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Senior Research Assistant/Research Associate, G6

UN ESCAP - United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Bangkok, Thailand

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the Director, in the Social Development Division. The incumbent reports directly to the Director of the Social Development Division.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Director, Social Development Division, the Senior Research Assistant/Research Associate is responsible for the following duties:

  • Assists in identifying and monitoring substantive aspect of the work of the Division. 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.
  • Systematically follows through and retrieves, highlights and compiles information from a wide variety of information sources; prepares input for the electronic database and the internet and co-operate with research institutes and organizations in the collection of data.
  • Assembles and examines original statistical material to ensure accuracy, clarity and validity; makes appropriate adjustments.
  • Prepares a variety of reports, presentations, tables, lists, charts, data sets, and/or diagrams for information in order to facilitate the in-depth analysis of the retrieved information by the supervisor and other users.
  • Participates in the substantive and policy discussions of the Division.
  • 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.
  • Provides guidance and training to new/junior staff
  • Performs other related work as required.

Competencies

  • Professionalism: Knowledge of research methodologies, data collection and maintenance. Ability to identify, extract, analyse and format data from a wide variety of standard and non-standard sources including through statistical/econometric methods. 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.

Education

High school diploma or equivalent is required. A university degree in economics, sociology, demography, statistics or related field is highly desirable. An advanced degree in any of these fields would be an advantage.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of experience in collecting and analysing data across various areas of social and economic development or related area is required. Experience in applications of quantitative methods/econometric techniques is desirable.

Languages

English 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.

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