Senior Economic Affairs Officer - United Nations, United States, Deadline: May-16-2014

Posting Title:  Senior Economic Affairs Officer, P5 
Department/ Office:  Department of Economic and Social Affairs 
Duty Station:  NEW YORK 
Posting Period:  17 March 2014-16 May 2014 
Job Opening number:  14-ECO-DESA-32120-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.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.


Org. Setting and Reporting


This position is located in the Global Economic Monitoring Unit of the Development Policy and Analysis Division (DPAD), United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The incumbent reports to the Chief of Unit.




Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Global Economic Monitoring Unit, the Senior Economic Affairs Officer is responsible for:
• In the broad context of monitoring global sustainable development, particularly, in the context of the post-2015 UN development agenda, leads the team to make short- and medium-term projections for the world economy, in terms of macroeconomic trends, such as world gross product, international trade, international capital flows, employment, inflation, and analyse the implications for the social and environmental dimensions of global sustainable development;
• Takes the leading role in further developing and maintaining the UN’s World Economic Forecasting Model and its applications to producing global economic outlook and policy simulations, with particular efforts to carry out research in the area of modelling an integrated approach to the three dimensions of global sustainable development;
• Undertakes in-depth analyses of emerging global risks, macroeconomic policies, international spill-over effects, and global macroeconomic policy coordination, with a focus on the implications for the macroeconomic stability, growth and sustainable development in developing countries. Incorporates these analyses in the publication of the World Economic Situation and Prospects, and other reports and policy briefs, which provide high-quality information and advice for the intergovernmental process, as well as global policy debate at large;
• Acts as the focal point of the Unit on the issues of global modelling in the cooperation with (1) DESA Expert Group Meeting on the World Economy (Project LINK); (2) the five UN Regional Commissions, (3) the UNCTAD, and (4) other international organizations, as well as individual countries;
• Prepares speeches, briefing notes, and talking points for UN senior officials, and makes presentations on economic and modelling issues for specialists or non-specialist audiences;
• Represents the Office at international, regional and national meetings on development issues;
• Contributes to the formulation of the medium-term plan, the programme of work and the budget of the Division; attends to various administrative matters concerning the Division; and supervises work of other staff in the Unit/Division;
• Performs other related duties as required.




Professionalism: Expertise in quantitative and qualitative analysis of international macroeconomic and development policy issues. Expertise in the use and development of economy-wide modelling frameworks and usage for policy analysis. Ability to use advanced computer applications as tools for applied quantitative economic modelling required. A record of international publications, including policy-oriented papers, academic articles, and books, in the relevant field of expertise is required. 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.

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.

Technology awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Judgment/Decision Making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; makes tough decisions when necessary.




Advanced university degree (Master or Equivalent) in macroeconomics, international economics, with solid training in econometrics. A Ph.D. in economics 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 ten years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis, modelling, forecasting, and model-based policy studies.  Experience with building large-scaled econometric models at the global and multi-country level is required. Experience publishing papers and academic articles is required. Experience involving the application of principles and concepts of economics in various contexts, including through association with national or international economic policy-making, academia 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 a second official UN language is an advantage.


Assessment Method


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by 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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