Posting Title: Economic Affairs Officer, P4
Job Code Title: ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/ Office: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 27 October 2020-10 December 2020
Job Opening number: 20-ECO-ESCAP-141126-R-BANGKOK (R)
Staffing Exercise ID: N/A

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity


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.

This position is located in the Financing for Development Section (FfDS) of the Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division (MPFD). The Economic Affairs Officer is under the direct supervision of the Chief, Financing for Development Section and the overall supervision of the Director of MPFD.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the duties of the Economic Affairs Officer are as follows:

Economic or sector analysis:
•Monitors financing for development issues as agreed at the third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa and suggested at other international forums, and its trends in the Asia-Pacific region.
•Designs and conducts studies on the role of financing for development issues, especially in the areas of capital market development, climate finance, financial inclusion and financial regulations and drafts resulting reports and publications, including the “Financing for Development in Asia and the Pacific” series.
•Analyses economic prospects and policies in areas related to financing for development and its implications to the sustainable development agenda.
•Develops draft policy recommendations pertaining to the areas of work, with a special emphasis on least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States in the Asia-Pacific region.
•Formulates proposals for development strategies, financing policies and reform measures for presentation to intergovernmental bodies and others national, subregional and regional forums.
•Attends international, regional and national meetings to hold discussions with representatives of other institutions, development partners, business associations, civil society organizations and academia.
•Organizes expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on financing for development issues.
•Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.

Intergovernmental support
•Provides substantive support on economic issues of financing for development to intergovernmental bodies (such as the sessions of the General Assembly, the ESCAP Commission and the Committee on Macroeconomic Policy, Poverty Reduction and Financing for Development and the expert group meeting on financing for development).
•Represents the organizational unit at international, regional and national meetings.

Technical cooperation:
•Designs and monitors technical cooperation projects.
•Undertakes missions to member states, either alone or as a participant in a diverse team, as part of ESCAP’s technical cooperation activities.
•Prepares global, regional, national or sector analyses that provide a basis for advising national governments on economic development issues.
•Conducts training seminars and workshops for government officials and others.
•Formulates technical modalities for the evaluation of individual technical cooperation projects.

General
•Supports junior staff, reviewing their work and providing feedback.
•Participates in intra- and inter-Divisional undertakings of broader concern to represent the views or interests of MPFD.
•Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s service.
•Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.

Competencies

Professionalism: Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different sectors of financing for sustainable development. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics, including financing, sustainable development, regional economic cooperation and integration, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Ability to identify and develop sources for data collection. 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.

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.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, development finance, business administration or related field. A relevant first-level university degree in the above fields in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. PhD in economics is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis, policy formulation in financing for development, application of economic principles in sustainable development programmes or related area is required.
Experience in financing for development related research experience is required.
Experience in producing technical research papers in areas of development finance in Asia and the Pacific is desirable.
Experience working in developing technical assistance projects and preparation of reports for policy makers is desirable.
Experience in working in the financial regulators or the banking and finance sector is desirable.

Languages

Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.

Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 June 2020, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.


No Fee

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