Economic Affairs Officer, P4

UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Energy and Natural Resources Unit, in the Subregional Headquarters of ECLAC in Mexico City. The Economics Affairs Officer reports to the Director of ECLAC Mexico.

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 overall supervision of the Director, the Chief of the Energy and Natural Resources Unit will be responsible for the following duties:

Economic or sector analysis

  • Monitors economic developments in a defined area and identifies recurrent and emerging issues of concern to the United Nations;
  • Designs and conducts economic and industrial organization analysis and studies of selected issues in the fields of energy, natural resources, environment and climate change;
  • Develops draft policy recommendations pertaining to area of work;
  • Formulates proposals for sustainable development strategies, policies and economic measures;
  • Attends international, regional, and national meetings to hold discussions with representatives of other institutions;
  • Organizes and participates in expert group meetings and seminars on development issues.

Intergovernmental support

  • Provides substantive support in the fields of energy, natural resources, environment, decarbonization and economic issues to intergovernmental bodies;
  • Represents organizational unit at international, regional and national meetings.

Technical cooperation

  • Designs and monitors technical cooperation projects;
  • Undertakes missions to member states, either alone or as a participant in a diverse team, as part of the Organization’s technical cooperation activities;
  • Prepares global, regional, national or sector analyses that provide a basis for advising national governments on economic development issues;
  • Conducts training seminars and workshops for government officials and others;
  • Formulates technical modalities for the evaluation of individual technical cooperation projects.


  • Supports junior and senior staff, reviewing their work and providing feedback;
  • Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s service;
  • Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.


  • Professionalism: 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 identify and develop sources for data collection. 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;
  • 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

  • Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. 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;
  • 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 economics, engineering, with emphasis in energy economics, decarbonization, microeconomics, industrial organization, or related field, 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.

Job – Specific Qualification

  • A first-level university degree in engineering or hard sciences related to energy is desirable;
  • PhD in energy, natural resources, environment, or climate change is desirable.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related areas is required;
  • Knowledge in the sub-region (Central America Isthmus, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Mexico), proven by relevant publications, is required;
  • A minimum of seven years of relevant professional experience in the application of principles and concepts of development and in the use of analytical and research techniques in support of economic policy and development programmes in the energy industry, natural resources, environment, and climate change as proven by record of relevant publications, are desirable.


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

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