Job Opening

Posting Title: Economic Affairs Officer, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 26 April 2019 - 02 June 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Economic Affairs-ESCWA-116004-J-Beirut (E)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the National Agenda for the Future of Syria Programme in the Economic Development and Integration Division (EDID) of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The Economic Affairs Officer reports directly to the Executive Secretary.


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

Economic or sector analysis
•Monitors economic developments, political economy and governance trends in Syria and spill over effects on neighboring countries and identifies recurrent and emerging issues
•Designs and conducts policy-oriented studies of selected issues in development, conflict dynamics, peace-building and different dimensions of governance issues, including early warning assessments on Syria and draft resulting reports.
•Interprets and applies results of analytical and quantitative work to analysis of governance prospects and policies in the country.
•Drafts policy recommendations pertaining to areas of work, including conflicts dynamics, rule of law, decentralization and post-conflict institution-building in Syria.
•Formulates proposals for post-conflict Syria’s development and governance strategies, policies.
•Coordinates the collection and analysis of indicators on different dimensions of governance, and political economy of Syria, and analyzes trends overtime.
•Attends international, regional, and national meetings to present findings of ESCWA research on governance issues in Syria and hold discussions with representatives of other institutions.
•Organizes expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on different dimensions of governance and development issues in Syria and neighboring countries, affected by the conflict.
•Leads technical dialogues and consultations on governance and development issues.
•Prepares speeches, briefing notes and other substantive inputs for presentations by senior staff.
•Represents NAFS at international, regional and national meetings on matters of governance and institution-building in Syria, and conflict spillover effects on neighboring countries.
•Undertakes missions, either alone or as a participant in a team.
•Leads advisory and capacity building activities in the fields of governance and development issues in Syria.
•Designs, monitors and conducts training seminars and workshops on restoration of governance and reconciliation, institutional building in Syria.
•Conducts technical analyses to provide policy advice on inclusive governance and development issues in the country.
•Engages in UN interagency coordination on relevant policy areas.
•Leads resource mobilization efforts for activities on governance and development.
•Liaises, and networks with a range of organizations including UN agencies on issues related to Governance.
•Drafts reports to donors on issues related to governance.
•Collaborates with UN agencies and other development partners on governance and development issues in Syria.
•Fosters strategic partnerships with UN and external regional partner institutions, Governments, private sector, academia, NGOs, and CSOs on relevant policy areas.

•Supervises and selects consultants, contractors, and staff working on governance and development issues in Syria.
•Supports junior staff, reviewing their work in the area of post-conflict Syria’s governance and state-building and providing feedback.
•Participates in intra- and inter-Departmental undertakings of broader concern to represent the views of NAFS programme.
•Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the programme.
•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 economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Ability to identify and develop 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.

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) in economics, Development Studies, Governance, Law, Political Science, Public Administration, Public finance, social sciences 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. Ph.D. degree in any of the above fields is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in inclusive governance, political economy, development research and analysis, policy formulation or related area is required. Work experience in governance and development in the Arab region is required. Experience in writing and publishing in the subject area of sustainable development, political economy or governance is desirable. Work experience in multilateral development system including the UN on economics, governance and development issues is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Arabic is also a working language of ESCWA. For this post, fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic are required.


The shortlisted candidates may undergo a substantive written assessment related to the functions of the post and an interview. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 31 December 2019, subject to extension based on the availability of funds. 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.

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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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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The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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