Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is in the ‘Unit on the 2030 Agenda’ of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA - unescwa.org). The Economic Affairs Officer reports to the Chief of the unit.Responsibilities
The Economic Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following :
1.Carries out in-depth qualitative and quantitative analysis of the development challenges faced by countries in the Arab region;
2.Develops socio-economic databases and qualitative information necessary to assessing progress towards attaining the SDGs in the Arab countries;
3.Compiles statistical data on SDG indicators from global and national sources;
4.Interprets, applies and, as necessary, adapts econometric models to determine trends, patterns and relationships and to analyse the effects of alternative policies and assumptions;
5.Identifies and analyses policies and strategies relevant to the SDGs;
6.Contributes to formulating evidence-based integrated policy recommendations to ESCWA member States relating to the achievement of the SDGs;
7.Drafts specified inputs for reports, including thematic analyses, background papers, the Arab Sustainable Development Report and analytical studies on national and regional trends in the implementation and follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda;
8.Prepares substantive inputs related to the Arab Forum for Sustainable Development and related activities;
9.Prepares inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies, attends intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports;
10.Prepares substantive terms of reference for external consultants and experts;
11.Implements agreed-upon quality assurance tools to assess and validate the work of consultants and experts;
12.Supports missions to Member States relating to the implementation and follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda;
13.Assists in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, and workshops on sustainable development issues, including awareness raising and capacity building activities, and drafts activity reports as required;
14.Attends international, regional, and national meetings and follows-up with the main counterparts accordingly;
15.Participates in and contributes to work-planning exercises of the 2030 Agenda and SDG Coordination Cluster, including the budget and day-to-day operations;
16.Participates in intra- and inter-departmental undertakings of broader concern to represent the views or interests of the 2030 Agenda and SDG Coordination Cluster;
17.Supports the Cluster in coordinating substantive deliverables across ESCWA, soliciting feedback and ensuring effective knowledge and information sharing;
18.Prepares speeches, talking points, and inputs to presentations as required by senior staff;
19.Supports the Cluster teams, reviews their work and provides feedback;
20.Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of outputs and services;
21.Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.
•Professionalism: Ability to conduct research on sustainable development topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Ability to undertake policy analysis from an SDG perspective and in light of the 2030 Agenda principles. Ability to apply statistical theories and methods in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data for use in the formulation and implementation of social, economic and environment policies in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 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.
•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.
•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.
Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in economics, development studies or other social science discipline (involving exposure to intermediate or advanced level statistics) is required. Doctoral or post-doctoral qualification in a relevant area is desirable. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.Work Experience
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis and policy formulation is required.
Proven familiarity with internationally agreed development goals is desirable.
Proven experience in quantitative analysis is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. In addition, Arabic is a working language at ESCWA. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
•Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate, availability of funds, and satisfactory performance.
•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.
•Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
•The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
•For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 November 2019, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
United Nations Considerations
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
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