Social Affairs Officer
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Rabat, Morocco
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Org. Setting and Reporting
The Sub-regional Office for North Africa (SRO-NA) is located in Rabat (Morocco). It is headed by a Director who reports to the Deputy Executive Secretary (Programme). Its main objective is to contribute to achieving structural transformation and balanced development through implementation of an environment conducive to the creation of employment for women and young people in North Africa.
The post is located in the Sub-Regional Office for North Africa (SRO-NA) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). The Social Affairs Officer will work under the direct supervision of the Chief, Sub-regional Initiatives section (P5), and the overall guidance of the Director of the SRO-NA Office.
Within delegated authority, the Social Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- 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.
- 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.
- Provides substantive support on social and development issues to intergovernmental bodies (such as the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts or the Conference of Ministers) by offering strategic advice, giving technical guidance and assisting in developing a consensus.
- Represents organizational unit at international, regional and national meetings.
- Organizes panels, round tables, etc. on social development issues for intergovernmental processes.
- Provides technical assistance to governments and other bodies in the formulation and implementation of policies and programs related to socio-economic development.
- 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 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.
- Performs other duties as required.
- Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in sociology, economics, other social science or related field is required.
- A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A PhD in sociology or economics is an advantage.
- A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in socio economic research, policy analysis, sociological research or related area is required.
- Experience in social development and SDGs policies is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of Arabic language is an advantage.