Job Opening

Posting Title: Social Affairs Officer, P3
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
Duty Station: SANTIAGO
Posting Period: 17 November 2020 - 31 December 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Social Affairs-ECLAC-144814-R-Santiago (R)
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 Social Development Division, Economic Commission for Latin America and Caribbean (ECLAC), Santiago. The Social Affairs Officer reports to the Chief of the Social Development Division.

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the five regional Commissions of the United Nations. It was founded in 1948 with the purpose of contributing to the region's economic and social development. Its mission includes the design, monitoring and evaluation of public policies and the provision of advisory services, expertise and training to Governments, as well as support for regional and international cooperation and coordination activities. Please visit our website at for further information.


Under the overall supervision of the Chief of the Social Development Division, the Social Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Social Analysis

•Participates in the analysis of social development issues in selected areas at the global, regional and national levels; undertakes empirical research and analysis of trends and developments and related policy issues relevant to the unit/departmental mandate, projects and initiatives (e.g., poverty, income distribution and other dimensions of inequality, social protection and social policies with a life cycle approach, gender, and persons with disabilities, among other population groups); recommends proposals for inclusion in reports to intergovernmental bodies, member states, etc.
•Develops indicators and methodologies for review and evaluation of specific topics.
•Liaises with officials of governments, representatives of national, regional and global organizations, organizations of the UN system, etc. on selected social policy issues related to the implementation of specific programmes, action plans or other initiatives, and provides advice on a range of related matters.
•Assists in the planning, organizing and servicing of technical and ad hoc expert group meetings; drafting reports and preparing summaries of meetings, etc.
•Represents the work unit at international and other meetings; organize and participate in working groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners on social and economic development related matters.
•Prepares/contributes to the preparation of various written reports, documents and communications, e.g. drafts reports or sections of analytical reports, studies, background papers, parliamentary documents, briefings, correspondence, etc.

Intergovernmental Support

•Provides support to intergovernmental processes dealing with social development issues by: preparing inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies (such as the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, the Commission for Social Development) at global and regional level, including the Regional Conference on Social Development in Latin America and the Caribbean; following intergovernmental meetings and preparing summary reports; preparing inputs to statements by members of the bureau and Secretariat staff to such meetings; assisting in the organization of panels, round tables, etc. on social development issues for intergovernmental processes.

Technical Cooperation

•Organizes training seminars for national experts.
•Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects.
•Contributes to the preparation of material for the approval of regional, country or sectoral technical cooperation projects.
•Monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects.
•Participates in fact-finding and advisory missions to government and other activities in support of work programme.


•Provides guidance to, and may supervise, new/junior staff.
•Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s services.
•Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.


•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. Good knowledge of Latin American and Caribbean countries, with respect to political, economic and social dimensions. 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.

•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.

•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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in sociology, economics, other social science or related field is required. A first-level 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 socio economic development, policy analysis, sociological research or related area is required
Experience in research and policy advise in social policies and social protection issues, poverty and multiple dimensions of inequality, including its gender, racial and ethnic dimensions and people with disabilities, among other population groups are desirable
Publications in social development issues and social policies are desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in Spanish and English is required. Knowledge of Portuguese or French is desirable.

NOTE: ‘’Fluency’’ equals a rating of ‘’fluent’’ in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand) and ‘’Knowledge of’’ equals a rating of ‘’confident’’ in two of the four areas.


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

Special Notice

-Les candidats recrutés dans le cadre du programme des jeunes cadres en fonction depuis moins de deux ans ne peuvent pas postuler à ce poste.
-Les membres du personnel sont placés sous l'autorité du Secrétaire général qui leur fixe les tâches à accomplir. Dans ce contexte, tous les fonctionnaires peuvent être appelés à changer périodiquement de fonction au cours de leur carrière, conformément aux règles et procédures en vigueur.
-Un fonctionnaire titulaire d'un engagement temporaire dans la catégorie des services généraux ou les catégories apparentées ne peut postuler qu'à des postes appartenant à ces catégories. Pour de plus amples informations sur les conditions d'admissibilité, veuillez vous reporter à la section 5 de l'instruction administrative ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 sur les nominations temporaires.
-Le Secrétariat de l'ONU s'est engagé à atteindre un équilibre 50/50 entre les sexes au sein de son personnel. Les femmes sont fortement encouragées à poser leur candidature à ce poste. La CEPALC est pleinement attachée à la mise en œuvre de la stratégie du système des Nations Unies sur la parité entre les sexes présentée par le Secrétaire général en septembre 2017.
-Un/e fonctionnaire titulaire d'un engagement temporaire qui est recruté/e dans la catégorie des administrateurs et fonctionnaires de rang supérieur, en vertu d'un engagement temporaire et placé/e dans un poste autorisé pour un an ou plus ne peut pas postuler ou être renommé/e à son poste actuel dans les six mois qui suivent la fin de son service actuel. Pour de plus amples informations sur les conditions d'admissibilité, veuillez vous reporter à la section 5 de l'instruction administrative ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 sur les nominations temporaires.-
- Pour ce poste, les personnes originaires des États Membres suivants, qui sont non représentés ou sous-représentés au Secrétariat de l’ONU au 30 juin 2020, sont vivement encouragés à faire acte de candidature : Afghanistan, Andorre, Angola, Antigua-et-Barbuda, Arabie saoudite, Bahreïn, Belize, Brésil, Brunéi Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodge, Chine, Comores, Cuba, Dominique, Émirats arabes unis, États fédérés de Micronésie, États-Unis d’Amérique, Fédération de Russie, Gabon, Grenade, Guinée équatoriale, Guinée-Bissau, Îles Marshall, Îles Salomon, Japon, Kiribati, Koweït, Lesotho, Libéria, Libye, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norvège, Oman, Palaos, Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée, Qatar, République bolivarienne du Venezuela, République de Corée, République démocratique populaire lao, République populaire démocratique de Corée, Saint-Vincent-et les Grenadines, Sainte-Lucie, Saint Marin, Sao Tomé-et-Principe, Soudan du Sud, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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