Job Opening

Posting Title: Research Assistant, G6
Job Code Title: RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 11 April 2018 - 10 May 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Social Affairs-ESCAP-95884-R-Bangkok (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote inclusive economic, social and environmental development and support regional cooperation and integration in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership, through its analytical, normative and technical cooperation, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.

This position is located in the Financing for Development Section, in the Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division (MPFD).

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Section, and overall supervision of the Chief of Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division, the incumbent is required to perform the following functions:

• Assists in identifying and monitoring of financing for development aspect of the work of the Section in various regions/countries. Selects and evaluates a variety of substantive research documents, summarize pertinent material related to financing issues, collects and analyses large number of statistical data using STATA statistical program/ Microsoft Excel, and prepares high-quality background research materials for assessment papers, studies, briefs and reports.
• Systematically follows through and retrieves, highlights and compiles data and information from a wide variety of information sources; prepares input for the electronic database and enhances collaboration with Government agencies, research institutes/think-tanks and organizations in the collection of data for the work of Section..
• Assembles and examines original statistical material to ensure accuracy, clarity and validity; makes appropriate adjustments to use in the Section publications.
• Designs, prepares and maintains a country profile for each country assigned to the Section.
• Prepares a variety of reports, presentations, tables, lists, charts, data sets, and/or diagrams for information in order to facilitate the in-depth analysis of the retrieved information by the supervisor and other users.
• Participates in the substantive and policy discussions of the Section.
• Maintains and expands contacts with other departments in the Secretariat, as well as the UN agencies and programmes and other organizations relevant to the region, and co-ordinate the input of other departments in the collection of data for assignments received.
• Prepares, maintains and updates files (electronic and paper) and internal databases; designs and generates a variety of periodic and ad hoc reports, statistical tables, charts, graphs, and other background materials/notes to facilitate inspection and other reviews.
• Performs reference check, requests ISBN and sale number, co-ordinates review and clearance process and co-ordinates with editors, consultants, translation services, procurement unit, printers, etc., on finalization and issuance of publications and reports in multiple languages.
• Identifies the organizational requirements for conferences and meetings, assists in the preparation of documentation and reports, and provides logistic support for these meetings.
• Attends a variety of meetings to follow discussions, takes notes and prepares summary report, notes for the file, correspondence, etc.
• Assists in the maintenance of websites by scanning, converting and posting a variety of documents onto the site, perform data entry and extraction functions.
• Provides guidance and training to new/junior staff.
• Performs other related work as required.

Competencies

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

Education

High school diploma or equivalent is required. A first-level university degree in economics or related field is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in collecting and researching data across various areas of social and economic development or related area is required.
Proficiency in using Microsoft Excel and STATA statistical program is desirable. Experience in analytical work in the area of economics and development is desirable. Experience within the United Nations Common System or other international organizations 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 United Nations language is an advantage.

Assessment

Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.

Special Notice

Appointment against this post is on a local basis; candidates shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of the ESCAP office, irrespective of nationality and length of time the candidate may have been in the country. If no suitable local candidate is identified, candidates located elsewhere may be considered. The candidate is 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.

Must have passed the United Nations Global General Service Test (GGST) at Headquarters or an equivalent locally-administered test at Offices Away from Headquarters.

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

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

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