Social Affairs Officer, P3, Bangkok

Closing date: 16 Nov 2018

This position is located in the Sustainable Socioeconomic Transformation Section, in the Social Development Division.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief, Sustainable Socioeconomic Transformation Section and the overall supervision of the Director of the Social Development Division, the Social Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Social Analysis • Participates in the analysis of social development issues with a focus on social protection, inequality and poverty reduction at the regional and national levels; undertakes empirical research and analysis of trends and developments and related policy under the section’s purview. • Develops indicators and methodologies for review and evaluation of specific topics relating to social protection, inequality and poverty reduction. • Liaises and partners with key stakeholders including policymakers, experts from research institutes and academia, and organizations of the UN system, to discuss socio economic development issues, in particular on issues related to social protection, inequality and poverty reduction. • Assists in the planning, organizing and servicing of technical and ad hoc expert group meeting; drafting reports and preparing summaries of meetings. • 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.

Intergovernmental support • Provides support to intergovernmental processes dealing with social development issues by: preparing inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies; following intergovernmental meetings and preparing summary reports; preparing inputs to statements by members of the bureau and Secretariat staff to such meetings; assisting in the organization of panels, round tables, etc. on social development issues for intergovernmental processes. • Provides support to governments and other key stakeholders in the formulation of national policies and programmes related to social protection, inequality and poverty reduction.

Technical Cooperation • Organizes expert group meetings, seminars and other meetings on social integration related issues, including activities to build national capacity in the Asia-Pacific region. • Undertakes missions to member States as part of the Organization’s technical cooperation activities and/or in support of the work programme. • Organizes and conducts training seminars for government officials, national experts on social development issues, in particular on issues related to social protection, inequality and poverty reduction. • Monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects in the field of social integration.

General • Carries out programmatic/administrative tasks, including preparation of budgets, reporting on programme performance and preparation of input for results-based budgeting. • Prepares statements and presentations on social and economic issues and other duties as required. • Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the section’s and division’s work.


Education :

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in sociology, economics, or other relevant social science is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of 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 and analysis of developing countries is required. Experience in conducting quantitative research in designing and performing studies on social development issues is highly desirable. Experience in drafting reports and studies on socio-economic issues, in particular on issues related to inequality and vulnerable groups in an international environment is desirable.

Languages :

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

Apply by: 16 November 2018


Applicants must submit through the UN Inspira (system) on ESCAP’s official jobs page. To apply, please follow this link:


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