Posting Title: ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER (temporary job opening), P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 20 June 2023 – 27 June 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Economic Affairs-UNITED NAT-210141-J-Geneva (R)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Organisational Setting and ReportingThis position is located in the Macroeconomic and Development Policies Branch of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The Senior Economic Affairs Officer reports to the Head of Branch.
Under the supervision of the Head, MDPB, the duties of an Economic Affairs Officer are: ECONOMIC ANALYSIS:
- Analyses structural, macro-economic and macro-financial issues of the global economy.
- Interprets and applies economic data for the formulation and analysis of possible national economic strategies and multilateral policies and decisions for strengthening inclusive development and a better integration into the global economy. Drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on trade and macro financial aspects of global, regional, national and sector aspects of economic development.
- Identifies and analyses policy proposals made elsewhere relating to assigned topics.
- Attends international, regional, and national meetings to collect information and to hold discussions with colleagues in other institutions.
- Assists in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on macro-financial and development issues.
- Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff. INTERGOVERNMENTAL SUPPORT:
- Prepares inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies (such as the Trade and Development Board, the General Assembly, and the Economic and Social Council, the regional commissions and the subsidiary bodies of each) by offering strategic advice; technical guidance and assisting in developing a consensus.
- Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports.
- Prepares inputs to statements by members of the Secretariat staff to such meetings.
- Assists in the organization of panels, round tables etc. on development issues for intergovernmental processes. GENERAL:
- Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s services.
- Participates in intra- and inter-divisional undertakings of broader concern to represent the views or interests of the organizational unit.
- Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.
- PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different sectors of economic and sustainable development. Ability to conduct independent research on international trade, macro-financial governance and development, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different sectors of economic, macro-financial and sustainable development. Ability to conduct independent research. Shows skill in developing sources for data collection. 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.
EducationAdvanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A PhD is desirable.
Work ExperienceA minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area is required. Experience researching on the macro-economic and macro-financial issues of the global economy is desirable.
LanguagesFluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
AssessmentEvaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.
- This position is available immediately for an initial period of three months. Extensions may be possible provided availability of the post, continuing need of the service and satisfactory performance. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
- While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
- Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
- This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
- 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.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
- Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as “retirement.” Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
- Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position. At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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