JOB POST: Social Affairs Officier, P-4, United Nations, New York USA

Posted on 19 August 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Human Rights, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

The United Nations Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities within the Department of Education and Soscial Affairs has a job opening available for a Social Affairs Officer. The job, at level P-4, is based at the United Nations headquarters in New York, USA. The application deadline is September 30, 2008.

The following description of responsibilities is taken from the official United Nations job post for Social Affairs Officer:

Under the guidance of the Chief of the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and within delegated authority, the incumbent is responsible for:

1. Promoting and facilitating the outreach and dialogue for the implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities within inter-governmental/non-governmental communities, especially academic institutions as well as among specialized constituencies in the disability community: to further policy dialogue and improve the knowledge base on the rights of persons with disabilities and the implementation of the Convention and other international instruments relating to disability.

2. Leading the development of a research agenda and establishing partnerships with experts and stakeholders, especially research institutes and academia; overseeing the development of and/or conceptualizing, formulating and managing major projects/studies; analyzing key trends and changes in socio-economic structures and related issues (e.g. occupational, cultural, educational, demographic patterns, gender issues, etc.) at global, regional or national levels.

3. Establishing partnerships with other experts and stakeholders (e.g. governments, research institutes, academia, UN system and other international organizations, NGOs, the private sector, etc.) to discuss emerging topics related to social development, exchange views on latest findings, policy guidelines, new models of development.

4. Serving as a focal point for collaboration on major issues/topics concerning disability; providing authoritative technical and policy advice and assistance to inter-governmental bodies, Member State officials, international and other organizations on planning, evaluating and implementing strategies, policies and programmes which impact socio-economic development at global, regional or national levels.

5. Writing and preparing studies on disability, law and social and socio-economic issues for publication within the UN system and in academic journals and other publications.

6. Promoting the organization at national and international fora and presenting institutional views/policies; coordinating and chairing and/or contributing substantively to sectoral seminars, general training programmes, workshops and expert group meetings.

Read more about the required qualifications for this job and how to apply at the United Nations web site at:

Please note that all applications and queries should be directed to the United Nations, NOT to We Can Do. To learn how to apply or inquire with the United Nations, please follow the above link to learn the information that you require. Thank you.

We Can Do first learned about this job opportunity via the Global Partnership for Disability and Development email discussion group.

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