Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Consultant on Population and Ageing
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 26 November 2021 - 09 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia-169528-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Provide support to the Ageing project to ensure effective and timely delivery of all project activities.

Work Location

Beirut

Expected duration

The duration of the contract is 12 working months extending from the 3rd of January 2022 until 31st of December 2022.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Arab region is at the cusp of a demographic transition that heralds the beginning of population ageing. The number of older persons is expected to increase from 32 million today to more than 100 million in 2050. Recent research has highlighted the extreme vulnerability of older persons and their risk of being left behind. This very fast transition and the dire socio-economic situation of older persons require Arab governments to intensify their efforts to adopt cohesive policies that ensure the dignity for older persons today and in the near future.
Against this background, ESCWA has been leading work in the area of ageing in the Arab region through:
• Addressing the knowledge gap: ESCWA, is developing a series of knowledge products on population and ageing
• Facilitating regional dialogue: To facilitate regional dialogue, ESCWA, in partnership with UNFPA, is leading the 4th regional review of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA) in the Arab region. The review process is composed of several elements including capacity building workshops for Member State representatives, dialogues with civil society, preparing a regional review report, and organizing a regional review conference in the first quarter of 2022. In 2022, ESCWA will also begin the preparations for the ICPD regional review which is scheduled in 2024.
• Providing technical support to member States: ESCWA is providing technical assistance to several Member States to develop their population related policies. Assistance is currently provided to Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Iraq, Sudan, Morocco, and Qatar.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: An advanced University degree (Masters or equivalent) in demography, social development, political science, or a related field is required. A PhD is desirable.
Experience: At least 5 years of relevant experience is required. Particular experience in the area of ageing and population issues is desirable. Experience in drafting policies and strategies is also desirable.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. Arabic is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations and a working language of ESCWA. For this post, fluency in spoken and written Arabic is a must. Fluency in English and French is desirable.

No Fee

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