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Economic Affairs Officer, P3

UN ECLAC - Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

Santiago, Chile

Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Director of the Division, the Economic Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

ECONOMIC AND/OR SECTOR ANALYSIS:

  • Develops socio-economic databases and qualitative information necessary for specified recurrent or ad hoc assignments;
  • Interprets, applies and, as necessary, adapts econometric models to determine trends, patterns and relationships and to analyse the effects of alternative policies and assumptions;
  • Drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on selected global, regional, national or sector aspects of economic development;
  • Identifies and analyses policy proposals made elsewhere relating to assigned topics;
  • 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 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;
  • 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.

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 different sectors of economic and sustainable development with special emphasis on natural resources or energy. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Shows skill in developing sources for data collection. Knowledge of database management and knowledge of STATA or E-VIEWS or similar software are required. Good communication and writing skills, as evidenced by a record of peer-reviewed publications, are desirable. 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;
  • 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;
  • 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.

Education

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.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area is required. Working experience related to natural resources issues is desirable. Working experience in energy is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in Spanish and English is required. Knowledge of Portuguese is desirable.

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