Job Opening

Posting Title: Economic Affairs Officer, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 03 June 2019 - 16 June 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Economic Affairs-ESCWA-117799-J-Beirut (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located within the Food and Environment Policies Section (FEPS) in the Sustainable Development Policies Division (SDPD) at the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA). The Economic Affairs Officer reports directly to the Chief, Food and Environment Policies Section and will be under the overall supervision of the Director of SDPD.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the duties of the Economic Affairs Officer are identified below:

Economic or sector analysis:

-Monitors sustainable development issues in the region and identifies recurrent and emerging issues of concern to the United Nations.
-Designs and conducts substantive studies of selected issues in food security and draft resulting reports.
-Interprets and applies results of modelling applications to analysis of food security prospects and policies.
-Develops draft policy recommendations pertaining to area of work.
-Formulates proposals for development strategies, policies and measures for presentation to intergovernmental bodies and others.
-Attends international, regional, and national meetings to hold discussions with representatives of other institutions on issues related to food security.
-Organizes and contributes to expert group meetings, seminars and workshops on food security and sustainable development issues.
-Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.

Intergovernmental support:

-Provides substantive support on food security issues to intergovernmental regional bodies (Arab Ministerial Water Council (AMWC), The Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD), The Joint Committee for Environment and Development in the Arab Region (JCEDAR) and the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment (CAMRE))
-Provides substantive support to the UN Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM) and other similar platforms on issues relate to food security.
-Represents organizational unit at international, regional and national meetings.

Technical cooperation:

-Designs and monitors technical cooperation projects.
-Undertakes missions to member states, either alone or as a participant in a diverse team, as part of the Organization's technical cooperation activities.
-Prepares regional, national or sector analyses that provide a basis for advising national governments on food security issues in the region.
-Conducts training seminars and workshops for government officials and others.
-Formulates technical modalities for the evaluation of individual technical cooperation projects.

General

-Supports junior staff, reviewing their work and providing feedback.
-Participates in intra- and inter-Departmental undertakings of broader concern to represent the views or interests of the organizational unit.
-Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work section's service.;
-Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally

Competencies

• PROFESSIONALISM: AAbility to apply sustainable development theories, concepts and approaches in different sectors of economic and sustainable development. Ability to conduct
independent research on food security 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.

• 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in agriculture, food sciences, food security, water or environment or another relevant 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in agriculture, food security, sustainable development, economic research, particularly on topics related to planning for sustainable agriculture and food security at the national, regional, or international level.

Languages

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 is required. Fluency in written and spoken Arabic is desirable.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available for 364 days, with possibility of extension, subject to availability of funding/position. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• 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.

• 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. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.

• 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. •Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.

•Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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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No Fee

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