Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Latin American and the Caribbean Institute for Economic and Social Planning (ILPES) at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. The Senior Economic Affairs Officer reports to the Division Director.
Under the direct supervision of the Division Director, the Senior Economic Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Leads or participates in the formulation, organization and management of mandated programmes of economic analysis and the formulation of possible economic and development planning strategies, policies and actions in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs for adoption by countries of the region;
- Leads or participates in the identification of new or emerging development issues in the areas of public management, development planning and public policy and designs and develops programmes to address them;
- Identifies and designs innovative methodologies and technical tools to mainstream the Agenda 2030 of Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals in strategic planning, development planning, foresight planning, public investment and public management;
- Identifies emerging areas of work on strategic planning, foresight planning and supervises multidisciplinary teams undertaking this work;
- Commissions economic studies and analyses those which 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;
- Prepares speeches for senior staff and makes presentations on public management, planning, budgeting and in general economic issues for specialist or non-specialist audiences;
- 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;
- Develops and maintains relations with senior officials of member governments and ensures a response to requests for advice and/or assistance on economic issues and policies;
- Negotiates with donor and recipient governments on technical assistance programmes and projects;
- Organizes and coordinates cooperation among Member States on development planning, public management and economic programmes or issues.
- Leads or participates in technical cooperation missions;
- Functions as the 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 provide development services to countries of the region on foresight planning, strategic planning, implementation of long term and sector development plans within the context of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development goals. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics, planning for development, public management, public investment and determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Ability to provide policy advice to high level and technical government authorities 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 own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
- Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities;
- 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 creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly. 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 or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Studies in public management, planning or related field is required.
At least ten years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area are required. Experience in development planning at the national and sub-national levels is required. Experience in public management and budgeting is required. Experience in the provision of policy advice and technical cooperation services to government authorities is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in Spanish and English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of Portuguese is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
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