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  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Economic Affairs Officer, Geneva

Organization: UNCTAD - United Nations Conference on Trade and Development


Country: Switzerland

City: Geneva, Switzerland

Office: UNCTAD Geneva

Grade: P-3

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Closing date: Thursday, 21 December 2017

Posting Title: ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER, P3

Job Code Title: ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER

Department/ Office: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Duty Station: GENEVA

Posting Period: 7 November 2017-21 December 2017

Job Opening number: 17-ECO-UNCTAD-87158-R-GENEVA (R)

Staffing Exercise ID: N/A

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

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 31 July 2017, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Viet Nam.

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.

Organizational Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Investment Trends and Issues Branch of the Division on Investment and Enterprise of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Economic Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following tasks

Economic or sector analysis

Develops socio-economic databases and qualitative information necessary for specified recurrent or ad hoc assignments pertaining to international investment for development.

Interprets, applies and, as necessary, adapts econometric models to determine trends, patterns and relationships and to analyse the effects of alternative policies and assumptions in the area of international investment for development.

Drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on Foreign Direct Investment and areas related to multinational enterprises and their impact on development.

Identifies and analyses policy proposals made elsewhere relating to assigned topics on investment for development.

Attends international, regional, and national meetings to collect information and to hold discussions with colleagues in other institutions.

Assists in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on investment for development issues.

Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.

Intergovernmental support

Prepares inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies.

Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports.

Prepares inputs to statements by members of the Bureau and Secretariat staff to such meetings.

Assists in the organization of panels, round tables etc. on development issues for intergovernmental processes.

Technical cooperation

Participates in missions on development issues, usually as a member of a team.

Organizes training seminars for national experts.

Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects in the area of international investment for development.

Contributes to the preparation of material for the approval of regional, country or sector technical cooperation projects.

Monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects pertaining to investment for development.

General

Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s services.

Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.

Competencies

Professionalism: Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in international investment and areas related to multinational enterprises and their impact on development. Ability to conduct independent research on international investment topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Shows skill in developing 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; 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.

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