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Posting Title: Regional Advisor, P5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: SENIOR ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
Duty Station: WASHINGTON
Posting Period: 08 February 2017 - 14 February 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Economic Affairs-ECLAC-74167-J-Washington (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position will be temporarily vacant for a period of 364 days.

This position is located in ECLAC Washington Office.

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the five regional Commissions of the United Nations. It was founded in 1948 with the purpose of contributing to the region's economic and social development. Its mission includes the design, monitoring and evaluation of public policies and the provision of advisory services, expertise and training to Governments, as well as support for regional and international cooperation and coordination activities. Please visit our website at www.eclac.org for further information.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Executive Secretary, the Regional Advisor will be responsible for the following duties:

Economic analysis
• Leads or participates in the identification of new or emerging development issues of potential concern to the Caribbean community, particularly those of a regional or global nature, and of access to international finance, and designs and develops programmes to address them.
• Conceives, plans and manages expert group meetings, seminars and similar consultations that contribute to the outputs.
• Finalizes reports on Caribbean economic development challenges for issuance by the United Nations.

Intergovernmental support
• Carries out visits to countries in the Caribbean within the framework of advisory services.
• Advises Caribbean governments on economic development, international finance, macroeconomic issues and public finances.
• Provides direct substantive support on Caribbean development challenges to intergovernmental bodies by offering strategic advice, giving technical guidance and assisting in developing a consensus.
• Manages the work contribution to the preparation and management of meetings of intergovernmental bodies.
• Participates at international, regional and national meetings on Caribbean development issues.

Technical cooperation
• Participates in seminars and conferences.
• Develops and maintains relations with senior officials of member governments and ensures a response to requests for advice and/or assistance on Caribbean economic issues and policies.
• Negotiates with donor and recipient governments on technical assistance programmes and projects for the Caribbean.
• Leads or participates in technical cooperation missions.

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 develop economic policies and make recommendations on their implementation. Ability to advise senior management and other senior officials of approaches and techniques to address highly complex/sensitive issues. Recognized expert in the field with demonstrated capacity for intellectual leadership. Ability to conduct complex research projects and development models. Ability to undertake conceptual and strategic analyse. Ability to use independent judgment and discretion in advising on and handling major policy, project and other issues/problems. Ability to work under extreme pressure. Excellent knowledge of relevant institutional mandates, policies and guidelines. Seasoned knowledge of the institutions of the UN system. 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.

• ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

• VISION: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

• 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 economics or related field is required. 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 ten 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 the design of economic, financial, and monetary policies in the Caribbean is desirable. Experience in the conduct of diplomacy and in trade and financial negotiations is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required.

Assessment

Applicants will be assessed based on the information provided in their PHPs. Short-listed applicants might be contact by the Hiring Manager for further assessment.

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

No Fee

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