Job Opening

Department/Office: Economic Commission for Europe
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 05 November 2018 - 19 December 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Economic Affairs-ECE-104592-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 Transport Networks and Logistics Section of the Sustainable Transport Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Geneva. The Division works to facilitate the international movement of persons and goods by inland transport modes and to improve competitiveness, safety, energy efficiency and security in the transport sectors, taking into account environmental protection to levels that reduce adverse environmental impact of transport activities and contribute efficiently to sustainable development.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Transport Networks and Logistics Section with regard to the Intermodal Transport and Logistics work (WP.24) and of the Chief of the Transport Facilitation and Economics with regard to the work related to Transport Trends and Economics (WP.5) and under the overall supervision of the Director of the Sustainable Transport Division, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

1. Provides secretariat assistance and substantive support to the Working Party on Intermodal Transport and Logistics (WP.24) and to other inter-governmental bodies established under the international legal instrument administered by the Section;

2. Provides secretariat assistance and substantive support to the Working Party on Transport Trends and Economics (WP.5). In both cases (1 and 2) secretariat services include, but are not limited to organizing workshops as policy segments supplementary to traditional working party activities, preparing, reviewing and editing economic, technical and legal documents for the sessions of such bodies, reviewing documentation submitted by governments and international organizations and drafting agendas and reports;

3. Acts under the direct supervision of the Division Director, as manager of special projects emerging as demand driven new initiatives with the need for horizontal coordination across the sections of the Sustainable Transport Division and in need of raising extra-budgetary funds;

4. Provides secretariat assistance and substantive support to the Group of Experts towards Unified Railway Law. Secretariat services include preparing, reviewing and editing economic, technical and legal documents for the sessions, reviewing documentation submitted by governments and international organizations and drafting agendas and reports;

5. Works on aspects relating to green transport including effectively supervisinge the secretariat services provided to the Group of Experts on Climate Change Impacts and adaptation for transport networks and nodes, activities related to the Transport, Health and Environment Pan European Programme (THE PEP) and smart cities as well as to the Group of Experts on Benchmarking transport infrastructure construction costs. Such supervision should include review of economic, technical and legal documents for the sessions of these bodies, of documentation submitted by governments and international organizations and of draft agendas and reports;

6. Takes action in order to enhance regional transport connectivity especially along Europe and Asian corridors by focusing on the development of a Geographical Information System which would allow monitoring of transport infrastructure projects and on analyzing transport infrastructure construction costs and innovative solutions for financing transport infrastructure;

7. Acts as liaison officer of the Division with the International Financial Institutions (IFIs);

8. Performs other duties as required.


- Extensive knowledge of sustainable transport issues and policies including Climate Change and Environment challenges.
- Ability to analyse these policies and issues and write effective reports and papers on transport topical issues.
- Ability to organise and manage intergovernmental meetings.
- 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.

-Speaks and writes clearly and effectively.
-Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately.
-Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication.
-Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience.
-Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

- 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 & Organizing:
- Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed stratégies.
- 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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in economics, law, engineering or related field is required. A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in the specified fields in combination with two additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in national administrations or international organizations dealing with transport and development at the international level is required. Experience in organizing and servicing intergovernmental meetings and drafting reports is required. Experience in sustainable transport and/or transport related environmental issues is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English and knowledge of French are required. Knowledge of Russian is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may 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.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 August 2018, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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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