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Posting Title: Research Assistant, G5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
Duty Station: BUENOS AIRES
Posting Period: 24 November 2017 - 30 November 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Social Affairs-ECLAC-89397-J-Buenos Aires (X)
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 one month.

- This position will be funded by extra-budgetary funds. Extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval and availability of funds.

- Appointment for positions in the General Service category is done on a local basis. Applicants shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of the office, irrespective of nationality and length of time the candidate may have been in the country. Applicants will be responsible for any expenses incurred in taking the relevant examinations at the duty station, and of any costs related to traveling and relocating to the duty station in the event of an employment offer.

- 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.

- A staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments.

- Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.

- 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.

- 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.

- For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at: http://www.un.org/hr_handbook/English Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position will be temporarily vacant for a period of one month.

This position is located in ECLAC's office in Buenos Aires. The Research Assistant reports to the Chief of the Office.

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

Under the general supervision of the Director of ECLAC’s Office in Buenos Aires the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

•Researches, extracts and compiles basic information and technical data on specific programmes/projects and related topics and issues.
•Sorts, consolidates, extracts and processes data and enter into relevant database.
•Assists in monitoring developments/issues on subjects or areas assigned by collecting, selecting, analysing and compiling materials from multiple sources, e.g., relevant databases, the library and the Internet.
•Assembles original statistical material; adjusts reported data from different sources and load data into computerized database system.
•Assists in the evaluation and examination of data sets for accuracy, clarity and validity.
•Assists in the maintenance of relevant computerized databases.
•Prepares a variety of reports, presentations, tables, lists, graphs, charts and/or diagrams for information and review by senior officers.
•Prepares abstracts/bibliographic descriptions for inclusion in documents, articles, books and publications.
•Reviews, stores, classifies, and maintains relevant computerized databases.
•Compiles basic statistical series for comparison against estimates.
•Updates statistical series in established formats. Applies new data and derived statistics, enter data on survey reports, and provides information for publication.
•Takes notes and drafts executive summaries of meetings.
•Provides guidance/training to new/junior staff.
•Performs other related work as required.

Competencies

•Professionalism: Knowledge of research methodologies, data collection and maintenance is required. Ability to identify, extract, analyse and format data from a wide variety of standard and non-standard sources is required. 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 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

High school diploma or equivalent is required. University studies in Economics or related area are required.

Work Experience

At least five years of experience in collecting and researching data across various areas of social and economic development or related area are required.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, advanced knowledge of Spanish and intermediate knowledge of English are required.

Assessment

Applicants will be assessed based on the information provided in their PHPs. Short-listed applicants might be contacted 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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