联合国经济和社会事务部招聘研究助理研究员(G5)

Job Opening

Posting Title: RESEARCH ASSISTANT, G5
Job Code Title: RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 15 June 2017 - 14 July 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Social Affairs-DESA-79777-R-New York (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
 

 

 

Special Notice

Staff Members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by the Secretary-General. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application. Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test in English at the United Nations Headquarters, Economic Commission for Africa, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, United Nations Office at Geneva, United Nations Office at Vienna, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; or the United Nations Accounting or Statistical Assistant Examination at the United Nations Headquarters may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, ECOSOC and Interorganizational Cooperation Branch. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the ECOSOC and Interorganizational Cooperation Branch (EICB). The Office provides substantive support and promotes consensus in the United Nations Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly. For more information, please visit the website at: http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/oesc/about/index.shtml.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority and under the direct supervision of the Chief of the ECOSOC Support and Interorganizational Cooperation Branch, the Research Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:

•Provide research and administrative assistance to staff in the work unit in all aspects of work relevant to the substantive and organizational preparation of the meetings in the economic and social fields and preparatory bodies and meetings and events organized by the work unit.
•Organize and maintain complex lists of participants of various meetings, reference materials and background documents.
•Assist in the data compilation and analysis, compiles materials and presents basic information/data that is available on websites and in documentation available on ODS, and liaise with offices within and outside the organization.
•Collect reports/journals, which would be useful to the work of the unit.
•Maintain accurate files and records (both paper and electronic) for the work unit.
•Serve as focal point and oversee registration for joint meetings of ECOSOC and the General Assembly – fora /meetings pertaining to ECOSOC.
•Drafts routine correspondence and carries out quality control function for outgoing documents and ensures that documents are prepared in accordance with editorial guidelines; submits draft reports for processing and liaises with Documents Control on matters related to documents submission and issuance.
•Researches, extracts and compiles basic information on issues of economic, social and environmental fields and related topics.
•Attends meeting, prepares minutes, monitors follow-up activities, and drafts routine correspondence.
•Collects organizes and disseminates relevant media information on ECOSOC.
•Maintains files of rules, regulations, administrative instructions and other related documentation.
•Coordinates extensively with service units and liaises frequently with internal team members and with Permanent Missions and UN system organizations/entities.
•Makes arrangements for and coordinate video and teleconference activities at headquarters and assists in the preparation of presentation materials using appropriate technology /software.
•Provides support to the unit on technology related issues, recruitment of personnel, travel of non-staff meeting participants.
•Performs other related administrative duties, as required, e.g., monitoring accounts and payment to vendors and individual contractors for services; physical space planning; identification of office technology needs and maintenance of equipment, software and systems; organizing and coordinating administrative arrangements for seminars, conferences and translations.

Competencies

•Professionalism: Ability to research, interpret and analyse a wide variety of data. Knowledge of the functions and organization of the work unit, and of the organizational structure and respective roles of related units. Knowledge of internal policies, processes and procedures. Ability to make appropriate linkages in work requirements. 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.

Education

High school diploma or equivalent is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of experience in collecting and researching data across various areas of social and economic development or related area is required. Experience in administrative support and conference support is required. Experience in arrangement for international conferences and/or meetings is required. Experience in arrangement and/or processes of travel request is desirable. Experience with the work of ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies is desirable. Experience in processing recruitment of temporary personnel and/or consultants or individual contractors is desirable. Experience in umoja or other comparable software is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Assessment

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

 

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, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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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The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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No Fee

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