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Org. Setting and Reporting

A comprehensive long term and multi-faceted approach is needed to address an increasing number of countries experiencing complex crises. There is a recognition that humanitarian, development and peacebuilding (HDP) efforts are complementary and should reinforce each other, and that development institutions and longer-term developmental approaches are needed to address the root causes of conflict, prevent socio-economic losses, the impact of disasters and violent conflict, reduce humanitarian needs, sustain peace and eliminate poverty. Adopting this approach entails a "new way of working" that brings greater coherence to humanitarian action and development support by shifting the focus from meeting needs to reducing needs, risks and vulnerability to support the immediate requirements of the affected people while steadily advancing towards strong social contracts and the achievement of the SDGs, working together with partners and IFIs.

The Sustainable Development Officer will support cross-pillar work and HDP nexus initiatives within the UN and with partners based on the vision of the Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General as presented in the quadrennial comprehensive policy review, the latest Common Agenda Report and other relevant strategies and resolutions.

The Sustainable Development Officer reports to the Director of the Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) through 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.


With the overall guidance of the Director of the SDU, and under the delegated authority and day-to-day supervision of the Deputy Director of the SDU, working in close cooperation with the Political Unit, the Rule of Law Unit and the Strategic Planning and Monitoring Unit within the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, and in coordination with relevant departments and offices, the Sustainable Development Officer contributes to advancing a coherent and comprehensive approach to sustaining peace and preventing conflict, delivering development gains in conflict settings and humanitarian disasters, with a firm anchoring in human rights.

The Sustainable Development Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• Supports, monitors, analyzes and reports on developments within and outside the UN system addressing the issues falling under SDG 16 in its multiple interconnections with other dimensions of Agenda 2030 and the nexus between peace, security, humanitarian action, development and human rights in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and sustaining peace resolutions (A/RES/70/262 and S/RES/2282 (2016)) as both a goal and a process. • Prepares or contributes to the preparation of various written reports, documents and communications, e.g., reports of the Secretary-General, background papers, speeches, briefings, presentations, talking points, correspondence, etc., related to the sustaining peace agenda and addressing the root causes of conflict, in consultation with relevant parts of the United Nations system. • Prepares, contributes and supports on processes relating to thematic applications of HDP nexus principles, including the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, the Youth, Peace and Security Agenda, trafficking, displacement and transhumance tensions, among other areas. • Supports EOSG's efforts in monitoring the implementation of relevant Planning Directives (e.g., United Nations Policy on Integrated Assessment and Planning), Resolutions (e.g., Security Council Resolution 2594 on Transitions), and other key initiatives to ensure continual alignment with the sustaining peace agenda and 2030 Agenda. • Provides substantive / coordination support to, and, as appropriate, participates in consultative and intergovernmental processes, inter-agency processes (e.g., the UN Transitions Project), coordination mechanisms (e.g., Office of the Special Coordinator for Development in the Sahel; Joint Steering Committee on Development and Humanitarian Collaboration) and meetings related to the sustaining peace agenda, by offering strategic advice and technical guidance, and assisting in developing a consensus between EOSG consulting entities. • Conducts research on SDG 16 and the nexus between peace, security, humanitarian action, development and human rights and related issues and presents analysis of information gathered and reviewed from diverse sources with plausible recommendations. • Supports EOSG's efforts on implementation of the UN integration and Common Agenda. • Supports the strengthening and application of cross-pillar risk frameworks in UN risk reviews and fora on Prevention (e.g., RMR discussions, monthly Prevention discussions), offering substantive contributions to identify the interlinkages of risks and the formulation of concrete and measurable cross-pillar actions. • Coordinates with staff in other units in EOSG and contributes the work of the Team to ensure full consideration of the cross-pillar focus within policy priorities, initiatives, programmes and activities. • Contributes to EOSG and UN system initiatives related to governance for sustainable development, the sustaining peace agenda, in alignment with the relevant parts of the United Nations system, providing coordination and / or meeting Secretariat support to relevant fora when needed. • Promotes implementation of gender mainstreaming guidelines by assessing the implications for men and women of any planned action, including institutional arrangements, policies or programmes in all areas and at all levels, and contributes to an enabling environment for gender equality and open communication among staff in and across organizational boundaries. • Follows major intergovernmental processes and meetings dealing with SDG 16, governance for sustainable development, the sustaining peace agenda in the context of sustainable development, including the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the Security Council, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) and major conferences, and maintain substantive communication on the sustaining peace agenda in the context of the 2030 Agenda with different parts of the UN system, Member States, and other stakeholders including the civil society. • Performs other duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge of peace and sustainable development, peacebuilding, humanitarian assistance, and related issues. Analytical capacity, particularly in relation to the peace- development continuum. Ability to communicate clearly the work of the development team in the SCT. Thinks "outside the box" and takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of working. Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment and to forge collaborative working relationship across different disciplines and institutional structures. 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 and 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 integrated analysis and policy advice to meet organizational results; 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; takes ownership of all responsibilities and honour commitments; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Communication: 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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in peace and development studies, international peace and security, sustainable development, political science, social science, public administration, or related field is required. A first-level university degree in the above specializations, in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Job - Specific Qualification

Not available.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in international peace and security, development, political affairs, humanitarian affairs, rehabilitation, or related area is required.

Experience preparing various written reports, documents and communications, including background papers, speeches, briefings, presentations, talking points, correspondence, etc., related to the sustaining peace agenda is required.

Experience implementing gender mainstreaming guidelines is required.

Experience in sustainable development programming or policy support in a country or territory affected by conflict and/or a humanitarian disaster is desirable.

Prior experience working within the UN system is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This position is temporarily available for 365 days.

If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

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.

External candidates who are selected will be given appointments limited to service in the EOSG.

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.

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 disability 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.

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.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process.

By accepting a letter of appointment, staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any of the activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). Further, staff members in the Professional and higher category up to and including the D-2 level and the Field Service category are normally required to move periodically to discharge functions in different duty stations under conditions established in ST/AI/2023/3 on Mobility, as may be amended or revised. This condition of service applies to all position specific job openings and does not apply to temporary positions.

Applicants are urged to carefully follow all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira, and to refer to the Applicant Guide by clicking on “Manuals” in the “Help” tile of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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