Job Opening

Posting Title: ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Europe
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 11 October 2021 - 17 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Economic Affairs-ECE-165210-J-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Economic Cooperation and Trade Division (ECTD) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) based in Geneva, Switzerland. The post is focused on strengthening the capacity of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) countries to build resilient, diversified and sustainable value chains at the regional level and to integrate into international/global value chains post COVID-19. The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Director in the ECTD.


Within delegated authority, the duties of an Economic Affairs Officer will fall mainly into one of the four functional areas below.

Project support:
• Supports coordination of the UNECE XB project “Fostering Resilient, Diversified and Sustainable Value Chains in the Eurasian Region after COVID-19”.
• Develops a roadmap for the project inception and follows up on the implementation of activities.
• Supports recruitment process for national and international consultants to conduct project activities
• Organize coordination meetings and follows-up on a regular basis on delivery of outputs by national and international consultants.
• Develop a website (structure and content), for the project and related deliverables within the organization website.
• Supports the preparation, editing, design and translation into Russian language of the project’s written deliverables.
• Develops media (including social media) content for the project and related project deliverables.
• Prepares official correspondence (invitation letters, thank you letters, etc.).

Economic or sector analysis:
• Develops socio-economic databases and qualitative information necessary for the preparation of legal and economic studies on beneficiary countries’ and the Eurasian region’s integration into regional and global value chains.
• Develops evidence-based policy options (included in policy brief) for the way forward for beneficiary countries’ integration into more resilient, diversified and sustainable value chains.
• Interprets, applies and, as necessary, adapts econometric models to determine trends, patterns and relationships and to develop the effects of alternative policies and assumptions.
• Coordinates the development of national and regional studies and policy briefs, tailored to the needs of countries in the region (develop an outline and agrees on it with the project manager, coordinates the input of international and national consultants, etc.) and supports the process of approval for the policy briefs within UNECE.
• Drafts specified inputs for the national and regional studies and respective policy briefs (e.g. on state of play of beneficiary countries’ integration into regional and global value chains and evidence-based policy options for the way forward for more resilient, diversified and sustainable value chains for the beneficiary countries).
• Identifies and analyses policy proposals made elsewhere relating to assigned topics.
• Attends international, regional, and national meetings to collect information and to hold discussions with colleagues in other institutions.
• Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff on beneficiary countries’ integration into regional and global value chains and related policy options, including in a form that is meaningful to non-specialists.

Support with meeting organization:
• Supports the organization of face-to-face and online stakeholder consultations at the national and regional levels to analyze and discuss key features of the beneficiary countries’ integration into regional and global value chains and the impact of COVID-19 (e.g. identifying and inviting speakers and developing meeting agendas)
• Supports the organization of peer review workshops and national policy dialogues and briefings to build resilient, diversified and sustainable value chains at the regional level and to integrate into international/global value chains post COVID-19 (e.g. identifying and inviting speakers and developing meeting agendas).
• Supports the organization of launch events to present deliverables of the project.
• Develops promotional material for the meeting (brochures, flyers, etc) in English and Russian and distributes it to relevant stakeholders.
• Supports technical arrangements for conducting the meeting with external partners and the executive office (renting online platform, developing and agreeing on terms of reference with another organization for the support of the meeting, arranging interpretation facilities etc.).
• Drafts news items and meeting reports.

• 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.


Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different sectors of economic and sustainable development including efforts to fostering resilient, diversified and sustainable value chains. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Shows skill in developing sources for data collection.
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.

Client Orientation:
Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Planning and 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.

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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics or related field. A first-level university degree in the specified fields of study 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.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat; and Russian is a working language of ECE. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; and knowledge of Russian is desirable.

Special Notice

This is a project post. The appointment or assignment and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.

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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.

• This position is temporarily available for an initial period of seven months. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

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