Economic Affairs Officer, P4

Economic Affairs Officer, P4

UN DESA - United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

New York, United States

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Policy Analysis and Development Branch of the Financing for Development Office(FfDO) in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), The Financing for Development Office provides effective secretariat support for sustained follow-up to and implementation of the outcomes of the International Conferences on Financing for Development and the delivery of the means of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The incumbent reports to the Senior Economic Affairs Officer, and is under the general guidance of the Chief of Policy Analysis and Development Branch of the Financing for Development Office.

Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Senior Economic Affairs Officer, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Carries out research and policy analysis on issues relating to Financing for Development, including domestic resource mobilization, tax policy and international tax cooperation, and/or international development cooperation, development effectiveness, and South-South cooperation;
  • Monitors and assesses international policy developments in the areas listed above;
  • Monitors economic developments and identifies recurrent and emerging issues related to other thematic areas of the Monterrey Consensus, Doha Declaration and Addis Ababa;
  • Action Agenda on Financing for Development and related outcomes;
  • Designs and conducts studies of selected issues in Financing for Development, in particular in the area of domestic resource mobilization and/or international development cooperation; engage in economic analysis; draft inputs to the Inter-Agency Task Force on Financing for Development Report, annual reports of the Secretary-General on follow-up to the Financing for Development Conferences, other analytical studies, technical papers and publications;
  • Organizes expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on the topics related to FfD, including drafting reports, overseeing and engaging in note-taking, and overseeing and offering administrative support as needed;
  • Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations on topics related to the FfD process and related areas by senior staff;
  • Provides substantive support to the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, and services inter-agency meetings within the FfD follow-up process, as requested;
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the Chief, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of FfDO's outputs;
  • Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.

Competencies

  • PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in Financing for Development in particular in the areas of domestic resource mobilization and taxation and/or international development cooperation. Ability to conduct independent research and in-depth analysis on economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. 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. 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;
  • 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, taxation 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.

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 area of domestic resource mobilization and taxation, or in the area of international development cooperation is required.

Languages

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

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