Job Opening

Posting Title: CHIEF OF SERVICE, ECONOMIC AFFAIRS, D1
Job Code Title: CHIEF OF SERVICE, ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
Duty Station: SANTIAGO
Posting Period: 15 August 2022 - 28 September 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Economic Affairs-ECLAC-171495-R-Santiago (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Division of International Trade and Integration at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago de Chile. The Chief of Service, Economic Affairs reports to the Executive Secretary.

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the five regional Commissions of the United Nations. It was founded in 1948 with the purpose of contributing to the region's economic and social development. Its mission includes the design, monitoring and evaluation of public policies and the provision of advisory services, expertise and training to Governments, as well as support for regional and international cooperation and coordination activities. Please visit our website at www.eclac.org for further information.

Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Executive Secretary, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

1.-Overseas the formulation, execution, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of the program of work of the division by:
a) Providing leadership, overall guidance, and orientation to the substantive and support staff of the division in discharging daily operations, overseeing and managing the formulation, priority setting, implementation, monitoring, reporting, and assessment of the regular programme of work as well as the technical cooperation projects executed by the division. The incumbent is also accountable for properly executing all administrative functions and tasks carried out in the division.
b) Assigning human and financial resources available to obtain optimal results; and
c) Coordinating and organizing technical cooperation projects, advisory missions, regional seminars, conferences, technical meetings, and training activities in order to assist ECLAC Member States on issues related to external trade relations under diverse effects on capital and goods formation in the region, on the international monetary system and financial aspects of the world and regional trade, the economic integration and cooperation; the social dimension of integration; the global markets and import and export promotion programmes.

2.- Supervises, orients, coordinates, and monitors the substantive activities of the division by:
a) supervising the preparation of the flagship annual publication on international trade, trade policy, and regional integration titled "Latin America and the Caribbean and the world economy" and other analytical studies on trade flows and international trade relations;
b) reviewing with senior officials the research and surveys to be conducted under technical assistant missions to be undertaken to member countries and subregional organizations as well as end results of such in matters related to the fields mentioned above;
c) Providing advisory services and substantive support to regional member countries, specialized agencies, and other international institutions with concerns on trade and integration issues in Latin America and the Caribbean region;
d) Advising on and establishing guidelines for substantive issues and providing policy recommendations.

3.-On behalf of the Executive Secretary, and upon request:
a) Represents ECLAC at meetings of governmental authorities in the region, and in interregional and international conferences on international trade and integration issues, including the preparation of relevant substantive documentation;
b) Performs coordination functions with UNCTAD, WHO, SELA, ALADI, as well as with other regional commissions and intergovernmental organizations on matters related to trade and integration relations of Latin American and Caribbean countries;
c) Cooperates with governments, at their request, in the development of multilateral, superregional, and hemispheric trade negotiations which take place in various fora, particularly in support of the free trade area of the Americas (FTAA), and in the preparation of draft texts and instruments oriented towards the furtherance of cooperation and integration and among Latin American and Caribbean countries and establishment of linkages with extra Latin American and Caribbean nations or groups of nations;
d) Performs special assignments as requested by the Executive Secretary.

4.- Responsible for strengthening the coordination and formulation of joint activities with other ECLAC divisions and subregional or national offices and with UN Headquarters taking into account that trade and integration entail the integration of all aspects of economic and social development. Promotes actions to strengthen the institutional and programmatic development of the Division of International Trade and Integration in the framework of the reform process of the UN and the Sustainable Development Goals..

5.-Responsible for strengthening the overall management and operations of the division's website.

6.- Supervises within his general area of competence or programmatic/administrative tasks pertaining to the division, including (a) preparation of budgets and reporting on program budget performances; (b) assisting the Chief of Administration in ensuring that all UN regulations dealing with administration, finance and personnel are diligently observed; and (c) supervising senior officers and ensuring effective supervision of all professional and General Services staff.

7.- Leads team members efforts to collect and analyze data and provides insight to identify trends or patterns for data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting. Ensures that everyone can discover, access, integrate and share the data they need.

Competencies

• PROFESSIONALISM: Theoretical, conceptual and methodological knowledge of the substantive work related to public policies and development in the fields of international trade, trade policy, integration or infrastructure in the Latin America and the Caribbean region, taking into account that trade and integration entails integrating all economic, social and environmental aspects of development as required. Ability to produce 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. The ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. 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.

• 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.

• VISION: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

• 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, social sciences, public administration or 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.

Job - Specific Qualification

PhD in economics, social sciences, public administration or related area is desirable.

Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience dealing with international trade, integration or infrastructure, five of which must be in Latin America and the Caribbean region is required.

Publications in the field of economics, social sciences, public administration with a focus on international trade, integration or infrastructure are required.

Experience in research and in the provision of advisory services to governments and/or NGOs is desirable.

Extensive experience in institutional relationships with national governments and international organizations is desirable.

Experience in project coordination and management is desirable.

Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.

Languages

Fluency in Spanish and English (both oral and written) is required; Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

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.

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.
- A staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments.
- 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. ECLAC is fully committed to the implementation of the UN system-wide strategy on Gender Parity introduced by the Secretary-General in September of 2017.
- A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories, on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments.
- 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.
- 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.
- For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 June 2022, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Israel, 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, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.

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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No Fee

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