Job Opening

Posting Title: Social Affairs Officer, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: SOCIAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 28 February 2019 - 14 March 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Social Affairs-DESA-112736-J-New York (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Indigenous Peoples and Development Branch, Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (SPFII), in the Division for Inclusive Social Development (DISD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The Social Affairs Officer reports to the Chief of IPDB-SPFII. The IPDB-SPFII advocates for and facilitates the implementation within the UN system of the recommendations of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues; promotes awareness of indigenous issues within the UN system, governments, and the broader public; and serves as a source of information and a coordination point for advocacy efforts that relate to the Permanent Forum's mandate, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and ongoing issues that arise concerning indigenous peoples, with particular emphasis on the system wide action plan on indigenous peoples and the 2030 Development Agenda. For more information on DESA/DISPD/IPDB-SPFII visit: www.un.org/indigenous.

Responsibilities

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

•Proposes, designs and carries out substantive research projects analyzing key trends and changes in socio-economic structures and related issues (e.g., poverty, employment, ageing, disability, family, youth, occupational, cultural, educational demographic patterns, gender issues, etc.) at global, regional and national levels, with particular emphasis on the rights of indigenous peoples; assesses implications and develops proposals with respect to social development and social welfare policies and interventions in the context of the rights and socio-economic situation of indigenous peoples.
•Develops new lines of theoretical analysis and research methodologies for the diagnosis of major transformations in socio-economic structures.
•Liaises and partners with experts in the field (e.g. governments, research institutes, academia, other international organizations, etc.) to discuss issues related to social development and indigenous peoples, exchanges views on latest findings, policy guidelines, new models of development, etc.; helps ensure that lessons learned are disseminated and incorporated into development programmes and other initiatives, including gender-related activities.
•Plans, organizes and provides substantial servicing of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, as well as ad hoc expert group meetings, conferences, seminars, workshops, etc. to include identification and selection of participants, development of background documentation, preparation of reports, documents, policy recommendations and analytical briefs based on the outcome of such meetings.
•Prepares a variety of studies, reports, background papers, parliamentary documentation, etc. on a wide range of social development and related issues, with particular emphasis on the situation of indigenous peoples.
•Provides substantive support on social issues to intergovernmental bodies (such as the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council), with particular emphasis on indigenous peoples.
•Represents the organizational unit at international, regional and national meetings.
•Organizes panels, round tables, etc. on indigenous issues for intergovernmental processes.
•Assists in the administration of the Trust Fund on Indigenous Issues
•Provides technical assistance to governments and other bodies in the formulation and implementation of policies and programs related to socio-economic development, in the context of the rights and socio-economic situation of indigenous peoples.
•Undertakes missions to member states, either alone or as a participant in a diverse team, as part of the Organization’s technical cooperation activities and/or in support of the work programme.
•Prepares global, regional, national or sectoral analyses that provide a basis for advising national governments on social development issues, with particular emphasis on the rights of indigenous peoples
•Conducts training seminars and workshops for government officials and others.
•Assists in planning and preparation of unit budget and work program and in the administration of the day-to-day operations of the unit, including personnel responsibilities of the unit.
•Provides leadership and work direction to assigned work team, and/or mentors and supervises the work of new/junior officers.
•Prepares statements on indigenous issues for the Secretary-General and Under Secretary-General, as required.
•Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

•Professionalism: Knowledge of social development; Ability to apply principles and concepts of socio-economic development in relation to government, indigenous peoples, the private sector, civil society and international organizations. Ability to apply modern techniques of analyzing social phenomena. Ability to conduct conceptual and strategic analyses. Ability to analyze and articulate the social dimension of complex issues. Ability to use sound judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of complex issues/problems. Knowledge of regions or countries with indigenous peoples, including the political, economic and social dimensions. Ability to relate socio-economic issues, trends and perspectives, including gender issues, to social development initiatives/programmes in affected country/region. Ability to have strong negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement. Ability to work under pressure. Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to social affairs and to indigenous issues. Knowledge of the institutions of the UN system. Ability to complete in-depth studies and to formulate conclusions/recommendations and have excellent research skills. 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.

•Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in sociology, law, economics, other social science or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with additional two years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in socio economic development, policy analysis, sociological research or related area is required. Experience with policy analysis and sociological research on the rights, socio-cultural and economic situation of indigenous peoples is required. Experience providing support to intergovernmental processes, including support to intergovernmental negotiations is desirable. Experience in capacity-development and/or technical cooperation projects is also desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French or Spanish or Russian is desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available starting as soon as possible until 22 August 2019, with a possibility of extension. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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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