Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Economic Affairs Officer, P5
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Europe
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 12 March 2018 - 25 April 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Economic Affairs-ECE-93721-R-Geneva (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Sustainable Transport Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva. The Sustainable Transport Division works to facilitate the international movement of persons and goods by inland transport modes and to improve competitiveness, safety, energy efficiency, environmental performance and security in inland transport and to contribute effectively to sustainable development. The incumbent reports directly to the Chief of the Sustainable Transport Division.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Sustainable Transport Division, the Chief of the Facilitation and Transport Economics Section will be responsible for the following:

1. Plans, organizes and supervises all the activities undertaken by the Transport Facilitation and Economics Section, including analytical work, the activities mandated in the fields of transport trends and economics, transport infrastructure and transport corridor development and financing, road transport, road traffic safety, border crossing facilitation, including the TIR. In this capacity:

(a) Plans, organizes and supervises the preparation, servicing and follow up to the mandated meetings of the following intergovernmental bodies: Working Party on Transport Trends and Economics (WP.5) and its expert groups as well as ad hoc and informal group meetings, Working Party on Road Transport (SC.1) and its expert groups, Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) and its expert groups, Working Party on Customs Questions affecting Transport (WP.30) and the Administrative Committees (AC.3, AC.4), their expert groups, as well as ad hoc and informal group meetings as and when mandated by those bodies. Ensures that these activities are carried out in an efficient and timely manner. (b) Plans, organizes and supervises the activities of the Secretariat for the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Road Safety. (c) Acts as Secretary of the Administrative Committee of the TIR Convention (AC.2) for planning the schedule of work, preparing relevant meetings and the related documentation, agendas, reports and by servicing all relevant meetings. (d) Acts as TIR Secretary, provides support to the work of the TIR Executive Board and is responsible for the management of the activities of the TIR secretariat. (e) Manages and supervises the work of staff who have been assigned to service the above-mentioned meetings. Carries out substantive reviews of the draft documents, agendas and reports prepared by the Section staff. Provides substantive guidance in the preparation of such documents for presentation to the above- mentioned intergovernmental bodies. Ensures that documents produced by the Section are prepared in a timely manner and maintained high-quality standards. (f) On the basis of relevant decisions made by the intergovernmental bodies and information provided by Governments, formulates strategies, policies and programmes for the development of international transport and infrastructure in the UNECE region with a view to the economic development and integration of UNECE member countries. (g) Organizes drafting of texts for the updating of the international legal and other instruments administered by the Section, including treaties, such as: 1949 Convention on Road Traffic, 1949 Protocol on Road Signs and Signals, 1968 Convention on Road Traffic, 1968 Convention on Road Signs and Signals, AETR, AGR, Convention on the Harmonization of Frontier Controls of Goods, TIR Convention and their modifications. Promotes also accession to and implementation of those legal instruments as well as implementation of resolutions and recommendations on rail transport and on inland navigation adopted by the relevant bodies. (h) Supports the projects of the Sustainable Transport Division, like the Euro-Asian Transport Links.

2. Supports analytical work of the Sustainable Transport Division related to the relevant legal instruments and to the work of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) and its subsidiary bodies as well as to topical transport subjects.

3. Provides advice to the Chief of the Sustainable Transport Division on all policy, legal, economic and technical issues in the areas of responsibility of the post, and translates the Division’s policy into the Section’s activities.

4. Represents the ECE at international, regional or national conferences and meetings in the field of transport and provide substantive expertise in areas under the responsibility of the post.

5. Performs other duties as requested.


Professionalism: Expert knowledge in the field of transport in general and in the specific transport areas being supervised: transport trends and economics, transport infrastructure, road transport and road safety, customs; ability to produce analytical reports and papers on these issues; knowledge of the UN legal instruments on inland transport; ability to review and edit the work of others. Excellent drafting skills in English. 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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed stratégies; 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.

Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly. 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.

BuildingTrust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; Manages in a deliberate and predictable way; Operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; Places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients; Gives proper credit to others; Follows through on agreed upon actions; Treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in economics, law or related field. A first-level university degree in any of these fields, 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 ten years of progressively responsible experience in a national administration or international organization, dealing with sustainable transport development, inland transport infrastructure planning and/or cross-border facilitation of inland transport at the international level is required. Demonstrated management and leadership experience is required. Experience in organizing meetings and drafting reports is also required.


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


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

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.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 November 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, 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.

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.

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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