Regional Adviser, P5
UN ECLAC - Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Division of Natural Resources and Infrastructure (DNRI) of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. The Regional Adviser reports to the Director of the Division. 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.
Under the direct supervision of the Division's Director, the Regional Adviser will be responsible for the following:
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, policies and actions for adoption by the international community;
- 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;
- Supervises a team of staff economists undertaking this work;
- Commissions economic studies and analyses that cannot be undertaken internally;
- Conceives, plans and manages expert group meetings, seminars and similar consultations that contribute to the finalization of the work unit’s outputs;
- Finalizes reports on development for issuance by the United Nations;
- Prepares speeches for senior staff and makes presentations on economic issues for specialist or non-specialist audiences.
- Provides direct substantive support on development issues to intergovernmental bodies by offering strategic advice, giving technical guidance and assisting in developing a consensus;
- Manages the work division’s contribution to the preparation and management of meetings of intergovernmental bodies;
- Represents the organizational unit at international, regional and national meetings on development issues.
- 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;
- Organizes and coordinates cooperation among Member States on economic programmes or issues;
- Leads or participates in technical cooperation missions.
- 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 Division;
- Performs other related duties as required.
- Professionalism: Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different sectors of economic and sustainable development. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources is required. Ability to develop economic policies and make recommendations on their implementation is required. 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;
- 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 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.
- 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;
- Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.
- Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics 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.
- A minimum of ten 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 the above mentioned areas mainly involved within the public sector is required. Experience in econometric modeling, statistical analysis and creation and maintenance of complex databases on economic development issues is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in Spanish and fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another United Nations official language is desirable.