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Posting Title: Social Affairs Officer, P3
Job Code Title: SOCIAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 11 April 2018 - 25 May 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Social Affairs-DESA-94971-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 post is located in the Social Perspective on Development Branch of the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD), in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The Social Affairs Officer will report to a Senior Social Affairs Officer. The Division is mandated to strengthen international cooperation for social development, particularly in the areas of poverty eradication, productive employment and decent work and the social inclusion of older persons, youth, family, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, persons in situations of conflict and other groups or persons marginalized from society and development. More information on DSPD/SPDB's work is available at https://www.un.org/development/desa/dspd

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the incumbent undertakes the following duties and responsibilities:

-Monitoring social development issues, and conducting empirical research and analysis of trends in social development and related policy issues relevant to the Branch’s mandate;
-Preparing and contributing to drafts of mandated documentation and analytical reports, under minimal supervision, on the basis of outlines agreed with the Chief of the Branch, in particular in the field of poverty eradication, employment, social integration and other areas of social development, including recommending proposals for inclusion in reports to intergovernmental bodies;
-Providing substantive support to the inter-governmental meetings, which fall under the area of competence of the Branch, including providing assessments of national and global trends and their implications for consideration;
-Assisting in the planning, substantive preparation and servicing of technical and ad hoc expert group meetings, including the preparation of required supporting documentation;
-Maintaining dialogue with social partners, on issues of social development, and gathering information on initiatives taken by them and other civil society
organizations;
-Performing other duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism:
Knowledge of social and development issues; Knowledge of theories and concepts related to social development and social policy, with a particular focus on poverty, inequality, employment and social inclusion; Ability to have strong analytical capacity and ability to identify, analyze and articulate multi-dimensional social development issues; Ability to use sound judgment. Ability to conduct research and drafting skills, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources using standard methodologies and analytical techniques; Ability to draw conclusions and to assess impact on social development and policy issues. Knowledge of relevant institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to social development as well as knowledge of the institutions of the UN system. 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 & 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 degree) in sociology, economics, other social science, or related field 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 conducting research and analysis on social or economic development is required. Experience with drafting parliamentary documentation is desirable. Experience providing substantive support to intergovernmental processes is desirable. Experience in bridging policy analysis and country programming on poverty eradication is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is desirable

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.


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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