Social Affairs Officer (Gender)

United Nations - Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

Beirut, Lebanon

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located within the Centre for Women (ECW) of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. The Social Affairs Officer will be under the overall supervision of, and will report directly to, the Director of ECW.


The Social Affairs Officer will be responsible for carrying out the following:

Gender Analyses and Gender Mainstreaming

  • Proposes, designs and carries out substantive research projects analyzing key trends and changes in socio-economic structures and related issues (e.g., gender mainstreaming, gender issues, SCR 1325, violence against women, women participation, employment, SDGs, etc.) at global, regional and national levels; assesses implications and develops proposals with respect to gender equality and the empowerment of women;
  • Develops new lines of theoretical analysis and research methodologies for the diagnosis of major transformations in the field of gender equality and the empowerment of women;
  • Liaises and partners with other experts in the field (e.g. governments, research institutes, academia, other international organizations, etc.) to discuss issues related to gender equality, exchanges views on latest findings, policy guidelines, new models of development, etc.; helps ensure that lessons learned are disseminated and incorporated into development programmes and other initiatives, including gender-related activities;
  • Plans, organizes and provides substantial servicing of ad hoc expert group meetings, conferences, seminars, workshops, etc. to include identification and selection of participants, development of background documentation, preparation of reports, documents, policy recommendations and analytical briefs based on the outcome of such meetings;
  • Prepares a variety of studies, reports, background papers, parliamentary documentation, etc. on a wide range of gender equality and the empowerment of women;
  • Contribute to the implementation of the System Wide Action Plan (SWAP) on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women to ensure that gender is mainstreamed within ESCWA.

Intergovernmental Support

  • Provides substantive support on gender issues to intergovernmental bodies (such as the General Assembly, the ESCWA Session, the Economic and Social Council, the Commission on the Status of Women, and the Committee on Women;
  • Represents organizational unit at international, regional and national meetings;
  • Organizes panels, round tables, etc. on gender equality for intergovernmental processes.

Technical Cooperation

  • Provides technical assistance to governments and other bodies in the formulation and implementation of policies and programs related to gender equality and gender mainstreaming;
  • Designs, monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects;
  • Undertakes missions to member states, either alone or as a participant in a diverse team, as part of the Organization’s technical cooperation activities and/or in support of the work programme;
  • Prepares global, regional, national or sectoral analyses that provide a basis for advising national governments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming;
  • Conducts training seminars and workshops for government officials and others;
  • Formulates technical modalities for the evaluation of individual technical cooperation projects.


  • Contributes to the planning and preparation of Division budget and work program and in the administration of the day-to-day operations of the Division, including personnel responsibilities of the unit;
  • Provides leadership and work direction to assigned work team, and/or mentors and supervises the work of new/junior officers;
  • Prepares statements on gender related issues for the Secretary-General and Under Secretary-General, as required;
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of women and gender issues and related fields. Ability to apply principles and concepts of gender equality and gender mainstreaming in relation to government, the private sector, civil society and international organizations. Ability to apply modern techniques of analyzing socio-economic and political phenomena. Ability to conduct conceptual and strategic analyses. Ability to analyze and articulate the gender dimensions of complex issues. Problem-solving skills. Ability to use sound judgment in applying technical expertise to resolve a wide range of complex issues/problems. Very good knowledge of region or country of assignment, including the political, economic and social dimensions. Ability to relate socio-economic issues, gender issues, trends and perspectives, to social and economic development initiatives/programmes in affected country/region. Strong negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement. Ability to work under pressure. Very good knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines pertaining to gender issues. Sound knowledge of the institutions of the UN system. Excellent research skills and demonstrated ability to complete in-depth studies and to formulate conclusions/recommendations. 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 of the organization.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Advanced University Degree (Master's degree or equivalent) preferably in gender studies, sociology, economics, other social science or related field. 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 seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in socio economic development, policy analysis, sociological research or related area. At least three years of experience in gender issues in desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Arabic is also a working language of ESCWA. For the post advertised, fluency in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of Arabic language is desirable.

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