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The position is located in the Office of the Director of the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The incumbent reports directly to the Director of the Population Division.


Within delegated authority, the Senior Population Affairs Officer in the Office of the Director of the Population Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, is responsible for the following:
· Provide policy advice to the Director on conceptual strategy development and management of the implementation of overall strategies and intra and inter-divisional/departmental policies and procedures.
· Assist in the planning and overseeing of the management of activities undertaken by the Division, helping to ensure that substantive work programmes and programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion.
· Coordinate inter-sectional activities carried out in the Division, often acting as liaison with other organizations of the United Nations system, donors and agencies as appropriate. Prepare and/or coordinate the preparation of inter-sectional publications
· Manage, supervise and carry out the work programme under his/her responsibility, including the development and maintenance of Population Division web site.
· Provide substantive input in the preparation of reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such as the Commission on Population and Development, Economic and Social Council, the General Assembly, and other policy-making bodies, as appropriate. Coordinate the servicing of the annual Commission on Population and Development.
· Contribute to the reporting to intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in biennial and/or annual reports.
· Advise on the preparation of inputs for the work programme of the Division, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
· Carry out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Division, including preparation of budgets, defining and monitoring achievement indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, interview and evaluation of candidates for job openings.
· Represent the Population Division in departmental, inter-departmental, inter-agency meetings and advisory committees concerning substantive population questions as well as issues related to management and planning.
Expert knowledge in the area of population and development Sound understanding of the intergovernmental implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development. Proven in-depth knowledge of methods of demographic analysis and theories pertaining to demographic change and demographic trends. Proven ability to produce reports and parliamentary documents clearly and concisely. Ability to coordinate and edit inputs from various authors into major substantive and programmatic reports. Ability to present the work and views of the Population Division to a variety of audiences. Ability to defend and explain difficult issues with respect to key decisions and positions to staff and representatives of intergovernmental bodies. 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.
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
-Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments
-Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards
-Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules
-Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments
-Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
Managerial Competencies:
-Serves as a role model that other people want to follow
-Empowers others to translate vision into results
-Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives
-Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support
-Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions
-Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo
-Shows the courage to take unpopular stands
Judgement/ Decision-making:
-Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly
-Gathers relevant information before making a decision
-Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them
-Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization
-Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information
-Checks assumptions against facts
-Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision
-Makes tough decisions when necessary
Advanced university degree in demography or in sociology, statistics, economics with an emphasis on demography. Candidates with an advanced university degree in another area may be considered provided that they have a strong record of working experience in population and publications that demonstrates mastery of population techniques, research and analysis. A combination of relevant academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience
At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in the field of population as well as experience in human resources management and programme and project planning and analyses. Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first level university degree recognised by the United Nations.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required; knowledge of a second official UN language is desirable.
Assessment Method
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Special Notice
- Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
-Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.
United Nations Considerations
The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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