Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Capacity Development and Partnerships Coordination Section (CDPCS) within the Division for Inclusive Social Development (DISD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The Social Affairs Officer reports to the Chief of the Capacity Development and Partnerships Coordination Section (CDPCS). The Division for Inclusive Social Development (DISD) monitors national and global socio-economic trends, identifies emerging issues, and assesses their implications for social policy at the national and international levels. For more information on the work of DESA-DISD visit: https://social.un.org.
Within delegated authority, the Social Affairs Officer will be responsible for the planning, implementation and provision of technical cooperation to Member States, at their request, in areas within the purview of the subprogramme, at the national and regional levels, with special emphasis on the needs of the least developed countries, Africa and Small Island Developing States, by:
•Assisting countries in the translation of international agreements into national strategies.
•Providing assistance to Governments in devising multidisciplinary operational strategies that promote equitable social and economic development;
•Organizing training workshops and seminars to enhance national capacities in the formulation, monitoring and implementation of national policies and programs;
•Preparing analytical documentation reflecting best practices and experience at the national and regional level to be shared with counterparts within the United Nations system, governments and civil society;
•Formulating, executing, monitoring and evaluating specific technical cooperation projects;
•Identifying, evaluating and proposing potential partners for technical cooperation within and outside the United Nations system;
•Maintaining close relationship with experts in the fields from academia, civil society and other development partners, such as resident representatives of UNDP;
•Provide support to resource mobilization efforts;
•Follows intergovernmental meetings on social development, the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and incorporates results/findings of these meetings into capacity building and technical cooperation efforts.
•Perform other related duties as assigned.
•Professionalism: Knowledge of theories and concepts related to social development and social policy, including ability to use approaches and techniques to address difficult problems. Ability to identify, analyze and articulate difficult issues/problems. Ability to use sound judgment. Ability to have strong research skills, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources using standard methodologies and analytical techniques, draw conclusions and assess impact on the social development and policy issues. Ability to provide guidance to junior staff. 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.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in sociology, economics, other social science or related area 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.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in socio economic development, policy analysis, social research or related field is required. Experience of working at intergovernmental level is desirable. Experience of working with United Nations development processes/programmes in developing countries is desirable.
English and French are the working language of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
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 31 August 2018, 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, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, 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, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, 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.
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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