Job Opening

Department/Office: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 25 September 2018 - 08 November 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Economic Affairs-UNITED NAT-104043-R-Geneva (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is in the Competition and Consumer Policies Branch of the Division on International Trade and Commodities of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The Economics Affairs Officer reports to the Head of the Competition and Consumer Policies Branch.


Within delegated authority, the Economic Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Economic or sector analysis
•Drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on selected global, regional, national or sector aspects of competition and/or consumer protection policies as they relate to 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 on competition and/or consumer protection policies as they relate to economic development with colleagues in other institutions.

Intergovernmental support
•Prepares inputs for reports on competition and/or consumer protection policies to intergovernmental bodies, such as the Intergovernmental Group of Experts meetings on Consumer protection law and policy and on Competition law and policy and the Review Conferences of the UN Set of Principles and Rules on Competition
•Follows these intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports, in particular by assisting in the organization of panels, round tables in the preparation of reports, and in consultations leading to outcomes documents, liaising with permanent missions, national competition and/or consumer protection authorities, regional or international institutions, and non-governmental institutions, involved in relevant intergovernmental meetings
•Assists in the organization of panels, round tables etc. on competition and/or consumer protection policies' development issues for intergovernmental processes.

Technical cooperation
•Participates in missions on competition and/or consumer protection development issues
•Organizes training seminars for national experts.
•Prepares documentation, including technical materials, for technical cooperation programmes and projects on competition and/or consumer protection policies based on needs assessment evaluation, with a focus on policy recommendations, comments on draft legislation or enforcement guidelines, and advice on institution-building and institutional strengthening and cross-border, regional and international cooperation.
•Contributes to the preparation of materials for the approval of regional, country or sector technical cooperation projects.
•Monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects on competition and/or consumer protection issues.

•Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s services.
•Assists in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on development issues.
•Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.
•Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.


Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different sectors of economic and sustainable development, in particular on competition policy and/or consumer protection. Sound knowledge of project management. Understanding of challenges for technical cooperation in the field of competition policy and/or consumer protection. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. 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.

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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics or related field. 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 economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area is required, of which a minimum of three years of experience in:
a) research and analysis, and policy formulation on international competition and/or consumer protection is desirable;
b) intergovernmental support is also desirable;
c) technical cooperation project management would be an asset.


Fluency in one of the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat, English or French, is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Pour ce poste, les personnes originaires des États Membres suivants, qui sont non représentés ou sous-représentés au Secrétariat de l’ONU au 31 juillet 2018, sont vivement encouragés à faire acte de candidature : Afghanistan, Andorre, Angola, Antigua-et-Barbuda, Arabie saoudite, Bahreïn, Bélarus, Belize, Brésil, Brunéi Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodge, Chine, Chypre, Comores, Dominique, Émirats arabes unis, États fédérés de Micronésie, États-Unis d’Amérique, Fédération de Russie, Gabon, Grenade, Guinée équatoriale, Guinée-Bissau, Îles Marshall, Îles Salomon, Indonésie, Japon, Kiribati, Koweït, Lesotho, Libéria, Libye, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norvège, Oman, Palaos, Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée, Qatar, République arabe syrienne, République bolivarienne du Venezuela, République centrafricaine, République de Corée, République démocratique populaire lao, République islamique d’Iran, République populaire démocratique de Corée, Saint-Vincent-et les Grenadines, Sainte-Lucie, Samoa, Sao Tomé-et-Principe, Soudan du Sud, Suriname, Thaïlande, Timor-Leste, Turkménistan, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.

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.

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