Economic Affairs Officer, P4

UN ESCAP
  • Location
    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Feb-16-2020
  • Posted
    Jan 06

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote sustainable and inclusive development and regional connectivity in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership with policy oriented research and analysis, normative support and technical assistance and capacity building, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.

This position is located in the Sustainable Energy Development and Utilization Section, in the Energy Division. The incumbent reports to the Chief of Sustainable Energy Development and Utilization Section.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Sustainable Energy Development and Utilization Section, and overall supervision of the Director, Energy Division, the incumbent is required to perform the following functions:

Economic or sector analysis:

  • Monitors socioeconomic and environmental dimensions of the energy sector and identifies recurrent and emerging issues in promoting sustainable energy for the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Designs and conducts studies and draft reports that identify strategies and good practices to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular the Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7).
  • Develops and applies the econometric modelling to analysis of economic prospects and policies to the implementation of SDG7.
  • Develops draft policy recommendations pertaining to sustainable energy.
  • Formulates proposals and implements projects for development strategies, policies and measures for presentation to intergovernmental bodies and others.
  • Attends international, regional, and national meetings to hold discussions with representatives of other institutions.
  • Organizes expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on development issues.
  • Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.

Intergovernmental support:

  • Provides substantive support on issues pertinent to energy sector to intergovernmental bodies such as the Commission, , Committee on Energy, and ad-hoc ministerial meetings.
  • Represents the Energy Division at international, regional and national meetings.

Technical cooperation:

  • Designs and monitors technical cooperation projects on sustainable energy development.
  • Undertakes missions to member states, either alone or as a participant in a diverse team, as part of the ESCAP’s technical cooperation activities.
  • Prepares global, regional, national or sector analyses that provide a basis for advising national governments on sustainable energy development issues.
  • Conducts training seminars and workshops for government officials and others.
  • Formulates technical modalities for the evaluation of individual technical cooperation projects.

General

  • Supports junior staff, reviewing their work and providing feedback.
  • Participates in intra- and inter-Departmental undertakings of broader concern to represent the views or interests of the Energy Division.
  • Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s service.;
  • Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.

Competencies

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 analyze energy demand and supply by developing and applying modelling analysis. Ability to identify and develop 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, energy, environment, sustainable development or related field.

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.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in researching energy economics, sustainable energy policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area is required.
  • Experience of developing energy demand and supply modelling and utilizing the modeling for SDG7 scenarios analysis is required.
  • Experience in drafting analytical studies and reports on issues relevant to sustainable energy development in Asia and the Pacific is desirable.

Languages

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

Application instructions

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