Population Affairs Officer, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, New York

Organdisation Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Migration Section of the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The Population Division was created in 1946 with the mandate of strengthening the capacity of the international community to address current and emerging population issues and to integrate population dimensions into the development agenda at the national and international levels. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Migration Section.


Within delegated authority, the duties of a Population Affairs Officer are the following: 

• Provides substantive support to intergovernmental bodies and processes on population issues, such as the Commission on Population and Development, the Economic and Social Council or the General Assembly. This includes preparing reports or inputs for reports, attending meetings and preparing summary reports, and assisting in the organization of panels and round tables.

• Develops and maintains databases on demographic indicators, population and development indicators, population policy information and indicators or information on other population-related issues. Programs and oversees the development of appropriate software for the efficient use and management of data in databases. 

• Prepares population estimates and projections. This task includes the application of techniques of demographic analysis to estimate demographic indicators and to evaluate population data for completeness and accuracy so as to adjust the data as needed. It also includes the application and development of techniques or methods of population projection, and the provision of expert input to the periodic revisions of assumptions underlying the population projections

• Designs and carries out technical studies or research reports on population trends and policies and their relations to social and economic factors in specific topical areas such as fertility; family planning; internal and international migration; urbanization; mortality; population structure and composition; population ageing; population, environment and development. Writes substantive reports on the results of the studies carried out

• Applies, adapts or develops methodologies for demographic analysis. Develops tools for the appropriate implementation of these methodologies. Programming experience is necessary to perform this task, as is a solid background in statistics or mathematics.

• Assists in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on population-related issues.

• Attends international, regional and national meetings on population issues to present results of demographic analysis and research; keeps abreast of developments in the field, gathers information, networks and holds discussions on population issues with colleagues in other institutions.

• Provides, as necessary, substantive support to technical cooperation projects in the area of population and development.

• Prepares briefing notes on population and development issues for senior officials.

• Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s products.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in demography, sociology, statistics, economics 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in population analysis and research or related area is required. Experience in migration analysis and research is desirable. Experience in using statistical database software, in particular MS Excel, is desirable. Experience in interacting with national governments and UN entities is desirable.

For more information see https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=90908

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