Economic Affairs Officer - United Nations, United States, Deadline: May-12-2014

Posting Title:  Economic Affairs Officer, P4 
Department/ Office:  Department of Economic and Social Affairs 
Duty Station:  NEW YORK 
Posting Period:  13 March 2014-12 May 2014 
Job Opening number:  14-ECO-DESA-33259-R-NEW YORK (R) 

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 Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Division for Sustainable Development in New York. The Economic Affairs Officer will work under the overall guidance of the Chief of Policy and Analysis Branch and report directly to a Senior Economic Affairs Officer.




Under the overall supervision of a Senior Economic Affairs Officer, the Economic Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

• Interprets and applies results of modelling to analysis of prospects and policies and drafts text as input for the preparation of the Global Sustainable Development Report;
• Monitors economic and/or scientific and technological developments, identifies issues and policy solutions, and communicates findings to government officials and decision-makers;
• Manages research tasks involving teams and networks of natural and social scientists in preparation of inputs to the Global Sustainable Development Report;
• Prepares reports on trends and develops policy options for the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, the Economic and Social Council, and the General Assembly, as required;
• Assists developing countries in strengthening their capacities to implement sustainable development goals, through designing and monitoring of technical cooperation projects and training initiatives (both off- and online);
• Undertakes background research and prepares briefing materials, talking points and speeches for senior officials, as requested;
• Organizes expert group meetings, seminars, briefings and other events;
• Provides substantive servicing to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and other intergovernmental fora and meetings, as required;
• Supports junior staff and represents the organization at meetings; and
• Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks.




• Solid understanding of sustainability science and/or the economics of sustainable development;
• Strong analytical and policy formulation skills, proven ability to analyze complex issues and data to produce high-quality reports drawing upon multiple disciplines and perspectives;
• Ability to think strategically, to identify and analyze emerging issues and their policy implications;
• Good understanding of the various components of the economic and social affairs programme of the United Nations, the United Nations System at large, its programmes and intergovernmental processes;
• Good understanding of Rio+20 follow-up process, UN sustainable development agenda;
• Familiarity with intergovernmental negotiations and/or the servicing of intergovernmental processes;
• Ability to use quantitative decision-support tools (e.g., computer-based models, scenario analysis, statistics packages and Web tools), including GIS;
• Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

• 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, policy analysis, science, engineering, or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


Work Experience


A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area is required. A minimum of four (4) years of experience at the international level is required. Experience in sustainability science or sustainable development is required. Experience in substantive servicing of intergovernmental bodies is desirable. Experience working in teams, developing technical assistance projects and preparation of reports for policy makers is desirable.




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


Assessment Method


Evaluation of qualified candidates 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.

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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