Job Opening

Posting Title: Principle Economic Affairs Officer, D1 [Filled from Roster]
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 06 August 2018 - 19 September 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Economic Affairs-DESA-99208-R-New York (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Office of the Under-Secretary-General, Department of Economic and Social Affairs(DESA).The incumbent supports the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs in promoting strategic integration and policy coherence, including collaborative work with other Secretariat entities. In particular, the incumbent is responsible for:
(a) defining DESA's strategic priorities;
(b) enhancing interdivisional cooperation and facilitating departmental strategic reviews and actions on new and emerging challenges, especially cross-cutting issues; and
(c) engaging stakeholders, including Member States and keys strategic partners in the Secretariat and the United Nations system.

The main duties of the post include planning, organizing and supervising all activities of the Unit, managing its human and financial resources, and supporting the Under-Secretary-General in
coordinating and delivering shared goals for the Department and providing support to the Assistant Secretaries-General in operationalizing these visions.


The incumbent is responsible for following duties:

(a)Leads the work of the Strategic Planning and Communications Service, including the formulation of policies and strategies in the areas of knowledge management, website communications, publishing and electronic administration as well as representation of the Department in relevant Secretariat policy and normative bodies, including the Information and Communications Management Committee, the Working Group on Electronic Publications and the Task Force on Knowledge Management;

(b)Strengthens the collaboration of DESA Divisions to more effectively address new and emerging challenges, especially cross-cutting;

(c)Promotes strategic integration and policy coherence, including collaborative work with other Secretariat entities in the economic and social field, to better meet intergovernmental
mandates and emerging challenges;

(d)Serves as a locus of interaction between the Department and its strategic partners in the Secretariat and in strengthening the links between the different pillars of the United Nations;

(e)Strengthens collaboration with knowledge and advocacy networks on strategic priorities;

(f)Serves as the focal point for the work of the Department related to the EOSG, the Policy Committee, the Executive Committee on Economic and Social Affairs, the Executive Committee on Peace and Security and the Executive Committee on Humanitarian Affairs;

(g)Supports DESA senior management in its engagement with Member States on shared priorities and engages and assists Member States on specific issues and initiatives, fostering discussion, generating ideas and action;

(h)Ensures that the outputs produced by the Service maintain high-quality standards and that the documents produced are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data;

(i)Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Service, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance,
evaluation of staff performance, interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates;

(j)Manages the Service's human and financial resources, including providing guidance and support to staff and identifies the need for consultants and other non-staff resources;

(k)Leads and supervises the organization of meetings and conferences on economic and social issues. Manages the substantive preparation and organization of such meetings and

(l)Represents the Service in internal and external meetings and conference relating to the work of the Service and, as required, on other matters.


- Knowledge of major social and economic issues as they relate to the Department's programme of work
- Knowledge of dealing with management of programmes and resources within the context
- 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

-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 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

-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 improvement; 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

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


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in Social or Economic Sciences or related area 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 fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in economic and policy analysis in an international environment managing intergovernmental processes, supporting policy and programme development is required. Experience in the areas of knowledge management, communications and publishing is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.


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.

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 30 April 2018, 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, 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, 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

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.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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