Job Opening

Posting Title: ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER, P4
Job Code Title: ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Europe
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 24 February 2017 - 09 April 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Economic Affairs-ECE-73512-R-Geneva (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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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.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Innovative Policies Development Section of the Economic Cooperation and Trade Division in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Geneva. The Economics Affairs Officer reports to the Chief of Section, with guidance from the Division Director.

Responsibilities

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

Economic or sector analysis:
•Monitors economic developments in innovation and competitiveness, and identifies recurrent and emerging issues of concern to the United Nations.
•Designs and conducts studies of selected issues in economic development and draft resulting reports. Designs, supervises and edits studies undertaken by external experts.
•Interprets and applies results of empirical studies to the analysis of innovation policies and performance.
•Develops draft policy recommendations pertaining to the section’s area of work.
•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.
•Organizes expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on development issues.
•Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.

Intergovernmental support
•Provides substantive support on economic issues as well as acting as secretary to the Committee on Innovation, Competitiveness and Public-Private Partnerships and its Team of Specialists on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies.
•Represents the Innovative Policies Development Section at international, regional and national meetings on matters related to its programme of work.

Technical cooperation:
•Designs and monitors technical cooperation projects, including policy-advisory services and capacity-building activities, ensuring that such activities are demand driven.
•Supports the section’s fund-raising for such activities.
•Undertakes missions to member states, either alone or as a participant in a diverse team, as part of the section’s technical cooperation activities.
•Prepares national analyses that provide a basis for advising national governments on innovation policy and sustainable development issues.
•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-Departmental undertakings of broader concern, including UNECE wide task forces and working groups, to represent the views or interests of the Innovative Policies Development Section and/or the Division.
•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.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM:
Ability to apply economic theories and concepts, particularly to the analysis of innovation, competitiveness and sustainable development. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics related to innovation and competitiveness, and determine the 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.

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.

CLIENT ORIENTATION:
Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in economics or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven 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 related to the promotion of innovation and competitiveness policies, industrial development, or entrepreneurship is desirable. Practical experience in the organization of inter-governmental or United Nations meetings is desirable. Experience in organizing capacity building and/or policy advisory activities, in particular in countries with economies in transition in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia is also desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English or French is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of Russian is an advantage.

Assessment

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

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, 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.

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.

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No Fee

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