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UN seeks Senior Economic Affairs Officer

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe 5<y Senior Level  Genève, Genève, Schweiz 18 Nov 2016

Job Description



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Org. Setting and Reporting

The post is located in the Sustainable Transport Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva. The Sustainable Transport Division works to facilitate the international movement of persons and goods by inland transport modes and to improve competitiveness, safety, energy efficiency, environmental performance and security in inland transport and to contribute effectively to sustainable development. The incumbent reports directly to the Chief of the Sustainable Transport Division.


Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Sustainable Transport Division, the Chief of the Facilitation and Transport Economics Section will be responsible for the following:

1. Plans, organizes and supervises all the activities undertaken by the Transport Facilitation and Economics Section, including analytical work, the activities mandated in the fields of transport trends and economics, roads and road transport, road traffic safety, border crossing facilitation, including the TIR. In this capacity:

(a) Plans, organizes and supervises the preparation, servicing and follow up to the mandated meetings of the following intergovernmental bodies: Working Party on Transport Trends and Economics (WP.5), Working Party on Roads and Road Transport (SC.1) and its expert groups, Working Party on Road Traffic Safety (WP.1) and its experts groups, Working Party on Customs Questions Affecting Transport (WP.30) and the Administrative Committees (AC.2, AC.3, AC.4), their expert groups, as well as ad hoc and informal group meetings as and when required by those bodies. Ensures that these activities are carried out in an efficient and timely manner.

(b) Acts as Secretary of the Administrative Committee of the TIR Convention (AC.2) and Working Party on Customs Questions affecting Transport (WP.30) by planning the schedule of work, preparing relevant meetings and the related documentation, agendas, report and by servicing all relevant meetings.

(c)Acts as TIR Secretary by providing support to the work of the TIR Executive Board and is responsible for the management of the activities of the TIR Secretariat.

(d) Plans, organizes and supervises the activities of the Secretariat for the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety.

(e)Manages and supervises the work of staff who have been assigned to service the above-mentioned meetings. Carries out substantive reviews of the draft documents, agendas and reports prepared by the Section staff. Provides substantive input in the preparation of such documents for presentation to the above-mentioned intergovernmental bodies. Ensures that documents produced by the Section are prepared in a timely manner and maintain high-quality standards.

(f) On the basis of relevant decisions made by the intergovernmental bodies and information provided by Governments, formulates strategies, policies and programmes for the development of international transport and infrastructure in the ECE region with a view to the economic development and integration of ECE member countries.

(g) Drafts texts for the updating of the international legal and other instruments administered by the Section, including treaties 1949 Convention on Road Traffic, 1949 Convention on Road Signs and Signals, 1968 Convention on Road Traffic, 1968 Convention on Road Signs and Signals, AETR, AGR, Convention on the Harmonisation of Border Procedures, TIR Convention and their modification. Promotes also accession to and implementation of those legal instruments as well as implementation of resolutions and recommendations on rail transport and on inland navigation adopted by the relevant bodies.

(h) Supports the projects of the Sustainable Transport Division, like the Euro-Asian Transport Links, the Almaty and Vienna Programmes of Action for Landlocked Developing Countries, transport and competitiveness, the climate change adaptation in inland transport, etc.

2. Supports analytical work of the Sustainable Transport Division related to the relevant legal instruments and to the work of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) and its subsidiary bodies.

3. Provides advice to the Chief of the Sustainable Transport Division on all policy, legal, economic and technical issues in the areas of responsibility of the post.

4. Represents the ECE at international, regional or national conferences and meetings in the field of transport and provide substantive expertise in areas under the responsibility of the post.

5. Performs other duties as requested.


Expert knowledge in the field of transport in general and in the specific transport areas being supervised: transport trends and economics, transport infrastructure, road transport and road safety, customs; ability to produce analytical reports and papers on these issues; ability to review and edit the work of others. Excellent drafting skills in English. 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.

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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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.

Managing Performance:
Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly.

Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; Manages in a deliberate and predictable way; Operates with transparency; has no hidden agenda;
Places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients; Gives proper credit to others; Follows through on agreed upon actions; Treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in economics, law or related field. A first-level university degree in any of these fields, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in a national administration, international organization or international financial institution, dealing with sustainable transport development, infrastructure planning and development at the international level is required. Demonstrated management and leadership experience is required. Experience in organizing meetings and drafting reports is also required.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and knowledge of French are required. Knowledge of Russian is desirable.


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

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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