Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Information and communication technologies (ICT) Policy Section, Science, Technology and ICT Branch of the Division on Technology and Logistics of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva. The Economic Affairs Officer reports to the head of the capacity-building team in the Section and receives overall guidance of the Chief of Section.Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the duties of the Economic Affairs Officer will include:
Economic or sector analysis
•Develops socio-economic databases and qualitative information necessary for specified recurrent or ad hoc assignments.
•Monitors economic developments in e-commerce and identifies recurrent and emerging issues of concern to the United Nations and to the eTrade for all partners.
•Drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on selected global, regional, national or sector aspects of economic development in relation with e-commerce and the digital economy.
•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, seminars, etc. on development issues.
•Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.
•Prepares inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies, including the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on E-commerce and the Digital Economy.
•Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports.
•Prepares inputs to statements by members and Secretariat staff to such meetings.
•Assists in the organization of panels, round tables etc. on development issues for intergovernmental processes.
•Participates in the development and implementation of eTrade Readiness Assessments and e-commerce strategies in developing countries and identifies the need for follow-up action.
•Supervises the work of consultants as needed.
•Organizes training seminars for national experts.
•Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects related to eTrade Readiness Assessments.
•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.
•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.
•Professionalism: Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different sectors of economic and sustainable development, especially in the field of e-commerce and the digital economy. Knowledge of capacity constraints and policy challenges pertaining to the implementation of e-commerce. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Shows skill in developing sources for data collection. 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 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work 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, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area is required.
At least one year of experience in project management, including resource mobilization, based in a developing country is desirable.
Experience supporting the implementation of e-commerce in least developed countries is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and French, (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
This is a project funded position. Extension of the appointment is subject to the extension of the mandate, job performance and/or availability of funds.
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.
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.
Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AE2012/2/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.
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.
Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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