Chief of Service, Economic Affairs, D1

Chief of Service, Economic Affairs, D1

UNECE - United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Geneva, Switzerland

Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Economic Cooperation and Trade Division (ECTD) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The incumbent of the position reports directly to the Executive Secretary.

In line with enabling progress towards the 2030 Agenda in the UNECE region, ECTD drives the economic thinking and develops appropriate initiatives: (1) to strengthen trade facilitation and trade-related economic cooperation in the ECE region and beyond, (2) to improve a policy, financial and regulatory environment conducive to the sustained economic growth, innovative development and greater competitiveness of economies in the ECE region, (3) to cooperate with all UNECE Divisions to substantively contribute to work in ‘Nexus Areas’ and (4) to support the implementation of the UN SG reform agenda.


Within delegated authority, the duties of the Chief of the ECTD fall into the following functional areas:

Economic or sectoral analysis for the 2030 Agenda, and directing, planning and supervising the work of the Division in implementing the following UNECE subprogrammes:

  • The Economic Cooperation and Integration (ECI) sub-programme. This involves directing and managing the Division's work on fostering an international policy dialogue aimed at critical assessment and adaptation of relevant national and international experiences in promoting the knowledge based economy, identification of best practices, the development of standards (e.g. for public-private partnerships), and the formulation of policy recommendations and guidelines within ECI thematic areas, such as innovation and competitiveness policies, innovation-related entrepreneurship and enterprise development, public-private partnerships and other aspects of economic cooperation and integration, as well as related capacity-building activities and other technical cooperation services, in particular, in countries with economies in transition in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia towards achievement of the 2030 Agenda;
  • The Trade sub-programme. This involves directing and managing the Division's work by fostering an international policy dialogue aimed at critical assessment and adaptation of relevant national and international experiences to support the Division's work aimed at identifying best practices, developing standards and recommendations, and providing policy advice and related capacity building in the Trade thematic areas such as: trade facilitation, electronic commerce standards, regulatory and procedural barriers to trade, regulatory cooperation and standardization policies and agricultural quality standards;
  • The incumbent will take a lead role in consultations with relevant intergovernmental bodies and other stakeholders with a view to identifying, within the mandates for the ECI and Trade subprogrammes, prospective directions of future work that correspond to the practical needs of Member States and with a special focus, especially in capacity building activities, on countries with economies in transition in the UNECE region in line with the 2030 Agenda. The incumbent will ensure that the process of formulation and adoption of the ECI and Trade Programmes of Work in upcoming programmatic cycles include the following:
    • Intergovernmental support by taking a leading role in developing and strengthening of cooperation with other international, regional and national organizations, business associations, academic institutions and other entities on issues related to the ECI and Trade Programmes of Work reflecting the 11 focus Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of UNECE;
    • Supervising the Division's work in developing and strengthening of cooperation with national and international experts contributing to the implementation of the ECI and Trade Programmes of Work as well as cooperation within Teams of Specialists and expert networks. Ensuring coherence of the Division's work with the work of the UNECE and undertaking cooperation with other Divisions;
    • Overseeing and managing efforts within the Division to raise extra-budgetary resources in support of the implementation of the ECI and Trade Programmes of Work;
    • Supervising capacity-building activities and other technical cooperation and policy advisory services organized by the Division, in particular, in the region's low and middle income countries and those with economies in transition, informed by the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) of UNECE member States, with a view to exchanging best practice and assisting national policymakers and other stakeholders in the implementation and adaptation of policy recommendations, norms, standards, best practices and guidelines emanating from ECI and Trade subprogrammes. The incumbent ensures that such activities are demand driven, carried out in cooperation with other relevant organizations and partners, produce tangible results and are properly evaluated.

The incumbent will ensure support to the following inter-governmental bodies under the subprogrammes:

  • Economic Cooperation and Integration subprogramme:
    • the Committee on Innovation, Competitiveness and Public-Private Partnerships (CICPPP) and its subsidiary bodies, the Team of Specialists on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies, the Team of Specialists on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), the Business Advisory Group on PPPs. This programme of work is also supported by the International PPP Centre of Excellence.
  • Trade subprogramme:
    • the Steering Committee on Trade Capacity and Standards (SCTCS) and its subsidiary bodies, the Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies and its three teams of Specialists (Standardization and Regulatory Techniques, Risk Management in Regulatory Systems and Market Surveillance) and the Working Party on Agricultural Quality Standards and its four specialized sections (Fresh Fruit and Vegetables, Dry and Dried Produce, Meat and Seed Potatoes). The Trade programme of work is also supported by the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Commerce (UN/CEFACT).

The support to the inter-governmental bodies under the subprogrammes includes:

  • the planning and preparation of meetings, seminars and workshops, of documentation relevant thereto (including the drafting of the analytical and policy studies and reports);
  • the substantive supervision of secretariat work on trade facilitation, electronic commerce, regulatory cooperation and standardization policies, agricultural quality standards, innovation and competitiveness policy and PPPs;
  • conduct of intergovernmental meetings and the establishment and maintenance of constructive relations with delegations;
  • substantive and editorial supervision of the preparation and issue of divisional documentation and publications;
  • generating and building tangible partnerships in pursuit of the 2030 Agenda with other UN entities at the regional, subregional, and country levels, with private sector, academia as well as with the secretariats of other intergovernmental and non- governmental organizations;
  • administrative and managerial responsibilities in relation to the staff of the Division.


Professionalism: In line with the 2030 Agenda, and the areas of work of the Economic Cooperation and Integration (ECI) and Trade sub-programmes shows the ability to: i) apply related theories and concepts to sustainable economic development; ii) evaluate independent research, and determine the suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources; iii) develop policies and make recommendations on their implementation; iv) understand and follow standardization processes. v) analyse and develop appropriate policy responses to the integrated nature of the SDGs.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.

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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports staff when they make mistakes; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in economics, trade, international law, management, business administration, public administration or related area. A PhD in one of these disciplines is desirable. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

At least 15 years of progressively responsible experience at the national and/or international level in areas related to Economic Cooperation and Trade, such as economic research and analysis, policy formulation related to competitiveness, trade, trade facilitation, innovation, economic development is required. Experience in the organization and delivery of capacity-building and/or other policy advisory services, in particular in countries with economies in transition, is desirable. Demonstrated applied experience in the economic analysis and cooperation for the 2030 Agenda and in developing appropriate initiatives to support countries to progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

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