Job Opening

Posting Title: REGIONAL ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Resident Coordinator System
Duty Station: PANAMA CITY
Posting Period: 16 March 2023 - 22 March 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Economic Affairs-RCS-204518-J-Panama City (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the United Nations Development Coordination Office for Latin America and the Caribbean and reports to the Senior Regional Coordination Officer, P5.


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

• Provides substantive advice on coordination of innovative economic analysis including by coordinating and connecting the senior economists in RCOs to global and regional interagency networks and economic expertise.
• Provides substantive advice including in house consultancy services on development financing policies to Resident Coordinators (RCs) and UNCTs in Latin America and the Caribbean.
• Interprets, applies and, as necessary, adapts econometric models to determine trends, patterns, and relationships and to analyse the effects of alternative policies and assumptions.
• Monitors economic developments and regional integration trends in Latin America and the Caribbean and identifies recurrent and emerging issues of concern to the United Nations.
• Designs and conducts research and analyses on selected issues in economic development, including on the different dimensions of economic integration and substantively contributes sub-regional and regional analysis to CCAs and Cooperations Frameworks and supports the drafting of relevant reports for senior officials.
• Leverages systemwide expertise on economic development, facilitate enhanced coordination and support capacity building to the benefit of UN system country analysis and programming.
• Formulates proposals for development strategies, policies, and measures for presentation to Resident Coordinator Country Offices
• Develops socio-economic databases and qualitative information necessary for specified recurrent or ad hoc assignments.
• Drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on selected global, regional, national or sector aspects of economic development.
• Identifies and analyses policy proposals made by the agencies, funds and programmes including the regional economic commission to ensure enhanced support to UNCTs
• Attends international, regional, and national meetings on behalf of DCO/LAC.
• Assists in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on development and integration issues.
• Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.

• Provides technical assistance to Resident Coordinators’ Offices (RCOs) in LAC on economic issues and financing for development, including as part of the development of Common Country Analyses and United Nations Sustainable Development Frameworks.
• Substantively contributes in the preparation in support of country analysis and programming. of global, regional, national or sector analyses that serve as a basis for advising national governments and regional economic communities on economic development and economic integration issues.
• Participates in UN-led regional coordination mechanisms related to economic issues and financing for development.
• Supports the operationalization of regional and global frameworks to the benefit of LAC member states and RECs.
• Backstops DCOs support to the Regional Collaborative Platform on Economic and Financing Issues including by participating in the Issue Based Coalitions.
• Participates in missions on development issues, usually as a member of a team.
• Revises and comments documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects.

• Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of coordination tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s services.
• Supports Senior RCO Economists and other staff, reviewing their work and providing feedback.
• Participates in and supports DCO/LAC initiatives of broader concern to represent the views or interests of the organizational unit.
• Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.


Professionalism - Ability to have sound analytical and drafting skills; ability to apply international economic and social policy concepts to issues of concern to the UN; ability to determine suitability and validity of studies and data provided by others. Knowledge of intergovernmental policy-making in social and economic development. 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.

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.

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


An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in economics or related fields is required. A first-level 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 analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area is required.

Experience in Latin America and the Caribbean and issues related to the region is desirable.

Experience working in a regional UN Office or Bureau is desirable.

Experience collaborating with regional and cross-regional coordination is desirable.

Experience coordinating support to Resident Coordinators Office functions is desirable.

Experience in the implementation of UN Reform processes is desirable.


Fluency in English and Spanish desirable.
Good knowledge of French an asset.


Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 31 August 2023 for 5.5 months. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• 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.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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