Economic Affairs Officer - United Nations, Switzerland, Deadline: Jun-13-2016

Posting Title:Economic Affairs Officer
Job Code Title:ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office:ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR EUROPE
Duty Station:GENEVA
Posting Period:15 April 2016 - 13 June 2016
Job Opening Number:49262
Staffing ExerciseN/A

Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Cooperation and Partnerships Section of the UNECE Economic Cooperation and Trade Division. The Section provides substantive and secretariat support to the UNECE Team of Specialists on PPPs, with a special focus on the development of PPP standards and their implementation in countries. The incumbent reports to the Chief of Cooperation and Partnerships Section.
Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, and under the overall direction of the Chief of the Cooperation and Partnerships Section, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:

Economic or sector analysis 
•Develops socio-economic databases and qualitative information necessary for specified recurrent or ad hoc assignments.
•Drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on selected global, regional, national or sector aspects of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in infrastructure .
•Identifies and analyses policy proposals made elsewhere relating to assigned topics.
•Attends international, regional, and national meetings to collect information and to hold discussions with colleagues in other institutions. 
•Assists in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings (including the project teams developing PPP standards), seminars, etc. on PPPs and development issues. 
•Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.

Intergovernmental support 
•Prepares inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies, including the Team of Specialists on public-private partnerships and the Committee on Innovation, Competitiveness and Public-Private Partnerships.
•Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports.
•Prepares inputs to statements by members of the Bureau and Secretariat staff to such meetings.
•As secretary of the Team of Specialists on public-private partnerships, assists in the organization and servicing ofintergovernmental meetings.

Technical cooperation 
•Participates in missions on development issues, usually as a member of a team.
•Organizes training seminars for national experts.
•Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects.
•Contributes to the preparation of material for the approval of regional, country or sector technical cooperation projects.
•Monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects.

General
•Maintains and updates, in consultation with other stakeholders, the website of the subprogramme, including a wiki system for information exchange among PPP experts developing the PPP standards, such as Confluence.
•Establishes and sustains partnerships with key PPP stakeholders in PPP Specialist Centres, other relevant international organizations, including the Multilateral Development Banks, and the private sector.
•Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s services.
•Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.
Competencies
•Professionalism: Proven competence and mastery in public-private partnerships in infrastructure and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Proven knowledge of international standardization work and information exchange project management platforms. Shows skill in developing sources for data collection. Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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.
•Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
•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.
•Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Education
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in economics, law, business or public administration, information technology, social sciences or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Training in Project Management is an asset.
Work Experience
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area is required. Experience in international standardization work and substantive experience in Public-Private Partnerships in infrastructure development is desirable. Practical experience in project management and intergovernmental meetings is desirable.
Languages
Fluency in English, is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.
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