Governance And Public Administration Officer

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, INCHEON CITY, South Korea

Skill Required:, HR and AdminTraining and Capacity Building
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
17th December, 2020

Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Project Office on Governance (UNPOG) is a project office under the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). Its mandate is to assist countries in strengthening their public administration capacities to translate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other internationally agreed goals into institutional arrangements, strategies and programmes at country-level. The incumbent is under the overall guidance of the Director of the Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG) and under the direct supervision of the Head of UNPOG. The Project aims to fulfill these objectives by implementing activities under three components: i) Research and Policy Analysis; ii) Capacity Development and iii) Networking and Outreach.


The incumbent will be responsible for supporting the Division’s work in diverse aspects related to policies and capacity development related to the role of public administration and institutions in support of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Within delegated authority, the duties of the incumbent will include the following:

  • Participates in the identification of new or emerging governance, public administration and sustainable development issues of potential concern to Member States and/or the international community,
  • particularly those of a regional or global nature and design and in the development of programmes to address them.
  • Proposes, designs and supervises substantive research, studies, and prepares or reviews reports, and publications.
  • Conceives, plans and manages expert group meetings, seminars and similar consultations that contribute to the finalization of the work branch’s outputs.
  • Prepares reports on governance, public administration and sustainable development and on a wide range of development and related issues for issuance by the Division.
  • Prepares briefing notes and speeches for senior staff and makes presentations on governance, public administration and sustainable development related issues for specialist or non-specialist audiences.
  • Organizes and coordinates cooperation among Member States on governance, public administration and sustainable development technical cooperation programmes.
  • Plans and oversees implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of projects in governance, public administration and sustainable development.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:

  • Colleagues and senior staff within immediate work unit and peers in the broader organizational unit.
  • Counterpart and senior officials in other UN, regional, global organizations and international and regional governance, public administration and development management institutions, academia and
  • research institutions
  • Officials of Member States Missions, delegations, Governments and NGOs


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in public administration, governance, political science, social science, business administration, law, public finance or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in governance, public administration, digital government, sustainable development or related area is required.
  • A minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in delivering online capacity building activities is required.
  • Experience in knowledge management is desirable.
  • Experience in preparing training courses and other capacity development tools is desirable.


  • Proficiency in oral and written English is required. Korean and other languages used in the region is desirable.


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