Job Opening

Department/Office: Economic Commission for Europe
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 29 December 2021 - 27 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-Economic Affairs-ECE-171234-R-Geneva (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Innovative Policies Development Section (IPDS) of the Economic Cooperation and Trade Division (ECTD) in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), based in Geneva, Switzerland. UNECE supports its 56 member States across the Pan-European region in their transition to a more circular economy. ECTD focusses on the contribution of trade and economic cooperation to this transition.

This post will support the ECE programme of work in the area of innovation and competitiveness policies, in particular by leading and coordinating activities funded by the Swedish Government - the Innovation for SD review of Armenia and the second edition of the Innovation Policy Outlook.

Under the direct supervision of the P5, Chief of Section, and the general supervision of the D1, Director of the Division, the incumbent is responsible for the management and delivery of the outputs agreed to under the agreement of the second edition of the "Sub-regional Innovation Policy Outlook: Eastern Europe and South Caucasus" and the project "Promoting innovation policy capacities in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus."


- Lead the implementation of the second edition of the Sub-regional Innovation Policy Outlook: Eastern Europe and South Caucasus.

This includes:
- Implementation of project milestones
- Revision of research questionnaire
- Implementation of research
- Organization of project meetings and seminars – from preparation, conduction, and follow-up and all related activities preparation of publications – from drafting, through peer review, to final editorial revisions; organisation of publication launch event; and related communication and outreach.

- Lead the implementation of the Innovation for Sustainable Development Review of Armenia, ensuring synergies with other national reviews running in parallel. This includes: implementation of project milestones; development of research questionnaire; implementation of research; research; organization of project meetings and seminars – from preparation, conduction, and follow-up and all related activities preparation of publications – from drafting, through peer review, to final editorial revisions organisation of publication launch event; and related communication and outreach; organisation of publication launch event; and related communication and outreach.

- Coordinate the project “Promoting innovation policy capacities in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus”. This includes: development of project plan including activities, timeline, resources and end products; planning and management of resources and budget; coordination of project team, including internal and external consultants and individual contractors; management of donor reporting and planning responsibilities; establishment of project buy-in and project participation by partner governments; establishment of partnerships and information exchange with OECD, Joint Research Centre, WIPO, World Bank, EBRD embassies of Sweden.

- Contribute to selected activities supporting functioning of Innovative Policies Development Section and the Economic Cooperation and Trade Division, as required, including:
- Fundraising;
- Promoting innovation;
- Supporting colleagues;
- Responding to requests;
- Representing UNECE when needed.


PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different sectors of economic and sustainable development. Ability to conduct independent research on economic 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.

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.

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 clients.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in business administration, commerce, economics, law, international relations, development studies or a related area 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

A minimum of five years of professional experience in economic affairs, economic development, and innovation policy is required.

Experience in designing and coordinating national thematic policy reviews on innovation and competitiveness is desirable.

Practical experience in developing quantitative composite indices for the purpose of comparing innovation and competitiveness performance, policies, and institutions across countries is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official language is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.

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.

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.

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.

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, 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.

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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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