Job Title: Economic Affairs Officer (e-Commerce), P3
Organisation: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Closing Date: 10 July 2020
Salary: Not Stated
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Working Pattern: Not Stated
Sponsors international candidates? Not Stated
This position is located in the Information and communication technologies (ICT) Policy Section, Science, Technology and ICT Branch of the Division on Technology and Logistics of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva. The Economic Affairs Officer reports to the head of the capacity-building team in the Section and receives overall guidance of the Chief of Section.
Role and Responsibilities
Economic or sector analysis
Develops socio-economic databases and qualitative information necessary for specified recurrent or ad hoc assignments.
Monitors economic developments in e-commerce and identifies recurrent and emerging issues of concern to the United Nations and to the eTrade for all partners.
Drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on selected global, regional, national or sector aspects of economic development in relation with e-commerce and the digital economy.
Identifies and analyses policy proposals made elsewhere relating to assigned topics.
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.
Prepares inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies, including the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on E-commerce and the Digital Economy.
Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports.
Prepares inputs to statements by members and Secretariat staff to such meetings.
Assists in the organization of panels, round tables etc. on development issues for intergovernmental processes.
Participates in the development and implementation of eTrade Readiness Assessments and e-commerce strategies in developing countries and identifies the need for follow-up action.
Supervises the work of consultants as needed.
Organizes training seminars for national experts.
Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects related to eTrade Readiness Assessments.
Contributes to the preparation of material for the approval of regional, country or sector technical cooperation projects.
Monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects.
Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s services.
Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.
Experience and Qualifications
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics or related field is required.
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.
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.
At least one year of experience in project management, including resource mobilization, based in a developing country is desirable.
Experience supporting the implementation of e-commerce in least developed countries is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
For the position advertised, fluency in English and French, (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.