Senior Research Assistant, Social Affairs, Santiago, Chile

Job Description



Department/Office: Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

Duty Station: SANTIAGO

Posting Period: 04 December 2018 – 02 January 2019

Job Opening Number: 18-Social Affairs-ECLAC-104941-R-Santiago (R)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organizational Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the ILPES (Latin American Institute for Economic and Social Planning) of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean ECLAC. The Senior Research Assistant reports to the Chief of ILPES. The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the five regional Commissions of the United Nations. It was founded in 1948 with the purpose of contributing to the region’s economic and social development. Its mission includes the design, monitoring and evaluation of public policies and the provision of advisory services, expertise and training to Governments, as well as support for regional and international cooperation and coordination activities. Please visit our website at for further information.


Under the direct supervision of Division Director, the Senior Research Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:

A) Substantive support to the Chief of ILPES. Supports the elaboration of presentations and undertakes research regarding what has been produced in the Organization and in ILPES to ensure alignment of key messages and the updating of information and graphics. Follows up and supports the organization of the biennial meeting of the Regional Council of Planning and the Board of Directors of the RCP.B) Together with the other members of the team, participates in ILPES’ technical cooperation programs focused on development planning, territorial planning, foresight, and land use polices. i) Elaborates proposals and methodological applications for technical cooperation activities on planning and public management. ii) Carries out field activities and workshops included within technical cooperation programs on planning for development. This task implies the application of methodologies, the elaboration of research presentations and the answering of methodological and concept consultations from courses’ participants. iii) Systematizes and writes reports and conclusions on field activities. iv) Negotiates and manages cooperation projects with public institutions and donors.C) Responsible for delivering lectures in training courses and for the elaboration of training materials on planning for development and public management. i) Prepares pedagogic material (concept and methodological contents). ii) Coordinates courses. iii) Evaluates courses’ impact. D) Participation in research work on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, SDGs and the Observatory of Regional Planning.i) Writes and systematizes reports, documents and specialized research on the experiences of the Agenda 2030 and its alignment with the national, subnational and sectorial plans. ii) Prepares pedagogic material for training courses, assesses its impact and reports its results.E) Contributes to the development and preparation of the e-learning program of ILPESi) Contributes in the design and elaboration of distant education material (methodologies, pedagogic contents, brochures, etc). This task implies defining the goals of the courses to be carried out, as well as the contents, the pedagogic activities, the standards to be applied, the applicable technologies, the competencies to be developed, and the learning education mechanisms of such courses. ii) Contributes to the e-tutors instruction, management and coordination. iii) Contributes to the planning, coordination and organization of e-learning courses according to annual estimation demand, applications received and number of e-tutors available. iv) Supports the development and strengthen of the substantive and semantic nets of former students.F) Performs other duties when required.


  • Professionalism: Advanced Knowledge on management of Learning Management Systems (LMS) such as MOODLE, SAKAI and LAMS is desirable. Advanced knowledge on the use of computer programs such as Exelearning, Raptivity, Articulate: Engage and Presenter is desirable. Knowledge of computer languages PHP, Apache Web Server and Presenter and MYSQL database is desirable. Managing technical networks is desirable. Distant learning training is desirable. Knowledge of internal policies, processes and procedures in particular those related to the area of responsibility. Ability to identify, extract interpret, analyse and format a wide range of data. Ability to research and gather information from a wide variety of standard and non-standard sources. Demonstrates ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given. 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 and 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. Studies in development economics is desirable. Studies in public management area is desirable.

NOTE: For positions in the General Service category, candidates are required to clearly indicate in their PHPs relevant information confirming completion of High School.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of experience in collecting and researching data across various areas of social and economic development or related area is required. Experience in research and planning for development and public management is required. At least six years of experience in technical cooperation on training and development planning is required.

Relevant experience on methodologies of planning for development; public management principles, concepts and methodologies at the national, regional and local level is desirable. Experience in providing technical assistance to technical governmental civil servants is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, advanced knowledge of Spanish and English is required. Knowledge of the second language (English/Spanish) will be tested, unless it can be supported by a certificate from a recognized institution.

NOTE: ”Advanced level” equals a rating of ”fluent” in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand) and ”Intermediate level” equals a rating of ”confident” in two of the four areas.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

  • Appointment for positions in the General Service category is done on a local basis. Applicants shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of the office, irrespective of nationality and length of time the candidate may have been in the country. Applicants will be responsible for any expenses incurred in taking the relevant examinations at the duty station, and of any costs related to traveling and relocating to the duty station in the event of an employment offer.
  • A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. – A staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. – Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat. – The expression ‘Internal candidates’, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15. Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. – The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. – For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at: Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.

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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on ‘Manuals’ hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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ECLAC – Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean


Santiago, Chile