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UNCTAD - JPO in Trade and Economic Development


I. General Information

Title: JPO in Trade and Economic Development

Sector of Assignment: Research and Analysis on Africa, Project Management

Section/Unit: Africa Section, Division for Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes

Organization: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Country and Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland

Duration of assignment: 2 years with possibility of extension for another year Extension of appointment is subject to yearly review concerning priorities, availability of funds, and satisfactory performance

Please note that for participants of the JPO-Programme two years work experience are mandatory!

Internships/scholarships can be counted at 50% if they were full time and are regarded as relevant professional experience. Remuneration is not the determining factor. We only count internships after the Bachelor's degree.

II. Supervision
Title of Supervisor:
Senior Economic Affairs Officer

Content and methodology of supervision:
Establishment of a Work Plan: During the first month of the assignment, the JPO will work jointly with his/her direct supervisor to finalize an agreed upon work plan. The final work plan will be discussed and mutually agreed to by the JPO and his/her supervisor.

The United Nations Performance Evaluation System (e-performance) will serve as a primary platform to evaluate of the JPO’s performance. The supervisor will hold regular weekly meeting with the JPO.

The JPO works in close cooperation with and is supervised by the Chief of the Section.
The supervisor will:
(1) Discuss the work-plan with the JPO at the beginning of each year, (2) guide the technicalassistance related work and research of the JPO, (3) regularly review outputs of the JPO Expert with respect to their quality and relevance, and assure coherence between the work and the programme of the section.

III. Duties, Responsibilities and Output Expectations
Under the overall guidance of the Chief of the Africa Section, the incumbent will:

Technical cooperation:

  • Assist in the implementation of the Development Account Project Strengthening services trade policy-making for Africa's integration into global value chains in support of the 2030 Agenda.
  • Monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation
  • programmes, including the Development Account Project Strengthening services trade policy-making for Africa's integration into global value chains in support of the 2030 Agenda.
  • Assists in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, and workshops on international trade and development issues and in support of the Development Account Project.
  • Ensure the follow-up and communication with national counterparts and other international development agencies.

Economic and/or sector analysis:

  • Contribute to the preparation of parliamentary and related documents for the Section.
  • Support Africa Section Staff in the preparation of the Economic Development in Africa Report.
  • Collects, evaluates, interprets and analyses specified statistics and qualitative socioeconomic information including poverty indicators, gender issues, education, etc. obtained from a variety of sources and pertaining to particular sectors, countries, regions or development topics.
  • Prepares briefing notes, inputs to speeches and similar material on economic or sector issues in a form that is meaningful to non-specialists;


  • Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative and research tasks necessary for the final delivery of the Africa Section’s services.

IV. Qualifications and Experience
Master´s degree in economics or related field. The JPO should be familiar with socio-economic
conditions in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and have a sound understanding of the ways
in which the international economy interacts with the domestic economy in the context of
developing countries. The JPO should be familiar with macroeconomic, trade, finance and
development policy debates.

Work experience:
A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in the area of international
economics research and analysis, trade and development, policy formulation, application of
economic principles in development programmes or related area, in particular with respect to
Least Developed Countries.

Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Other skills:
Computer skills

UN competencies:

  • Teamwork: works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals
  • Planning and Organization: Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; uses time efficiently; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary
  • Professionalism: Knowledge of economic theories and their application; ability to identify and develop sources for data collection; ability to undertake research, analyse data, make recommendations and write reports. The JPO is expected to show pride in work and in achievements; demonstrate professional competence and mastery of subject matter; be conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observe deadlines and achieve results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
  • Communication: Excellent written and oral communication skills.

V. Learning Elements
The learning elements result from the JPO exposure to the development challenges faced by
developing countries, especially African LDCs, and national and international policy efforts to
deal with them. The JPO will:

  • Gain a refined knowledge of Africa and especially African LDCs
  • Benefit from on the job training in policy-oriented research, technical cooperation and project management/implementation
  • Benefit from a close cooperation with colleagues of diverse backgrounds
  • Benefit from the cooperation with other development partners/agencies as well as developing countries’ governmental agencies
  • Improve his/her capacity to draft documents and papers with policy relevance
  • Improve his/her capacity to conduct applied quantitative analysis
  • He/she will gain experience in translating research results into policy-relevant documents.

VI. Background Information

  •  UNCTAD is a focal point within the United Nations system for trade and developmentrelated work. Its main functions include: conducting policy focused research and analysis at the request of developing countries; providing technical assistance activities and advisory services. Such services have the objectives of building institutional and human resources capacities to improve policy formulation and implementation in developing countries on 4 trade and development-related issues such as finance, investment, technology and sustainable development.
  •  UNCTAD performs its mandated functions in collaboration with other UN-Agencies and the WTO, which is mainly a trade negotiation and trade rule-making forum.
  • In sum, UNCTAD is a Geneva-based UN-Agency, which directly reports to the General Assembly and which supports developing countries to promote and benefit from trade by formulating and implementing sound policies that enhances their exports and contribute to their growth and poverty reduction objectives.
  • UNCTAD examines African economic development from global context, builds consensus at the international level on the challenges facing the African countries, and assists in the mobilization of international support measures to promote economic development in Africa.
  • UNCTAD assists African countries in addressing these developing challenges through research and policy analysis, capacity development, advisory services, and consensus building.
  • UNCTAD collaborates with leading African institutions such as the African Union, the Economic Commission for Africa, the African Development Bank and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).

Main Outputs:

  • Economic Development in Africa Report (EDAR)
  • Disseminate findings and policy recommendations of EDAR
  • Preparations of "Activities undertaken by UNCTAD in support of Africa Report"
  • Technical assistance projects and training.

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