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This position is located in the Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS). Subprogramme 2 of the Office is mandated to mobilize and coordinate international support and resources for the effective implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action for Landlocked Developing Countries, enhance its monitoring and follow-up and raise awareness and advocate with respect to the special needs of landlocked developing countries. The incumbent reports to the Senior Programme Officer for Subprogramme 2 and to the Chief, Policy Development, Coordination, Monitoring and Reporting Service, under the overall guidance of the Director.
Within delegated authority, the Economic Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
Economic or sector analysis:
- Monitors economic developments in landlocked developing countries identifies recurrent and emerging issues related to the Vienna Programme of Action for landlocked developing countries;
- Designs and conducts studies of selected issues in economic development, including infrastructure development, trade and trade facilitation, regional integration and structural transformation and international support measure and draft resulting reports;
- Interprets and applies results of econometric modelling to analysis of economic prospects and policies;
- Develops draft policy recommendations pertaining to the Vienna Programme of Action;
- Formulates proposals 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.
- Provides substantive support on economic issues to intergovernmental bodies (such as the General Assembly the Economic and Social Council, the regional commission;
- Represents organizational unit at international, regional and national meetings.
- 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 organizational unit;
- 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.
- Professionalism: Knowledge of the sustainable development challenges of Landlocked Developing Countries. Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different sectors of economic and sustainable development, in particular transport connectivity, international trade, transit and trade facilitation and regional integration. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. 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;
- 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.
- 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.
- A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in economic and trade research and analysis, policy formulation, intergovernmental processes, application of economic principles in development programmes, or related area is required;
- Experience in international trade and trade facilitation issues particularly on Landlocked Developing Countries is desirable;
- Experience in programme budget preparation is desirable;
- Experience in inter-agency coordination 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 desirable.
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