Posting Title: Research Assistant, G6
Job Code Title: RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 01 June 2023 – 07 July 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Social Affairs-DESA-209924-R-New York (O)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organisational Setting and ReportingThis position is located in the Digital Government Branch (DGB) of the Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG), Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The Research Assistant will report to the Senior Governance and Public Administration Officer of DGB. DPIDG focuses on supporting countries in improving effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels for internationally agreed development goals, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SGGs). More information on DPIDG is available at https://www.un.org/development/desa/en/about/desa-divisions/public-administration.html
Within delegated authority, the Research Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:
- Assists in identifying and monitoring substantive aspects of the work of the Unit in various regions/countries. Selects and evaluates a variety of documents, summarize pertinent material, collects and analyses data and prepares background materials for assessment papers, studies, briefs and reports.
- Develops and maintains reference/resource information related to the United Nations E-Government Survey, the implementation of the World Summit on the Information Society, and other digital/internet governance related publications and projects administered by the branch.
- Collects, analyses, summarizes and presents information/data such as status of coordination to track responses/contributions and compliances from countries, UN agencies, Regional Commissions, etc. for reference and information for the Chief and officers of the Branch.
- Systematically tracks GA agenda items, resolutions and other legislative decisions that affect programme content and changes enacted by legislation (especially from the 2nd Committees and other intergovernmental bodies) relevant to the Branch; participate in meetings and seminars when necessary to follow discussions, monitor follow-up activities and outcomes, summarizing noteworthy issues.
- Participates in the substantive and policy discussions of the Unit.
- Maintains and expands contacts with other departments in the Secretariat, as well as the UN agencies and programmes and other organizations relevant to the region, and co-ordinates the input of other departments in the collection of data for assignments received.
- Prepares, maintains, and updates files (electronic and paper) and internal databases; designs and generates a variety of periodic and ad hoc reports, statistical tables, charts, graphs, and other background materials/notes to facilitate inspection and other reviews.
- Drafts programme/project summaries, co-ordinates review and clearance process and co-ordinates with editor, translation services, etc., on finalization and publication of reports in multiple languages.
- Identifies the organizational requirements for conferences and meetings and assists in the preparation of documentation and reports for these meetings.
- Attends a variety of meetings to follow discussions, takes notes and prepares summary report, notes for the file, correspondence, etc.
- Provides guidance and training to new/junior staff.
- Performs other related work as required.
- PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of research methodologies, data collection and maintenance. Ability to identify, extract, analyze and format data from a wide variety of standard and non-standard sources. 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.
- COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
- 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.
EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent is required.
Work ExperienceA minimum of seven years of experience in collecting and researching data across various areas of social and economic development or related areas is required. Experience in digital government and related areas is desirable. Experience in data visualization is desirable.
LanguagesEnglish and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
AssessmentEvaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
Special NoticeThis position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. Applicants for positions in the General Service and related categories must be authorized to work for the United Nations in the duty station where the position is located. Eligible applicants selected from outside the duty station are responsible for any expenses in connection with their relocation to the duty station. Staff members subject to local recruitment are not eligible for allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment. Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test after submitting an application. Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test [in English] at the United Nations headquarters, Economic Commission for Africa, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, United Nations Office at Geneva, United Nations Office at Vienna, International criminal tribunal for Rwanda or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.
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