Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Population Affairs Officer, P5
Job Code Title: SENIOR POPULATION AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 09 March 2018 - 22 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Population Affairs-DESA-92362-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 Office of the Director of the Population Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The Senior Population Affairs Officer reports to the Director. The Population Division was created in 1946 with the mandate of strengthening the capacity of the international community to address the current and emerging population issues and to integrate population dimensions into the development agenda at the national and international levels.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the duties of the Senior Population Affairs Officer encompass the following:

-Has major responsibility for the formulation, organization and management of the Office of the Director; for monitoring the implementation of the Division’s substantive work programme; for reporting on such implementation both within the Secretariat and to intergovernmental bodies, such as the Commission on Population and Development, the Economic and Social Council, the General Assembly and the regional commissions; and for preparing the annual session of the Commission on Population and Development.
-Leads, supervises and carries out the work required to prepare reports of the Secretary-General and other documents based on the official United Nations population estimates and projections and summarizing or analyzing technical studies of population levels and trends or population policies in relation to social and economic factors. Such studies can focus on specific population issues, such as fertility; family planning; internal or international migration; urbanization; mortality; population structure and composition; population ageing; population policies; population, environment and development; HIV/AIDS; and population trends and economic growth.
-Leads and supervises the development and maintenance of the Population Division’s website, including databases on demographic indicators, population and development indicators, population policy information and indicators or information on other population-related issues. Develops or oversees the development and design of appropriate software for the efficient use and management of the website.
-Leads and carries out the administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Office of the Director and the Division, including preparation of budgets, reporting on programme performance, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), recruitment processes, interviews of candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates and preparation of input for resultsbased budgeting.
-Provides guidance and training for staff under his/her supervision. Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Office of the Director and the Division. Ensures that staff follow appropriate technical, substantive and editorial guidelines in the preparation of reports and other technical output.
-Leads and supervises the organization of expert group meetings, seminars, etc., on population-related issues. Is responsible for the substantive preparation and organization of such meetings or seminars.
-Participates in international, regional or national meetings to present the results of research; provides substantive expertise on an issue, or holds substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.
-Represents the Population Division at international, regional or national meetings.
-Coordinates and provides support to the preparation and implementation of technical cooperation projects in the area of population and development.
-Prepares research proposals for external funding on population issues.
-Prepares briefing notes on population and development issues for the Director and other senior staff in the United Nations. Prepares press releases and provides information to the press and media, as necessary.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge in the areas of specialization of the post, in particular regarding support for intergovernmental processes, staff recruitment and preparation of United Nations documents. Knowledge of methods of demographic analysis and theories pertaining to demographic change and demographic 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.

Building Trust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; manages in a deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; places confidences in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives proper credit to theirs; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.

Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in demography or in sociology, statistics, economics or other related field, with an emphasis on demography 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 ten years of progressively responsible experience in population analysis and research or related area is required. Experience in servicing intergovernmental bodies in the social and economic fields is desirable. Experience of project management is desirable. Experience in budget planning is desirable.

Languages

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

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.


Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move(s) requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral move(s) in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.

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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

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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No Fee

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