Economic Affairs Officer, P4

UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jul 21

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) New York Office. The incumbent will focus on international economics (trade, finance and investment), development economics and sustainable development economics. The Economic Affairs Officer reports to the Chief, UNCTAD New York Office under overall guidance by the Chief of Office of the Secretary-General of UNCTAD.


Within delegated authority, the Economic Affairs Officer will perform the following duties:

Economic or sector analysis:

  • Monitors and tracks inter-governmental discussions and negotiations related to trade and development, including investment, technology, and finance, and identifies recurrent and emerging issues of concern to the United Nations.
  • Drafts technical papers, analytical studies and briefing papers on trade related issues and the development dimension of the international trading system.
  • Develops draft policy recommendations pertaining to area of work.
  • Formulates proposals for development strategies, policies and measures to include in advocacy and fundraising strategies with member States;
  • Builds and maintains professional relationships with Member States, and engages in constructive and substantive policy dialogue with regard to the role of UNCTAD in key UN processes, including the UN reform, and UNCTAD quadrennial Conferences.
  • Develops partnerships with UN entities and outside partners to better deliver on UNCTAD mandate.
  • Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.

Intergovernmental support:

  • Provides substantive support on economic issues to intergovernmental bodies (such as the General Assembly, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Economic and Social Council, including its Financing for Development, Science and Technology, and High Level Political Forums, among others, the Trade and Development Board, the regional commissions and the subsidiary bodies of each).
  • Represents organizational unit at international, regional and national meetings.

Technical cooperation:

  • Raises awareness of and helps fundraise for UNCTAD technical cooperation projects with member States, taking into account the reform of the UN system.
  • Informs and advises member States on global, regional, national or sector analyses that provide a basis for advising national governments on economic development issues.
  • Organizes training seminars and workshops for government officials and others.


  • Supports junior staff, reviewing their work and providing feedback.
  • Participates in and supports intra- and inter-agency processes and task forces, and coordinate with UN and other partners, expert group meetings, side events, briefing, seminars, etc. on trade and development issues.
  • Performs other related duties as required, including fund raising and 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.


  • PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to interpret, draw policy recommendations and build advocacy strategies from independent research on economic topics. Ability to apply economic theories and concepts, especially on how trade, investment, finance and technology can provide means of implementation and integrated policies advice to achieve Agenda 2030 and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. Show skills in explaining macroeconomic concepts to government and into intergovernmental processes in a clear and diplomatic way. Knowledge of planning, funding and delivery of UN Development System technical assistance. Excellent interpersonal and group communication (both oral and written) skills. 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.
  • CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.


An 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 experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Job - Specific Qualification

Specialization in international or development economics is desirable.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven 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 in the areas of development and international trade or a related area is desirable.
  • At least three years of experience within the UN Common System is desirable.
  • Experience in supporting interagency task force or working groups is desirable.
  • Experience in fund raising is desirable.
  • Experience in intergovernmental processes is desirable.


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

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