ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER

  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable
  • Job type:
    Temporary
  • Posted:
    6 days ago
  • Category:
    Economics
  • Deadline:
    November 30, 2022

JOB DESCRIPTION

Posting Title: ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Duty Station: BANGKOK
Posting Period: 24 November 2022 – 30 November 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Economic Affairs-ESCAP-196155-J-Bangkok (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote sustainable and inclusive development and regional connectivity in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership with policy oriented research and analysis, normative support and technical assistance and capacity building, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.

The objective of the Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division (IDD) is to strengthen information and communications technology (ICT) connectivity and enhance regional cooperation and capacity with the goals of improved management of disaster risk reduction and the associated socioeconomic risks, towards inclusive and sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific.

The Disaster Risk Reduction Section works towards improving the capabilities of ESCAP members and associate members to reduce the socioeconomic impact of disasters and build the resilience by mainstreaming disaster risk reduction, including those related to climate change adaptation, into sustainable development.

This position is located in the Disaster Risk Reduction Section, in the Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division (IDD). The incumbent reports to the Chief of Disaster Risk Reduction Section.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Disaster Risk Reduction Section, and overall supervision of the Director, Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division, the incumbent is required to perform the following functions:

1. Economic analysis:
(a) Develops socioeconomic databases and qualitative information necessary for regular and ad hoc analysis of socioeconomic impacts of disasters;
(b) Determines trends and patterns of socioeconomic impacts of disasters, and analyze the effects of alternative policies and assumptions;
(c) Drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on selected global, regional, national or sector aspects of economic development;
(d) Identifies and analyses policy proposals made elsewhere relating to disaster risk management;
(e) Attends international, regional, and national meetings to collect information and to hold discussions with colleagues in other institutions;
(f) Assists in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on disaster risk management issues; and
(g) Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.

2. Intergovernmental support:
(a) Prepares inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies, including the Typhoon Committee and the Panel on Tropical Cyclones;
(b) Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports;
(c) Prepares inputs to statements by members of the Bureau and Secretariat staff to such meetings; and
(d) Assists in the organization of panels, round tables, etc. on development issues for intergovernmental processes.

3. Technical cooperation:
(a) Participates in missions on development issues, usually as a member of a team;
(b) Organizes training seminars for national experts;
(c) Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects;
(d) Contributes to the preparation of material for the approval of regional, country or sector technical cooperation projects; and
(e) Monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects.

4. General:
(a) Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s services; and
(b) Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.

Competencies

Professionalism: Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different sectors of economic and sustainable development to support the analytical work on mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in development. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources for ex- ante disaster risk assessment for resilient development planning and ex-post damage and loss assessment for resilient recovery and reconstruction measures. Ability to understand risk analytics and disaster loss databases for evidence based policy decisions on mainstreaming disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of disaster risk management; 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.

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 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, disaster risk management or related field. A relevant first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in socioeconomic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or disaster risk reduction programmes or related area, including experience at the international level is required.

Experience in strategic planning and management or related methodologies for integration of disaster risk management into socioeconomic development process is desirable.

Experience in disaster risk management of the Asian-Pacific region is desirable.

Experience within the United Nations Common System or international organization is desirable.

Languages

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

Assessment

Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.

Special Notice

This is a temporary position and will be available until 31 May 2023. If selected, an internal candidate will be on temporary assignment to the post; an external candidate will initially be offered a temporary appointment. Any extension of appointment is subject to satisfactory performance and continued availability of the post.

Locally recruited General Service staff members applying for this post must meet the minimum requirements, including academic qualifications and years of relevant experience. Relevant experience in the General Service category at G-6 and G-7 levels may count towards experience requirements.

ESCAP is committed to promoting diversity and gender equality within the Secretariat. Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

Subject to availability of funding for the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.