Advanced University degree in sociology, economics, anthropology or other social science/humanities related field or
area. A first university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in
lieu of the advanced university degree. A first-level university degree and no experience will be accepted for
candidates who have passed the Young Professionals Programme Examination/United Nations National Competitive
Recruitment Examination (YPP/NCRE) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).
A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in socio economic development, policy analysis,
sociological research or related area. Working experience with international organizations is an additional asset. (No
experience is required for candidates who have passed a United Nations Competitive Recruitment Examination.)
Carries out basic research on selected aspects of critical areas of concern related to socio-economic
issues, social development programmes, human rights, equality, poverty reduction, gender, ethnicity,
social protection,etc., to include collecting, analyzing and presenting statistical data and other
information (quantitative and qualitative) gathered from diverse sources, participating in the analysis of
national experiences in social planning and policy development, etc.
Contributes to the preparation of various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, sections of
reports and studies, inputs to speeches and publications, research proposals, funding applications, etc.
Develops and maintains reference/resource information on specific topics, policy-related issues, recent
developments and trends in the field, etc.; liaises with NGOs, researchers, public officials, etc. to obtain
and provide data and information; responds to various inquiries and information requests internally and
Provides administrative and substantive support to expert group meetings, panel discussions,
conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, researching and proposing experts, handling
Analyzes progress and developments in the implementation of specific programs, social situation in
specific subject areas and population groups; social policies implemented by governments in the
Undertakes outreach activity in assigned areas, providing presentations and other inputs (e.g. articles,
publications), and attending professional and NGO meetings.
Maintains awareness of current social affairs and related issues, to include relevant political, policy, or
other developments in specific sector, country or region concerned.
Due to the powers vested in its Charter and its unique international character, the United Nations can take action on the issues confronting humanity in the 21st century, such as peace and security, climate change, sustainable development, human rights, disarmament, terrorism, humanitarian and health emergencies, gender equality, governance, food production, and more