Job Opening

Posting Title: Social Affairs Officer, P3
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 07 December 2017 - 20 January 2018
Job Opening Number: 17-Social Affairs-DESA-89506-R-New York (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Social Integration Branch (SIB) of the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The incumbent reports to the Social Affairs Officer (P4) and focal point on youth in SIB. Through its work on youth, DESA/DSPD/SIB aims to build an awareness of the global situation of young people, to promote the social inclusion of youth, and to encourage and build capacity for greater participation of young people in decision-making as a means of achieving peace and development. More information is available on the following website:


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

* Participates in substantive research and analysis of key trends and changes in youth-related issues at global, regional and national levels; assesses implications and develops proposals with respect to social and economic policies and interventions for youth development; recommends proposals and actions related to youth development for inclusion in reports to intergovernmental bodies and Member States.
* Liaises and partners with other experts in the field, including governments, research institutes, academia, other international organizations, and NGOs, on issues related to social development, in particular all areas of the World Programme of Action for Youth, and relevant areas of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Security Council Resolution 2250; exchanges views on latest findings, policy guidelines, new models and approaches to youth development, and helps ensure that lessons learned are disseminated and incorporated into development programmes and other initiatives.
* Assists in the planning, organizing and substantive servicing of technical and ad hoc expert group meetings, conferences, seminars, workshops, including identification and selection of participants, development of background documentation, preparation of reports, documents, policy recommendations and analytical briefs based on the outcome of such meetings.
* Assists in the chairpersonship and coordination of the Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development
* Prepares a variety of studies, reports, background papers, parliamentary documentation, on a wide range of social development issues, with particular focus on youth development.
* Represents the Branch at international, regional and national meetings, as appropriate.
* Provides substantive support to intergovernmental processes dealing with social development issues, including the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, and the Commission for Social Development by: preparing inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies; following intergovernmental meetings and preparing summary reports; preparing inputs to statements by members of the bureau and Secretariat staff.
* Assists in the organization of panels, round tables and other meetings on social development issues for intergovernmental processes
* Provide guidance to junior staff.
* Perform other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the youth programme's services.
* Undertake on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.


Professionalism - Knowledge of economic and social development, with particular knowledge of issues related to youth development; knowledge of the principles and concepts of socio-economic development especially, in relation to the actions of government, the private sector, civil society and international organizations; ability to analyse socio-economic issues affecting youth; demonstrated research skills, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources into research and policy-making on youth and social development; willingness to keep abreast of new developments in the field. Knowledge of relevant institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to social and economic development. 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.

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.


An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in sociology, economics, or other social sciences is required. A first-level university degree 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 five years of progressively responsible experience in socio economic development, policy analysis, sociological research or related area is required. Experience in programme implementation, including experience at the international level is required. Experience with intergovernmental work and in liaising and collaborating with non-governmental organizations is required. Experience working in youth-led or youth related organizations as well as in inter-agency coordination is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required; knowledge of a second official UN language an advantage.


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

Special Notice

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.

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

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 September 2017, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Viet Nam.

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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