Job Opening

Posting Title: Economic Affairs Officer, P4
Job Code Title: ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 12 May 2022 - 25 June 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Economic Affairs-ESCAP-180818-R-Bangkok (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote sustainable and inclusive development and regional connectivity in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership with policy oriented research and analysis, normative support and technical assistance and capacity building, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.

The Trade, Investment and Innovation Division assists developing countries in the region through providing advisory services, delivering capacity building tools and activities, carrying out research and analysis and supporting intergovernmental cooperation on trade, investment and innovation in support of sustainable development.

This position is located in the Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, in the Trade, Investment and Innovation Division. The incumbent reports to the Chief of Trade Policy and Facilitation Section.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, and overall supervision of the Director, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, the incumbent is required to perform the following functions:

Economic or sector analysis:
• Monitors developments in trade policy and facilitation and related areas, in particular trade facilitation and paperless trade, and identifies recurrent and emerging issues of concern to ESCAP member States and the United Nations.
• Provides policy guidance on conceptual strategy development and implementation related to trade, in particular trade facilitation and paperless trade.
• Formulates proposals for development strategies, policies and measures for presentation to intergovernmental bodies and others.
• Attends international, regional, and national meetings to hold discussions with representatives of other institutions involved in trade facilitation and integration.
• Organizes and/or facilitates expert group meetings and seminars on trade policy and facilitation related issues, in particular on paperless trade, e-commerce and digital trade facilitation.

Intergovernmental support:
• Provides substantive support in the preparation of position papers and reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such as the Annual Session of the Commission, the Committee on Trade and Investment, and intergovernmental meetings related to the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement and the Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-Border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific.
• Represents the Section at intergovernmental meetings and support implementation of resolutions related to trade facilitation and integration.
• Contributes to the reporting to intergovernmental bodies on programme performance or on programmatic/substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in biannual and/or annual reports.

Technical cooperation:
• Designs and monitors technical cooperation projects on trade facilitation and integration, in support of existing intergovernmental initiatives such as Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement and the Framework Agreement on Facilitation of Cross-Border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific.
• Develops and maintains relations with officials of member governments and ensure a response to requests for advice and/or assistance on trade facilitation related issues and policies.
• Undertakes missions to member States as part of the Section’s technical cooperation activities, in particular on trade facilitation and paperless trade.
• Conducts training seminars and workshops for government officials and others.
• Formulates technical modalities for the evaluation of individual technical cooperation projects.

General:
• Supports junior staff, reviewing their work and providing feedback.
• Participates in intra- and inter-Divisional undertakings of broader concern to represent the views or interests of the organizational unit.
• Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the Section’s service.

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. 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.

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 & 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, international trade or related field.

A relevant first-level university degree in the above fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Job - Specific Qualification

A Ph.D. degree in economics, international trade or related field is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in economic analysis, policy formulation, and/or application of economic principles in development programmes related to trade is required.

Experience in supporting trade-related intergovernmental negotiations is required.

Experience in implementing capacity building and technical assistance projects related to trade facilitation in developing countries is required.

Work experience in the Asia-Pacific region as demonstrated by living and working in the region outside of home country is desirable.

Experience in development of paperless trade or e-commerce systems or policies is desirable.

Experience in the United Nations Common System or international organizations is desirable.

Publications in the field of international trade, economic development, logistics, digital economy or related field is required.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.

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.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 28 February 2022, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, China, Comoros, Cuba, 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, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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.

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