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Org. Setting and Reporting The post is located in the Economic Cooperation and Trade Division (ECTD) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The post is focused on accelerating the transition towards a circular economy in the UNECE region. The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Director in the ECTD.

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

Partnership coordination: •Maps out key actors (national and international) on circular economy in countries in Eastern Europe, Western Balkan, Southern Caucasus, and Central Asia. •Identifies potential international partners (at least 8) and organizes bilateral communications to introduce relevant UNECE work on circular economy and align future activities. Potentially, develops a concept note for regional initiative for accelerating circular economy with identified partners to establish a regional multi-stakeholder knowledge-sharing network on the circular economy transition. •Organizes a virtual event to launch a regional initiative for accelerating circular economy in countries in Eastern Europe, Western Balkan, Southern Caucasus, and Central Asia.

Project support: •Supports coordination of the UNDA 13th tranche project “Accelerating the transition towards a circular economy in the UNECE region”. •Develops a roadmap for the project inception and follows up on the implementation of activities. •Supports recruitment process for 1 international consultant to lead work on gap analysis for the acceleration of circular economy in Eastern Europe, Western Balkan, Southern Caucasus and Central Asia, and 3 national consultants to conduct gap analysis on the national level, as well as other experts on procurement, waste, traceability if needed. •Organizes coordination meetings and follows-up on a regular basis on delivery of outputs by international and national consultants.

Support with meeting organization: •Identifies speakers and develops meeting agenda for capacity-building workshops and national policy dialogues to accelerate circular economy in Eastern Europe, Western Balkan, Southern Caucasus, and Central Asia. •Develops a meeting page within the organization website (structure and the content). •Prepares official correspondence (invitation letters, thank you letters, etc.) •Develops promotional material for the meeting (brochures, flyers, etc) in English and Russian and distributes it to relevant stakeholders. •Supports technical arrangements for conducting the meeting with external partners and the executive office (renting online platform, developing, and agreeing on terms of reference with another organization for the support of the meeting, etc.). •Drafts meeting report.

Economic and/or sector analysis: •Collects, evaluates, interprets, analyses specified statistics and qualitative socio-economic information related to the circular economy in Eastern Europe, Western Balkan, Southern Caucasus, and Central Asia. •Coordinates the development of 3 policy briefs to advance the circular economy, tailored to the needs of countries in the region (develops outline and agrees on it with the project manager, coordinates the input of international and national consultants, etc.). •Supports the process of approval for the policy briefs within UNECE. •Prepares briefing notes, inputs to speeches and similar material on circular economy acceleration in a form that is meaningful to non-specialists.

General: •Performs other related duties as required, 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 section and peers in department/regional commission; staff of other international organizations, in particular UNEP, FAO, UNDP, UNCTs and Resident Coordinators, working on related issues; academics and representatives of civil society, both NGOs and the business community.

Results expected: Efficient inception and coordination of partnership for the acceleration of circular economy in Eastern Europe, Western Balkan, Southern Caucasus, and Central Asia; effective support to project coordination; provides practical assistance on circular economy project development and implementation, in particular in the organization of the national and regional capacity-building workshops; ensures timely delivery of 3 policy briefs (procurement, waste, traceability) on the circular economy, under the direction and guidance of the hiring manager.

Competencies •Professionalism: Knowledge of economic theories and their application. Ability to identify and develop sources for data collection. Ability to apply relevant theories and concepts in the context of the circular economy transition. Ability to undertake research, analyse data, make recommendations, and write reports. 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.

Education An advanced university degree in development economics and international project management, finance, sustainable management of natural resources or related fields.

Work Experience A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area. (No experience is required for candidates who have passed a United Nations Competitive Recruitment Examination.)

Languages Fluency in English (both oral and written, including drafting skills) is required; knowledge of Russian is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

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

Special Notice - This position is temporarily available from 16.8.2021 for 3 months. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

  • While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

  • Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

  • Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

  • Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

    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.

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