Job Opening

Posting Title: Population Affairs Officer, P4
Job Code Title: POPULATION AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 27 March 2017 - 10 May 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Population Affairs-DESA-75793-R-New York (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Migration Section of the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The Population Division was created in 1946 with the mandate of strengthening the capacity of the international community to address current and emerging population issues and to integrate population dimensions into the development agenda at the national and international levels. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Migration Section.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the duties of the Population Affairs Officer are the following.

•Provides substantive support on population issues to intergovernmental bodies, such as the Commission on Population and Development, the Economic and Social Council or the General Assembly. This activity includes preparing reports or inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies, attending meetings, preparing summary reports on meetings, and assisting in the organization of panels or round tables.
•Develops and maintains databases on demographic indicators, population and development indicators, population policy information and indicators or information on other population-related issues. Programs and oversees the development of appropriate software for the efficient use and management of data in databases.
•Prepares population estimates and projections. This task includes the application of techniques of demographic analysis to estimate demographic indicators and to evaluate population data for completeness and accuracy so as to adjust the data as needed. It also includes the application and development of techniques or methods of population projection, and the provision of expert input to the periodic revisions of assumptions underlying the population projections.
•Designs and carries out technical studies on population trends and policies and their relations to social and economic factors in specific topical areas such as fertility; family planning; internal and international migration; urbanization; health and mortality; population structure and composition; population ageing; population, environment and development. Writes substantive reports on the results of the studies carried out.
•Applies, adapts or develops methodologies for demographic analysis. Develops tools for the appropriate implementation of these methodologies. Programming experience is necessary to perform this task, as is solid background in statistics or mathematics.
•Assists in carrying out administrative tasks including interviews of candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates, preparation of budgets, reporting on programme performance, preparation of input for results-based budgeting.
•Assists in providing supervision, guidance and support to more junior staff.
•Organizes expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on population-related issues.
•Attends international, regional or national meetings on population issues to present results of demographic analysis and research; keeps abreast of developments in the field, gathers
information, develops networks and holds discussions on population and migration issues with colleagues in other institutions.
•Represents the Population Division at international, regional or national meetings.
•Designs and provides technical support to technical cooperation projects in the area of migration, population and development.
•Assists in the preparation of research proposals for external funding on population issues.
•Prepares briefing notes or press releases on population and development issues for use by senior staff, other offices and departments of the United Nations, and the media.
•Participates in intra- and inter-Departmental and interagency undertakings of broader concern to represent the views or interests of the organizational unit.
•Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit's services.

Competencies

Professionalism:
- Knowledge of methods of demographic analysis and theories pertaining to demographic change and population trends;
- Ability to produce reports and technical papers on population issues, preferably including own-name publications in technical journals or other scientific publications;
- 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in demography, sociology, statistics, economics, or related field is required. A first-level university degree in any of these fields, in combination with two additional 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 in population analysis and research or related field is required. Experience in migration analysis and research at the international level is desirable. Experience in using statistical and database software, in particular MS Excel and MS Access, is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. 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.

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, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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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