ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is located in the Trade Negotiations and Commercial Diplomacy Branch, Division on International Trade and Commodities of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The Economics Affairs Officer reports to the head of the International Trading Systems & Agreements team and receives the overall guidance of the Chief of Branch.Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Economic Affairs Officer will perform the following duties:
Economic or sector analysis
•Monitors, assesses and reports on persistent and emerging issues in international trade and trading systems and their implications for developing countries.
•Interprets, applies and, as necessary, adapts econometric models to determine trends, patterns and relationships and to analyse the effects of alternative policies and assumptions.
•Drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on selected global, regional, national or sector aspects of international trade and economic development.
•Identifies and analyses policy proposals made elsewhere relating to trade policy and trade negotiations from the perspective of sustainable development.
•Attends international, regional, and national meetings to collect information and to hold discussions with colleagues in other institutions.
•Assists in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings and seminars.
•Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.
•Prepares inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies such as General Assembly, Trade and Development Board, Trade and Development Commission and expert meetings.
•Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports.
•Prepares inputs to statements by members of the Bureau and Secretariat staff to such meetings.
•Assists in the organization of panels and round tables for intergovernmental processes.
•Participates in technical cooperation activities and missions, usually as a member of a team, on trade policy making, trade negotiations and South-South trade cooperation on goods, services, and creative economy.
•Organizes training seminars for government officials and stakeholders.
•Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects.
•Contributes to the preparation of material for the approval of regional, country or sector technical cooperation projects.
•Monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects.
•Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the Branch.
•Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.
PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to apply economic theories and concepts to the analysis of persistent and emerging issues of international trade, including the international trading system and trade negotiations. Good understanding of regional and multilateral trade agreements. Ability to conduct independent research, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Shows skill in data collection and analysis. 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.
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.
CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics or related field. 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 the analysis of international trade policies and their contribution to sustainable development is desirable.
Experience in providing advisory and capacity-building support to developing countries, especially Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and African countries, on trade and development policy formulation and implementation is also desirable.
Experience on regional and multilateral trade agreements is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is also desirable.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by a 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.
Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 December 2020, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
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