Job Opening

Posting Title: Economic Affairs Officer (Agriculture and Livelihoods Development), P4 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 11 October 2021 - 17 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Economic Affairs-ESCWA-165978-J-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.

As part of its mandate to promote democracy and development of the region, ESCWA developed the National Agenda for the Future of Syria (NAFS) Programme in 2012 to establish a platform for technical dialogue for Syrians to discuss options and scenarios for and inclusive and sustainable reconciliation and peacebuilding in Syria during the critical post-conflict period. Through such dialogue, the Programme seeks to provide assistance for an inclusive and sustainable transition process in Syria. Specifically the Programme: 1) assesses and articulates the future development needs and priorities of Syrians, communicates them in international debates on Syria, and advocates for their uptake among Syrian and international stakeholders; 2) develops analysis and policy options for post-conflict recovery and development inside Syria; 3) builds the capacity of local actors to cope with the conflict and plan how to build back better; and 4) translates the analysis and long-term policy options developed by the programme into concrete guidance for the design of resilience and reconciliation initiatives.

Under the general guidance of the Executive Secretary and the Cluster Lead for Climate Change and Natural Resource Sustainability, the Economic Affairs Officer will report to the Programme Management Officer in NAFS.

Responsibilities

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

• Leads the implementation of agriculture and livelihood development initiatives.
• Leads on conducting agriculture assessment and determines farmers' needs and gaps.
• Monitors developments in relevant areas and identifies recurrent and emerging issues of concern to the United Nations.
• Designs, conducts and oversees studies of selected issues in sustainable development and drafts resulting reports.
• Develops draft policy recommendations pertaining to area of work.
• Develops policy briefs and comparatives
• Formulates proposals for agriculture development initiatives, policies and capacity building initiatives for presentation to partners, donors and other stakeholders.
• Attends meetings to hold discussions with representatives of other institutions and builds trust and strong relationships with relevant stakeholders and beneficiaries.
• Organizes expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on development issues.
• Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.
• Undertakes missions, either alone or as a participant in a diverse team, as part of the Organization’s Technical Cooperation Programme activities.
• Prepares global, regional, national or sector analyses that provide a basis for advising donors, partners, the representatives of the international community or other stakeholders on agriculture and livelihood issues.
• Conducts training seminars and workshops.
• Supports junior staff, reviewing their work and providing feedback.
• Participates in intra- and inter-Departmental undertakings of broader concern to represent the views or interests of the organizational unit.
• Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.
• Works with the project team and key stakeholders to achieve results in line with the project outpust/outcomes.
• Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s service.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM - Ability to apply sustainable development theories and concepts in different sectors of economic and sustainable development. Ability to conduct independent research on sustainable and agriculture development topics, determine suitability, validity, and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Ability to identify and develop 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.

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.

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, environmental/ agricultural economics, public policy, development studies, natural resources management, environment science, or other 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.

Job - Specific Qualification

A PhD in a relevant field is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in sustainable development research, project or programme management and policy-oriented work with a particular focus on agriculture development is required.

At least 4 years of experience designing livelihoods initiatives is desirable.

At least 2 years of experience working in conflict and post-conflict countries is desirable.

At least 2 years of experience related to the above topics in the Arab Region is desirable.

At least 4 years in developing policy briefs and comparatives 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 required. Knowledge of French 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. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available for 364 days, subject to extension based on the availability of funds/post. 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.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

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