Economic Affairs Officer, P3

UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN ECLAC)
  • Location
    Mexico City, Mexico
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Aug 11

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Subregional Headquarters of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Mexico was founded in 1951 to analyze the economic problems of Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic. In addition to providing advice to governments of the countries of the subregion in various socio-economic, technical and financial fields, ECLAC has raised important initiatives and energy integration projects and worked with governments in the review of policies and strategies for sustainable energy development. This position is located in the Subregional Headquarters in Mexico City and reports to the Chief of the Energy and Natural Resources Unit.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Energy and Natural Resources Unit, the Economic Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Economic or sector analysis

  • Develops energy, natural resources and socio-economic databases and qualitative information necessary for specified recurrent or ad hoc assignments.
  • Interprets, applies and, as necessary, adapts econometric models to determine trends, patterns and relationships and to analyse the effects of alternative energy and natural resources policies and assumptions.
  • Drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on selected regional and national aspects of energy and development, especially those related to issues of the UN Development Agenda (including the least developed countries; the three axes of Sustainable Energy For All initiative; the sustainable development goals, and the transition to low carbon economies) and subregion particular issues (such as countries that are changing their economic models).
  • Interprets, applies and, as necessary, adapts econometric models to determine trends, patterns and relationships and to analyse the effects of alternative energy and natural resources policies and assumptions.
  • Identifies and analyses energy 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.
  • Assists in the organization of panels, round tables etc. on energy, natural resources and development issues for intergovernmental processes.

Technical cooperation

  • 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.


  • Professionalism: Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different sectors of economic development, especially related to economic growth and natural disasters, is required. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of alternative methods, as well as data provided by different sources is required. Skills in developing sources for data collection are desirable. Ability to analyze the impact of specific economic policies and natural disasters is desirable. 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; 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 economy, finance, environment or related field is required. A first-level university degree in exact sciences (engineering, physics, chemistry or mathematics) is highly desirable. A relevant first-level university degree in combination with 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. A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in energy research and analysis, preferably in Mexico, the Central American and Caribbean regions are required. Experience in implementation of technical cooperation projects in the countries and regions mentioned is required. Work experience in national and regional institutions of the subregion covered by this office is also required. Experience in forecasts and simulations and/or knowledge of carbon markets and environmental externalities of the energy industry is highly desirable. Experience interacting with the directors, managers and officers at energy industries of the private sector and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) related to rural development, energy, natural resources and environment is highly desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, advanced knowledge of Spanish and intermediate knowledge of English are required.

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