Job Opening

Posting Title: Economic Affairs Officer (Financing for Development), P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 05 May 2022 - 03 June 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Economic Affairs-ESCWA-180732-J-Beirut (O)
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 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.

This position is located in the United Nations, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia UN-ESCWA, under Cluster 3 on Shared Economic Prosperity. The Economic Affairs Officer is expected to contribute to strengthening ESCWA’s policy support to member States in the areas related to financing for development, notably through furnishing analytical analysis, research, and provide technical inputs at both regional and global levels to support the development of Integrated National Financing Frameworks (INFFs) and financing strategies to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Economic Affairs Officer reports to the Economic Adviser on Financing for Development and the Cluster Leader, Shared Economic Prosperity.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Economic Affairs Officer is expected to carry out the following duties:
• Map the financing for development landscape in Arab countries. This includes:
o Gather and analyze data pertaining to the different financial flows available to countries (public, private, domestic, international, and innovative).
o Conduct analysis, research and provide technical (empirical) inputs on both regional and country levels.
o Assess and support the development of government’s SDG-financing strategies, policies and institutional structures to establish a baseline for developing Integrated National Financing Frameworks.
o Contribute to the preparation of detailed workplans to roll-out INFFs in pilot Arab countries.
o Contribute to the preparation of country specific roadmaps for implementation of INFF and transitioning to SDG-centric budgeting.
• Prepares technical reports/briefs on different issues related to financing for development.
• Develop and apply methodological guidelines, define data sources to undertake qualitative and quantitative assessments needed.
• Conduct assessments, peer reviews and quantitative estimations on issues related to financing for development.
• Provide analysis and facilitate dialogue among national stakeholders and support the development of national SDG financing strategies.
• Support the creation of institutional tools, such as monitoring frameworks, that will be used to operationalize INFFs.
• Liaise with relevant professional networks including stakeholders and other organizations active in the field.
• Provides inputs for the normative and advocacy functions of the Financing for Development Office based on the capacity development expertise.
• Prepares briefing notes, inputs to speeches and similar material on related issues in a form that is meaningful to non-specialists.
• Prepares inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies; Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports and similar material. Prepares inputs to statements by members of the Bureau and Secretariat staff to such meetings.
• Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s services;
• Assumes other tasks in his/her area of expertise and in line with capacity development guidance as requested by the supervisor.

Competencies

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. Shows skill in developing sources for data collection/ Knowledge in the area of public finance and economics. Ability to identify and develop sources for data collection. Ability to undertake research, analyze data, make recommendations and write reports. 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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules. Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments. Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international economics or other related field. A first-level university degree 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 the area of public finance, strategic planning and budgeting is required.

Experience in data and information research and policy analysis in the area of public finance or economics is required.

Experience in quantitative research methods and statistical tools (e.g. STATA, e-views, R, Excel, etc…) is desirable.

Experience in macro-economic modelling and time series analysis techniques is desirable.

Experience with policy evaluation statistical and econometric tools is desirable.

Experience in country level work rooted in policy reforms in close collaboration with central government agencies 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. Knowledge in Arabic 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(s) which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available for 364 days, subject to extension based on the availability of funds/post, continued need for services, and satisfactory performance. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment. 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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• For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 January 2022, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, 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, 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, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Viet Nam.

• 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.

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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