Job Opening

Posting Title: Chief, Financing for Development Section, P5
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 03 August 2021 - 16 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Economic Affairs-ESCAP-160382-R-Bangkok (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote sustainable and inclusive development and regional connectivity in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership with policy oriented research and analysis, normative support and technical assistance and capacity building, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.

This position is located in the Financing for Development Section, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division. The incumbent reports directly to the Director of the Division.


Within delegated authority, the Chief of the Section will be responsible for the following:

•Plans, participates and oversees the research and analytical activities and projects undertaken by the Section in the areas of financing for development that are aligned with overall objectives and work programme of the Division. Specifically, leads (i) the organization and management of work programme related to financing for development and formulation of potential financing strategies, policies and actions for consideration by member States, and (ii) the identification of new or emerging financing related issues, particularly those coming out of global and regional processes, and develops ideas, including through projects, to address and/or implement them at the country level. Ensures that these activities are carried out in a timely fashion.

•Works closely with the Director and Chiefs of other Section(s) of the Division on conceptual development and management of the work programme of the Division and implementation of overall strategies and intra and inter-divisional policies and procedures, keeping in view the global processes and engagements of the Division.

•Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Section and across organizational boundaries by developing strong relationships and collaborates effectively while implementing the work plan of the Section, coordinating within the Section, with other teams of the Division, with other ESCAP divisions/SROs, and with organizations of the United Nations system and external partners, as appropriate.

•Develops innovative ideas and prepares inputs for the work programme of the Section that is aligned with the overall objectives and work programme of the Division, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.

•Plans, leads and coordinates research/analysis in the preparation of position and/or background papers and reports on emerging financing for development issues, and for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such as ESCAP Commission session, the APFSD, and Committee on Macroeconomic Policy, Poverty Reduction and Financing for Development, as appropriate.

•Manages, supervises his/her team effectively while carrying out the work programme and analytical and project-related work of the Section under his/her responsibility and provides substantive reviews of drafts prepared by others. Keeps the Director and Chiefs of other Section(s) of the Division abreast of the work of his/her Section regularly and in a structured manner.

•Ensures that the outputs produced by the Section maintain high-quality standards and are aligned with the objectives of the Division; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data and analysis.

•Carries out administrative tasks necessary for an effective and smooth functioning of the Section, including preparation of budgets, allocation of responsibilities within the team through regular and clear communication in a transparent manner, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters, reporting on budget/programme performance, and evaluation of staff performance (PAS) .

•Oversees the process of recruiting staff for Section, in consultation and coordination with the Division Director, through interviews and evaluation of candidates, taking due account of geographical and gender balance and other institutional values.

•Manages, guides, and develops staff under his/her supervision, and fosters teamwork, information sharing, and a culture of healthy debate among staff in the Section.

•Represents the Division and ESCAP at inter-agency meetings, workshops, seminars, etc. on substantive financing for development related issues. Conceives, plans and manages expert group meetings, workshops, policy dialogues and other similar consultations that contribute to the finalization of the work of the Section.

•Participates in international, regional or national meetings and provides substantive expertise on financing for development related issues, and holds substantive discussions with representatives of other institutions and partners.

•Performs other tasks and duties as assigned by the Director, related to the work of the Section.


Proven technical expertise in key aspects of financing for development issues; a good understanding of both the conceptual underpinnings of financing for development issues and their practical application at the country and international levels; ability to lead and produce analytical reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others; ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations; 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.

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.

•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.

Managerial Competencies

•Empowering Others:
Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations, and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work; encourages others to set challenging goals; holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility; genuinely values all staff members’ input and expertise; shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort; involves others when making decisions that affect them.

•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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, development economics, financial economics, development finance, or related area. A first-level university degree in the above fields in combination with two years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Ph.D. in any of the above fields is highly desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes in the area of financial economics or related area, is required.
Experience in leading and managing a sizable work unit of at least 10 professional staff is required.
Demonstrated experience in establishing and maintaining professional networks is desirable.
Research and analysis in the above fields as demonstrated through authored publications is also desirable.


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


Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.

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

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 April 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, Somalia, South Sudan, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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