Economic Affairs Officer, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean


Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico


Not Stated


Full Time


Monday, 20 December 2021


Fixed Term


Not Stated

Job Description

This position is located in the Energy and Natural Resources Unit, in the Subregional Headquarters of ECLAC in Mexico City. The Economics Affairs Officer reports to the Director of ECLAC Mexico.

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the five regional Commissions of the United Nations. It was founded in 1948 with the purpose of contributing to the region's economic and social development. Its mission includes the design, monitoring and evaluation of public policies and the provision of advisory services, expertise and training to Governments, as well as support for regional and international cooperation and coordination activities. Please visit our website at for further information.


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Role and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Director, the Chief of the Energy and Natural Resources Unit will be responsible for the following duties:

Economic or sector analysis:
• Monitors economic developments in a defined area and identifies recurrent and emerging issues of concern to the United Nations.
• Designs and conducts economic and industrial organization analysis and studies of selected issues in the fields of energy, natural resources, environment and climate change.
• Develops draft policy recommendations pertaining to area of work.
• Formulates proposals for sustainable development strategies, policies and economic measures.
• Attends international, regional, and national meetings to hold discussions with representatives of other institutions.
• Organizes and participates in expert group meetings and seminars on development issues.

Intergovernmental support
• Provides substantive support in the fields of energy, natural resources, environment, decarbonization and economic issues to intergovernmental bodies.
• Represents organizational unit at international, regional and national meetings.

Technical cooperation:
• Designs and monitors technical cooperation projects.
• Undertakes missions to member states, either alone or as a participant in a diverse team, as part of the Organization’s technical cooperation activities.
• Prepares global, regional, national or sector analyses that provide a basis for advising national governments on economic development issues.
• Conducts training seminars and workshops for government officials and others.
• Formulates technical modalities for the evaluation of individual technical cooperation projects.

• Supports junior and senior staff, 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 work unit’s service.;
• Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.

Experience, Skills and Qualifications 


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, engineering, with emphasis in energy economics, decarbonization, microeconomics, industrial organization, or related field, is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Job - Specific Qualification

A first-level university degree in engineering or hard sciences related to energy is desirable.
PhD in energy, natural resources, environment, or climate change is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related areas is required.
Knowledge in the sub-region (Central America Isthmus, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Mexico), proven by relevant publications, is required.
A minimum of seven years of relevant professional experience in the application of principles and concepts of development and in the use of analytical and research techniques in support of economic policy and development programmes in the energy industry, natural resources, environment, and climate change as proven by record of relevant publications, are desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.
For this position, fluency in Spanish and English is required.
Knowledge of French is desirable.

NOTE: ‘’Fluency’’ equals a rating of ‘’fluent’’ in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand) and ‘’Knowledge of’’ equals a rating of ‘’confident’’ in two of the four areas.

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