This post is located within the Palestine Unit of the Emerging and Conflict-related Issues Division (ECRI) in the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The Economic Affairs Officer reports directly to the Director of ECRI.
Within delegated authority, Economic Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following areas
Economic and/or sector analysis
- Develops political and socio-economic databases and qualitative information necessary for specified recurrent or ad hoc assignments on the local and regional ramifications of conflict and occupation in the Middle East and their spill over effects.
- Interprets, applies and, as necessary, adapts quantitative analysis methods to determine socio-economic trends, patterns and relationships and to analyse the effects of alternative policies and assumptions on the Palestinian people, as well as on populations of conflict-affected countries in the region.
- Drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on measuring the long-term cumulative and multi-layered impact of the Israeli occupation and on selected regional, national or sector aspects of Palestinian economic development.
- Identifies and analyses policy proposals made elsewhere relating to Palestinian economy.
- Liaises with UN agencies for inputs to the division’s work and with ESCWA’s divisions to initiate cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary projects to address the impact of occupation on Palestinian 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 special events in the observance of the International day of solidarity with the Palestinian people, as well as, 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.
- Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports.
- Prepares inputs to statements by members of the Bureau and Secretariat staff to such meetings.
- Assists in the organization of panels, round tables etc. on development issues for intergovernmental processes.
- 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 in occupied Palestinian territory and in conflict affected countries in the region.
- 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 ECRI’s work program.
- Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.
- Professionalism: Ability to apply political and economic theories and concepts in different sectors of economic and sustainable development in the occupied Palestinian territory and within conflict afflicted contexts of the Middle East. Ability to conduct independent research on political and 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, political economy, political science or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in political economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area. Experience working in conflict/post conflict countries is desirable. Experience working on the Palestinian economy is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in written and spoken English is required. Fluency in written and spoken Arabic is highly desirable.
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