Economic Affairs Officer, P3

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 Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, in the Trade, Investment and Innovation Division. The incumbent reports to the Chief of Trade Policy and Facilitation Section.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Trade Policy and Facilitation Section, and overall supervision of the Director of Trade, Investment and Innovation Division, the incumbent is required to perform the following functions:

Economic or sector analysis:

  • Review and analyze medium to long-term trade and investment trends and developments in the countries of the region and their impact on inclusive and sustainable development.
  • Drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on selected global, regional, national or sector aspects of trade facilitation and economic development.
  • 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:

  • Provides substantive support in the preparation of position papers and reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies, such as the Annual Session of the Commission, or the Committee on Trade and Investment.
  • Follows intergovernmental meetings, and assist in the preparation of reports and inputs for legislative processes.
  • Assists in the organization of panels, round tables etc. on development issues for intergovernmental processes.

Technical cooperation:

  • Participates in advisory and technical assistance missions on trade and trade facilitation issues as a member of a team.
  • Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects related to trade facilitation and digital trade.
  • 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:

  • Performs other related duties as required, including 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: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general (trade and investment policy) and of specific areas (trade facilitation and digital trade) being supervised. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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, international trade or development or closely related field. A relevant first-level university degree in the above fields in combination with two additional 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, as well as in policy formulation, and application of economic principles in development programmes in areas related to trade.

Experience in quantitative analysis is desirable. Experience in implementing trade facilitation capacity building projects is desirable. Experience in supporting trade-related intergovernmental processes in Asia and the Pacific is an advantage. Experience in organizing large regional and global forums is also an advantage.

Experience in the UN Common System or international organizations 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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