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Economic Affairs Officer - P4

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United Nations
Santiago - Chile
S: Competitive

Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Latin American and the Caribbean Institute for Economic and Social Planning. The Social Affairs Officer reports to the Chief 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 for further information.

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

• Monitors economic developments in a defined area and identifies recurrent and emerging issues of concern to the United Nations in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs.
• Provides technical cooperation services on planning for development, foresight planning, local planning and management by results.
• Identifies innovative modalities for capacity building and strengthening to mainstream the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals in development plans and strategies.
• Designs and conducts studies of selected issues in economic development, public administration and planning for development and drafts resulting reports.
• Interprets and applies results of econometric modelling to analysis of economic prospects and policies.
• Develops methodologies and policy recommendations pertaining to area of work with emphasis on foresight- planning and analysis, strategic planning, budgeting and linking national plans with budgets; multi-level planning and public policy formulation and evaluation.
• Provides substantive support on economic, planning for development, public administration and governance issues to ECLAC intergovernmental bodies.
• Designs training material for strengthening the capacities of member states on the whole cycle of planning for development, public administration, foresight planning and public leadership.
• Formulates proposals for sustainable development strategies, policies and measures for presentation to intergovernmental bodies and others.
• Attends international, regional, and national meetings to hold discussions with representatives of other institutions.
• Organizes expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on development issues.
• Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.
• Represents organizational unit at international, regional and national meetings.
• Designs and monitors technical cooperation projects.
• Undertakes missions to member states, either alone or as a participant in a diverse team, as part of the Organization's technical cooperation activities.
• Prepares global, regional, national or sector analyses that provide a basis for advising national governments on economic development issues.
• Conducts training seminars and workshops for government officials and others.
• Formulates technical modalities for the evaluation of individual technical cooperation projects.
• 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.
• Performs other 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 and planning for development topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Ability to identify and develop sources for data collection. Ability to design methodologies for assessing development planning systems and processes. Ability to present and identify challenges and solutions to specific issues pertaining to strategic planning, foresight planning, public management for results, linkages between budgets and development plans and strategies both at the national and local levels. Ability to design training material on the public planning cycle, methodologies for assessing the quality of planning exercises and evaluation of public policies and programmes. Ability to deliver technical presentations pertaining to the area of work for mid and high level government authorities. 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.
• 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.

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. University degree in economics or public management is required. Specialized advanced studies in development economics or planning is desirable.

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. Relevant experience at the professional level in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development plans and strategies both at the national and sub-national levels is required. Relevant experience at the professional level in the provision of policy advise and technical cooperation services to governments on sector and national planning is desirable.

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

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United Nations


Santiago, Chile


Master's Degree





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24th August 2017

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16th September 2017

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