Head, Governance, New York, USA

Job Description

United States

Sunday, 19 May 2019

UN Office Development Policy

New York City

  • Innovation: Ability to make new and useful ideas work.
  • Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow
  • People Management: Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.
  • Communication: Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.
  • Delivery: Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
  • Advocacy: Ability to advocate a point of view and influence others
  • Knowledge Management: Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge
  • Sustainable Development Goals: Knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations at the national and local levels.
  • Substantive Networking: Ability to substantively engage and foster networks with academia, research institutions, and think tanks.
  • Collaboration & Partnerships: Ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside (Programmes/projects) or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support.  Sets overall direction for the formation and management of strategic relationships contributing to the overall positioning of UNDP
  • Trends and emerging areas analytics: Ability to scan the horizon and identify approaches and initiatives to bring into policy and programme design
  • Management & Coordination: Ability to manage and coordinate campaigns and people with inspiration. Believe in and promote diversity in the workplace and reshaping the workforce to meet need.
  • A Master’s degree, preferably in public administration, international development, political sciences, law, business administration, development economics, or other relevant field, or extensive compensating experience in governance.


  • 15 years of professional work experience in either public sectors (national or multilateral, including UN), private (academia, non-governmental sector, corporate), with increasing responsibility in the design and development of policies and programmes (in areas such as inclusive participation, elections, parliamentary support, civic engagement, responsive and accountable institutions; human rights, state-citizen dialogue at the international level and the broader governance agenda in general).
  • Proven experience in leading teams, providing policy advice and pioneering approaches in the area of governance
  • Demonstrated track-record of excellence in delivering the work programme of complex, global organizational entities in the area of governance and its links to sustainable human development and Agenda 2030
  • Proven experience working in different geographical areas, and development settings, including conflict and post-conflict environments
  • Excellent negotiating, writing and communication skills and ability to mobilize support from a wide range of partners (public, private, academic, civil society, business community leaders)
  • Proven track record of management and resource mobilization skills
  • Proven track record and leadership experience in the UN System is an advantage
  • English proficiency, Arabic, French or Spanish is considered an asset

Important information for US Permanent Residents (‘Green Card’ holders)

Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment. 

UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

Applicant information about UNDP rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

Workforce diversity

UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

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