Senior Economic Affairs Officer, P5

UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Sep 08

Position description


Under the general supervision of the Chief of the International Tax and Development Cooperation Branch, the Senior Economic Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following functions.

  • Leads or participates in the identification of new or emerging development issues of potential concern to the international community, particularly those of a regional or global nature, and designs and develops programmes to address them;
  • Commissions economic studies and analyses that cannot be undertaken internally;
  • Conceives, plans and manages expert group meetings, seminars and similar consultations that contribute to the finalization of the work unit’s outputs;
  • Prepares speeches for senior staff and makes presentations on economic issues for specialist or non-specialist audiences;
  • Manages the contribution to the preparation and management of meetings of intergovernmental bodies;
  • Undertakes capacity development activities, including representing the Office at departmental and interagency meetings, seminars, etc. on capacity development activities; participating in international, regional or national meetings and providing substantive and programmatic expertise; overseeing, organizing and convening advisory missions, substantive seminars and training workshops, providing capacity building assistance;
  • Ensures a response to requests for advice and/or assistance;
  • Takes the lead in resource identification and mobilization and strategic communication and outreach on capacity development programme;
  • Leads the development of a coherent strategy for capacity development programmes and activities, both in-person and virtual, at national, regional and global levels in the area of Financing for Sustainable Development, including to support an integrated approach to policy and capacity development work in the area of international tax cooperation;
  • Contributes to the formulation of the work plan, the programme of work and the budget of the Branch and participate in the formulation of the organization’s overall programme of work and other similar endeavors;
  • May train staff under his/her supervision;
  • Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Branch/Division across organizational boundaries;
  • Performs other 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. Knowledge and understanding of economic issues, international policy-making processes and UN intergovernmental process in the area of Financing for Development; Knowledge of the UN work in the area of international tax cooperation, including the work and outputs of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters; Knowledge of institutional arrangements, policies and guidelines at the UN system, especially UN-DESA, pertaining to outreach and capacity development activities; Familiarity with relevant capacity development activities of other Divisions of UN-DESA, UN agencies and other international organizations active in the area of international tax cooperation; Proven record in fund-raising and delivering capacity-building projects, including through remote means; Knowledge and understanding of concepts and approaches, as well as UN processes relevant to results-based budgeting and programme management; 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.
  • 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.
  • Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
  • Building Trust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; manages in a deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients; gives proper credit to others; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.
  • 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, finance, business administration, accounting, law, international relations or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in any of these fields, 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 at national and international levels, in economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area is required.
  • Experience in technical cooperation, programme planning and design is required.
  • Experience in the implementation of capacity-building projects on financing for development-related matters in developing countries in different regions is desirable.


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

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