Economic Affairs Officer, P3

Economic Affairs Officer, P3

UNCTAD - United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Geneva, Switzerland

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Economic Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Economic or sector analysis

  • Develops socio-economic databases and qualitative information in the area of accounting and enterprise reporting;
  • Drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on enterprise reporting as means for sustainable and inclusive development;
  • 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 for the ISAR group and other intergovernmental bodies;
  • 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

  • Drafts training material and handbooks pertaining to enterprise for development, including on accounting and enterprise reporting;
  • Participates in missions on development issues, usually as a member of a team;
  • Organises 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 related to enterprise development, with a particular focus on accounting and enterprise reporting.

General

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

Competencies

  • PROFESSIONALISM

Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in the area of enterprise development, including accounting and enterprise reporting. Ability to conduct independent research on accounting and enterprise reporting topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Shows skills in developing sources for data collection on enterprise reporting. 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 degree) in economics, or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

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 is required. A minimum of two years of experience in research and policy analysis, and policy formulation in enterprise reporting is desirable and a minimum of one year experience in accounting for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) is desirable.

Languages

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

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