Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Economic Affairs Officer (Water Resources), P5
Job Code Title: CHIEF OF SECTION, ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 17 May 2022 - 15 June 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Economic Affairs-ESCWA-181583-R-Beirut (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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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.

The position is located in the Climate Change and Natural Resource Sustainability Cluster. The Senior Economic Affairs Officer reports directly to the Climate Change and Natural Resource Sustainability Cluster Leader.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the duties of the Senior Economic Affairs Officer fall mainly into the following functional areas and embrace a number of programme support responsibilities.

Sectoral Analysis
1. Leads or participates in the formulation, organization and management of mandated programmes on integrated water resources management and water sector analysis and the formulation of possible water security strategies, policies and actions for adoption by Arab States and the international community.
2. Leads or participates in the identification of new or emerging development issues of potential concern to Arab States and the international community, particularly those of a regional or transboundary nature that affects the management of water resources, and designs and develops programmes to address them.
3. Leads and contributes to the drafting and finalization of publications and technical reports that provide informed assessments and recommendations for addressing priority water issues facing the Arab region.
4. Supervises team(s) of diverse water and sustainable development experts undertaking this work.
5. Commissions water-related studies and analyses that cannot be undertaken internally and overseas the implementation of the work.
6. Conceives, plans and manages expert group meetings, seminars and similar consultations that contribute to the finalization of the work unit’s outputs.
7. Contributes to reports on sustainable development for issuance by the United Nations.
8. Prepares speeches for senior staff and makes presentations on water issues for specialist or non-specialist audiences.

Intergovernmental Support
1. Provides direct substantive support on water issues to intergovernmental bodies (such as the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, , the regional commissions and the subsidiary bodies of each, including the ESCWA Committee on Water Resources) and regional organizations serving Arab States by offering strategic advice, giving technical guidance and assisting in developing a consensus.
2. Contributes to the preparation and management of meetings of intergovernmental bodies.
3. Prepares and reviews intergovernmental parliamentary documents and reports to intergovernmental bodies.
4. Represents the organizational unit at international, regional and national meetings on water and sustainable development issues.

Technical Cooperation
1. Develops and maintains relations with senior officials of member governments and ensures a response to requests for advice and/or assistance on water issues and policies.
2. Coordinates with donor and recipient governments on the formulation and implementation of technical assistance programmes and projects.
3. Organizes and coordinates cooperation among Member States on water-related programmes or issues.
4. Leads or participates in technical cooperation missions.

Programme Support
1. Coordinates the preparation and implementation of water projects and contributes as a member of a team to the preparation and implementation of other water-related projects.
2. Contributes to the formulation of the medium-term plan and the programme of work of the cluster and participates in the formulation of the organization's overall programme of work and other similar endeavours.
3. Attends to various administrative matters concerning the cluster and larger organizational unit.
4. Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

• PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to apply theories and concepts on integrated water resources management at the national and transboundary levels as it relates to different sectors of economic and sustainable development. Ability to conduct independent research on integrated water resource management topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources and at different scales of analysis. Ability to develop policies that advance the achievement of water-related goals in the region and make recommendations on their implementation. 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.

• 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.

• CREATIVITY: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

• MANAGING PERFORMANCE: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.

• JUDGEMENT/DECISION-MAKING: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in water resources management, water sciences, civil engineering, international water law, natural resource economics, development economics or related field.
A first level degree with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree in the specified fields of studies.
A PhD is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in water-related research and analysis, policy formulation, application of water-related analysis in development programmes or related area is required.

A minimum of two years of experience working on water issues facing the Arab region is desirable.

A minimum of two years of experience working on the management of water resource in a transboundary context 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; fluency in Arabic is required; and knowledge of French 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 applicants may include one or more assessments which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• This position is available for one year from the date of appointment/assignment. Extension of the appointment/assignment is subject to availability of funds, extension of the mandate, continued need for services, and satisfactory performance.

• 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 in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

• 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, Vietnam.

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United Nations Considerations

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