Job Opening

Posting Title: Economic Affairs Officer, P4
Job Code Title: ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 25 October 2017 - 08 December 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Economic Affairs-DESA-87363-R-New York (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 July 2017, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Viet Nam.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Development Cooperation Policy Branch of the Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, Department of Economic and Social Affairs. OESC provides substantive support and promotes consensus in the United Nations Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly. In this capacity, the branch reviews trends and progress in international development cooperation and actively engages the range of actors in evidence-based policy dialogue, through the work of the ECOSOC Development Cooperation Forum (DCF). DCPB also supports the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) process and Operational Activities Segment of ECOSOC, to ensure that the United Nations development system is aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and effectively supporting its implementation. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Development Cooperation Policy Branch. More information can be found on the ECOSOC website: https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/.

Responsibilities

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

(i) Review, monitor, produce analysis and provide advice on trends in international development cooperation policy and in operational activities of the United Nations system, identifying emerging trends and issues, including in relation to adaptation of institutions and policies in support of priorities of developing countries, the mobilization and optimal use of all means of implementation, and the quality, effectiveness and impact of development cooperation for sustainable development and climate action;

(ii) Undertake quantitative and qualitative analysis on trends in South-South cooperation; conduct policy-oriented research and identify emerging issues in South-South cooperation;

(iii) Design and conduct surveys, analyses and evaluations of operational activities for development, as well as the overall effectiveness and functioning of the United Nations system at the country level, in support of the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR);

(iv) Draft reports to the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council, as well as develop draft policy recommendations on development cooperation and on United Nations system's operational activities for development, and support Member States in their consultations and deliberations on these issues, including through formal and informal intergovernmental meetings, workshops and symposiums;

(v) Represent the Branch or Office in interdepartmental and inter-agency meetings, working groups and task forces and participate in international, regional and country level meetings;

(vi) Perform other related duties as required, including providing support to senior United Nations staff and officials, supporting and reviewing work of junior staff, and a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the services provided by the Branch.

Competencies

• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of a wide range of issues concerning development cooperation activities in general. Knowledge of economic and social development issues. Knowledge of the United Nations' operational work, its approaches, tools and policy orientations. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics. 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.

• 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.

• PLANNING AND 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, public administration, international affairs or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work 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 in the area of development cooperation is required. Experience in drafting analytical reports is desirable. Experience in a developing country and/or experience related to United Nations system's country-level development cooperation activities is also desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may 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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