Economic Affairs Officer

  • United Nations
  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Public Sector
  • 2 weeks remaining

This position is located in the Unit for Economic Cooperation and Integration among Developing Countries (ECIDC) in the Division of Globalization and Development Strategies (DGDS), at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva.


Within delegated authority and working directly with the Senior Economic Affairs Officer of the Unit, the incumbent will undertake research and analysis and provide advisory assistance on the emerging Southern economies and their economic interdependence, the development opportunities and policy challenges this creates and the links between South-South integration and regional and global economic developments. The incumbent will perform the following specific duties:

Economic Research and Analysis

  • Leads and coordinates quantitative research and analytical studies on the trade and industrialization dimensions of Southern growth and integration, paying particular attention to the opportunities and challenges associated with regional value chains.
  • Takes a lead role in preparing inputs for reports being prepared by the Unit on trade and industrialization dimensions of South-South integration and cooperation.
  • Leads and coordinates quantitative research on the links between South-South trade integration and economic diversification.
  • Prepares policy recommendations on how to build stronger trade, investment and technology linkages among developing countries to support economic diversification.
  • Prepares and coordinates policy briefs on South-South trade and industrialization issues.

Intergovernmental Support

  • Assesses developments and discussions in regional and multilateral economic institutions, including the WTO, with likely impacts on South-South trade.
  • Collaborates with other parts of UN System working on issues of South-South trade and industrialization cooperation and provides advisory assistance as requested.
  • Takes a lead role in organizing inter-governmental meetings, panels and seminars undertaken by the Unit.


  • Supervises junior staff and consultants, reviewing their work and providing feedback.
  • Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the Unit’s service.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of trade and industrial development, and how these relate to international economic issues and development, particularly regarding their implications for economic cooperation and integration among developing countries. Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different sectors of economic and sustainable development. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Ability to identify and develop sources for data collection. Strong research and drafting skills and the ability to translate research into policy recommendations. 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. 
  • 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics or related field. A Ph.D. in economics or related field is desirable. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible professional experience related to economic development issues, including in particular cooperation and integration among developing countries. Experience in economic research and policy analysis of trade and industrial development with a focus on economic integration and development is desirable. A publication record on trade, industrial development, and economic integration would be an advantage.


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.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by a competency based interview.

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.

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