The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote inclusive economic, social and environmental development and support regional cooperation and integration in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat, is to support its membership, through its analytical, normative and technical cooperation, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.
The Subregional Office for North and Central Asia (SONCA) is based in Almaty, Kazakhstan and covers Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, as well as Afghanistan as member of the United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA).
The Economic Affairs Officer is under the direct supervision of the Chief, Financing for Development Section and the overall supervision of the Director of Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division. Since the position is based in Almaty, the incumbent will also work closely with the Head of the Subregional Office for North and Central Asia.
This position provides support to the implementation of macroeconomic reforms and sustainable development policies. The position also contributes to activities under SPECA, a joint programme of ESCAP and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) covering Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, as well as Afghanistan and Azerbaijan. The Economic Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following functions:
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis, policy formulation in financing for development, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area. Experience in statistical data analysis and data management is desirable. Experience in financing for development related research is desirable.
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.