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.
This position is located in the Energy Connectivity Section, Energy Division (ED). The incumbent reports to the Director of the Energy Division.
Under the direct supervision of the Director of Energy Division, the incumbent is required to perform the following functions:
Economic or sectoral analysis
-Leads or participates in the formulation, organization and management of mandated programmes of economic analysis and the formulation of possible economic strategies, policies and actions for adoption by the international community.
-Leads or participates in the identification of new or emerging development issues on Asia-Pacific regional energy connectivity with a focus on power markets in support of the implementation of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and SDG7 and designs and develops programmes to support enhanced energy connectivity.
-Supervises a team undertaking the work on energy connectivity.
-Supervises economic studies and analyses that cannot be undertaken internally.
-Conceives, plans and manages expert group meetings, seminars and similar consultations that contribute to the finalization of the work unit’s outputs.
-Finalizes reports on development for issuance by the Division.
-Prepares speeches for senior staff and makes presentations on energy issues for specialist or non-specialist audiences.
-Provides direct substantive support on development issues to intergovernmental bodies i.e. Commission and the Committee on Energy, and other Ministerial and policy-making organs by offering strategic advice, giving technical guidance and assisting in developing a consensus.
-Manages the work unit’s contribution to the preparation and management of meetings of intergovernmental bodies.
-Represents the organizational unit at international, regional and national meetings on development issues.
-Develops and maintains relations with senior officials of member governments and ensures a response to requests for advice and/or assistance on economic issues and policies.
-Negotiates with donor and recipient governments on technical assistance programmes and projects.
-Organizes and coordinates cooperation among Member States on economic programmes or issues.
-Leads or participates in technical cooperation missions.
-Functions as the head of an organizational unit.
-Contributes to the formulation of the medium-term plan, the programme of work and the budget of the unit and participate in the formulation of the organization's overall programme of work and other similar endeavours.
-Attends to various administrative matters concerning the larger organizational unit (Section or Division).
-Recruits staff taking due account geographical and gender balance and other institutional values.
-Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision.
-Performs other related duties as required.
Professionalism: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised. Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different sectors of economic and sustainable development. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Ability to develop economic policies and make recommendations on their implementation. 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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
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.
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.
Empowering Others: Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations, and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work; encourages others to set challenging goals; holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility; genuinely values all staff members’ input and expertise; shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort; involves others when making decisions that affect them.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in engineering, energy economics, power system management, renewable energy or related field. A relevant first-level university degree in the above fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Ph.D. degree in any of the above fields is desirable.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in conducting research and analytical work, policy design or formulation and implementation of programmes promoting regional energy connectivity, especially cross border power grid connectivity and market is required.
Experience in developing and/or coordinating regulatory frameworks promoting energy connectivity is desirable. Experience and involvement in development of regional energy markets in the Asia-Pacific region is desirable. Research and analysis in the above fields as demonstrated through authored publications is desirable. Demonstrated experience in establishing and maintaining professional networks 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 another UN official language is an advantage.
Qualified applicants may be evaluated through a competency-based interview and/or other assessment methods.
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. Staff of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy and are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.
For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 November 2018, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Montenegro, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.