Job Opening

Posting Title: Economic Affairs Officer, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 31 August 2021 - 20 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Economic Affairs-ESCWA-162936-J-Beirut (O)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

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 in Cluster 6: 'Governance and conflict prevention' of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA - unescwa.org). Cluster 6 acts as a pioneer and multi-stakeholder regional platform for deliberation, consensus-building, peer learning and policy solutions to ensure participation and partnerships for governance and institution building, and to enhance the capacity of member States in conflict or post-conflict settings on conflict prevention for more just, equitable and inclusive societies in the Arab region.

The Economic Affairs Officer reports to the Cluster Lead and the Project Coordinator on Prevention and Recovery.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Economic Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

ECONOMIC AND SECTOR ANALYSIS:
• Interprets governance, socio-economic and other indicators to derive policies options and strategies for prevention, recovery and sustainable development in fragile national and regional contexts.
• Interprets, applies and, as necessary, adapts econometric models to determine trends, patterns and relationships and to analyse the effects of alternative policies and assumptions, in particular those related to prevention and recovery.
• Drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on policy options for prevention, peacebuilding and recovery in the ESCWA region.
• Identifies and analyses policy proposals to address development challenges, with a focus on the root causes and drivers of conflict and/or political instability.
• Attends international, regional, and national meetings to collect information and to hold discussions with colleagues in other institutions.
• Assists in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on development issues.
• Prepares speeches, visualizations, and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.

INTERGOVERNMENTAL SUPPORT:
• Prepares inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies.
• Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports.
• 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 development issues for intergovernmental processes.

TECHNICAL COOPERATION:
• Participates in missions on development issues, usually as a member of a team.
• Organizes training seminars for national experts.
• 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: Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different sectors of economic and sustainable development. Ability to conduct independent research on economic, conflict prevention and recovery topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Shows skill in developing sources for data collection. Understanding concepts of conflict prevention and peacebuilding in the Arab regional context, and how these are mainstreamed within the SDGs, with a focus on SDG 16. Understanding conflict prevention, recovery challenges and the impact of conflict from a policy perspective and the ability to translate policy ideas into policy options. 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.

•COMMUNICATION: 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.

•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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in development or political economics, political science, development studies or related areas is required. A Ph.D. degree in any of the above fields is desirable. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area is required
5 years of experience in drafting inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on governance and socio-economic development is required
5 years of experience with development issues in the Western Asia region is required
5 years of experience in preparing and/or delivering policy recommendations or policy advice is required
5 years of experience in applied research and data analysis on the Arab region is desirable
5 years of experience in the application of economic principles and institutional analysis in development and conflict prevention programmes or related area 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.
Fluency 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 a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available for a maximum period of 364 days. Extension of the appointment is subject to availability of funds, extension of the mandate, continued need for services, and satisfactory performance.
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