Associate Economic Affairs Officer

Santiago, , CL

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position will be temporarily vacant for a period of 3 to 6 months.This position is located in the Infrastructure Services Unit, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Division of ECLAC. The Associate Economic Affairs Officer reports to the Chief of Unit under the overall supervision of the Division director.
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 for further information.


Under the general supervision of the Head of the Infrastructure Services Unit, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Division and, within delegated authority, the incumbent carries out the following duties:
A. Economic and sector analysis:
1 .Collects, evaluates, interpret and analyses statistics and qualitative socio-economic information on logistics and the infrastructure services obtained from a variety of sources
2. Maintains databases and programmes for database management and organizes non-quantitative information
3. Prepares briefing notes, inputs to speeches and similar material on economic and sector issues in a form that this meaningful to non-specialists
4. Prepares first drafts of sector, country and regional components of analytical studies on infrastructure and transport issues
5. Assists in the organization and servicing of export group meetings, seminars and other events on infrastructure services issues.

B. Intergovernmental support:
1. Prepares inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies
2. Prepares inputs to statements by secretariat for such meetings
3. Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports and similar materials
4. Assists in the organization of the panels, round tables etc. on the issues of infrastructure services

C. Technical Assistance:
1. Compiles and analyzes the data and other information necessary for the preparation of the technical cooperation projects proposals in the infrastructure services area
2. Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects
3. Contributes to the preparation of material for approval of regional and country projects
4. Monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects.

D. General:
1. Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work of the unit
2. Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.


• 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. Ability with econometric software, database management, geo-spatial information software or similar is desirable. 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.


A first-level university degree in economics or related field. (Candidates for this position must have passed the United Nations Young Professionals Programme Examination, the National Competitive Recruitment Examination (NCRE) or the G to P Examination. No examination is required for candidates in peacekeeping missions.)

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.) Experience with carrying out applied research or technical assistance on logistics and infrastructure services in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in Spanish and fluency in English is required.


Applicants will be assessed based on the information provided in their PHPs. Short-listed applicants might be contact by the Hiring Manager for further assessment.

United Nations Considerations

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.