FIRST ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER (WATER) - United Nations, Lebanon, Deadline: May-12-2014

Department/ Office:  Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia 
Duty Station:  BEIRUT 
Posting Period:  13 March 2014-12 May 2014 
Job Opening number:  14-ECO-ESCWA-33856-R-BEIRUT(G)

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 post is located within the Water Resources Section, Sustainable Development and Productivity Division (SDPD) of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The First Economic Affairs Officer reports directly to the Chief, Water Resources Section and will be under the overall supervision of the Director of SDPD.




The First Economic Affairs Officer  will be responsible for carrying out the following:

Economic or sector analysis:
1. Monitors sustainable development issues in the region and identifies recurrent and emerging issues of concern to the United Nations.
2. Designs and conducts substantive studies of selected issues related to integrated water resources management, such as studies on water cooperation across sectors and among countries and water services in the Arab region, and drafts resulting reports.
3. Interprets and applies results of modelling applications to analysis of sustainable development prospects and policies.
4. Develops draft policy recommendations pertaining to area of work.
5. Formulates proposals for development strategies, policies and measures for presentation to intergovernmental bodies and others, including preparation of parliamentary documents.
6. Attends international, regional, and national meetings to hold discussions with representatives of other institutions on integrated water resources management issues facing the region.
7. Organizes and contributes to expert group meetings, seminars, and workshops on water and sustainable  development issues.
8. Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.

Intergovernmental support
9. Provides substantive support on sustainable development issues to intergovernmental bodies (such as the ESCWA Committee on Water Resources).
10. Represents organizational unit at international, regional and national meetings.

Technical cooperation:
11. Designs and monitors technical cooperation projects.
12. Undertakes missions to member states, either alone or as a participant in a diverse team as part of the Organization’s technical cooperation activities.
13. Prepares global, regional, national or sector analyses that provide a basis for advising national governments on water issues in the region.
14. Conducts training seminars and workshops for government officials and others.
15. Formulates technical modalities for the preparation, implementation and evaluation of individual technical cooperation projects.

16. Supports junior staff, reviewing their work and providing feedback.
17. Participates in intra- and inter-Departmental undertakings of broader concern to represent the views or interests of the organizational unit.
18. Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the unit’s work programme.
19. Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.




Professionalism:  Expert knowledge of water resources management, with proven technical expertise in hydrological systems and integrated water resources management as they relate to sustainable development issues facing the Arab Region. 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 degree is one or more of the following disciplines: water resources management, hydrology, engineering, environmental sciences or law is desirable.  A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of 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. Experience in research, analysis and policy formulation on water resources management, with demonstrated experience in the Arab region related to integrated water resources management issues is desirable. Experience supporting intergovernmental processes is desirable.




English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Arabic is also a working language of ESCWA. For this post, fluency in written and spoken English is required. Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral Arabic is desirable.


Assessment Method


The shortlisted candidates will undergo a written assessment and a competency-based interview. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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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