ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
Org. Setting and Reporting
The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) forms part of the United Nations Secretariat and, like the other regional commissions, operates under the supervision of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. ESCWA comprises 20 Arab countries in Western Asia and North Africa. ESCWA provides a framework for the formulation and harmonization of sectoral policies for member countries, a platform for congress and coordination, a home for expertise and knowledge, and an information observatory. ESCWA activities are coordinated with the divisions and main offices of the Headquarters of the United Nations, specialized agencies, and international and regional organizations, including the League of Arab States and its subsidiary bodies, and the Gulf Cooperation Council.
This position is in the Climate Change and Natural Resource Sustainability Cluster, of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA - unescwa.org). The incumbent will be under the overall supervision of the Cluster Leader and reports directly to a Senior Economics Affairs Officer.
Within delegated authority, the duties of the Economic Affairs Officer would fall into the three functional areas identified below.
Economic or sector analysis:
• Monitors energy market developments as they relate to sustainable energy transition and climate actions and identifies recurrent and emerging issues of concern to the region.
• Reviews the development of sustainable energy technologies and assesses their applicability to the region and possible barriers to their adoption.
• Prepares energy policy papers, analytical studies and reports on conventional and non-conventional sources of energyDesigns and conducts studies of selected issues on sustainable energy and drafts resulting reports.
• Reviews and assesses national energy policies, research and development programmes in the region.
• Develops draft policy recommendations pertaining to area of work.
• Formulates proposals for development strategies, policies and measures on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and carbon pricing for presentation to intergovernmental bodies and others.
• Prepares studies, papers and project proposals on key issues on sustainable energy and climate change, promoting exchange of know-how and best practices.
• Attends international, regional, and national meetings to hold discussions with representatives of other institutions.
• Organizes expert group meetings, workshops, seminars, etc. on sustainable energy issues.
• Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.
• Provides substantive support to intergovernmental bodies on sustainable energy and climate change issues, including through the drafting of parliamentary documents and summary reports.
• Assists Member States in formulating recommendations and relevant policies.
• Represents organizational unit at international, regional and national meetings and coordinates with national and regional organizations concerned with energy issues.
• Designs and monitors technical cooperation projects.
• Undertakes missions to member states, either alone or as a participant in a diverse team, as part of the Organization’s technical cooperation activities.
• Prepares global, regional, national or sector analyses that provide a basis for advising national governments on energy and economic development issues.
• Conducts training seminars and workshops for government officials and others.
• Formulates technical modalities for the evaluation of individual technical cooperation projects.
• Supports junior staff, reviewing their work and providing feedback.
• Participates in intra- and inter-Departmental undertakings of broader concern to represent the views or interests of the organizational unit.
• Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the delivery of the work unit’s service;
• Undertakes other responsibilities and assignments that may be assigned.
• Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.
• Professionalism: Ability to apply technical knowledge and concepts in different sectors of sustainable energy, climate change and sustainable development. Ability to conduct independent research on sustainable energy topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Shows skill in drafting energy policies and technical reports and in designing and coordinating projects and technical cooperation programs. 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.
•Planning and 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.
• Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks "outside the box"; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in energy, energy economics, mechanical, industrial and/or electrical engineering 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 minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in energy research and analysis, policy formulation, and the application of technical knowledge on energy economics principles in development programmes or related area is required.
Demonstrated experience advising governments on energy and climate change is desirable.
Demonstrated experience working in the Arab region is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. In addition, Arabic is a working language at ESCWA. For this position, fluency in English is required.
Knowledge of French is desirable.
Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.
Note: “Fluency” equals a rating of ‘fluent’ in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand) and “Knowledge of” equals a rating of ‘confident’ in two of the four areas.
Evaluation of qualified applicants will include one or more assessments which will be followed by a competency-based interview.Special Notice
• This position is available for one year from the date of appointment/assignment. Extension of the appointment/assignment is subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval, extension of the mandate, continued need for services, and satisfactory performance.
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