Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Natural Resources and Energy Unit, Natural Resources Division. The Economic Affairs Officer (Chief of Unit) reports to the Chief of Division.
Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Division, the Economic Affairs Officer (Chief of Unit) will be responsible for the following duties:
Economic or sector analysis:
- Monitors sustainable development and the water and energy issues and identifies recurrent and emerging issues of concern to the United Nations.
- Designs and conducts studies of selected issues in economic, sustainable development and natural resources and energy and draft resulting reports.
- Interprets and applies results of quantitative and qualitative methods to analysis of water and energy prospects and policies.
- Develops draft policy recommendations pertaining to area of work.
- Formulates proposals for sustainable development strategies, policies and measures in the management of water and energy for presentation to intergovernmental bodies and others.
- Attends international, regional, and national meetings to hold discussions with representatives of other institutions.
- Organizes expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on development issues.
- Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.
- Provides substantive support on economic issues to intergovernmental bodies (such as the General Assembly, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Economic and Social Council, the Trade and Development Board, the regional commissions and the subsidiary bodies of each).
- Represents organizational unit at international, regional and national meetings.
- Designs and monitors technical cooperation projects.
- Undertakes missions to member states, either alone or as a participant in a diverse team, as part of the Organization’s technical cooperation activities.
- Prepares global, regional, national or sector analyses that provide a basis for advising national governments on economic development and natural resources and energy issues.
- Conducts training seminars and workshops for government officials and others.
- Formulates technical modalities for the evaluation of individual technical cooperation projects.
- Supports junior staff, reviewing their work and providing feedback.
- Participates in intra- and inter-Departmental undertakings of broader concern to represent the views or interests of the organizational unit.
- 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.
- Professionalism: Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different sectors of economics, natural resources or energy resources and sustainable development. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, engineering or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area is required.
- At least three years of specific working experience in quantitative and qualitative economic analysis is desirable.
- At least three years of specific working experience in public sector or multilateral development organizations (public policies formulation, implementation or monitoring and evaluation) in areas related to natural resources or energy is desirable.
- At least three years of working experience in team management and in designing and managing projects of international cooperation is desirable.
- Working experience in Latin America and the Caribbean is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in Spanish an English is required.