Economic Affairs Officer - United Nations, United States, Deadline: May-04-2014

Posting Title:  Economic Affairs Officer, P4 
Department/ Office:  Department of Economic and Social Affairs 
Duty Station:  NEW YORK 
Posting Period:  5 March 2014-4 May 2014 
Job Opening number:  14-ECO-DESA-33521-R-NEW YORK (T)

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

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.


Org. Setting and Reporting


This position is located in the Development Cooperation Policy Branch of the Director of the Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and reports directly to the Chief of the Development Cooperation Policy Branch (DCPB).




Within limits of delegated authority and under the general supervision of the Chief of the Development Cooperation Policy Branch, the Economic Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Economic or sector analysis:
• Monitors economic developments in a defined area and identifies recurrent and emerging issues of concern to the United Nations.
• Designs and conducts studies of selected issues in economic development and UN Operational Activities for Development (UN-OAD) and draft resulting reports.
• Interprets and applies results of econometric modelling to analysis of economic prospects and policies.
• Designs and undertakes surveys, studies, analyses and reports on UN-OAD, including as related to funding
• Undertakes research and analysis on a continuous basis of statistical and other data, including with regard to standards on concepts, definitions and classifications.
• Formulates proposals, analyses and discussion papers on development concepts, strategies, policies and measures for presentation to intergovernmental bodies and others.
• Drafts policy recommendations, advisory notes and other documents to inform governments, UN Coordination Mechanisms, RCs and UN country teams and to feed into intergovernmental processes on OAD and implementation of QCPR;
• Contributes to proposals on strategies and operational mechanisms to strengthen  the  implementation of UN-OAD;
• Drafts and/or finalizes reports on UN-OAD and the QCPR to ECOSOC, the General Assembly, and other bodies.
• Supports substantive and organizational interface activities with the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) stream of the branch
• Organizes and/or supports expert group meetings, seminars, working groups, task forces etc. on portfolio issues.
• Prepares speeches, briefing notes, discussion papers and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.
• Support the redesign and keeping up-to-date the UN-OAD segment of the OESC website
• Attends international, regional, and national meetings to hold discussions with representatives of other institutions.

Intergovernmental support
• Provides substantive and organizational support on economic issues to intergovernmental bodies (such as the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, the regional commissions and the subsidiary bodies of each).
• Establishes stakeholder partnerships, relationships and networks on UN OAD and QCPR implementation, including interagency and intergovernmental bodies; and finalizing reports to ECOSOC and General Assembly on implementation of QCPR.
• Supports delegations of Member States in their consultations in this area;
• Represents organizational unit at international, regional and national meetings.

Technical cooperation:
• Designs and supports the implementation of capacity development programmes, projects and activities at national, regional and global levels;
• 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 intergovernmental governance mechanisms and national governments on 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 administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s service.;
• Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.




Professionalism:  Ability to apply economic theories and concepts 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. Ability to identify and develop 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.

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.

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.




Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


Work Experience


A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area.




English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French is an advantage.


Assessment Method


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


United Nations Considerations


The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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