Org. Setting and Reporting The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote inclusive economic, social and environmental development and support regional cooperation and integration in the Asian and Pacific region.
ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat, is to support its membership, through its analytical, normative and technical cooperation, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.
The Subregional Office for North and Central Asia (SONCA) is based in Almaty, Kazakhstan and covers Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, as well as Afghanistan as member of the United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA).
The Economic Affairs Officer is under the direct supervision of the Chief, Financing for Development Section and the overall supervision of the Director of Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division.
Since the position is based in Almaty, the incumbent will also work closely with the Head of the Subregional Office for North and Central Asia.
Responsibilities This position provides support to the implementation of financing for development and regional economic cooperation policies in North and Central Asia.
The position also contributes to activities under SPECA, a joint programme of ESCAP and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) covering Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, as well as Afghanistan and Azerbaijan.
The Economic Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following functions :
Economic or sector analysis
hoc assignments, including the preparation
of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific, the Asia-Pacific Countries with Special Needs Development Report, and the Financing for Development in Asia and the Pacific book series.
Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources.
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.
shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently. Education Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics or related field.
A 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 economic or finance research and analysis, policy formulation, or the application of economic principles in sustainable development programmes or related area.
Experience in statistical data analysis, and data management is desirable. Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Russian is desirable. Assessment Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-
based interview and / or other assessment methods. Special Notice Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-
General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 September 2018, are strongly encouraged to apply : Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-
Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-
Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.
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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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.
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