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UN YPP 2016 Exam: Economic Affairs (and Sustainable Development) – EXTERNAL candidates

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UN YPP 2016 Exam: Economic Affairs (and Sustainable Development) – EXTERNAL candidates

YPP 2016 Exam: Economic Affairs (and Sustainable Development) – EXTERNAL candidates
Posting Title: YPP 2016 Exam: Economic Affairs (and Sustainable Development) – EXTERNAL candidates
Posting Period: 19 May 2016 – 19 July 2016
Job Opening Number: 60743
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Special Notice

•The purpose of the present Job Opening is to invite applications from external candidates who wish to take the 2016 Young Professionals Programme examination in Economic Affairs (and Sustainable Development). UN Secretariat staff members who are eligible to apply through the GtoP or GtoN track must not apply through this Job Opening.

• The eligibility requirements of the examination are:
1. At least a three-year first level university degree in a main course of study listed in the Education Section of this Job Opening;
2. Born on or after 1 January 1984;
3. Fluent in either English or French; and
4. A national of a participating member state. The participating member states are:

Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Greece, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Qatar, Saint Lucia, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Somalia, South Sudan, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Vietnam

•Applying to more than one job family will result in automatic disqualification.

•Incomplete applications and applications that are received after the above deadline (11:59 pm New York HQ local time) will not be accepted under any circumstances. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications early to avoid problems due to heavy last-minute internet traffic.

•Upon selection, candidates successful in the Young Professionals Programme examinations will be initially appointed at the P-1 or P-2 level depending on their qualifications. Those appointed at the P-1 level shall be promoted to a position at the P-2 level following a minimum of two years of satisfactory performance and depending on the availability of posts. After two years on their initial assignment, candidates may apply for other positions through the staff selection system so long as they meet the qualification requirements.

•Candidates should monitor the UN careers page frequently for updates. All important notifications and updates will be posted there.

Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Regional Commissions and, occasionally, other Departments in the United Nations Secretariat. Each position is usually focussed on a sub-specialty such as macroeconomics, development economics, international economics (trade, finance and investment), public economics, environmental economics, gender economics or a specific economic sector or sectors. The Associate Economic Affairs Officer / Associate Sustainable Development Officer usually reports to the Head of a Branch or Section or to a Senior Economic Affairs/Sustainable Development Officer.

If you are successful, you will be considered for YPP positions as they become available throughout the Secretariat including field offices. Initially you may be appointed for two years and then be reviewed for a continuing appointment. The Organization promotes mobility within and across duty stations and job families.


The Young Professionals Programme examination in Economic Affairs (and Sustainable Development) covers a wide range of topics in the areas of fundamental concepts from microeconomics, macroeconomics, economics of growth and sustainable development, economics of international trade and finance, quantitative economic analysis and econometrics, resources and environmental economics, and other areas of the economic discipline covered economic affairs arms of the United Nations. If you are successful in the examination, you could be assigned to a job that covers any or a combination of these areas.
Some of the key responsibilities of an Associate Economic Affairs Officer / Associate Sustainable Development Officer include (These duties are generic and may not be carried out by all Associate Officers.):
Economic and/or sector analysis:
•Collects, evaluates, interprets, analyses qualitative and quantitative socio-economic information obtained from a variety of sources and pertaining to particular sectors, countries, regions, or sustainable development topics.
•Prepares or helps to prepare drafts of analytical studies of economic and sustainable development issues pertaining to sector, country, region, and the world as a whole, and of policies necessary to deal with these issues.
•Prepares briefing notes, inputs to speeches, and other such material on topical economic and sustainable development issues in a form that is readily accessible by non-specialists.
•Maintains databases covering both quantitative and qualitative information and programmes necessary for management and organization of such databases.
•Assists in designing, testing, using, and carrying out necessary modification of econometric models and other sustainable development policy support tools.
• Assists in organizing and servicing expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on topical economic and sustainable development issues.
Intergovernmental support:
•Prepares inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies.
•Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares their summary reports and other relevant output.
•Prepares inputs to statements by members of the Bureau and Secretariat staff to various economic and sustainable development issue related meetings.
• Assists in organizing panels, round tables, etc. necessary for inter-governmental processes pertaining to economic and sustainable development issues.
Technical cooperation:
•Compiles and analyses data and other information necessary for preparing relevant technical cooperation project proposals in the area of economic and sustainable development.
•Participates in drafting of technical cooperation programmes and projects.
•Prepares material necessary for approval of regional, country or sector specific technical cooperation projects.
•Monitors, backstops, supports the implementation of and assesses the implementation of approved technical cooperation programmes and projects.
•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.


– Shows pride in work and in achievements
– Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter
– Demonstrates ability to write concisely and clearly
– 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

– 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


At least a first-level university degree in one of the following areas:

Social & Behavioural Science; Mathematics & Statistics; Business & Administration; Environmental Protection; Agriculture, Forestry & Fishery (to be selected from the “Main Course of Study” dropdown menu).

Please choose also (from the “Field of Study” dropdown menu), the field of study that is closest to your degree and fill the exact title in original language as well as its translation in English or French.

Work Experience

No work experience is required. Relevant work experience will be taken into consideration as one of the additional screening criteria when more than 40 candidates from the same country apply to the same exam area.


Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Applications will be screened on the basis of the eligibility criteria. Only up to the 40 most qualified applicants per job family and per nationality/member state will be convoked for the written examination. The cost of traveling to the examination centre is to be covered by the examinee.

The written examination shall consist of:
(i) a general paper, which tests drafting and analytical skills; and
(ii) a specialized paper, which tests the substantive knowledge of the particular job family for which the examinee is being tested.

All examinees in all job families shall complete the same general paper. The general paper and/or specialized paper shall be eliminatory. The paper that is going to be marked first shall be eliminatory, and only examinees successful in that paper of the examination shall have the other paper marked. Each part of the specialized paper may be eliminatory. The Specialised Boards of Examiners shall decide on the part(s) of the specialised paper that will be eliminatory.

Only examinees who are successful in the written examination will be invited to the oral examination. The oral examination will be conducted via online video conference.

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on « The Application Process » and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of inspira account-holder homepage.

Applications are pre-screened by the system according to the published requirements of the job opening on the basis of the information provided in the application. In relation to the requirements of the job opening, applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their qualifications, including their education, work experience, and language skills. Each applicant must bear in mind that submission of incomplete or inaccurate applications may render that applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening. Initial screening and evaluation of applications will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted. Applications cannot be amended following submission. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.

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