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This is a P-2 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 2 years of experience, depending on education.


The salary for this job should be between 57,661 USD and 78,318 USD.

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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 sustainable and inclusive development and regional connectivity in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership with policy oriented research and analysis, normative support and technical assistance and capacity building, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.

The ESCAP Subregional Office for North and Central Asia (SONCA) is the subregional platform to address key development challenges, and provides technical and analytical advisory services, training workshops to promote subregional economic, social and environmental activities of ESCAP, and implements field projects. The Subregional Office also serves as a catalyst to operationalize the analytical and normative work of ESCAP at the subregional and national levels.

The countries served by SONCA office include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. All programmes and activities will be integrated into the ESCAP strategic framework and reinforce intergovernmental priorities. The incumbent of this post will report to the Head of the office or to a Senior Economics Affairs Officer.

Responsibilities Under the overall supervision of the Head of the Office, the incumbent is required to perform the following functions:

Economic and/or sector analysis: Collects, evaluates, interprets, analyses specified statistics and qualitative socio-economic information obtained from a variety of sources and pertaining to North and Central Asia. Drafts\provides inputs to a variety of written outputs e.g. background briefs, analytical notes, talking points, presentations, reports, publications, etc., including the Economic and Social Survey for Asia and the Pacific, the theme topic of the Commission session. Drafts sector, country or subregional components of analytical studies on development issues and policies in North and Central Asia. Develops and maintains reference/resource information on economic and social development in North and Central Asian subregion, including policy-related issues, recent developments and trends, etc. Liaises with NGOs, academia, governments etc. to obtain data.

Intergovernmental support: Assists and contributes to the servicing of the ESCAP sessions and other related intergovernmental sessions by preparing background papers, reviewing information submitted by governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, drafting reports, preparing presentations and press releases. Provides administrative and substantive support to the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, consultative and other meetings, conferences, etc., including preparation of background documents and presentations, handling logistics, etc. Prepares inputs to statements by the senior officials of the Secretariat and SONCA to such meetings and events. Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports and similar material, if and when required.

Technical cooperation: Compiles and analyses the data and other information necessary for the preparation of technical cooperation project proposals in the area of economic development. Participates and assists ESCAP missions, participating in meetings, gather and analyse information and documenting the results. Contributes to the preparation of materials for the approval of regional, country or sector technical cooperation projects.

General: Serves as work programme focal point and promotes inter-divisional cooperation as well as collaboration with ESCAP’s other subregional offices in the planning and implementation of the work programme. Liaise with UN Country Teams and UN Resident Coordinator’s offices for cooperation. Assists in organizing the ESCAP missions to North and Central Asia. Serves as IT focal point and liaises with IMCTS on all IT-related issues Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s services.

Competencies Professionalism: Knowledge of economic theories and their application. Ability to identify and develop sources for data collection. 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.

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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Education A first-level university degree in statistics, mathematics, economics, sociology, environment, sustainable development or related field is required. Candidates for this position must have passed the United Nations Young Professional Programme Examination (YPP) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).

Work Experience In-depth knowledge on economic development and transboundary connectivity issues (digital technologies, transport, energy and trade) is desirable.

No experience is required for candidates who have passed the United Nations Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P).

Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language, such as Russian is an advantage.

Assessment As YPP and G to P candidates have been through a rigorous assessment process, no formal competency-based interviews or assessment tests will be conducted.

Special Notice This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is part of the quarterly YPP placements exercise and is only open to active YPP roster members who have passed the United Nations Young Professionals Programme Examination (YPP) or the General Service to Professional Examination (G to P). Only active YPP roster applicants who were placed on YPP rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible candidates receive an email inviting them to update their candidate profile. Staff members already appointed from the YPP/ NCRE/ G-P rosters are not eligible to apply for this “Recruit from Roster" job opening.

Should a successful candidate refuse to participate in the placement exercise, which includes, but is not limited to declining a position after being selected, declining a formal written offer of appointment, withdrawing an application in Inspira, putting an application on hold in Inspira without prior approval from the Office of Human Resources Management, or failing to respond to e-mails or phone calls from hiring managers within a reasonable time period, he or she shall be considered to have withdrawn his or her candidacy from the Young Professionals Programme and shall be removed from the roster.

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 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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