Senior Economic Affairs Officer, P5

Senior Economic Affairs Officer, P5

UN DESA - United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

New York, United States


Under the general supervision of the Chief of the Development Research Branch, the Senior Economic Affairs Officer will be responsible for the implementation of the work programme of the Branch, including the following functions.

Research and analysis of economic and development issues

  • Leads in the identification of new or emerging development issues of potential interest to the international community, particularly those of a regional or global nature, by leading policy-oriented research on them, as well as other economic challenges and opportunities for developing countries, and designs and develops programmes to address them.
  • Commissions economic studies and analyses that cannot be undertaken internally, including on issues related to the main tasks of the branch, to be implemented through other UN agencies, academic research networks and development practitioners; initiates and develops links with them to facilitate the above.
  • Conceives, plans and manages expert group meetings, seminars and similar consultations that contribute to the preparation and finalization of the Branch outputs.
  • Plays a leading role in researching and drafting of UN flagship publications, Secretary-General’s reports, other special publications of the Department, and policy briefs.
  • Prepares background notes, talking points and speeches for senior staff and makes presentations on economic issues for specialist or non-specialist audiences.

Intergovernmental support

  • Co-ordinates and oversees research and the preparation of reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such as the General Assembly, Economic and Social Council and their subsidiary Committees and other policy-making organs, as appropriate.
  • Manages the Branch’s contribution to the preparation and management of meetings of intergovernmental bodies.
  • Represents the Branch at international, regional and national meetings on development issues.
  • Supervision of junior staff
  • Supervises junior staff members, mentors and guides them in undertaking research and preparing analysis and reports and performing other tasks of the Branch.


  • Professionalism: Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different areas of economic and sustainable development. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Ability to develop economic policies and make recommendations on their implementation. 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.
  • 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 his or her own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  • Leadership: Serves as a role model that other staff member 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.
  • Building Trust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; manages through deliberation and in a predictable way; operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda; places confidence in colleagues, other staff members and clients; gives proper credit to others; follows through on agreed upon actions; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics or a 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 ten years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area is required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

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