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