Economic Affairs Officer, P3

Economic Affairs Officer, P3

UN DESA - United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

New York, United States


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

Economic or sector analysis

  • Develops financing and socio-economic databases and qualitative information necessary for specified recurrent or ad hoc assignments.
  • Monitors, analyses and reports on developments, actions and policy proposals related to specific thematic areas of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, Monterrey Consensus, and the Doha Declaration on Financing for Development, especially those related to financing for development.
  • Undertakes research and drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on selected global, regional, national or sector aspects of financing for development.
  • Attends international, regional, and national meetings to collect information and to hold discussions with colleagues in other institutions.
  • Assists in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, workshops and intergovernmental meetings on development issues.
  • Prepares speeches, talking points and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.
  • Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work programme of the Office.

Intergovernmental support

  • Prepares inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies.
  • Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports.
  • Prepares inputs to statements by members of the ECOSOC Bureau and Secretariat staff to such meetings.
  • Assists in the organization of panels, round tables etc. on development issues for intergovernmental processes.
  • Assists in coordination of the ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development Follow up and its preparatory process, as well as the SDG Investment Fair.

Strategic engagement and communication

  • Supports the Office’s strategic engagement on financing for development (FfD) with key external stakeholders from the private sector, civil society, local authorities and academia/think tanks, as well as the UN system and other international organizations.
  • Contributes to the communication and outreach activities to ensure that DESA’s “docking station” role on FFD at the global level, and the Office’s contributions to this, are effective and engage relevant actors.

Technical cooperation

  • Participates in missions on development issues, usually as a member of a team.
  • Organizes training seminars for national experts.
  • Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects.
  • 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.


  • Serves as focal point for relevant stakeholder groups.
  • Provides inputs for the development of division strategies.
  • Performs other related duties as required, including outreach activities and a variety of 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.


  • Professionalism - Ability to have sound analytical and drafting skills; ability to apply international economic and social policy concepts to issues of concern to the UN; ability to determine suitability and validity of studies and data provided by others. Knowledge of intergovernmental policy-making in social and economic development. 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.
  • Planning and Organizing - Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
  • 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 degree) in economics or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work 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, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area is required.
  • Experience in supporting intergovernmental negotiations and meetings in the economic or financial field is required.
  • Experience in multi-stakeholder engagement is desirable.


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

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