Economic Affairs Ofiicer, P4

United Nations - Department of Economic and Social Affairs

New York, United States

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Development Policy and Analysis Division (DPAD), Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The Development Policy and Analysis Division (DPAD) in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA) is mandated to provide research and policy analysis on global macroeconomic trends and long term development issues to the General Assembly and Economic and Social Council, in order to support Member States in their efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Committee for Development Policy (CDP) Secretariat, the Economic Affairs Officer is responsible for the following duties:

  • Designs and conducts studies and provides analysis and substantive support on a wide range of economic development issues for the use of the Committee for Development Policy (CDP), a high-level group of experts appointed by the Secretary-General, including on its work on development policies necessary for achievement of internationally agreed development goals;
  • Develops draft policy recommendations pertaining to the implementation of the United Nations development agendas which are of concern to the CDP; assesses implications and formulates proposals for development strategies, policies and measures for consideration by the CDP and intergovernmental bodies, including on the least developed country category, its available support measures and smooth transition strategies;
  • Organizes expert group meetings, seminars and plenary meetings in support of the Secretary of the CDP in preparing for and backstopping meetings of the CDP. Assists the CDP in the preparation of its report, in finalizing the report for submission to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and in producing sales publications on the work of the CDP;
  • Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff;
  • Assists in management of the Unit, including in outreach activities for the Unit’s websites and preparation of promotional material, communication and development of strategic partnerships;
  • Provides substantive support on economic development issues to intergovernmental bodies (such as the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, the regional commissions and the subsidiary bodies of each);
  • Represents organizational unit at international, regional and national meetings;
  • Assist in the development of project proposals and the management and backstopping of capacity development activities;
  • Contributes with inputs and materials and participates in capacity building activities undertaken by the Unit;
  • Assist in the development and implementation of standard operating procedures for implementation of project activities;
  • Assists the Unit in maintaining and strengthening partnerships with other international entities and donor relations;
  • 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.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to identify and develop sources for data collection. Ability to prepare, review and implement proposals for capacity development activities. 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;
  • 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in economics, international relations, social studies, public policy, environmental studies, law, or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with additional two years of qualifying work 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. Experience in broad development policy analysis at the national or international levels is required. Experience in producing reports, capacity development and programme management is required. Experience in servicing intergovernmental processes is desirable. Experience with working on least developed countries issues is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.

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