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Chief (Division of Production, Productivity and Management)

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Job Description


Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago de Chile. The Chief, Division of Production, Productivity and Management reports to the Executive Secretary.

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 www.cepal.org for further information.


The Chief, Division of Production, Productivity and Management, is responsible for the design formulation and timely execution of the division´s work program in accordance with the priorities of ECLAC. The incumbent formulates productive development policies to modernise and render internationally competitive the region's productive platform, and to keep it on a continuous more productive growth path via the incorporation, adaptation, and rapid diffusion of international best practices, the latest generation of productive development policies and instruments, and up-to-date technology most apt for the countries of the region.

Under the overall supervision of the Executive Secretary, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

Manage and supervise the division to achieve and exceed, if possible, the division’s work plan, this involves:
a) Strategic planning of the work of the division’s units, establish priorities for Policy Research technical assistance and diffusion on an annual basis.
b) Monitoring execution of work program on a continuous basis but meeting regularly (every two weeks) with an agenda with unit chiefs and daily as needs arise with all personnel.
c) Assure availability of adequate extra-budgetary funding for field research and technical assistance missions.
d) Assure adequate diffusion of outputs to policymakers, academia and the media. Major policy proposals must give rise to publications, presentations by staff and advisory missions, seminars, conferences, and academic congresses, and, to the maximum instant possible, to media interviews and coverage.

Orientation of substantive work to assure the relevance and quality of Policy Research and the soundness of the policy proposals.
a) Identify the research agenda and suggest appropriate methodologies. Discuss research priorities with unit chiefs and team leaders at least twice a year.
b) Comment drafts and organise the vision seminars to discuss Staffs outputs.
c) Assure all research has policy implications and help identify promising policy proposals.
d) Conduct all research to keep in touch with field visits at least one time per month to keep in touch with real-world changes; keep abreast of literature in the field; and prepare at least one own research paper per year.
e) Lead team members’ efforts to collect and analyse data and provide insight to identify trends or patterns for data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting. Ensure that everyone can discover, access, integrate and share the data they need.

Development of the vision “esprit de corps” and best use of staff.
a) Motivate staff by explaining the importance of work and how it fits into the vision and ECLAC's needs; and setting an example of high professional standards and good human relations.
b) Prompt attention to staff needs professionally and personally.
c) Define assignments of personnel, play to each person's talents and tastes, and propose challenging but achievable work goals.
d) Prompt staff development by promoting advanced training by all staff members (sabbaticals) and encouraging publications outside of ECLAC.

Presentations and diffusion of ECLAC in matters pertaining to the division or ECLAC generally.
a) Represent the Executive Secretary in conferences or media on issues related to major topics pertaining to the division.
b) Provide media interviews while on missions and give special conferences or major topics related to the work of the Division in universities and academic fora.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
• Managers and staff within the Division, Executive Secretary, Deputy Executive Secretaries and Director of all ECLAC’s Divisions.
• Senior Staff within the UN Secretariat and other UN offices, funds, programmes and specialised agencies.
• Relevant departments of Regional Development Banks, World Bank, IMF, OECD, relevant think tanks and University Departments that have centres or excellence in the subject matter
• Representatives of Governments and representatives of non-governmental organisations.
• Chairs and members of intergovernmental bodies.
• Private sector representatives, as well as representatives from academia and science, technology, and innovation-related institutions
• Mass media.


• PROFESSIONALISM: In-depth knowledge of development economics theories and concepts with special emphasis on national as well as subnational Productive Development Policies, sectoral development and innovation issues; proven ability to produce and/or supervise the preparation of research studies and reports; proven ability in the management of technical cooperation and capacity-building projects. Ability to analyse and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

• 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.

• PLANNING & ORGANISING: 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.

• VISION: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organisation’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organisational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

• EMPOWERING OTHERS: Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations, and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work; encourages others to set challenging goals; holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility; genuinely values all staff members’ input and expertise; shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort; involves others when making decisions that affect them.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, public Administration, international development, or industrial engineering 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

Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of fifteen (15) years in policy Analysis, field research and/or advisory work (preferably all three) dealing with overall development issues with special emphasis on sectoral and technological development in the region is required. Relevant experience in Latin American and the Caribbean countries is an asset.

Relevant working experience at the national and subregional level in productive development policies is required.

Extensive experience in institutional relationship with national governments, NGOs and international organizations and bodies will also be an asset. Experience in multidisciplinary work environments is desirable.

Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat; and Spanish is a working language of ECLAC.
For the position(s) advertised, fluency in English and Spanish is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

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.


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

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.
-The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
- A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories, on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments.
- At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organisational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
- Although there is no right or entitlement to Flexible Working Arrangements, many of our staff at ECLAC work flexibly in many different ways. Please wait until the final stage of the offer to ask more about flexibility since the agreement is voluntary between the staff members and their supervisor and will depend on the organisational needs..
- For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 September 2022, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Malta, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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.

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