Senior Economic Affairs Officer and Deputy Head, P5

Senior Economic Affairs Officer and Deputy Head, P5

UN ESCAP - United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Incheon City, Republic of Korea

Org. Setting and Reporting

The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote sustainable and inclusive development and regional connectivity in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership with policy oriented research and analysis, normative support and technical assistance and capacity building to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.

ESCAP Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia (SOENEA) covers the following six countries: China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation. SOENEA is established to enhance multilateral cooperation in North-East Asia in the implementation, follow up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including through regional cooperation on environmental sustainability, connectivity and innovation. SOENEA also serves as the Secretariat of the North-East Asian Subregional Programme for Environmental Cooperation (NEASPEC) with the membership of the six countries.

The incumbent reports to the Head of Office.


Under the direct supervision of the Head of Office, the incumbent is required to perform the following functions.

Economic or sector analysis

  • Leads or participates in the formulation, organization and management of mandated programmes of economic, environmental and social analysis and the formulation of possible economic and sustainable development strategies, policies and actions for adoption by the membership of ESCAP; Through subregional platforms such as NEASPEC and North-East Asia Regional Power Interconnection and Cooperation Forum (NEARPIC), leads the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes/projects on sustainable development issues, such as on environment, energy, trade, transport and social issues; Coordinates the operation of NEASPEC Secretariat and projects;
  • Leads or participates in the identification of new or emerging development issues of potential concern to the ESCAP membership or the subregion and designs and develops innovative programmes and products to address them;
  • Supervises a work unit on various topics of economic or developmental issues in programme / project development, implementation, monitoring and assessment and ensures gender mainstreaming, including in legislation, policies or programme;
  • Commissions studies and analyses that cannot be undertaken internally;
  • Conceives, plans and manages expert group meetings, seminars and similar consultations that contribute to the finalization of the work unit’s outputs;
  • Finalizes reports on development for issuance by the United Nations Supervises and provides analytical inputs in the preparation and finalization of various written outputs, including background papers, analysis, substantial sections of reports and studies, and inputs to publications on sustainable development issues, in addition to subregional analysis inputs to ESCAP flagship publications, surveys and reports. Coordinates and supports ESCAP Headquarters in advocacy and capacity-building events, including the launching of ESCAP publications and dissemination of analytical studies and reports in the subregion. Prepares speeches for senior staff and makes presentations on economic and/or sustainable development issues for specialist or non-specialist audiences.

Intergovernmental support

  • Provides direct substantive support on development issues to intergovernmental bodies (such as the ESCAP commission and the Asia Pacific Forum for Sustainable Development) and other subregional activities by offering strategic advice, giving technical guidance and assisting in developing a consensus;
  • Manages the work unit’s contribution to the preparation and management of meetings of intergovernmental bodies;
  • Represents the organizational unit at international, regional and national meetings on development issues.

Technical cooperation

  • Develops and maintains relations with senior officials of member governments and ensures a response to requests for advice and/or assistance on economic and sustainable development issues and policies;
  • Negotiates with donor and recipient governments and subregional organizations on technical assistance programmes and projects. Manages outreach and technical activities, including networks and communities of practice for knowledge sharing; designs and conducts training workshops, seminars, etc., give lectures or presentations on assigned topics/activities on sustainable development issues. Coordinates closely with Member States, the United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs) regional and subregional intergovernmental organizations, as well as with civil society organizations and other development partners in the region.

Programme support

  • Functions as the deputy head of an organizational unit;
  • Contributes to the formulation of the medium-term plan, the programme of work and the budget of the unit and participate in the formulation of the organization's overall programme of work and other similar endeavours;
  • Attends to various administrative matters concerning the larger organizational unit (Section or Division);
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different sectors 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;
  • 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;
  • Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, environmental studies, sustainable development, public policy or related field. A relevant first-level university degree in the above fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in economic or sustainable development research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic or sustainable development principles in development programmes or related area with at least five years at the multilateral or international level is required;
  • Experience in leading and managing a work unit is required;
  • Experience in the United Nations Common System, international organizations or multilateral cooperation programmes is desirable;
  • Demonstrated experience in analytical and policy analysis in economic or sustainable development is desirable;
  • Experience in developing policies on sustainable development issues in East and North-East Asia is desirable;
  • Experience in developing knowledge products on sustainable development issues is desirable.


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

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