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Org. Setting and Reporting
The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote inclusive economic, social and environmental development and support regional cooperation and integration in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership, through its analytical, normative and technical cooperation, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.
This position is located in the Transport Infrastructure Section, in the Transport Division. The incumbent reports to the Chief of Transport Infrastructure Section.
Under the general direction of the Director of Transport Division and the direct supervision of the Chief of Transport Infrastructure Section, the incumbent is required to perform the following functions:
Economic or sector analysis
•Develops socio-economic research and compiles qualitative information necessary for recurrent or ad hoc assignments related to transport infrastructure development with particular focus on intermodal transport and railway development.
•Interprets, applies and, as necessary, adapts econometric models to determine trends, patterns and relationships and to analyze the effects of alternative policies and assumptions.
•Drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on selected, regional, national or sector aspects of economic development issues in transport infrastructure.
•Identifies, monitors and analyses policy proposals relating to intermodal transport and railway 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, etc. on transport infrastructure development, including issues related to intermodal transport and railway development.
•Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.
•Prepares inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies.
•Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports.
•Participates in missions on transport infrastructure development issues.
•Organizes training seminars for national experts.
•Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects with particular focus on intermodal transport and railway development.
•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 of the section/division.
•Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.
• Professionalism: Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in transport, with focus on intermodal transport and railway. Ability to conduct independent research on transport infrastructure 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.
• 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 transport, economics, engineering or related field is required.
A relevant first-level university degree in the above fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in research and analysis, policy formulation, and/or application of economic, social and technical principles in transport development programmes, is required. Experience in railway is highly desirable. Experience in the Asia-Pacific region is an asset.
English and French and the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.
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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
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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