This post is located in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG), in the Sustainable Development Unit. The incumbent will report to the Deputy Director.
The EOSG, under the guidance of the Secretary-General (SG), work as a team pursuing in a cohesive and coherent manner, the SG’s vision, priorities and policies for his second mandate in office. It seeks alignment of the United Nations family with the SG’s vision, priorities and policies. It is guided by the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity and of achieving gender and regional balance among staff.
All EOSG unit will support the EOSG senior officials, as appropriate, depending on the tasks at hand, regardless of which senior official they formally report to, and will work together through a matrix team approach, as necessary, to ensure EOSG leads by example on integration and cross-pillar work.
- Ensuring coherent follow-up through day to day communication with High Level Steering Committee Inter-Agency Secretariat.
- Operationalizing the High Level Panel on the Teaching Profession.
- Coordinating the preparation of a Policy Brief on Transforming Education as part of preparations for the Summit of the Future in 2024.
- Strengthening the contribution from UN Country Teams to Summit follow-up by facilitating the incubation of a dedicated window on Transforming Education in the Joint SDG Fund.
- Designing and executing an peer learning and advocacy initiative on Transforming Education Financing.
- Ensuring effective follow-up and support for the Summit’s thematic initiatives, particularly on digital learning and transformation and youth engagement.
- Organizing and preparing draft briefing notes, background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc.
- Keeping abreast of developments and preparing/reviewing substantive material for advising and briefing senior EOSG leadership on the transformation of education systems, in coordination with relevant parts of the United Nations system.
- Mobilizing resources, as needed, for the work of the Special Adviser and broader Summit follow-up.
- Perform other tasks in support of SDG achievement, poverty alleviation, global health, food security and nutrition issues within EOSG, as required.
Professionalism: Extensive knowledge and understanding of education policy and additional knowledge of broader social development policy would be welcome. Experience working with multi-stakeholder partners in support of UN programs and causes, particularly in the education sector. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis. Ability to produce reports and papers with strong writing skills on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies, and guidelines. 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.
Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; Adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.
Teamwork: 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, education, international relations, development or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years or equivalent progressively responsible experience in development in areas of relevance to the topic – education, social development, sustainable development, public administration, economics, among others, is required.
Experience in managing multi-stakeholder partnership processes, including with partners from governments, the United Nations, the private sector and/or civil society, as well as in the development and implementation of policies and measures furthering global health at the international level is required.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
This position is temporarily available until 30 November 2023.
If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
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.
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.
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 disability. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
United Nations Considerations
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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