Posting Title:Population Affairs Officer (Population, Aging, and Migration), P4
Department/Office:Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
Duty Station:BEIRUT
Posting Period:29 March 2020 – 27 April 2020
Job Opening Number:20-Population Affairs-ESCWA-134035-R-Beirut (G)
Staffing ExerciseN/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is in Cluster 2: ‘Gender justice, population and inclusive development’ of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA – Cluster 2 acts as a pioneer and multi-stakeholder regional platform for deliberation, consensus-building, peer learning, and policy solutions to achieve gender justice for all women and girls; promote equitable, inclusive and participatory social development; reduce poverty and unemployment; and apply a rights-based approach to migration issues. The Population Affairs Officer (Population, Aging, and Migration) reports to the Cluster Lead.


The Population Affairs Officer (Population, Aging, and Migration) will be responsible for carrying in-depth analyses of population, migration and aging dynamics and their components. S/he will analyze demographic, social and economic causes and policy implications in the Arab region taking into consideration existing variations among countries. S/he will provide periodic assessment of population, migration and aging related data to feed into regional knowledge products, capacity building packages and policy options.

The Population Affairs Officer (Population, Aging, and Migration) will be responsible for the following duties:

1.Provides substantive support on the work of the Cluster, particularly to intergovernmental bodies, such as the Commission on Population and Development, the ESCWA Committee on Social Development, ESCWA Committee on Women and the ESCWA Ministerial Session. This activity includes preparing reports or inputs to reports to intergovernmental bodies, attending meetings, preparing summary reports on meetings, assisting in the organization of panels or round tables on social development issues.
2.Produces reports and technical papers on social development issues particularly those related to population, aging, migration in the Arab region taking into consideration issues such as youth, disability, and gender.
3.Coordinate within the cluster and with other clusters on issues of common interest to ensure that key messages on population, aging and migration are mainstreamed in the work of ESCWA.
4.Uses global and regional data estimates and projections in preparing or contributing to key outputs in the work of the Cluster. This includes the application of different qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques. It also includes the provision of expertise to the periodic revisions of assumptions underlying the projections carried out by the UN Population Division and ESCWA statistics cluster.
5.Designs and carries out substantive studies on population, aging and migration trends, dynamics as well as national policies and legislations and their relations to social and economic factors in specific topical areas such as fertility; internal and international migration; health and mortality; population structure and composition; population ageing; aging and violence..
6.Stay abreast of international conventions and agreements related to population, aging and migration and manage the preparation of periodic review reports and regional consultations on the topic, related to the Global Compact for Safe, Regular, and Orderly Migration; International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the 2030 Agenda, among others.
7.Manage the relevant Social Development field projects implemented at national and regional levels, engage with government and non-government counterparts accordingly, and prepares implementation plans, progress reports and other related documents.
8.Assists in carrying out administrative tasks including interviews of candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates, preparation of budgets, reporting on programme performance, and preparation of input for results-based budgeting.
9.Assists in providing supervision and guidance to junior staff.
10.Organizes expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on population, aging and migration related issues.
11.Coordinate with partners on on population, aging and migration issues; keeps abreast of developments in the field, gathers information, networks and holds discussions on population issues with colleagues in other institutions.
12.Represents the Cluster and project teams at international, regional or national meetings.
13.Designs and provides technical support to technical cooperation projects and member States in relevant areas of work.
14.Prepares substantive concept notes and proposals for external funding on relevant issues.
15.Prepares briefing notes or press releases on population, aging and migration issues for use by cluster Leader and other senior staff other offices and the media.
16.Supports junior staff and research assistance, reviewing their work and providing feedback.
17.Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work of the cluster.


•PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of methods of demographic analysis and theories pertaining to demographic change and population trends. Ability to produce reports and technical papers on population issues, preferably including own-name publications in technical journals or other scientific publications. 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.

•TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

•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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in sociology, or economics with an emphasis on any of the three topics: Population, aging and migration is required. A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A PhD in a relevant field is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in social development with at least 2 years in at least two of the three topics (population, aging and migration) or related area is required.
Previous experience in research is required.
Experience in the Arab region is desirable


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. In addition, Arabic is a working language at ESCWA. For this position, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic is desirable. Fluency in French is desirable

Note: “Fluency” equals a rating of ‘fluent’ in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand) and “Knowledge of” equals a rating of ‘confident’ in two of the four areas.


Evaluation of qualified candidates will include assessment(s) and a 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.

•The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

•For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 November 2019, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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