Job Opening

Posting Title: Social Affairs Officer, P3
Job Code Title: SOCIAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Africa
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 07 July 2017 - 20 August 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Social Affairs-ECA-82197-R-Addis Ababa (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

· For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 December 2016, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei, Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, Suriname, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Vietnam.

· The United Nations is Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

. Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the African Centre for Gender (ACG), Social Development Policy Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). The incumbent will report directly to the Coordinator, African Centre for Gender.

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa is mandated to promote the economic and social development of its member states, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development. To find out more about UNECA please go to www.uneca.org.

Responsibilities

Under the overall direction of the Director, Social Development Policy Division, and the direct supervision of the Coordinator, African Centre for Gender, the incumbent will:
•Assist in the social and economic promotion of women by: reviewing socio-economic trends and developments on gender-related issues;
•Assist in the definition of relevant strategies to promote gender equality and their implementation;
•Assist in the implementation and monitoring of the of regional and global agreements on the advancement of women;
•Support the process of integrating a gender perspective in all work components of ECA;
•Assist with conducting gender based research;
•Assist with advocacy for policies and best practices that empower women and address gender equality issues;
•Provide technical assistance to member States to mainstream gender in national policy and programme initiatives;
•Ensure liaison and partnerships with UN agencies that have complementary mandates for promotion of women’s rights, and with civil society organisations and women’s organizations;
•Assist in the planning, organizing and servicing of technical and ad hoc expert group meetings to provide a forum for governments to share experiences and arrive at decisions on the implementation and follow up to UN Global and regional conferences and programmes which pertain to gender and development;
•Assist in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars etc. on gender development issues, compilation and analysis of data for preparation of technical cooperation project proposals;
•Participate in team projects; Prepare documents and other communications such as results of studies, reports, letters, proposals, Website texts;
•Perform other relevant duties, as required.

Competencies

Professionalism:
Knowledge and practical application of theories and concepts related to gender and development, including ability to use approaches and techniques to address difficult problems. Demonstrated in-depth technical knowledge and proven analytical skills in aspects of social and economic promotion of women in the African context. 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 gender and development policy 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.

Planning and 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) in sociology, economics, other social science or related field is required. Additional studies in development studies, gender, economics is highly desirable.

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 the application of principles and concepts of gender and development in relation to the advancement of women; modern techniques of analyzing gender and development gained through activities such as policy planning, research, academic teaching or related work in the context of Africa; understanding of social theories and experience in applying social and economic principles to development and management issues as well as a theoretical background in gender analysis; ability to use qualitative and quantitative methods of gender research and analysis; and drawing policy implications and proposing options are highly 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 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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