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Regional Advisor, P5

UN HABITAT - United Nations Human Settlements Programme

Santiago, Chile

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Economic Development Division of ECLAC. The Senior Economic Affairs Adviser reports to the Executive Secretary of ECLAC.

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the five regional Commissions of the United Nations. It was founded in 1948 with the purpose of contributing to the region's economic and social development. Its mission includes the design, monitoring and evaluation of public policies and the provision of advisory services, expertise and training to Governments, as well as support for regional and international cooperation and coordination activities. Please visit our website at www.eclac.org for further information.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Executive Secretary, the Regional Adviser will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Develops regional analysis on: pensions systems, and public finances;
  • Manages projects related to public finance and pension;
  • Provides technical assistance in public finance, pension systems and public budgeting.

Participates in seminars and conference Economic or sectoral analysis:

  • Leads or participates in the formulation, organization and management of mandated programmes of economic analysis and the formulation of possible economic strategies, in public policies within the region;
  • Leads or participates in the identification of new or emerging development issues of potential concern to the international community, particularly those of a regional or global nature, and designs and develops programmes to address them;
  • Conceives, plans and manages expert group meetings, seminars and similar consultations that contribute to the finalization of the work unit’s outputs;
  • Prepares speeches for senior staff and makes presentations on economic issues for specialist or non-specialist audiences.

Technical cooperation

  • Develops and maintains relations with senior officials of member governments and ensures a response to requests for advice and/or assistance on economic issues and policies;
  • Negotiates with donor and recipient governments on technical assistance programmes and projects;
  • Leads or participates in technical cooperation missions.

Programme support

  • Contributes to the formulation of the medium-term plan, the programme of work and the budget of the unit and participate in the formulation of the organization's overall programme of work and other similar endeavours;
  • Attends to various administrative matters concerning the larger organizational unit (Section or Division);
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

  • Professionalism: Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in public finance ,social, and macroeconomics. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Ability to develop economic policies and make recommendations on their implementation. 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;
  • 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;
  • Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable;
  • Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology.

Managerial Competencies

  • Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

Education

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics 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 ten years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis, and the design of public and fiscal policy is required. At least five years of relevant experience in the public sector and or international organizations is required.

Languages

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

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