Chief of Development Research at United Nations, New York is located in the Economic Analysis and Policy Division (EAPD) of the Department Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The Chief of Development Research Branch/Economic Analysis and Policy Division reports to the Director of EAPD.
Within delegated authority, the Chief of Branch will be responsible for the following:
- Identifies and leads policy-oriented research on emerging development issues with global implications, as well as other economic challenges and opportunities for developing countries, and publishes research results in Departmental programme outputs, including but not limited to Secretary-General reports, flagship and special edition publications, and policy briefs.
- Provide thought-leadership to research activities undertaken by the Branch, ensures that reports and programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion.
- Formulate, leads, supervises and carries out research and the work programme of the Branch under his/her responsibility. Co-ordinates the work carried out by different work units under the Branch and by other agencies and bodies of the United Nations system; provides programmatic/substantive reviews of the drafts prepared by others.
- Co-ordinates and oversees research and the preparation of reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such as the General Assembly, Economic and Social Council and their subsidiary Committees and other policy-making organs, as appropriate.
- Ensures that the outputs produced by the Branch maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on most recent research and comprehensive data; and comply with the relevant mandates.
- Support the United Nations Chief Economist and contribute to the deliberation of the United Nations Economist Network, identifying and addressing key sustainable development challenges and opportunities.
- Assists the Director in preparing the work programme of the Branch, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
- Oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Branch, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), interviews and evaluation of candidates for job openings, and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting.
- Recruits staff, taking due account of geographical and gender balance.
- Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision.
- Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Branch and across organizational boundaries.
- Leads and supervises the organization of meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive issues. Manages the substantive preparation and organization of such meetings or seminars.
- Represents the Division at international, regional or national meetings.
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