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: 19 April 2022 - 02 June 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Economic Affairs-ESCWA-179533-J-Beirut (X)
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) 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 located in the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia ESCWA, in the Climate Change and Natural Resource Sustainability Cluster. The Economic Affairs Officer works under the overall supervision of the Climate Change and Natural Resource Sustainability Cluster Leader and reports directly to a Senior Economics Affairs Officer.

Responsibilities

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

SECTOR ANALYSIS:
1. Collects information and develops qualitative and quantitative analysis on food security, including maintenance of data repository necessary for specified recurrent or ad hoc assignments on regional and country-level food security issues.
2. Uses the data repository to prepare reports and policy briefs on food security and the implementation of SDG 2 and other related goals, including analysis on implementation challenges and best practice.
3. Interprets, applies and, as necessary, adapts economic models to determine trends, patterns and relationships and to analyse the effects of alternative policies and assumptions.
4. Drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on selected global, regional, national or sector aspects of food security with respect to sustainable development.
5. Identifies and analyses policy proposals made elsewhere relating to assigned topics.
6. Attends international, regional, and national meetings to collect information and to hold discussions with colleagues in other institutions.
7. Assists in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on development issues.
8. Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.

TECHNICAL COOPERATION:
1. Participates in missions on food security and agricultural sustainability, usually as a member of a team.
2. Organizes training seminars for national experts.
3. Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects.
4. Contributes to the preparation of material for the approval of regional, country or sector technical cooperation projects.
5. Monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects related to food security and agriculture.

GENERAL:
1. Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s services.
2. Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.

Competencies

• PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to conduct analyses on different economic theories and concepts with respect to food security, agricultural sustainability sustainable development. Ability to identify, extract, analyse and format data from a wide variety of sources to analyse trends in food security and other related issues including water, climate change and trade. Ability to conduct independent research on food security 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.

• 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

An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in Agricultural Economics, Natural Resources Management, Food Security, Development Economics or related fields is required.
A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work 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 policy-relevant analysis on food security or agricultural sustainability, in development programmes or related area is required.

Proven research and writing skills through publications, reports, papers, or policy briefs on issues related to food security, agricultural sustainability, natural resource management or food trade is desirable.

Experience working in the Arab region is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat; and Arabic is a working language of ESCWA.
For this position, fluency in English is required; and fluency in Arabic is desirable.

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 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.
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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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