Org. Setting and Reporting
The International Trade Centre (ITC) assists developing and transition countries to take advantage of expanding trade and investment opportunities. ITC supports “Trade Impact for Good”, promoting sustainable and inclusive development through trade. RSE provides thought leadership on trade and SME competitiveness and technical assistance in the design and implementation of trade development strategies. It produces global-level studies as well as country-level analyses highlighting opportunities and constraints to trade, and developing strategies at the regional, national and sector levels aimed at policy makers, trade support institutions and enterprises. RSE is responsible for ITC’s annual flagship publication “SME Competitiveness Outlook”, and more generally, for analytical and inter-agency work on entrepreneurship and SME international competitiveness. RSE contributes to the design and implementation of ITC research, the design of analytical methods for impact assessments of ITC technical assistance and takes the lead on
ITC involvement with external academic networks. The goal of this job function is to contribute to RSE’s analytical and statistical work on SME competitiveness with a focus on designing analytical methods to assess SME Competitiveness.
Under the overall guidance of the Chief of section and direct supervision of the Programme Officer (Economist), the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
• Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects, etc.; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.
• Researches, analyzes and presents information on SME competitiveness, gathered from diverse sources.
• Assists in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of research activities and studies related to trade and SME competitiveness.
• Under the SME competitiveness Survey, undertakes survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions.
• Prepares various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications, notably for the SME Competitiveness Outlook.
• Provides substantive support to consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., to include proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, etc.
• Undertakes outreach activities; conducts seminars, etc.; makes presentations on assigned topics/activities.
• Participates in or lead field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties and drafting mission summaries, etc.
• Coordinates activities related to project management (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
• Performs other duties as required.
Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to particular
sector, functional area or other specialized field. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods, particularly Survey Solutions. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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.
Planning & 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, business administration, management, or a related field.
A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced
PhD level is desirable.
A minimum of five years of relevant experience in, project or programme management, administration or related area is required.
Economic research and analysis is desirable.
Experience using Stata and Excel and programming is desirable.
Experience in the UN common system is desirable.
For the position(s) advertised, fluency in English is required; and knowledge of French or Spanish is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
The conditions of service are governed by the United Nations Staff Rules and Regulations. This is a temporary appointment to commence as soon as possible and up to end Aug 2023 to align with the incumbent’s release on assignment and may be subject to extension.
Applications from women and nationalities from developing and least developing countries are particularly encouraged.
ITC champions workforce diversity, inclusion, gender equality and gender parity and considers all qualified persons – of all genders – equally, including those with disabilities, without discrimination or prejudice of any kind. ITC also offers attractive flexible work arrangements to help promote a healthy work/life balance and to allow all staff members to express and develop their talents fully.
Given the nature of the temporary opportunity, priority consideration may be given to candidates already located at the duty station.
Applicants will be contacted only if they are under serious consideration.
ITC Internal staff on fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, if selected, may be entitled to Special Post Allowance as per Staff Rule 3.10.
For information on salary and entitlements, please consult the International Civil Service Commission website: http://icsc.un.org
United Nations Considerations
In accordance with the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules, 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 ITC 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.
Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.
Applicants are urged to carefully follow 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 based on the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable 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.
Job openings advertised in Inspira will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.
ITC does NOT charge any fees or request money from candidates at any stage of the recruitment process, nor does it concern itself with bank account details of applicants. Requests of this nature allegedly made on behalf of ITC are fraudulent and should be disregarded.