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: 29 August 2019 - 12 September 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Social Affairs-DESA-122259-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

The post is located in the Programme Planning and Coordination Unit (PPCU) in the Division for Inclusive Social Development (DISD) in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The Social Affairs Officer reports to the Director of the Division. The Division seeks to strengthen international cooperation for achieving social inclusion and the reduction of inequalities, by fostering effective policy impact and intensified global dialogue on social development issues. More information on DISD is available at https://www.un.org/development/desa/dspd/

Responsibilities

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

Social Analysis and Strategic Support
•Coordinates policy development, including proposing, designing and carrying 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 and identifying significant social and economic issues to be addressed.
•Identifies complex policy/technical issues for the attention of the Director of the Division and Chiefs of Branches and develops well-reasoned innovative and suggestions and approaches for addressing them.
•Liaises and partners with other experts in the field (e.g. governments, research institutes, academia, other international organizations, etc.) to discuss issues related to social development, 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.
•Serves as an effective spokesperson and establishes collaboration and partnerships with key officials at all levels inside and outside the organization.
•Provides substantive inputs to and develop background documentation and analytical briefs based on the outcomes of meetings of ad hoc expert group meetings, conferences, seminars, workshops, etc., and meetings of intergovernmental and advisory bodies (such as the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, the Commission for Social Development, the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the High-Level Political Forum).
•Reviews and advises on the preparation of a variety of studies, reports, background papers, parliamentary documentation, etc. on a wide range of social development and related issues, taking into account recommendations of specialized intergovernmental bodies, emerging issues and trend and current research in the field.

Stakeholder Engagement
•Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities
•Coordinates, facilitates and stimulates participation of NGOs and other civil society organizations in the work of the Division and of the intergovernmental bodies and other bodies that it serves.

General
•Undertakes planning and preparation of the unit work program and administers the day-to-day operations of the unit, including personnel responsibilities of the unit.
•Provides leadership and work direction to staff in the Programme Planning and Coordination Unit, and mentors and supervises the work of new/junior officers.
•Takes the lead to develop, implement and evaluate the Division’s programme plan and programme performance; directs subordinates in coordinating, monitoring and analyzing programme implementation of the Division in support of the Director; leads review of relevant documents and reports; identifies priorities problems and issues to be addressed in programme implementation and proposes corrective actions for consideration by the Director of the Division and Chiefs of Branches; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and initiates follow-up actions.
•Represent the Division at inter and intra-departmental meetings on administrative and substantive matters as needed.
•Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

•Professionalism: Knowledge of social development and related fields. Ability to apply principles and concepts of socio-economic development in relation to government, 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. Problem-solving skills. Ability to use sound judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of complex issues/problems. Ability to relate socio-economic issues, trends and perspectives, including gender issues, to social development initiatives/programmes across the globe. Strong negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement. Ability to work under pressure. Very good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to social affairs. Sound knowledge of the institutions of the UN system. Excellent research skills and demonstrated ability to complete in-depth studies and to formulate conclusions/recommendations. Knowledge of policies and guidelines related to programme planning, budget and personnel management 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.

•Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

•Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in sociology, 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 socioeconomic development, policy analysis, sociological research or related area is required.
Experience with servicing intergovernmental bodies is required.
Experience with budget management, work programme formulation, monitoring and reporting is desirable.

Languages

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

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 1 December 2019 until 22 August 2020, 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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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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