Within delegated authority, the Social Affairs Officer (Regional Advisor on Disability) will be responsible for the following duties: Social Analysis • Proposes, designs and carries out substantive research projects analyzing key trends and changes in socio-economic structures related to disability at global, regional and national levels; assesses implications and develops proposals with respect to social development and social welfare policies and interventions. • Develops new lines of theoretical analysis and research methodologies for the diagnosis of major transformations in socio-economic structures related to disability in the Arab region. • Liaises and partners with other experts in the field (e.g. governments, research institutes, academia, other international organizations, etc.) to discuss issues related to social development and disability, exchanges views on latest findings, policy guidelines, new models of development, etc.; helps ensure that lessons learned are disseminated and incorporated into development programmes and other initiatives, including gender-related activities. • Plans, organizes and provides substantial servicing of ad hoc expert group meetings, conferences, seminars, workshops, etc. to include identification and selection of participants, development of background documentation, preparation of reports, documents, policy recommendations and analytical briefs based on the outcome of such meetings. • Prepares a variety of studies, reports, background papers, papers for government meetings, etc. on a wide range of social development and disability-related issues. • Coordinates with project coordinators within and outside the cluster to ensure disability mainstreaming within their work and to ensure coherence of wok • Work closely with the social development team to develop proposals for donors and to lead resource mobilization initiatives Intergovernmental Support • Provides substantive support and prepares substantive papers on social issues to intergovernmental bodies (such as the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, the Commission for Social Development). • Represents organizational unit at international, regional and national meetings. • Organizes panels, round tables, etc. on social development issues for intergovernmental processes. Technical Cooperation • Provides technical assistance to governments and other bodies in the formulation and implementation of policies and programs related to socio-economic development in the area of social inclusion and disability, in particular the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). • Designs, monitors, backstops, assesses and reports on the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects. • Undertakes missions to member states, either alone or as a participant in a diverse team, as part of the Organization's technical cooperation activities and/or in support of the work programme. • Prepares global, regional, national or sectoral analyses that provide a basis for advising national governments on social development issues related to disability policy, in areas such as disability determination, national coordination mechanisms on the rights of persons with disabilities, and social protection systems for persons with disabilities. • Conducts training seminars and workshops for government officials and others. • Formulates technical modalities for the evaluation of individual technical cooperation projects. General • Support the implementation of the UN Disability Inclusion Strategy, including leading on some of its activities (provision of training to staff; development of internal related policies and procedures to ensure the inclusion of persons with disability…etc.). • Prepares statements on social and economic issues for the ESCWA Executive Secretary and the Cluster Leader, as required. • Performs other duties as required.