Economic Affairs Officer, P4

Economic Affairs Officer, P4

UN ESCWA - United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

Beirut, Lebanon

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the Palestine Unit, Emerging and Conflict Related Issues (ECRI) Division of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). The Economic Affairs Officer reports directly to the Director of ECRI.

Responsibilities

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

Economic or sector analysis:

  • Monitors and analyses socio-economic developments in the Arab region with a focus on impact of the occupation on the Palestinian people, society and economy and identifies recurrent and emerging issues of concern to the United Nations.
  • Designs and conducts policy-oriented studies of selected issues related to the local and regional socio-economic impact of conflict and occupation and draft resulting reports.
  • Develops and applies methodologies and, as necessary, adapts quantitative analysis methods to measure long-term cumulative impact of the Israeli occupation.
  • Develops draft policy recommendations pertaining to the impact of conflict and occupation on human development.
  • Formulates proposals for development strategies, policies and measures for presentation to intergovernmental bodies and others.
  • Attends international, regional, and national meetings to hold discussions with representatives of other institutions.
  • Organizes expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on development issues.
  • Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.

Intergovernmental support:

  • Provides substantive support on economic issues to intergovernmental bodies.
  • Represents organizational unit at international, regional and national meetings.

Technical cooperation:

  • Designs and monitors technical cooperation projects.
  • Undertakes missions to member states, either alone or as a participant in a diverse team, as part of the Organization's technical cooperation activities.
  • Prepares global, regional, national or sector analyses that provide a basis for advising national governments on conflict and economic development issues.
  • Conducts training seminars and workshops for government officials and others on the impact of conflict and occupation on development in the Arab region.
  • Formulates technical modalities for the evaluation of individual technical cooperation projects.

General

  • Supports junior staff, reviewing their work on Israeli occupation and its impact on the Palestinian people and providing feedback.
  • Participates in intra- and inter-Departmental undertakings of broader concern to represent the views or interests of the organizational unit.
  • Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit's service.;
  • Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.

Competencies

Professionalism - Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to impact of conflict on human development Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different sectors of economic and sustainable development in particular the occupied Palestinian territory. Ability to conduct independent research including quantitative and analytical techniques 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) in economics, development, political science or related field. 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area. Experience in utilizing advanced quantitative tools is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Arabic is also a working language of ESCWA. For this post, fluency in written and spoken English is required, knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

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