Closing date: Saturday, 30 November 2019



Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Duty Station: NEW YORK

Posting Period: 01 November 2019 - 30 November 2019

Job Opening Number: 19-Economic Affairs-DESA-125634-R-New York (O)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and Reporting

The vacancy is in the Policy Analysis and Development Branch of the Financing for Sustainable Development Office (FSDO), United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The incumbent will report to the Chief, Policy Analysis and Development Branch, Financing for Sustainable Development Office, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

The Office provides substantive support for follow-up to and implementation of the agreements and commitments reached at the International Conferences on Financing for Development, including these contained in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), as well as the means of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs. FSDO’s Policy Analysis Branch is tasked with overseeing the Office’s analytical work, aimed to better enable Member States to implement the above agreements and commitments. Under this organizational setting, and working in close coordination with relevant stakeholders, the Inter-Regional Adviser (IRA) is responsible for providing high-level technical expertise to Governments and other relevant stakeholders in developing countries on integrated national financing frameworks (INFFs) for implementing the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.

The Addis Agenda notes that ‚integrated national financing frameworks that support nationally owned sustainable development strategies‘ will be at the heart of countries‘ efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda. Yet, four years after the adoption of the 2030 and Addis Agendas, the mobilization of sufficient financing and other means of implementation remains a critical challenge in many countries.

To help countries formulate (INFFs), the Inter-agency Task Force on Financing for Development laid out key building blocks of INFFS for the SDGs in the thematic chapter of the 2019 Financing for Sustainable Development Report. The IRA will translate this normative and analytical work, which draws upon the collective expertise of the UN system and beyond, into guidance and toolkits to be used at country level, focusing in particular on the first three action areas of the Addis Agenda, domestic public resources, private business and finance, and international development cooperation. The IRA, in coordination with UN Country Teams, will work with developing countries that have expressed interest in taking a more strategic approach to mobilize financial and non-financial means to fund sustainable development. The IRA will help countries build their capacities and provide tailored advice by drawing on the 2019 FSDR, other relevant analytical work of the Office, and the UN system in this area, and existing experiences in countries. In addition to UN Country Teams, the Advisor will work with Regional Economic Commissions, UNDP, the World Bank and IMF (who are members of the Inter-agency Task Force) as well as other relevant stakeholders to provide tailored country specific advice to a select number of countries on integrated financing frameworks.