Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is in Subprogramme 1: ‘Integrated management of natural resources for sustainable development’ of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA, unescwa.org). Within this Subprogramme, the Research Assistant position supports the project ‘Regional Initiative for Promoting Small-Scale Renewable Energy Applications in Rural Areas of the Arab Region’. Under the overall supervision of the Director of Subprogramme 1, the incumbent reports to the Chief of the Energy Section.Responsibilities
The Research Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:
•Researches, analyses, compiles and presents information/data on specific energy project related topics;
•Sorts, consolidates, extracts and processes data and enter into relevant database;
•Assists in monitoring developments/issues on subjects or areas assigned by collecting, selecting, analysing and compiling materials from multiple sources, e.g., relevant databases, the library and the Internet;
•Assembles original statistical material; adjusts reported data from different sources and load data into computerized database system;
•Assists in the evaluation and examination of data sets for accuracy, clarity and validity;
•Assists in the maintenance of relevant computerized databases;
•Prepares a variety of reports (project progress report), presentations, tables, lists, graphs, charts and/or diagrams for information and review by senior officers;
•Prepares abstracts/bibliographic descriptions for inclusion in documents, articles, books and publications;
•Reviews, stores, classifies, and maintains project-related computerized databases;
•Takes notes and drafts executive summaries of meetings;
•Collects organizes and disseminates relevant UN and media information. Coordinates and sets up press briefings, press statements, pamphlets or other public awareness campaigns to educate public related to renewable energy policies;
•Attends meetings and follows discussions, takes notes and prepares summary reports, notes for the file, and drafts correspondences as necessary;
•Assists in the overall administrative/substantive tasks related to the implementation of the project and provides substantive and logistic support for the project's conferences and meetings, acts as rapporteur, and assists in the preparation of documentation (agenda, info notes, presentations, background substantive material) and reports for these meetings;
•Assist in the preparation of budget performance submissions and finalization of budget and progress performance reports; analyse variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures; and prepares for the project spending plan on a monthly basis in consultation with the Chief of Section;
•Prepares checklists, identifying stages of programme/project development, funding source;
•Performs other related work as required by the Chief of Section and/or Division Director.
PROFESSIONALISM - Ability to research, interpret and analyse a wide variety of data in the area of energy and sustainable development. Knowledge of the functions and organization of the work unit, and of the organizational structure and respective roles of related units. Knowledge of internal policies, processes and procedures. Demonstrates use of initiative and ability to make appropriate linkages in work requirements. 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.
High school diploma or equivalent is required. A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in a field related to energy or sustainable development is desirable.Work Experience
A minimum of five years of experience in collecting and researching data across various areas of social and economic development or related area is required.
Proven work experience in the area of energy or sustainable development 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 required, and knowledge of French is desirable.
Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Applicants who have not passed the GGST at the time of application may be invited for the test when they are short-listed for a job opening. Having passed the Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT) in English at the United Nations Headquarters, Economic Commission for Africa, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, United Nations Office at Geneva, United Nations Office at Vienna, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia may be accepted in lieu of the GGST per applicable eligibility guidelines.
In addition, evaluation of qualified candidates will include assessment(s) and a competency-based interview.
•This project position is available for one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to availability of funds, extension of the mandate, continued need for services, and satisfactory performance.
•This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. If no suitable candidate is identified, overseas candidates will be considered subject to a passing grade on the relevant entry-level examinations at the duty station. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.
•The candidate is responsible for any expenses incurred in order to take attend assessments and interviews and, in the event of an employment offer, any costs related to travel and relocation to the duty station.
•Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General, who may assign them to any task or function in the organization. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions during 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.
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.
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