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Posting Title: Population Affairs Officer, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: POPULATION AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
Duty Station: SANTIAGO
Posting Period: 25 October 2017 - 31 October 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Population Affairs-ECLAC-87765-J-Santiago (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Special Notice

- This position will be temporarily vacant for a period of three months.
- A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade.
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- While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
- The expression "Internal candidates", shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15. Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position.
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position will be temporarily vacant for a period of three months.

This position is located in the CELADE-Population Division, ECLAC, Santiago, Chile (Office, Duty Station).The Population Affairs Officer reports to the Chief of CELADE.

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 www.eclac.org for further information.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the duties of a Population Affairs Officer are likely to encompass some of the following:

Provides substantive support on population issues to intergovernmental bodies, such as the Commission on Population and Development, the Economic and Social Council, the General Assembly or the regional commissions. This activity includes preparing reports or inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies, attending meetings, preparing summary reports on meetings, 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 information trends, population 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 the tools for the appropriate implementation of methodology. 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 and guidance 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, networks and holds discussions on population 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 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.
•Supports junior staff, reviewing their work and providing feedback.
•Participates in intra- and inter-Departmental 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.

•CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

•TECHNOLOGICAL AWARENESS: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in demography or in sociology, statistics or economics with an emphasis on demography is required. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in population analysis and research or related area is required. Experience in processing census, surveys and vital statistics is required. Experience in creating and managing socio-demographic databases is required. Experience in creation of demographic indicators, experience in indicators systems and web development is required. Vast experience in the command of C++ programming language is required.Experience in providing technical assistance in census and population data processing and dissemination in Latin American and Caribbean countries is desirable. Experience in the development of Redatam software is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. ; For this position, fluency in Spanish (both oral and written) is required. Fluency in English is also required.

Assessment

Applicants will be assessed based on the information provided in their PHPs. Short-listed applicants might be contact by the Hiring Manager for further assessment.

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, TRAINING OR ANY OTHER FEES). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON BANK ACCOUNTS.

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