Senior Economic Affairs Officer, P5

United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Feb 23

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the in the Global Economic Monitoring Unit (GEMU) of the Development Policy and Analysis Division (DPAD), Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The Division is mandated to provide analysis of global economic trends and macroeconomic policies, and analysis of strategies and policies for long term development, and serves as the Secretariat for the Committee for Development Policy. The Senior Economics Affairs Officer will report to the Chief of the Branch.


Within delegated authority, the duties of the Senior Economic Affairs Officer are the following:

  • Leads and participates in the work related to the publication of the World Economic Situation and Prospects, in cooperation with external partners, for macroeconomic trends in the world economy, including output, employment, inflation, international trade, financial markets, commodity prices, macroeconomic policies and macroeconomic imbalances, and in the formulation of economic strategies, policies and actions for adoption by the international community;
  • Leads and participates in the identification of new or emerging global economic issues of potential concern to the international community, particularly the macroeconomic issues which have implications for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, and designs policies to address them;
  • Supervises a team of staff economists undertaking this work;
  • Commissions economic studies and analyses that cannot be undertaken internally;
  • Leads and participates in conceiving, planning and managing expert group meetings, seminars and similar consultations that contribute to the finalization of the work unit’s outputs;
  • Takes shared responsibility for producing the publication of the World Economic Situation and Prospects, and other reports and policy briefs, which provide high quality information and advice for the intergovernmental process;
  • Prepares speeches for senior staff and makes presentations on economic issues for specialist or non-specialist audiences;
  • Contributes the work unit’s preparation and management of the annual Expert Group Meeting on the world economy;
  • Represents the organizational unit at international, regional and national meetings on development issues;
  • Contributes to the formulation of the medium-term plan, the programme of work and the budget of the unit and participate in the formulation of the organization's overall programme of work and other similar endeavours;
  • Attends to various administrative matters concerning the larger organizational unit (Section or Division);
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • PROFESSIONALISM: 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. Ability to develop economic policies and make recommendations on their implementation. 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;
  • 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;
  • EMPOWERING OTHERS: Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations, and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work; encourages others to set challenging goals; holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility; genuinely values all staff members’ input and expertise; shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort; involves others when making decisions that affect them;
  • MANAGING PERFORMANCE: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.


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.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten 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 of applying econometric models for forecasting or policy analysis is required. Experience in policy studies is desirable. Experience applying economics in national or international policy-formulation and academia is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of a second official UN language is an advantage.

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