Job Opening

Posting Title: Economic Affairs Officer, P3 [Filled from Roster]
Job Code Title: ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 13 April 2018 - 27 May 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Economic Affairs-DESA-93026-R-New York (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in Office of the Director, Development Policy and Analysis Division (DPAD), Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

The DPAD/DESA is mandated to provide research and policy analysis on global macroeconomic trends and long-term development issues to the General Assembly and Economic and Social Council, in order to support Member States in their efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. More information is available on the following website http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/policy/index.shtml. This incumbent will report to the Director of the Division.

Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Director of the Division, the Economic Affairs Officer is responsible for the following duties:

• Monitoring and analysing the macroeconomic situation, economic outlook and key macroeconomic policy issues in a group of countries, as well as the links between macroeconomic developments and social and environmental developments.
• Producing short and long-term economic forecasts for the group of countries, by interpreting and applying econometric models and databases developed within the Unit.
• Contributing to all aspects of the production of the flagship report, the World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP), through research and analysis, drafting inputs, preparing figures and tables, reviewing and editing content of the report, and other tasks as needed to enhance the overall quality of the report.
• Contributing to the preparation and dissemination of other publications and reports of the Unit, including the WESP mid-year Update, WESP Monthly Briefings, LINK Global Economic Outlook, LINK report, SG Reports, and/or research papers and articles relevant to the Division’s programme of work.
• Preparing briefing notes, talking points, meeting notes, and other inputs for the presentations of the SG and other senior officials, often at short notice.
• Contributing to the development and/or maintenance of the Division’s macroeconometric models and databases.
• Attending and assisting in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, etc., especially the DESA EGM on the World Economy (Project LINK).
• Contributing to the communication requirements of the Unit, which may include liaising with external partners at the UN regional commissions and other bodies; managing communications with the Office of the Under-Secretary-General of DESA and coordinating the Division’s inputs to various department-wide exercises and reports; supporting the preparation of press releases and other documents and engaging with the media for the dissemination of WESP and the WESP update; supporting inter-Division and inter-Agency activities; contributing towards outreach to academia, civil society and other UN bodies.
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: Ability to apply economic theories and statistical techniques 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. Knowledge of 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 degree) in economics 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 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. Experience in macroeconomic analysis and policy studies is required. Experience with relevant econometric and macro-modelling software, such as EViews, is required.

Languages

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

Assessment

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

Special Notice

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.

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.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 September 2017, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, 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, 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, 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.

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.

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No Fee

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