Economic Affairs Officer - P4
New York - United States
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Policy Analysis and Development Branch of the Financing for Development Office in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The Financing for Development Office provides effective secretariat support for sustained follow-up to and implementation of the outcomes of the International Conferences on Financing for Development and the delivery of the means of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More information can be found at: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/. The Economic Affairs Officer reports to the Chief of Policy Analysis and Development Branch of the Financing for Development Office.
Under the supervision of the Chief of Policy Analysis and Development Branch of the Financing for Development Office, the Economic Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
•Provide substantive support and policy analysis, research and technical advice, particularly on issues relating to domestic resource mobilization, tax policy and international tax cooperation, including base erosion and profit shifting, illicit flows and exchange of information.
•Monitor and assess developments in the areas listed above.
•Monitor economic developments and identify recurrent and emerging issues related to other thematic areas of the Monterrey Consensus, Doha Declaration and Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development, and related outcomes.
•Design and conduct studies of selected issues in Financing for Development, in particular in the area of domestic resource mobilization; engage in economic analysis; draft inputs to the Inter-Agency Task Force on Financing for Development Report, annual reports of the Secretary-General on follow-up to the Financing for Development Conferences, reports of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters, other analytical studies, technical papers and publications.
•Provide substantive support to the General Assembly, ECOSOC, and the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters, and service inter-agency meetings within the FfD follow-up process, as requested.
•Organize expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on the topics related to FfD, including drafting reports, overseeing and engaging in note-taking, and overseeing and offering administrative support as needed.
•Prepare speeches and other inputs for presentations on topics related to the FfD process and related areas by senior staff and review inputs of junior staff and provide feedback.
•Undertake on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.
•Perform other related duties as assigned by the Chief, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of FfDO's outputs.
Professionalism: Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in Financing for Development and in the area of domestic resource mobilization and taxation in particular. Ability to conduct independent research and in-depth analysis on economic topics and determine the suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. 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.
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.
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in economics or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
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.
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 another UN official language is an advantage.