United Nations Social Affairs Officer Jobs in Adidas Ababa - Ethiopia

United Nations Social Affairs Officer Jobs in Adidas Ababa - Ethiopia


Org. Setting and Reporting

Established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) in 1958 as one of the UN's five regional commissions, ECA's mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development. Made up of 54 member States, and playing a dual role as a regional arm of the UN and as a key component of the African institutional landscape, ECA is well positioned to make unique contributions to address the Continent’s development challenges.

The strategic objective of ECA is framed around delivering ideas and actions for an empowered, inclusive and transformed Africa in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063 of the African Union through its three core functions, namely, its function as a think tank, its convening function and its operational function.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, and in the context of United Nations (UN) system-wide support to the African Union (AU), its bodies and development frameworks, including NEPAD, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs), and Agenda 2063, Agenda 2030, UN-AU cooperation frameworks, the incumbent 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., poverty, employment, ageing, disability, family, youth, occupational, cultural, educational demographic patterns, gender issues, etc.) at global, regional and national levels; assesses implications and develops proposals with respect to social development and social welfare policies and interventions;
  • Develops new lines of theoretical analysis and research methodologies for the diagnosis of major transformations in socio-economic structures;
  • 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.

    Competencies

  • Professionalism: Knowledge of social development and related fields. Ability to apply principles and concepts of socio-economic development in relation to government, the private sector, civil society and international organizations.
  • Ability to apply modern techniques of analyzing social phenomena relevant to socio-economic development in Africa. 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.
  • Very good knowledge of the Africa region, 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 Africa.
  • 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. Sound knowledge of the institutions of the UN system
    and African regional and sub-regional organizations. 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.
  • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

    Education

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate) in sociology, other social science or related field is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in the specified fields with two additional years of relevant 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 research and analysis, sociological research or related area in the context of Africa.

    Languages

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English or French with knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.

    Assessment

  • Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

    How to Apply

  • Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
  • The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.
  • Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.Apply by 27th January, 2019

  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Social Affairs Officer Jobs in Adidas Ababa - Ethiopia

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