Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Economic Affairs Officer, P5
Job Code Title: SENIOR ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
Duty Station: SANTIAGO
Posting Period: 18 August 2021 - 01 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Economic Affairs-ECLAC-159971-R-Santiago (R)
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 in the Latin American and the Caribbean Institute for Economic and Social Planning (ILPES) at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. The Senior Economic Affairs Officer reports to the Chief of the Division.

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the five regional Commissions of the United Nations. It was founded in 1948 with the purpose of contributing to the region's economic and social development. Its mission includes the design, monitoring and evaluation of public policies and the provision of advisory services, expertise and training to Governments, as well as support for regional and international cooperation and coordination activities. Please visit our website at www.eclac.org for further information.

Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of the Division, the Senior Economic Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:


•Leads or participates in the formulation, organisation and management of mandated programmes of economic analysis and the formulation of possible economic and development planning strategies, policies and actions in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs for adoption by countries of the region.
•Leads the identification of new or emerging development issues in the areas of public management, development planning and public policy and designs and develops programmes to address them.
•Identifies and designs innovative methodologies and technical tools to mainstream the Agenda 2030 of Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals in the whole cycle of public management.
•Identifies emerging areas of work on strategic planning, foresight planning and supervises multidisciplinary teams undertaking this work.
•Commissions economic studies and analyses those which cannot be undertaken internally.
•Conceives, plans and manages expert group meetings, seminars and similar consultations that contribute to the finalisation of the work unit’s outputs.
• Finalises reports on development for issuance by the United Nations.
•Prepares speeches for senior staff and makes presentations on public management, planning, budgeting, and in general economic issues for specialist or non-specialist audiences.
•Manages the work unit’s contribution to the preparation and management of meetings of intergovernmental bodies.
•Represents the organisational unit at international, regional and national meetings on development issues.
•Develops and maintains relations with senior officials of member governments and ensures a response to requests for advice and/or assistance on economic issues and policies.
•Negotiates with donor and recipient governments on technical assistance programmes and projects.
•Organizes and coordinates cooperation among Member States on development planning, public management and economic programmes or issues.
•Leads or participates in technical cooperation missions.
•Contributes to the formulation of the medium-term plan, the programme of work, and the budget of the unit and participates in the formulation of the organisation's overall programme of work and other similar endeavours.
•Attends to various administrative matters concerning the larger organisational unit (Section or Division).
•Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

• PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to provide development services to countries of the region on foresight planning, strategic planning, implementation of long term and sector development plans within the context of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development goals. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics, planning for development, public management, public investment and determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Ability to provide policy advice to high level and technical government authorities and make recommendations on their implementation. 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

• TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational 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 ORGANISING: 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.

• LEADERSHIP: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

• VISION: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organisational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in development economics,, planning or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

At least ten years of progressively responsible experience in planning for development, policy formulation and implementation, and applying economic principles in development programmes or related areas is required.
Proven experience in leading high level multidisciplinary professional teams is required.
Experience in providing policy advice and technical cooperation services to government authorities in the LAC region (Latin America and the Caribbean) is required.
Proven experience in the application of foresight tools in planning for development is desirable.
Proven government experience in public investment and public budgeting is desirable.
Proven experience in designing methodologies, guides or manuals for improving planning and public management in governments is desirable.
Proven experience in drafting conceptual papers, articles, and publications on planning for development and public management is desirable.
Experience in the design and implementation of participatory tools for multi-stakeholder dialogue processes and open government policies is desirable
Governmental experience in designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation tools for development plans and policies is desirable.
Experience in the identification and creation of strategic partnerships and the mobilisation of
financial resources is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in Spanish and English is required. Knowledge of Portuguese and French is desirable, and knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

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

- Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill 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 note.
- 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.
- 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.
- A staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments.

- The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. ECLAC is fully committed to the implementation of the UN system-wide strategy on Gender Parity introduced by the Secretary-General in September of 2017.
- 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. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments.

-For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 28 February 2021, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, 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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