Economic Affairs Officer, P-3

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UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Economic Affairs Officer, P-3 2

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Operational Activities Policy Branch of the Office of Intergovernmental Support and Coordination for Sustainable Development (OAPB/OISC), Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The Economic Affairs Officer reports to the Chief of the Branch. 


Within delegated authority, the Economic Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Economic or sector analysis:

  • Develops socio-economic databases and qualitative information necessary for specified recurrent or ad hoc assignments related to the analysis of operational activities for development, of the United Nations development system and the related funding and expenditures.
  • Interprets, applies and, as necessary, adapts econometric models to determine trends, patterns, and relationships of data related to operational activities for development, and to analyse the effects of alternative policies and assumptions.
  • Drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on selected global, regional, national or sector aspects of economic development.
  • Identifies and analyses policy proposals made elsewhere relating to assigned topics.
  • Undertakes research and analysis and presents information gathered from diverse sources, on key trends and policies related to UN development system implementation of the mandates related to the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) of Operational Activities for Development of the United Nations system, including for inclusion in report of the Secretary-General.
  • Attends international, regional, and national meetings to collect information and to hold discussions with colleagues in other institutions.
  • Assists in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on development issues.
  • Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff. Intergovernmental support
  • Prepares inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies.
  • Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports.
  • Prepares inputs to statements by members of the Bureau and Secretariat staff to such meetings.
  • Assists in the organization of panels, round tables etc. on development issues for intergovernmental processes.


  • Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s services.


  • Professionalism: Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different sectors of economic and sustainable development and related policies. Ability to conduct independent research on economic and development cooperation topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Shows skill in developing sources for data collection. 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 & 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 additional two years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five 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 development cooperation and in operational activities in United Nations programme countries is desirable. Experience with the work of intergovernmental bodies is desirable. Experience with monitoring and evaluation is desirable.


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


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