Social Affairs Officer - United Nations, Chile, Deadline: Jun-04-2016

Posting Title:Social Affairs Officer
Duty Station:SANTIAGO
Posting Period:06 April 2016 - 04 June 2016
Job Opening Number:58254
Staffing ExerciseN/A

Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Division of Gender Affairs within the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in Santiago, Chile. The Social Affairs Officer reports to Chief of the Gender Affairs Division. 

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the five regional Commissions of the United Nations. It was founded in 1948 with the purpose of contributing to the region's economic and social development. Its mission includes the design, monitoring and evaluation of public policies and the provision of advisory services, expertise and training to Governments, as well as support for regional and international cooperation and coordination activities. Please visit our website at for further information.
Under the general supervision of the Chief of the Gender Affairs Division, the Social Affairs Officer will be 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., gender issues, poverty, employment, ageing, disability, family, youth, occupational, cultural, educational demographic patterns, etc.) at global, regional and national levels; assesses implications and develops proposals with respect to social development and social welfare policies and interventions and their impact on women. 
• 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, exchanges views on latest findings, policy guidelines, new models of development, etc.; helps ensure that lessons learned are disseminated and incorporated into development programmes and other initiatives, including gender-related activities.
• 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 and related issues.

Intergovernmental Support
• Provides substantive support on social issues to intergovernmental bodies (such as the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, the Commission for Social Development) including the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean.
• Represents organizational unit at international, regional and national meetings.
• Organizes panels, round tables, etc. on social development issues for intergovernmental processes.

Technical Cooperation
• Provides technical assistance to governments and other bodies in the formulation and implementation of policies and programs related to socio-economic development and gender equality.
• Designs, monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects.
• 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.
• Prepares global, regional, national or sectoral analyses that provide a basis for advising national governments on social sustainable development issues.
• Conducts training seminars and workshops for government officials and others.
• Formulates technical modalities for the evaluation of individual technical cooperation projects.

• May participate in planning and preparation of unit budget and work program and in the administration of the day-to-day operations of the unit, including personnel responsibilities of the unit.
• Provides leadership and work direction to assigned work team, and/or mentors and supervises the work of new/junior officers.
• Prepares statements on social and economic issues for the Secretary-General and Under Secretary-General, as required.
• Performs other duties as required.
• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of social development and related fields, ability to apply principles and concepts of socio-economic development and gender equality in relation to government, the private sector, civil society and international organizations are required. Ability to apply modern techniques of analyzing social phenomena is desirable. Ability to conduct conceptual and strategic analyses, ability to analyze and articulate the social dimension of complex issues and problem-solving skills are required. Ability to use sound judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of complex issues/problems is required. Very good knowledge of region or country of assignment, including the political, economic and social dimensions, ability to relate socio-economic issues, trends and perspectives, including gender issues, to social development initiatives/programmes in affected country/region are required. Strong negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement is desirable. Ability to work under pressure, very good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to social affairs, sustainable development and gender equality are required. 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 are required. 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 AND 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) in sociology, economics, social research, other social science or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience
At least seven years of progressively responsible experience in Latin America and the Caribbean in research on socioeconomic development on social issues and gender equality; analysis of public policies to promote gender equity in the region, policy analysis or related area are required. Experience working with national machineries for the advancement of women and civil society in the region is also required. Experience in the implementation of projects as well as knowledge on the United Nation System is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, advanced knowledge of oral and written English and Spanish is required, as verified through relevant exams if necessary. Knowledge of French or Portuguese is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
United Nations Considerations
Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. 

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