Economic Affairs Officer

Bangkok, , TH

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. ESCAP is committed to promoting diversity and gender equality within the Secretariat. Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote regional cooperation for inclusive economic and social development in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership, through its analytical, normative and technical cooperation, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.

The main mission of the Environment and Development Division of ESCAP is to integrate environmental sustainability in economic and social development and enhance regional cooperation on environment, natural resources management, 2030 sustainable development agenda, as well as urban development, including the application of environmentally sustainable economic growth approach, as well as other effective policy initiatives, for inclusive and sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific.

This position is located in the Environment Policy and Development Section in the Environment and Development Division. The incumbent reports to the Chief of the Section.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief, Environment Policy and Development Section and overall supervision of the Director of the Division, the incumbent is required to perform the following functions:

•Performs analytical work to draw up policy recommendations and develops projects in the areas of natural resources management in the context of sustainable development;
•Monitors economic, social and environmental dimensions on natural resources and sustainable development in the region and identifies recurrent and emerging issues of concern to the United Nations;
•Designs and conducts studies of selected issues on natural resources and sustainable development, and drafts resulting reports;
•Develops draft policy recommendations pertaining to the area of work;
•Formulates proposals for development strategies, policies and measures for presentation to intergovernmental bodies and others;
•Attends international, regional, and national meetings to hold discussions with representatives of other institutions; represents organizational section at international, regional and national meetings;
•Organizes policy dialogues, expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on development issues;
•Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff;
•Provides substantive support on natural resources and sustainable development including economic issues, to intergovernmental bodies including the Commission and Committees and other ad hoc intergovernmental meetings;
•Designs and monitors technical cooperation projects in the economic, social and environmental dimensions on natural resources and sustainable development in the region;
•Undertakes missions to member States, either alone or as a participant in a diverse team, as part of ESCAP’s technical cooperation activities;
•Prepares global, regional, national or sector analyses that provide a basis for advising national governments on economic development issues;
•Conducts training seminars and workshops for government officials and others;
•Formulates technical modalities for the evaluation of individual technical cooperation projects taking economic, social and environmental dimensions on natural resources management in the region;
•Participates in intra- and inter-Divisional undertakings of broader concern to represent the views or interests of the organizational unit;
•Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally;
•Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s service.


Professionalism: Ability to apply economic theories concepts in natural resources and sustainable development. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics related to natural resources management and sustainable development, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Ability to identify and develop sources for data collection. 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.

Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and innovative options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.

Managing Performance:Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback to staff. Supports creativity and initiative. Supports development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, natural resources management or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with an additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in natural resources management research and analysis, policy formulation and strategic planning is required. Experience in the Asia-Pacific region is desirable. Experience in formulating and implementing capacity building projects is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of the other working language is desirable.


Qualified applicants will be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

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The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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