Job Opening

Posting Title: Economic Affairs Officer, P3
Job Code Title: ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 02 February 2021 - 03 March 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Economic Affairs-ESCWA-149292-R-Beirut (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA unescwa.org) forms part of the United Nations Secretariat and, like the other regional commissions, operates under the supervision of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. ESCWA comprises 20 Arab countries in Western Asia and North Africa. ESCWA provides a framework for the formulation and harmonization of sectoral policies for member countries, a platform for congress and coordination, a home for expertise and knowledge, and an information observatory. ESCWA activities are coordinated with the divisions and main offices of the Headquarters of the United Nations, specialized agencies, and international and regional organizations, including the League of Arab States and its subsidiary bodies, and the Gulf Cooperation Council.

This position is located in the United Nations, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia UN-ESCWA, under Cluster 3 on Shared Economic Prosperity. The Economic Affairs Officer is expected to contribute to strengthening ESCWA’s technical assistance and policy support to member States in the area of macroeconomic and fiscal policy challenges. The Economic Affairs Officer reports to the Senior Economic Affairs Officer and the Cluster Leader, Shared Economic Prosperity.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Economic Affairs Officer is expected to carry out the following duties:

Economic and/or sector analysis:
•Monitors macroeconomic data and trends and analyses key issues and challenges in the context of progress toward achieving the SDGs in the ESCWA region.
•Maintains a macro-fiscal database, analyses policy issues and challenges including fiscal sustainability, debt, public expenditure, revenues and taxation, in the ESCWA region and draft resulting reports.
•Apply quantitative skills and econometric analysis in estimating trends and projections relating to macro-fiscal indicators as part of regular workplan of the cluster.
•Contribute substantively to macroeconomic modelling exercises and policy simulations for ESCWA countries as part of regular workplan of the cluster.
•Assists in the design, research and drafting of debt and fiscal sustainability profiles of Arab countries.
•Prepares briefing notes, inputs to speeches and similar material on economic or sector issues in a form that is meaningful to non-specialists;
•Prepares first drafts of sector, country or regional components of analytical studies on development issues and policies.
•Assists in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, etc on development issues.

Intergovernmental support:
•Prepares inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies.
•Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports and similar material.
•Prepares inputs to statements by members of the Bureau and Secretariat staff to such meetings.
•Assists in the organization of panels, round tables etc on macroeconomic and fiscal policy issues for inter-governmental processes.

Technical cooperation:
•Compiles and analyses the data and other information necessary for the preparation of technical cooperation project proposals in the area of macroeconomic and fiscal policy, and debt sustainability issues.
•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.
•Monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects.

General:
•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.

Competencies

•PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of economic theories and their application, in particular with regard to employment policies. Ability to identify and develop sources for data collection. Ability to undertake research, analyse data, make recommendations and write reports. 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.

•ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Education

Advance university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in economics or related field is required. A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A Ph.D in macroeconomic policy and/or development economics is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in macroeconomic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area is required.
Proven experience in developing and application of macroeconomic modelling, forecasting and simulation techniques with computer applications, for policy analysis is required.
Proven experience in the area of macroeconomic assessments for policy advice is desirable.
Proven experience on fiscal policy, public debt and debt sustainability assessments is desirable.
Publication in reputed journals in the field of macroeconomic policy analysis is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. In addition, Arabic is a working language at ESCWA.

For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge in Arabic is desirable.

Note: “Fluency” equals a rating of ‘fluent’ in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand) and “Knowledge of” equals a rating of ‘confident’ in two of the four areas.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

•Appointment or assignment against this position is for an initial period of one year. Extension of the appointment/assignment is subject to extension of the mandate, availability of funds, and satisfactory performance.

•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.

•At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

•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.

•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 September 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, Namibia, 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, 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, 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.

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