Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Strategic Engagement and Policy Integration Branch of the Financing for Sustainable Development Office (FSDO), in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The Economic Affairs Officer reports to the Senior Economic Affairs Officer. The Financing for Sustainable Development Office provides effective secretariat support for sustained follow-up within the United Nations system to the agreements and commitments reached at the International Conference on Financing for Development, as well as financing for development related aspects of the outcomes of major United Nations conferences and summits in the economic and social fields.For more information please visit https://www.un.org/development/desa/financing/Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Senior Economic Affairs Officer, the Economic Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
Economic or sector analysis
•Monitors, analyzes and reports on developments, actions and policy proposals related to specific thematic areas of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, Monterrey Consensus, and the Doha Declaration on Financing for Development, especially those related to financing for sustainable development.
•Undertakes research and drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on selected global, regional, national or sector aspects of financing for sustainable development.
•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, workshops and intergovernmental meetings on development issues.
•Prepares speeches, talking points and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.
•Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work programme of the Office.
•Prepares inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies.
•Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports.
•Prepares inputs to statements by members of the ECOSOC Bureau and Secretariat staff to such meetings.
•Assists in the organization of panels, round tables etc. on development issues for intergovernmental processes.
•Assists in coordination of the ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up and its preparatory process, as well as the SDG Investment Fair.
•Research and compile UN’s analytical work to support the Chief in producing the Secretary-General’s policy recommendations to Heads of State on financing for sustainable development issues.
•Supports inter-agency coordination in preparation for the participation of UN Officials in High-level meetings on Financing for Sustainable Development.
Strategic engagement and communication
•Supports the Office’s strategic engagement on financing for sustainable development (FfD) with key external stakeholders from the private sector, civil society, local authorities and academia/think tanks, as well as the UN system and other international organizations.
•Contributes to the communication and outreach activities to ensure that DESA’s “docking station” role on FFD at the global level, and the Office’s contributions to this, are effective and engage relevant actors.
•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.
•Serves as focal point for relevant stakeholder groups.
•Provides inputs for the development of division strategies.
•Performs other related duties as required, including outreach activities and 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: Knowledge of international policy-making processes and intergovernmental process within the United Nations Common System, particularly those related to financing for sustainable development. Ability to apply analytical skills and economic theories and concepts of concern to the United Nations Common System in the area of financing for development. Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different sectors of economic and sustainable development. 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.
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 degree or equivalent degree) 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.
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 supporting intergovernmental negotiations on sustainable development issues is desirable.
Experience in inter-agency coordination of substantive inputs is desirable.
Experience in organizing and coordinating high-level intergovernmental meetings, conferences and events at the international level is desirable.
Experience in multi-stakeholder engagement is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.Special Notice
• This position is temporarily available starting as soon as possible for six months, with a possibility of extension. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
• 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.
• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
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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