Job Opening

Posting Title: Economic Affairs Officer, P3
Job Code Title: ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Duty Station: INCHEON CITY
Posting Period: 12 October 2017 - 10 November 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Economic Affairs-ESCAP-87064-R-Incheon City (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

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.

This post is funded from extra budgetary resources. The initial appointment is for a period of one year. Extension of appointment is subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

ESCAP is committed to promoting diversity and gender equality within the Secretariat. Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote regional cooperation for inclusive economic and social development 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.

The East and North-East Asia Office of ESCAP (ESCAP-ENEA) covers the following six countries: China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation. ESCAP-ENEA is established to enhance multilateral cooperation in North-East Asia in areas including trade and transport facilitation, environment, energy, disaster risk reduction and social inclusion, serving as the development arm of the United Nations in North-East Asia.

This position is located in the East and North-East Asia Office of ESCAP, Incheon and reports to the Head of Office.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Office, the incumbent is required to perform the following functions:

Economic or sector analysis
•Develop socio-economic databases and qualitative/ quantitative information necessary for major ESCAP publications including the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific and other specified current or ad hoc assignments.
•Designs and conducts studies of selected issues on sustainable development in ENEA economies and draft resulting reports.
•Draft inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on selected global, regional, national or sector aspects of economic development.
•Interprets, applies and as necessary adapts econometric models to determine trends, patterns and relationships and to analyse the effects of alternative policies and assumptions.
•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.
•Attends international, regional and national meetings to collect information and to hold discussions with stakeholders and colleagues in other institutions.

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

Technical cooperation
•Participates in missions on development issues, 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.
•Collaborate closely with ESCAP Divisions and subregional offices in developing and implementing joint 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.
•Develops partnerships and networks in support of ENEA economies.
•Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.

Competencies

Core Competencies:

Professionalism:
Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different sectors of economic and sustainable development with a focus on trade, transport and integration issues is required. Ability to conduct independent research, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources is desirable. Shows skills in developing 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) 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 research and policy analysis on economic, trade and/or regional integration is required. Experience in developing and managing projects in the related areas including trade is desirable. Experience working with governments in the East and North-East Asia as well as publications in these fields is desirable. Experience in organizing meetings involving government officials is desirable. Experience working in economic development issues of developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region is desirable. Experience working in international organizations is an asset.

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

Qualified applicants will be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.

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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