The position is located in the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (SPFII), in the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The incumbent reports to the Chief of SPFII. The SPFII provides substantive assistance and support to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The SPFII advocates for and facilitates the implementation within the UN system of the recommendations that emerge from each annual session; promotes awareness of indigenous issues within the UN system, governments, and the broader public; and serves as a source of information and a coordination point for advocacy efforts that relate to the Permanent Forum's mandate and the ongoing issues that arise concerning indigenous peoples.
Within delegated authority, the Social Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in law, sociology, economics, other social science or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in socio-economic development, policy analysis, sociological research or related area is required. Experience working in an international organization is desirable. Experience preparing background notes, talking points or statements for senior-level officials, is desirable. Experience in report-writing is desirable. Experience conducting research and analysis on indigenous peoples’ issues is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French or Spanish is desirable.