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The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote inclusive economic, social and environmental development and support regional cooperation and integration in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership, through its analytical, normative and technical cooperation, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.
This position is located in the Development Policy Section, in the Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division (MPFD). The Economic Affairs Officer is under the direct supervision of the Chief, Development Policy Section (DPS) and the overall supervision of the Director, MPFD.
Within delegated authority, the duties of the Economic Affairs Officer are as follows:
Economic or sector analysis:
•Monitors financing for development issues as agreed at the third international conference on financing for development in Addis Ababa, and its trends in the Asia and the Pacific region.
•Designs and conducts studies on role of financing for development issues, especially in the context of regional economic cooperation and integration and the sustainable development agenda and draft resulting reports and publications including “Financing for Development in Asia and the Pacific”.
•Interprets and applies results of econometric modelling to analysis of economic prospects and policies in areas related to financing for development, and its implications to the sustainable development agenda.
•Develops draft policy recommendations pertaining to area of work, with a special emphasis on the least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and the small island developing States in the Asia and the Pacific region.
•Formulates proposals for development strategies, financing policies and reform measures for presentation to intergovernmental bodies and others national, subregional and regional forums.
•Attends international, regional, and national meetings to hold discussions with representatives of other institutions, development partners, private sectors and academia.
•Organizes expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on financing for development issues.
•Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.
•Provides substantive support on economic issues of financing for development to intergovernmental bodies (such as the General Assembly, ESCAP Commission and the Expert Group Meeting on Financing for Development).
•Represents organizational unit at international, regional and national meetings.
•Designs and monitors technical cooperation projects.
•Undertakes missions to member states, either alone or as a participant in a diverse team, as part of the Organization’s technical cooperation activities.
•Prepares global, regional, national or sector analyses that provide a basis for advising national governments on economic development issues.
•Conducts training seminars and workshops for government officials and others.
•Formulates technical modalities for the evaluation of individual technical cooperation projects.
•Supports junior staff, reviewing their work and providing feedback.
•Participates in intra- and inter-Departmental 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 work unit’s service.;
•Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.
•Professionalism: Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different sectors of financing for sustainable development. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics, including financing, sustainable development, regional economic cooperation and integration, 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.
•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.
•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 and those of the work unit, where applicable.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, development finance or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. PhD in economics is desirable.
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis, policy formulation in financing for development, application of economic principles in sustainable development programmes or related area. Experience in financing for development related research experience is required.
Experience in producing technical research papers in areas of economic development and/or development finance in Asia and the Pacific is desirable. Experience working in developing technical assistance projects and preparation of reports for policy makers is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.
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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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