UN Commissions

Associate Economic Affairs Officer

UN Commissions

Job Description

This position is located in the Housing and Land Management Unit, Forests, Land and Housing Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Secretary to the Committee on Urban Development, Housing and land Management.


Within delegated authority, the duties of an Associate Economic Affairs Officer fall into the following three functional areas below.

Economic and/or sector Analysis (housing, urban development and land management): •Collects, evaluates, interprets, analyses specified statistics and qualitative socio-economic information obtained from a variety of sources and pertaining to housing, urban development and land management sectors. •Maintains databases and programmes for Database Management and organizes non-quantitative information. •Prepares briefing notes, inputs to speeches and similar material on issues related to housing, urban development and land management sectors in a form that is meaningful to non-specialists; •Prepares first drafts of sector, country or regional components of analytical studies on housing, sustainable urban development and land management issues and policies. •Assists in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, etc on housing, sustainable urban development and land management issues. Intergovernmental support: •Serves as Secretary to the Working Party on Administration" id="link" class="link">Land Administration: organises session and other meetings of the Working Party and the Working Party Bureau. Supports the implementation of the Working Party programme of work. •Drafts reports and official documents to intergovernmental bodies, in particular, to the UNECE Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management and its Working Party. •Follows intergovernmental meetings of the above bodies and prepares summary reports and similar material. •Prepares inputs to statements by members of the Committee and Working Party Bureaux and secretariat staff to such meetings. •Assists in the organization of panels, round tables etc on housing, smart sustainable cities, urban development and land management issues for inter-governmental processes. Technical cooperation: •Compiles and analyses the data and other information necessary for the preparation of technical cooperation project proposals in the areas of housing, urban development and land management. •Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects. •Organises planning and implementation of XB projects on housing, urban development and land management. •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 in the areas of housing, urban development and land management. General: •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. Work implies frequent interaction with the following: Staff within work unit and peers in the ECE divisions; staff of other international organizations working on related issues; academics and representatives of civil society, both NGOs and the business community. Results Expected: Efficiently maintains socio-economic information systems, databases and models; provides sound analyses of specifically defined aspects on topics housing, sustainable urban development and land management issues; provides practical assistance in project development and implementation; effectively supports inter-governmental processes, under the direction or guidance of a senior staff member. Competencies

•Professionalism: Knowledge of relevant theories and concepts in the field of housing, urban development and land management and their application. Ability to identify and develop sources for Data Collection. Ability to undertake research, analyse data, make recommendations and write reports. Ability to develop project proposals and implement projects in housing, urban development and land management. 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. •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. Education

A first-level university degree in economics, political science, public administration or related field.

Work Experience

A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in managing intergovernmental processes, economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area


Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of Russian or French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of International Human Rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment. Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage. The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date. No Fee


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