Economic Affairs Officer

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development , Geneva, Switzerland

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and CampaignProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
3rd August, 2021

Job Description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the International Investment Agreements Section of the Investment Policy Branch in the Division on Investment and Enterprise of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).


Within delegated authority, the Economic Affairs Officer will undertake the following duties:

Economic or sector analysis

  • • Develops socio-economic databases and qualitative information necessary for specified recurrent or ad hoc assignments and pertaining to International Investment Agreements.
  • • Drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on international investment for development, in particular IIAs.
  • • Identifies and analyses policy proposals made elsewhere relating to international investment for development .
  • • Attends international, regional, and national meetings to collect information and to hold discussions with colleagues in other institutions.
  • • Assists in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on international investment for development.
  • • Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.

Intergovernmental support

  • • Prepares inputs for reports the Commission on Investment, Enterprise and Development, the IIA Conference and other meetings.
  • • Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports.
  • • Prepares inputs to statements by members of the Bureau and Secretariat staff to such meetings.
  • • Assists in the organization of panels, round tables etc. on international investment for development issues for intergovernmental processes.

Technical cooperation

  • • Participates in missions on development issues, usually as a member of a team.
  • • Organizes training seminars for national experts.
  • • Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects.
  • • Contributes to the preparation of material for the approval of regional, country or sector technical cooperation projects.
  • • Monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects on international investment for development.


  • • Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s services.
  • • Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.


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

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area is required.
  • Out of these, a minimum of three years of experience dealing with international investment is desirable.
  • Successful experience in writing in the area of international economy for development as evidenced by a significant record of relevant publications is desirable.


  • Fluency in English , (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


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