Job Opening

Posting Title: POPULATION AFFAIRS OFFICER 50%, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: POPULATION AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Europe
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 05 October 2020 - 14 October 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Population Affairs-ECE-142174-J-Geneva (X)
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 Population Unit of the Statistics Division of the Economic Commission for Europe. It focuses on population policy, specifically related to population ageing and inter-generational and gender relations. The Population Affairs Officer reports to a Chief of Unit.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the duties of a Population Affairs Officer will encompass the following:

•Provides support to intergovernmental processes on population issues, including preparing reports or inputs for reports, following the meetings and preparing summary reports, and assisting in the organization of panels and round tables.
•Undertakes analytical and organizational tasks related to the implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing in the region and contributes to the follow-up of regional and global conferences on population issues and towards better informed policymaking through research and policy discussion.
•Develops and maintains dataset on population policy information and country practices in mainstreaming population ageing.
•Drafts policy briefs and technical studies or research reports on population trends, population policies and their relations to social and economic factors in specific topical areas such as population ageing; population and development.
•Applies, adapts and, if necessary, develops methodologies for issue-specific population analysis.
•Reviews, evaluates and applies the results of substantive studies in the area of population ageing;
•Assists in the organization and servicing of high-level and expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on population-related issues.
•Attends international, regional and national meetings on population issues to present results of population ageing analysis and research; keeps abreast of developments in the field, gathers information, networks and holds discussions on population issues with colleagues in other institutions.
•Provides, as necessary, substantive support to technical cooperation projects in the area of population and development.
•Prepares briefing notes on population and development issues for senior staff.
•Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s products.


Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
Colleagues and senior staff within Division; counterparts in other UN, regional and global international organizations
Middle level officials in government, academia and research institutions


Results expected: Accurate analyses of population ageing trends and their components, their demographic, social and economic causes and their social, economic and policy implications; assessment of population and development policies in both less developed and more developed countries, by applying sound analysis. Prepares reports and policy proposals that are useful to Governments and others; participates in technical cooperation activities that foster capacity building in recipient countries.

Competencies

•Professionalism:
Ability to apply population ageing concepts, qualitative and quantitative techniques and research methods to issues of concern to the UN. Ability to determine the suitability, validity and accuracy of the policy-related information and data. Ability to draft reports on population issues. 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) in demography, sociology, statistics, economics or related field. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in population analysis and research or related area is required.
Good understanding of ageing issues and exposure to policy debates in the population ageing and development field relevant to the UNECE member States is desirable.
Familiarity with policy analysis methods as well as, experience in organizing high-level intergovernmental and expert meetings is desirable.

Languages

Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

• This position at 50% is temporarily available until 31 October 2021. 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.

•Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

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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