Economic Affairs Officer, P3

UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Location
    Santiago, Chile
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Apr 13

Position description

Special Notice

- 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.
- A staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the Unit on Investment and Corporate Strategies of the Division of Production, Productivity and Management and report to the Chief of the Unit on Investment and Corporate Strategies.

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations. It was founded in 1948 with the purpose of contributing to the region's economic and social development. Its mission includes supporting the design, monitoring and evaluation of public policies and the provision of advisory services, expertise and training to Governments, as well as support for regional and international cooperation and coordination activities. Please visit our website at, for further information.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Unit on Investment and Corporate Strategies and the general supervision of the Director of the Division of Production, Productivity and Management, the incumbent will have the following responsibilities: 

Economic or sector analysis 
• Develops socio-economic databases and qualitative information for recurrent or ad hoc assignments regarding small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), clusters, value chains and firms’ networks in the Latin American and Caribbean countries. 
• Applies and, as necessary, adapts econometric analysis to determine trends, patterns and relationships and the effects of alternative policies and assumptions. 
• Drafts technical papers and analytical studies on selected issues pertaining to SMEs, clusters, value chains and firms’ networks. 
• Identifies and analyses policy proposals made elsewhere relating to SMEs, clusters, value chains and firms’ networks. 
• 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 SMEs, clusters, values chains and firms’ networks. 
• Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff. 

Intergovernmental support 
• Prepares inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies. 
• Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports. 
• Assists in the organization of panels, round tables etc. on issues pertaining to SMEs, clusters, value chains and firms’ networks for intergovernmental processes. 

Technical cooperation 
• Participates in missions on issues pertaining to SMEs, clusters, value chains and firms’ networks. 
• 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. 

• 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 concepts in areas related to SMEs, clusters, value chains and firms’ networks is required. Ability to conduct independent research, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources is required. Ability to identify and develop sources of data collection is required. Strong record of relevant publication is required. Proven abilities in conducting surveys, internet searches and databases are required. 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 or related areas is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying 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 are required. A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in research, formulation of policy proposals, and application of economic principles to the analysis of SMEs, clusters, firms’ networks or value chains and policies for their development and promotion, as demonstrated by a record of relevant publications are required. Experience in providing technical assistance is required. International working experience is required. Work experience in Latin American and Caribbean countries would be desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in Spanish and English is required.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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