Expert for Sustainable Development, New York, United States

Department of Economic and Social Affairs

DESA New York, USA

Posting Title: Expert for Sustainable Development

Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Duty Station: NEW YORK

Posting Period: 20 January 2023 – 03 February 2023

Job Opening Number: 23-Department of Economic and Social Affairs-199550-Consultant

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

Result of Service

(a) Finalisation of development of an MVI for SIDS and other developing countries;

(b) Successful adoption of the MVI by the UN development system;

(c) Delivery of the Fourth SIDS Conference to be held in 2024.

Work Location

New York

Expected duration

12 months, with the possibility of a one-time extension of 12 months

Duties and


The Expert on Sustainable Development reports to the Chief of the SIDS Unit. DSDG acts as the Secretariat for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), focusing on providing substantive support and capacity building to the 17 SDGs and their related thematic issues, including water, energy, climate, ocean, urbanization, transport, science and technology, the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR), partnerships and SIDS. The SIDS Unit is mandated to provide substantive secretariat support to intergovernmental and inter-agency processes related to the monitoring, review and coordination of the implementation of the sustainable development priorities of SIDS; act as a liaison and focal point for Governments, organs, programmes and agencies of the United Nations system, as well as other relevant intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, on matters related to the follow-up to the 3rd International Conference on SIDS; prepare reports to be submitted to the relevant bodies of the United Nations, including the General Assembly, on the implementation of the SAMOA Pathway and the SDGs, drawing on the inputs from all appropriate sources; and provide support, as appropriate, to other activities emanating from the SAMOA Pathway, including the SIDS Partnerships Framework.

Within delegated authority, the Expert for Sustainable Development will be responsible for the following duties:

  • As a part of the Secretariat Team, provide support to the High-Level Panel in their work on a development of a Multidimensional Vulnerability Index.
  • Prepare inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on sustainable development issues, including financing for sustainable development and other development priorities of SIDS.
  • Collate and decipher all inputs and submissions received, and draft the annual Secretary-General’s Report on the implementation of the SAMOA Pathway.
  • Formulate, identify and analyse project proposals on sustainable development issues related to SIDS.
  • Attend international, regional, and national meetings for consultations with colleagues in other institutions dealing with sustainable development issues, in particular, the SAMOA Pathway, including for the preparation of the 4th International Conference on SIDS and related preparatory conferences.

  • Organize and service expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on sustainable development issues, including support to the work of the Steering Committee of the SIDS Partnership Framework and the SIDS Partnerships Award.
  • Prepare inputs for statements, talking points, briefing notes, etc. for senior officials on sustainable development issues.
  • Prepare inputs for reports to High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and other intergovernmental bodies, inter-agency or expert groups on issues relating to sustainable development.
  • Follow intergovernmental meetings, serving as note-taker, preparing summary reports and providing substantive support, as needed.
  • Participate in missions on sustainable development issues, usually as a member of a team.
  • Organize training seminars/workshops for national experts addressing sustainable development issues.
  • Monitor, backstop and assess the implementation of capacity building projects related to sustainable development.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Qualifications/special skills

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in sustainable development, economics, public policy, public administration, finance, natural resources management, engineering, law, social sciences or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management, policy-oriented work in a broad range of sustainable development issues with a focus on the Sustainable Development Goals, and at least 2 years in an international setting, is required.

Experience in supporting intergovernmental meetings and events is required.

Experience in interacting with international organizations on sustainable development is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

No Fee


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