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Economic Affairs Officer

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United Nations
New York - United States
S: Competitive

Special Notice
Staff Members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by the Secretary-General. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the ECOSOC and Interorganizational Cooperation Branch, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination (OESC) provides substantive support and promotes consensus in the United Nations Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly. For more information, please visit the website at: The Economic Affairs Officer reports to the Chief of the Branch.

Under the general supervision of the Chief of the ECOSOC and Interorganizational Cooperation Branch, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, DESA, the Economic Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

- Monitors and interprets relevant resolutions, mandates and decisions emanating from the General Assembly and ECOSOC into action;
- Undertakes research on selected issues in sustainable development, including on multistakeholder partnerships and their contribution to advancing the 2030 Agenda;
- Assists the Economic and Social Council in its role of promoting multi-stakeholder partnerships and leads in the substantive servicing of the ECOSOC Partnership Forum;
- Supports the Economic and Social Council in its oversight role over its Functional Commissions and other subsidiary bodies by monitoring and reporting on the results of their work in order to bring about harmonization of the work programmes and agendas;
- Formulates policy guidance for the consideration of the Economic and Social Council relating to sustainable development strategies, policies and measures;
- Provides substantive support on sustainable development issues to the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and its subsidiary bodies;
- Attends international, regional and other meetings to hold discussion with representatives of other institutions;
- Organizes panels and expert group meetings on development issues for the General Assembly and ECOSOC;
- Prepares speeches and inputs for presentation by senior staff;
- Performs other related duties as required including a variety of administrative tasks for the ECOSOC and Interorganizational Cooperation Branch.

Professionalism – The candidate must possess an in-depth understanding of the United Nations development agenda and familiarity with related discussions in ECOSOC and the General Assembly; strong analytical skills and a demonstrated ability to formulate policy recommendations and proposals relating to United Nations system coordinated response to development challenges; ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities, risks and related policy implications; sound knowledge of interagency coordination mechanisms; knowledge of concepts and approaches relevant to United Nations multistakeholder partnerships; ability to identify and address relevant gender perspectives in substantive work; conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; and 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.

Communications – 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 the 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; ability to work across organizational boundaries and to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations with colleagues from other divisions, departments and organizations; 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, social sciences, international relations or related fields 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 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 providing substantive servicing of inter-governmental meetings and related bodies is required. Experience in planning and organization of thematic and expert group meetings is required. Experience with UN-related multistakeholder partnerships is desirable. Experience in drafting reports for intergovernmental and interagency bodies on economic, social and development issues is desirable. Work experience in a Specialized Agency, Fund, Programme or UN coordination bodies is desirable.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

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United Nations


New York, United States


Master's Degree





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23rd January 2017

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24th February 2017

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