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Economic Affairs Officer, P4

UNCTAD - United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Geneva, Switzerland

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Division on International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities, in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The Economic Affairs Officer reports to the Chief of the Competition and Consumer Policies Branch.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, and under the general guidance of the Chief, Competition and Consumer Policies Branch, the incumbent:

Economic or sector analysis:

  • Designs and conducts studies of selected issues related to the work of the Competition and Consumer Policies Branch and draft resulting reports;
  • Develops draft policy recommendations pertaining to area of work;
  • 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 competition and consumer policies issues;
  • Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.

Intergovernmental support:

  • 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, the Intergovernmental Group of Experts meetings on Competition law and policy and on Consumer protection law and policy);
  • Represents organizational unit at international, regional and national meetings.

Technical cooperation:

  • Designs, implements and monitors technical cooperation projects designed to increase the institutional capacities for the enforcement of competition and consumer protection laws and policies;
  • 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 issues related to competition and consumer protection laws and policies;
  • 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 Competition and Consumer Policies Branch;
  • 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: Very good understanding of theories, concepts and approaches in the field of competition and/or consumer protection laws and policies. Ability to coordinate and implement capacity building programmes on competition and consumer protection policies in an economic development context. 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& 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;
  • Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, international relations, law or 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 is required, including preferably experience with analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in the competition and/or consumer protection fields. At least three years of direct experience in project or programme management in the field of competition and/or consumer protection in relation with economic development is desirable.

Languages

Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

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