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Inter-regional Adviser on Implementation and Review of Sustainable Development Goals, New York

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Closing date: Sunday, 15 January 2017

Posting Title: Inter-Regional Adviser on Implementation and Review of Sustainable Development Goals, P5


Department/ Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Duty Station: NEW YORK

Posting Period: 17 November 2016-15 January 2017

Job Opening number: 16-ECO-DESA-68066-R-NEW YORK (R)

Staffing Exercise ID: N/A

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

Special Notice

This JO refers to a specialised inter-regional 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. 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.

Organizational Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), in the Water Energy and Capacity Development Branch. The Division for Sustainable Development, under the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, provides leadership in promoting and coordinating implementation of the sustainable development agenda of the United Nations and serves as secretariat to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development which was established following the Rio+20 Conference and GA resolutions 66/288 and 67/290 and is mandated to follow-up on Rio+20 outcomes. For more information, please visit our website at http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/about.html. The Adviser will work under the overall supervision and guidance of the Chief of the Water, Energy and Capacity Development Branch and in close collaboration with other staff of the Branch and Division. Technical support, policy advice, capacity development, training, and research will be the main focus of the advisor whilst linking the global intergovernmental processes with national policies, strategies and reviews of implementation particularly in the areas of water, energy, climate change, cities, transport and other themes as appropriate. The services of the adviser aim to ensure the provision of high-level technical expertise, the transfer of knowledge from global entities to Governments on policy-related issues, development strategies and the formulation, assessment or evaluation of projects or programmes.

Advisory Services Capacity development Civil Society Climate Change Communities of Practice Developed Countries Developing Countries Development Banks Development Strategies Human Rights Humanitarian Law Least Developed Countries Private Sector Programme Management Sustainable Development Sustainable Development Goals Technical Support


Within delegated authority, the Interregional Adviser will be responsible for the following:

Responds to requests for technical assistance on reviews of implementation of national sustainable development strategies, including the sustainable development goals (SDGs), and requests for advisory services from Member States on sustainable development issues with an emphasis on Small Island developing states, low income countries, and the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) while allowing for regional cross learning from other countries.

Undertakes technical and scientific analysis and generates relevant knowledge and policy briefs relevant to review and reporting of sustainable development commitments, including the SDGs.

Organizes training workshops to support countries to prepare their national sustainable development reports and reviews of implementation.

Provides capacity development support to Member States for reporting to the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on their sustainable development activities, including preparation of national sustainable development reports.

Develops integrated country assessments for sustainable development in cooperation with a team of national decision makers and experts taking stock of the current situation in the country in relation to the 17 SDGs and projecting future scenarios based on different sustainable development criteria defined by national representatives. The studies will be dynamic and will be updated on a regular basis to reflect progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Prepares reviews of best practices and analysis of issues on accountability mechanisms and reporting on sustainable development priorities at the national level.

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