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Economic Affairs Officer (Trade)

UNECE - United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Geneva, Switzerland

Responsibilities

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

Economic or sector analysis:

  • Monitors economic developments in the Trade Facilitation and eBusiness standards area and identifies recurrent and emerging issues of concern to the United Nations;
  • Designs and conducts studies on Trade Facilitation and eBusiness issues in economic development and draft resulting reports;
  • Interprets and applies results of Trade Facilitation and eBusiness studies to the analysis of economic prospects and policies;
  • Develops draft policy recommendations pertaining to eBusiness standards and Trade Facilitation;
  • Formulates proposals for development strategies, policies and measures 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 Trade Facilitation and eBusiness;
  • Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.

Intergovernmental support:

  • Acts as Secretary to United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT);
  • Provides and manages substantive support on Trade Facilitation and eBusiness related economic issues to intergovernmental bodies such as the Plenary and Expert Forums of UN/CEFACT;
  • Represents organizational unit at international, regional and national meetings.

Technical cooperation:

  • Designs and monitors Trade Facilitation and eBusiness 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 eBusiness and Trade Facilitation 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-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.

Competencies

  • Professionalism: In-depth knowledge of Trade Facilitation and eBusiness and UN/CEFACT standards. Ability to conduct independent research on Trade Facilitation and eBusiness related 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;
  • 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;
  • Planning& 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in economics, preferably with a specialization in trade, or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

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. Experience in eBusiness standards and trade facilitation is desirable. Experience in developing or implementing UN/CEFACT standards is desirable.

Languages

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

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