UN Commissions

Regional Advisor (Macroeconomic Policy Modelling)

UN Commissions

Job Description

This position is in Cluster 3: ‘Shared economic prosperity’ of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. Cluster 3 acts as a pioneer and multi-stakeholder regional platform for deliberation, consensus-building, peer learning, and policy solutions on inclusive fiscal policy, public finance management, illicit financial flows and trade development, to achieve a basic standard of living for all people in the Arab region through sustained and integrated economic development. Cluster 3 also supports member States in complying with the commitments made in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. The Regional Advisor on Macroeconomic Policy Modelling is expected to effectively improve ESCWA’s capacity to undertake macroeconomic assessments and to Design support to member States in the given situation of monitoring impact of Covid-19. The Regional Advisor on Macroeconomic Policy Modelling reports to the Cluster Lead.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Regional Advisor on Macroeconomic Policy Modelling will be responsible for the following duties: 1. Leads and formulates country specific macroeconomic and fiscal policy modelling tools to improve assessment of impact of COVID-19 on economic challenges, reflecting and identifying national priorities for achieving inclusive and sustainable economic growth, debt and fiscal pressures, monetary and exchange rate challenges; 2. Leads regional macroeconomic assessments for key publications and advocacy, including policy briefs and reports related to fiscal policy, debt sustainability, social expenditures and financing; 3. Develops & updates training materials on macroeconometric modelling and policy simulations for use by different stakeholders; 4. Enhances visibility of ESCWA as a knowledge centre of the region on macroeconometric modelling and simulation Analysis; 5. Makes substantive contributions to ESCWA’s regional/sub-regional workshops and policy symposiums on national development planning, financing strategies and other related policies within the broader context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; 6. Establishes and nurtures close relationships with stakeholders, especially with interested governments, key think tanks and non-governmental organizations on issues related to national development planning and financing policies of countries in the Western Asia; 7. Represents and advocates for effective institutional positioning of ESCWA’s macroeconomic modelling/development planning offer in conferences and meetings; Technical cooperation 8. Develops and maintains relations with senior officials of member governments and ensures a response to requests for advice and/or assistance on economic issues and policies. 9. Provides policy advice through short-term Technical Support missions to respond to requests from member States on macroeconomic policy challenges related to COVID-19; 10. Contributes to on-going ESCWA’s Capacity Development activities, especially strengthening capacities of selected countries that indicate interest in developing integrated macroeconomic modelling and policy simulations tool for their planning processes and financing policies; 11. Negotiates with donor and recipient governments on technical assistance programmes and projects. 12. Organizes and coordinates cooperation among Member States on economic programmes or issues. 13. Leads or participates in technical cooperation missions. Programme Support 14. Contributes to the formulation of the medium-term plan, the programme of work and the budget of the unit and participate in the formulation of the organization's overall programme of work and other similar endeavors. 15. Attends to various administrative matters concerning the organizational unit or cluster. 16. Performs other related duties as required.

Competencies

• Professionalism: 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 develop economic policies and make recommendations on their implementation. 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. • Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Education

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

Work Experience

A minimum of ten 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 four years of experience in macroeconometric modelling for policy advice at national or at multi-country level is required. At least three years of experience in developing and conducting training on macroeconometric modelling for different skills levels at national or at multi-country level is desirable. Experience in macroeconomic assessment for key publications and advocacy, including policy briefs and reports related to fiscal policy, debt sustainability, social expenditures and financing; etc is desirable. Experience in assessing the impact of pandemics and other global phenomena (e.g. COVID-19) on the socio-economic health of countries or regions is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. In addition, Arabic is a working language at ESCWA. For this position, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic 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.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include assessment(s) and may be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

This position is available for one year from the date of appointment/assignment. Extension of the appointment/assignment is subject to availability of funds, extension of the mandate, continued need for services, and satisfactory performance. 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. The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter. For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 May 2020, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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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