Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is in the Inclusive Social Development Section (ISDS) of the Social Development Division (SDD), in the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The Associate Social Affairs Officer reports directly to the Chief of ISDS, and will be under the general supervision of the Director of SDD.
Within delegated authority, the Associate Social Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Carries out basic research on selected aspects of critical areas of concern related to socio-economic issues with a focus on social policy, social protection and social inclusion of persons with disabilities, including collecting, analyzing and presenting statistical data and other information gathered from diverse sources, participating in the analysis of national and regional experiences in social planning and policy development, etc.;
- Contributes to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, etc. on social policy, social protection, and social inclusion of persons with disabilities;
- Develops and maintains reference/resource information on specific topics, policy-related issues, recent developments and trends in the field, etc.; liaises with NGOs, researchers, etc. to obtain and provide data and information; responds to various inquiries and information requests internally and externally;
- Provides administrative and substantive support to expert group meetings, panel discussions, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, researching and proposing experts, handling logistics, etc.;
- Analyzes progress and developments in the implementation of specific programmes; contributes to the development of mechanisms for monitoring programme implementation;
- Undertakes outreach activity in assigned areas, providing presentations and other inputs (e.g. articles, publications), and attending professional and NGO meetings;
- Maintains awareness of current social affairs and related issues, to include relevant political, policy, gender issues/considerations or other developments in specific sector, country or region concerned.
- Provides support to ESCWA’s intergovernmental processes dealing with social development issues by: preparing inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies; following intergovernmental meetings and preparing summary reports and similar material; preparing inputs to statements by members of the Bureau and Secretariat staff to such meetings; assisting in the organization of panels, round tables, etc. on social development issues for intergovernmental processes.
- Compiles and analyses the data and other information necessary for the preparation of technical cooperation project proposals in the area of social development;
- Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects;
- Contributes to the preparation of material for the approval of regional, country or sectoral technical cooperation projects;
- Monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects;
- Participates in fact-finding and advisory missions to government and other activities in support of work programme.
- Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s services;
- Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.
- PROFESSIONALISM: Good research, analytical and problem-solving skills. Ability to identify and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Knowledge of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. 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.
- An advanced university 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 experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
- A first-level university degree and no experience will be accepted for candidates who have passed the United Nations Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP), the United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).
- A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in social sciences, socio-economic development, policy analysis, sociological research, economics, statistics or related area is required;
- No experience is required for candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination/United Nations National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).
- English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. Arabic is also a working language for ESCWA. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable. Knowledge of French is desirable.
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