Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Market Access Section of the Economic Cooperation and Trade Division (ECTD) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE). The Economic Affairs Officer reports to the P5, Chief of the Market Access Section.
Within the delegated authority, the Economic Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
(i) Services and supervises the servicing of the Working Party on Agricultural Quality Standards (WP.7) and meetings of the bureau, as well as WP.7’s Specialized Sections and meetings of their rapporteurs. This includes:
a. prepares meetings (agendas, invitations, documentation);
b. liaisons with conference services (dissemination of information on the Internet);
c. organizes meetings (report writing and negotiation and organization); and
d. follow-ups on meetings (updating of working documents, dissemination of results on the Internet, etc.).
(ii) Produces and supervises the production of publication and promotion activities. This includes:
a. produces the publication of ECE agricultural quality standards and promotional material (online and print);
b. issues other documents on the wide range of issues arising at the interface of agricultural trade and sustainable development as covered by the programme of work.
(iii) Implements and supervises the implementation of projects to support the use of agricultural quality standards and of other capacity building activities on covering the interface of agricultural trade and sustainable development as covered by the programme of work. This includes the preparation of training materials and the provision of specialized technical assistance.
(iv) Undertakes fundraising and develops partnerships with a view to fostering the roll out of the deliverables of WP.7 and its subsidiary bodies and strengthening the unit’s impact. This includes supporting presentations of the Chief of Section, the Director of Division and the Executive Secretary and representing the organization in external liaisons related to WP.7, as appropriate.
(v) Engages in communication and outreach activities about the unit's deliverables and impact. This includes the preparation of press releases, news items and social media content, as part of the unit’s overall communication strategy. This also includes the maintenance of the respective websites.
(vi) Conducts research on topics related to agricultural standardization policies and quality standards, including with respect to their contribution to broader development objectives such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Agenda 2030 and cross-cutting themes adopted by the Commission.
(vii) Supervises staff in the unit (daily management, approval of PAS, mid-term review, annual review) in cooperation with the Chief of Section.
(viii) Undertakes professional development and training activities.
Professionalism: Excellent understanding of international trade, including trade in agriculture and related quality standards, and its relationship to sustainable development. Good understanding of the organization of inter-governmental/normative meetings and of capacity building/technical cooperation. Ability to carry out economic research in the field of international trade, including trade in agriculture, and related sustainable development issues. 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.
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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
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. 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.
An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in economics, development studies or a related field is required. A first level degree (Bachelor's degree or equivalent), in the specified fields of studies in combination with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
At least seven years of progressively responsible experience in international trade and trade-related negotiations and analysis is required.
Experience in the organization of inter-governmental or expert meetings and in capacity building/technical assistance and cooperation is required.
Experience on topics related to agricultural trade as they arise in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is desirable.
Experience with economies in transition (e.g. in Eastern Europe, Western Balkan, Caucasus or Central Asia) is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat; and Russian is a working language of ECE. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Russian is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.
At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity 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 31 January 2022, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Viet Nam.
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