Job Opening

Posting Title: ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 01 April 2019 - 15 April 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Economic Affairs-DESA-114146-J-New York (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the International Tax Development Cooperation Branch of the Financing for Sustainable Development Office of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The FSDO works to advance policy and action on financing for sustainable development to support Member States and other stakeholders in achieving internationally agreed development goals, by providing thought leadership and agenda-shaping, promoting multi-stakeholder dialogue, identifying policy options and best practices, and offering strategic advice and support for capacity development in key areas. FSDO serves as focal point in the United Nations system for the intergovernmental and interagency expert processes on follow-up to the Financing for Development outcomes, including the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (Addis Agenda). The incumbent reports to the Chief of Branch. More information can be found at:


Under the supervision of the Chief of the International Tax Development Cooperation Branch in FSDO, the Economic Affairs Officer will provide support to the programme of capacity development in the area of financing for sustainable development in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) and the Addis Agenda, with emphasis on issues related to domestic resource mobilization and fiscal policies aimed to promote behaviours aligned with the 2030 Agenda. This will include 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 economic development that provide a basis for advising national tax authorities or ministries of finance on issues related to domestic resource mobilization (e.g. transfer pricing, tax treaties, tax consequences of the digitalized economy) and fiscal policies aimed to promote behaviours aligned with the 2030 Agenda (e.g. tax and the environment, tax and inequalities).
•Identifies and analyses policy proposals made elsewhere relating to the above issues.
•Attends international, regional, and national meetings to collect information and to hold discussions with colleagues in other institutions, and support uptake of UN inter-governmentally and expert-driven guidance on the above issues.
•Assists in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on the above issues.
•Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.

Intergovernmental support
•Prepares inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies on a broad range of issues related to financing for sustainable development, including issues related to domestic resource mobilization and fiscal policies aimed to promote behaviours aligned with the 2030 Agenda.
•Follows relevant intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports.
•Prepares inputs to statements by Secretariat staff to such meetings.
•Assists in the organization of panels, round tables etc. on development issues for intergovernmental processes.

Technical cooperation
•Participates in missions on development issues, usually as a member of a team.
•Organizes and contributes to training seminars for national experts, including officials of national authorities and relevant ministries of developing countries.
•Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects. Contributes to the preparation of material for the approval of regional, country or sector technical cooperation projects in the area of financing for sustainable development in support of the 2030 Agenda.
•Monitors, backstops, assesses and report on the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects in this area.

•Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s services. Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.


•Professionalism: Knowledge of economic issues, international policy-making processes and UN intergovernmental process in the area of Financing for Sustainable Development; Knowledge of the UN work in the area of international cooperation in tax matters, including the work and outputs of the ECOSOC Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters; Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different sectors of economic and sustainable development. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Knowledge of the implementation, monitoring and assessment of capacity development programmes/projects, including in the area of sustainable development. 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.

•Communication: 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

•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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in economics, accountancy, law 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 economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area is required. Experience in capacity development programmes or projects is desirable. Experience in designing or implementing capacity development programmes or projects is desirable. Experience in monitoring capacity development programmes or projects is desirable. Experience on project management is desirable. Experience in sustainable development is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Fluency in French is desirable.


Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available starting 1 June 2019 until 30 June 2020, with a possibility of extension. 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.

• 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.

• 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.

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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