Social Affairs Officer, New York, United States

Department of Economic and Social Affairs

DESA New York, USA

Posting Title: Social Affairs Officer, P4

Job Code Title: SOCIAL AFFAIRS OFFICER

Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Duty Station: NEW YORK

Posting Period: 01 November 2022 – 15 December 2022

Job Opening Number: 22-Social Affairs-DESA-193215-R-New York (G)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Indigenous Peoples and Development Branch, Division for Inclusive Social Policy (DISD), Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The Social Affairs Officer reports to the Senior Social Affairs Officer.

The IPDB-SPFII advocates for and facilitates the implementation within the UN system of the recommendations

of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues; promotes awareness of indigenous issues within the UN system,

governments, and the broader public; and serves as a source of information and a coordination point for

advocacy efforts that relate to the Permanent Forum’s mandate, the UN Declaration on the Rights of

Indigenous Peoples, and ongoing issues that arise concerning indigenous peoples, with particular emphasis on

the system wide action plan on indigenous peoples and the 2030 Development Agenda including as in its

preamble sport for development and peace. For more information on the work of DESA-DISD, visit: (link)

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Social Affairs Officer is responsible for the following duties: SOCIAL ANALYSIS:

  • Proposes, designs and carries out substantive research projects analyzing key trends and changes in socio-economic structures and related issues (e.g., poverty, employment, ageing, disability, family, youth, gender issues, etc.) with a particular focus on indigenous peoples at global, regional and national levels; assesses implications and develops proposals with respect to social development and policies and interventions in the context of the rights of indigenous peoples.
  • Liaises and partners with other experts in the field (e.g. governments, research institutes, academia, other international organizations, etc.) to discuss issues related to social development and indigenous peoples’ issues, exchanges views on latest findings, policy guidelines, new models of development, identify problems to be addressed and helps ensure that lessons learned are disseminated and incorporated into development programmes and other initiatives, including gender-related activities.
  • Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars, etc.
  • Plans, organizes and provides substantial servicing of ad hoc expert group meetings, conferences, seminars, workshops, etc. to include identification and selection of participants, development of background documentation, preparation of reports, documents, policy recommendations and analytical briefs based on the outcome of such meetings.
  • Prepares a variety of studies, reports, background papers, parliamentary documentation, etc. on a wide range of social development issues with a particular emphasis on indigenous peoples.
  • Prepares statements on social and indigenous peoples’ issues for presentations by high-level officials, senior staff and members of the Permanent Forum.

INTERGOVERNMENTAL SUPPORT:

  • Provides substantive support to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and intergovernmental bodies (such as the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, the Commission for Social Development). United Nations
  • Organizes panels, round tables, etc. on indigenous peoples’ issues for the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and relevant intergovernmental processes.

  • Engages in global policy discussion to ensure that indigenous peoples’ issues are duly considered. Technical Cooperation
  • Provides technical assistance to governments and other bodies in the formulation and implementation of policies and programs related to socio-economic development with an emphasis on indigenous peoples.
  • Undertakes missions to member states, either alone or as a participant in a diverse team, as part of the Organization’s technical cooperation activities and/or in support of the work programme.
  • Conducts training seminars and workshops for government officials and facilitates knowledge management and exchange of good practices amongst United Nations Country Teams and Regional Coordination Office on indigenous issues.

GENERAL:

  • Leads and participate in planning and preparation of unit budget and work programme and in the administration of the day-to-day operations of the Branch, including personnel responsibilities of the Branch, budget funding on strategic partnerships and programmes; prepare relevant documents/reports.
  • Provides leadership and work direction to assigned work team, and/or mentors and supervises the work of new/junior officers.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

  • PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of social development and related fields. Ability to apply principles and concepts of socio-economic development in relation to government, indigenous peoples, the private sector, civil society and international organizations. Ability to apply modern techniques of analyzing social phenomena. Ability to conduct conceptual and strategic analyses. Ability to analyze and articulate the social dimension of complex issues. Problem-solving skills. Ability to use sound judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of complex issues/problems. Ability to relate socio-economic issues, trends and perspectives, including gender issues, to indigenous issues and social development initiatives/programmes. Strong negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement. Ability to work under pressure. Very good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to social affairs, the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and other UN mechanisms on indigenous peoples’ rights. Sound knowledge of the institutions of the UN system. Excellent research skills and demonstrated ability to complete in-depth studies and to formulate conclusions/recommendations. 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.
  • ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

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 additional two years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in socio-economic development, policy analysis, sociological research, human rights or related area is required.

Experience with policy analysis and research on the rights, socio-economic and socio-cultural situation of indigenous peoples is required.

Experience providing support to inter-governmental processes and negotiations is desirable.

Experience providing capacity development services is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French or Spanish or Russian 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 and geographical diversity 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 March 2022, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, China, Comoros, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.

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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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No Fee

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