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Job Opening

Posting Title: Research Assistant
Job Code Title: RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Department/Office: DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 29 October 2015 - 27 November 2015
Job Opening Number: 48844
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Recruitment for this position is done on a local basis.

Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Service category in the United Nations Secretariat.

Having passed the Administrative Assessment Support Test (ASAT) in English at Headquarters, ECA, ESCWA, UNOG, UNOV, ICTR, or ICTY may be recognized in place of the GGST, pending confirmation of validity.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Americas Division of the Department of Political Affairs. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Division through a Team Leader.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Research Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:

- Assisting the Division in monitoring developments in various regions/countries.
- Selecting and evaluating a variety of documents, summarizing pertinent material, collecting and analysing data and preparing background materials for assessment papers, studies, briefs and reports.
- Systematically following through and retrieving, highlighting and compiling information from a wide variety of information sources.
- Designing, preparing and maintaining country profiles for countries assigned to the Unit.
- Preparing reports, presentations, tables, lists, charts, data sets, and/or diagrams for information in order to facilitate the in-depth analysis of the retrieved information by the supervisor and other users.
- Participating in the substantive and policy discussions of the Unit.
- Maintaining and expanding contacts with other departments in the Secretariat, as well as UN agencies and programmes and other organizations relevant to the region, and coordinating the input of other departments in the collection of data for assignments received.
- Preparing, maintaining and updating files (electronic and paper) and internal databases; designing and generating periodic and ad hoc reports and other background materials.
- Drafting summaries, co-ordinating review and clearance processes and co-ordinating with editor, translation services, etc., on finalization and publication of reports in multiple languages.
- Identifying the organizational requirements for conferences and meetings and assisting in the preparation of documentation and reports for these meetings.
- Performs other related work as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of research methodologies, data collection and maintenance. Ability to identify, extract, analyse and format data from a wide variety of standard and nonstandard sources. 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 the audience
-Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

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

Education

High school diploma or equivalent.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of experience in collecting and researching data across various areas of social and economic development or related area. Experience in monitoring political and security international developments is desirable. Experience working on issues related to the Americas region is desirable. Experience in information management and the use of word processing applications is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment Method

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

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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