Chief, Macroeconomic Policy Analysis Section, P5


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Position description

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 Macroeconomic Policy Analysis Section, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division. The incumbent reports directly to the Director of the Division.


Within delegated authority, the Chief of Section will be responsible for the following:

  • Plans and oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Section, ensuring that substantive work programme and programmed activities including country-level technical assistance and capacity building projects pertinent to the Section are delivered in a timely and satisfactory manner;
  • Leads and supervises a team of staff economists and carries out the economic and analytical work of the Section under his/her responsibility; co-ordinates the related work carried out by team and provides substantive reviews of drafts prepared by others;
  • Plans, leads and coordinates research/analysis in the preparation of working papers and reports on emerging macroeconomic and development trends and issues, including flagship publication “Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific”;
  • Prepares a comprehensive launch, dissemination and outreach strategy for the “Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific”, including by organizing policy dialogues with think tanks, academia, government officials and UN entities;
  • Contributes to and supervises the reporting to intergovernmental bodies, such as the ESCAP Commission and Committee on Macroeconomic Policy, Poverty Reduction and Financing for Development, on economic and development issues;
  • Ensures that the analytical outputs/reports produced by the Section maintain high-quality standards, and are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data;
  • Conceives, plans and manages expert group meetings, seminars and similar consultations that contribute to the finalization of the Section’s work outputs;
  • Prepares inputs for the work programme of the Division, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery;
  • Represents the Organization at inter-agency meetings, seminars, etc. and delivers presentations on emerging economic issues for specialists or non-specialist audiences, when needed;
  • Participates in international, regional or national meetings and provides substantive expertise on economic and development issues, and hold substantive discussions with representatives of other institutions and UN entities;
  • Carries out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Section, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, evaluation of staff performance (ePerformance), interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates;
  • Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision, and fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Section and across organizational boundaries;
  • In consultation with the Division Director, recruits staff of the Section taking due account of geographical and gender balance and other institutional values;
  • Performs other related duties as assigned, such as preparation of speeches/presentations for senior management.


Core Competencies:

  • Professionalism: Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in the relevant 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 Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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, short deadlines, 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;
  • 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.

Managerial Competencies:

  • 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;
  • 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.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, development economics, financial economics, development finance, or related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Ph.D. in any of the above fields is highly desirable.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes in the area of macroeconomics or related field is required;
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and managing a sizable work unit is required;
  • Experience in establishing and maintaining professional networks is highly desirable;
  • Research and analysis in the above fields as demonstrated through authored publications is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

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