Within delegated authority, and in the context of United Nations (UN) system-wide support to the African Union (AU), its bodies and development frameworks, including NEPAD, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs), and Agenda 2063, Agenda 2030, UN-AU cooperation frameworks, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
Delivers high quality empirical research results. Plays a lead role in identifying significant social and economic issues and problems to be addressed. Develops well-reasoned, innovative suggestions and approaches to deal with complex policy/technical issues. Effectively leads and manages major reports, projects and work teams and timely delivers outputs in a timely manner, in accordance with overall objectives and policies. Serves as an effective spokesperson internally and externally and forms strong partnerships with relevant parties to help meet organization’s objectives with respect to overall policy initiatives and coordination of socio-economic activities.
An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate) in sociology, other social science or related field is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in the specified fields with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in socio economic development, policy research and analysis, sociological research or related area in the context of Africa.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English or French with knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.