Job Opening

Posting Title: Social Affairs Officer, P3
Job Code Title: SOCIAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 04 October 2018 - 17 November 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Social Affairs-ESCWA-104625-R-Beirut (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located within the Emerging and Conflict-Related Issues Division (ECRI) of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The Social Affairs Officer will work on the Libya Socioeconomic Dialogue Project and will report directly to the Chief of the Governance and State-Building Section and will be under the overall supervision of the Director of ECRI.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Social Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Research and analysis on Social and governance affairs

1.Participates in the analysis of social and governance issues in Libya, with a focus on the root causes of the conflict, preventing conflict relapse, and the current states of Libya’s social fabric, governance challenges and institutions.
2.Develops indicators and methodologies for review and evaluation of specific topics relating to the Libyan society and governance issues and institutions
3.Liaises and partners with stakeholder including Libyan policy makers, experts from research institutes and academia, donor, and organizations of the UN system to discuss socio economic development issues in Libya.
4.Develops databases and qualitative information necessary for the Libya socio economic dialogue project.
5.Interprets, applies and, as necessary, adapts social science models, theories to determine trends, patterns and relationships and to analyze the effect of alternative policies and assumptions.
6.Drafts specified inputs for baseline reports, studies, technical papers and analytical studies on the social and governance situation in Libya and coordinates the inputs of consultants.

Support to project activities:

7. Assists in the planning, organizing and servicing of expert group meetings; advisory group meetings, dialogue meetings and national consultations in Libya, within the context of project activities, including proposing agenda, identifying participants, preparations of documents and presentation, drafting reports and preparing summaries of meetings.
8.Prepares statements, speeches, and presentations on socio economic and governance issues in Libya, including for senior staff.
9.Identifies, compiles and analysis policy proposals made through dialogue group meetings.
10.Participates in project related missions, usually as a member of a team.
11.Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the project services.
12.Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.

Competencies

•PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and practical application of theories and concepts related to social development and social policy, including ability to use approaches and techniques to address difficult problems. Strong analytical capacity and the ability to identify, analyze and articulate difficult issues/problems. Ability to use sound judgment. Strong research skills, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources using standard methodologies and analytical techniques, draw conclusions and assess impact on the social development and policy issues. Ability to provide guidance to new/junior staff. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is 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.
•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.
•PLANNING & 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in social sciences, sociology, political science, law, anthropology or related field. A first lever university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in substantive work, social and governance analysis, policy formulation, application of social sciences, theories and principles in development programs of related area. Experience in public administration in MENA region is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

The short listed candidates will undergo a substantive assessment related to the functions of the post in addition to a competency-based interview. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Special Notice

This is a project post. This position is open for recruitment for an initial period of one year and may be subject to extension depending on availability of funds.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 August 2018, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

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No Fee

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