory work in developing countries is desirable; Experience in preparing policy and project documents, strategic planning and/or management advice is desirable; Experience in designing and facilitating high-level policy formulation and programming workshops is desirable; Experience in working with high-level government officials is desirable.
 
Languages
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English and French is required.
 
Assessment Method
Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise, which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
 
United Nations Considerations
Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, 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 and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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No Fee
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