Job: Economic Affairs Officer, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, UN ESCAP, BANGKOK

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Org. Setting and Reporting
The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote regional cooperation for inclusive economic and social development 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. 

This position is located in the Transport Facilitation and Logistics Section, in the Transport Division. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Transport Facilitation and Logistics Section.
Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Transport Facilitation and Logistics Section, the incumbent is required to perform the following functions: 

1. Identify, monitor and analyze the global, regional and national development of transport facilitation and logistics, and prepare documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects; 

2. Develop, maintain and update transport facilitation models, and provide technical assistance for member countries in applying the models; 

3. Develop and update guidelines and studies on transport facilitation and logistics; 

4. Develop and implement capacity building schemes for government officials and transport logistics industry; 

5. Prepare inputs to technical papers, analytical studies and reports to inter-governmental bodies; 

6. Assist in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, workshops and training courses on transport facilitation and logistics issues; 

7. Attend international, regional and national conferences to collect information, make presentations, and hold discussions with country experts and representatives from other organizations, and draft reports; 

8. Implement, and monitor, backstop and assess the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects; 

9. Prepare briefing notes, speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff; 

10. Perform other duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the Section’s services.
• PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in transport facilitation and/or logistics development. Ability to conduct independent research on transport facilitation and/or logistics 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 AND 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 transport, economics or a 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.
Work Experience
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in research and analysis of economics, transport facilitation or logistics, policy formulation, application of economic principles in transport, transport facilitation or logistics is required.  Experience working at the international level, dealing with transport facilitation and/or logistics is desirable. 

Relevant IT skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Office and web-based applications, required.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.  For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.  Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
Assessment Method
Qualified applicants will 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.
United Nations Considerations
The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
No Fee

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