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Job Opening

Posting Title: Principal Economics Affairs Officer, D1 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: PRINCIPAL ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 12 January 2018 - 25 January 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Economic Affairs-ESCAP-91403-J-Bangkok (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

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.

This position is located in the Office of the Executive Secretary (OES). The Principal Economics Affairs Officer reports directly to the Executive Secretary.

Responsibilities

•Within delegated authority, the Principal Economics Affairs Officer is responsible for managing the work programme of the Office of the Executive Secretary (OES), oversees the management of activities undertaken by the OES, ensures that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion, and co-ordinates work in different areas within the Divisions, Offices and OES, and with other organizations of the United Nations System, as appropriate. The incumbent will also be responsible for the following:
•Coordinates, supervises and carries out the work programme of the OES. Co-ordinates the work carried out by different work units of the OES.
•Co-ordinates and oversees the review of sectoral and technical reports as assigned by the Executive Secretary.
•Ensures that the outputs produced by the OES maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs submitted to OES meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
•In close association with the Executive Secretary, prepares the work programme of the OES, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
•Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the OES, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), interviews of candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting.
•Recruits staff, taking due account of geographical balance.
•Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision.
•Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the OES and across organizational boundaries.
•Leads and supervises the organization of meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive issues. Manages the substantive preparation and organization of such meetings or seminars.
•Ensures high-quality support to the Executive Secretary’s outreach and representational activities, including overseeing the preparation of briefing notes, ensuring follow up to meetings and commitments and providing strategic input on shcedule and travel priorities for the Executive Secretary.
•Participates in international, regional or national meetings and provides programmatic/substantive expertise on related issues, or holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.
•Represents the OES at international, regional or national meetings.
•Performs other related duties as necessary.

Competencies

•Professionalism: Proven understanding of technical dimensions and multi sectoral levels of ESCAP’s substantive fields of work, along with the ability to provide specialized advice on a broad range of human resource management, financial, and administrative areas to the Executive Secretary. Ability to use Enterprise Resource Planning software for organizational management, travel and talent management purposes. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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.

•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.

Managerial Competencies

•Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

•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 that 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, public administration, law, social sciences or related fields 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. A Ph.D degree in the above fields is preferable.

Work Experience

A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes, programme management or related areas is required. Research and analysis in the above fields as demonstrated through authored publications is desirable. Work experience in the Asia-Pacific region is desirable. Experience in leading and fostering provocative thinking on sustainable development issues and the 2030 Agenda is desirable. Demonstrated experience in establishing and maintaining professional networks is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

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

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

This is a temporary position for an initial period of six months and is open to both internal and external candidates, including staff members on temporary appointments. If selected, an internal candidate will be on temporary assignment to the post; an external candidate will initially be offered a temporary appointment. Any extension of appointment is subject to satisfactory performance and continued availability of the post.

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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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No Fee

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