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