Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER, P5
Job Code Title: SENIOR ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 04 September 2020 - 18 October 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Economic Affairs-DESA-139820-R-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 and Development Cooperation Branch of the Financing for Sustainable Development Office of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The incumbent reports to the Chief, International Tax and Development Cooperation Branch. The Branch work programme includes policy analysis and support to intergovernmental processes and capacity building on tax, development cooperation and other financing for development issues. The Branch carries out DESA's capacity development programme on tax and other financing for development matters and serves as Secretariat to both the United Nations Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters and the Development Cooperation Forum. More information can be found at: https://www.un.org/development/desa/en/about/desa-divisions/financing-development.html

Responsibilities

Under the general supervision of the Chief of the International Tax and Development Cooperation Branch, the Senior Economic Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following functions.

• Leads or participates in the identification of new or emerging development issues of potential concern to the international community, particularly those of a regional or global nature, and designs and develops programmes to address them.
• Commissions economic studies and analyses that cannot be undertaken internally.
• Conceives, plans and manages expert group meetings, seminars and similar consultations that contribute to the finalization of the work unit’s outputs.
• Prepares speeches for senior staff and makes presentations on economic issues for specialist or non-specialist audiences.
• Manages the contribution to the preparation and management of meetings of intergovernmental bodies.
• Undertakes capacity development activities, including representing the Office at departmental and interagency meetings, seminars, etc. on capacity development activities; participating in international, regional or national meetings and providing substantive and programmatic expertise; overseeing, organizing and convening advisory missions, substantive seminars and training workshops, providing capacity building assistance.
• Ensures a response to requests for advice and/or assistance.
• Takes the lead in resource identification and mobilization and strategic communication and outreach on capacity development programme.
• Leads the development of a coherent strategy for capacity development programmes and activities, both in-person and virtual, at national, regional and global levels in the area of Financing for Sustainable Development, including to support an integrated approach to policy and capacity development work in the area of international tax cooperation.
• Contributes to the formulation of the work plan, the programme of work and the budget of the Branch and participate in the formulation of the organization’s overall programme of work and other similar endeavors.
• May train staff under his/her supervision.
• Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Branch/Division across organizational boundaries.
• Performs other duties as required.

Competencies

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 develop economic policies and make recommendations on their implementation. Knowledge and understanding of economic issues, international policy-making processes and UN intergovernmental process in the area of Financing for Development; Knowledge of the UN work in the area of international tax cooperation, including the work and outputs of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters; Knowledge of institutional arrangements, policies and guidelines at the UN system, especially UN-DESA, pertaining to outreach and capacity development activities; Familiarity with relevant capacity development activities of other Divisions of UN-DESA, UN agencies and other international organizations active in the area of international tax cooperation; Proven record in fund-raising and delivering capacity-building projects, including through remote means; Knowledge and understanding of concepts and approaches, as well as UN processes relevant to results-based budgeting and programme management; 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 & 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.

Building Trust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; manages in a deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives proper credit to others; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.

Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in economics, finance, business administration, accounting, law, international relations or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in any of these fields, 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 ten years of progressively responsible experience at national and international levels, in economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area is required.
Experience in technical cooperation, programme planning and design is required.
Experience in the implementation of capacity-building projects on financing for development-related matters in developing countries in different regions is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

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.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity 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 30 June 2020, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, 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, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Timor-Leste, 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, 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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