Economic Affairs Officer, P3

Economic Affairs Officer, P3

UN ECLAC - Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

Brasilia, Brazil

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the duties of an Economic Affairs Officer are likely to fall mainly into one of the three functional areas below:

Economic or sector analysis

  • Develops socio-economic databases and qualitative information necessary for specified recurrent or ad hoc assignments;
  • 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 made elsewhere relating to assigned topics;
  • 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;
  • Assists in the organization of panels, round tables etc. on development issues for intergovernmental and interagencies processes.

Technical cooperation

  • Participates in missions on development issues, usually as a member of a team;
  • Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects;
  • Monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects;
  • Organizes training courses and seminars for national experts.

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 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. 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;
  • 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of qualifying 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. Experience working in an intergovernmental organization in the Latin America and Caribbean region is desirable. Experience in the provision of technical cooperation (technical assistance) in the context of development is desirable. Experience working on sustainable development issues is desirable. Experience working with statistics and indicators is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Spanish is desirable. Knowledge of Portuguese is desirable.

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