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Economic Affairs Officer, P3

UN ESCAP - United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Bangkok, Thailand

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Macroeconomic Policy and Analysis Section of the Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division (MPFD). The Economic Affairs Officer is under the direct supervision of the Chief, Macroeconomic Policy and Analysis Section and the overall supervision of the Director of MPFD.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the duties of the Economic Affairs Officer are responsible for the following.

Economic or sector analysis

  • Conducts and develops socio-economic analysis and databases and qualitative information necessary for the preparation of the flagship publication, the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific;
  • Interprets, applies and, as necessary, adapts econometric models to determine trends, patterns and relationships and to analyse the effects of alternative policies and assumptions, especially for analysing development issues pertaining to the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific;
  • Drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on selected global, regional, national or sector aspects of economic development;
  • Identifies and analyses policy proposals for the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific;
  • Attends international, regional, and national meetings to collect information and to hold discussions with colleagues in other institutions;
  • Assists in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on development issues;
  • Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.

Intergovernmental support

  • Prepares inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies, including the ESCAP Commission and the Committee on Macroeconomic Policy, Poverty Reduction and Financing for Development;
  • Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports;
  • Prepares inputs to statements by members of the Bureau and Secretariat staff to such meetings;
  • Assists in the organization of panels, round tables etc. on development issues for intergovernmental processes.

Technical cooperation

  • Participates in missions on development issues, usually as a member of a team;
  • Organizes training seminars for national experts;
  • Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects;
  • Contributes to the preparation of material for the approval of regional, country or sector technical cooperation projects;
  • Monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects.

General

  • Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally;
  • Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s services.

Competencies

  • Professionalism: Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different sectors of economic and sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific region; ability to conduct high-quality independent research on economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources; shows skill in developing 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 or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. PhD in economics is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area. Experience in statistical data analysis and data management is desirable. Experience in the above areas in developing countries, especially in the Asia-Pacific region 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.

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