Social Affairs Officer, P3

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 9 February 2020
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Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Section, in the Social Development Division.


Under the general direction of the Director, Social Development Division, and direct supervision of the Chief, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Section, the Social Affairs Officer is responsible for the following duties:

Social Analysis

• Participates in the analysis of social development issues in selected areas at the global, regional and national levels; undertakes empirical research and analysis of trends and developments and related policy issues relevant to the unit/departmental mandate, projects and initiatives; recommends proposals for inclusion in reports to intergovernmental bodies, member states, etc.
• Develops indicators and methodologies for review and evaluation of specific topics.
• Liaises with officials of governments, representatives of national, regional and global organizations, organizations of the UN system, etc. on selected social policy issues related to the implementation of specific programmes, action plans or other initiatives, and provides advice on a range of related matters.
• Assists in the planning, organizing and servicing of technical and ad hoc expert group meeting; drafting reports and preparing summaries of meetings, etc.
• Proposes, designs and carries out substantive research projects analyzing key trends and challenges in socio-economic structures and issues related to persons with disabilities at regional levels; assesses implications and develops proposals with respect to social development and social welfare policies and interventions.
• Undertake monitoring and evaluation of the technical cooperation programme concerning disability and prepare progress reports and related documents.
• Develops draft policy recommendations and formulates proposals for regional strategies to address key challenges related to the protection and promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities.
• Represents the work unit at international and other meetings; organize and participate in working groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners on social and economic development related matters.
• Prepares/contributes to the preparation of various written reports, documents and communications, e.g. drafts reports or sections of analytical reports, studies, background papers, parliamentary documents, briefings, correspondence, etc.

Technical Cooperation
• Organizes training seminars for national experts.
• Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects.
• Contributes to the preparation of material for the approval of regional, country or sectoral technical cooperation projects.
• Monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects.
• Participates in fact-finding and advisory missions to government and other activities in support of work programme.

• Provides guidance to, and may supervise, new/junior staff.
• Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s services.
• Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in sociology, economics, other social science or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in socio-economic development, policy analysis, policy design and implementation, sociological research or other related area is required. Experience of working in policy design and implementation, advocacy work and establishing partnerships with key stakeholders in the area of rights of persons with disability is a requirement. Experience on disability issues with Governments or within the UN system in Asia and the Pacific region is desirable. Knowledge of working with development partners, including governments on resource mobilization in the area of disability will be an asset.


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

About the Organization

The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote sustainable and inclusive development and regional connectivity in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership with policy oriented research and analysis, normative support and technical assistance and capacity building, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.

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