Job Opening

Posting Title: ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER (2 posts), P3
Job Code Title: ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 03 April 2017 - 17 May 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Economic Affairs-UNITED NAT-75241-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

These positions are located in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva. The Economic Affairs Officer reports to the Head of a Branch or Unit or to a Senior Economics Affairs Officer.

Responsibilities

Under the general guidance of the Chief of Trade Analysis Branch and the direct supervision of the Chief of Trade Information Section, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

Economic or sector analysis
•Develops socio-economic databases and qualitative information, including for the UNCTAD TRAINS database.
•Interprets, applies and, as necessary, adapts econometric models to determine trends, patterns and relationships and to analyse the effects of alternative policies and assumptions.
•Drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on selected global, regional, national or sector aspects of trade and sustainable development.
•Identifies and analyses policy proposals made elsewhere relating to assigned topics.
•Attends international, regional, and national meetings to collect information and to hold discussions on regular revisions of the International Classification of Non-Tariff Measures with colleagues in other institutions.
•Assists in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on development issues.
•Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.

Intergovernmental support
•Prepares inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies.
•Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports.
•Assists in the organization of panels, round tables etc. on development issues for intergovernmental processes.

Technical cooperation
•Participates in missions on development issues, in particular trade policy and regulations, usually as a member of a team.
•Organizes training seminars for national experts.
•Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects.
•Contributes to the preparation of material for the approval of regional, country or sector technical cooperation projects.
•Monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects.

General
•Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s services.
•Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.

Competencies

•PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge and understanding of economic theories and concepts relevant to international trade and trade policy. Ability to conduct independent quantitative research on economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Shows skill in developing databases on trade and non-tariff measures, including collecting relevant data and working with relevant classifications. Ability to implement technical cooperation projects. 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.

•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.

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 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. Out of these, at least two years experience in quantitative research and policy formulation in trade policy is desirable. Experience of working with non-tariff regulatory measures is desirable. Experience in implementing technical cooperation projects is an advantage.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

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

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

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, TRAINING OR ANY OTHER FEES). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON BANK ACCOUNTS.

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