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Senior Economic Development Associate– Movement and Trade
United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Grade: LICA Specialist-9, Entry Professional
Job Expired 21 Oct 2021
Added 1 month ago
Job Description

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

The OQ is seeking to recruit a Senior Economic Development Associate (EDA) to contribute to the implementation of OQ’s development agenda. The senior associate will support the work of the Movement and Trade Team to implement the objectives set in the trade sector strategy.

Specifically, the Senior Economic Development Associate will contribute to the following areas:

  1. Project Management and Delivery;

  2. Project Communication and Outreach;

  3. Research, Analysis, Writing and Editing;

  4. Presentation and Communication Support;


The work is of a highly confidential nature and the contractor must maintain the highest standards of integrity

The Senior EDA will deliver his/her contributions to the following areas (under the overall leadership and in full coordination with the Movement and Trade Director):

Project Management and Delivery

  1. Lead one or more trade development/trade facilitation work streams of an OQ priority project including contributing to work stream/strategy development

  2. Propose and agree on outputs with direct advisor and deliver workstreams outputs on time and within tolerances according to the agreed strategy taking into consideration adapting to changing of information.

  3. Prepare planning documents for the priority projects as necessary.

  4. Assist with the procurement process for relevant consultancies, including the TORs development.

Project Communication and Outreach

  1. Contribute to meetings with internal and external stakeholders regularly, to discuss project progress and planned outputs.

  2. Prepare documents reports, emails, and presentation to be shared with project stakeholders.

Research, Analysis, and Writing:

  1. Prepare and conduct research, analysis, literature reviews and other written inputs related to the trade priority projects.

  2. Prepare draft reports, papers, briefs, and memos that formulate discussions on issues relevant to the OQ’s strategic objectives, as required

  3. Provide support in drafting the Movement and Trade sections of the OQ report to the AHLC, the OQ annual report, and donor reports.

  4. Assist in providing feedback on papers and reports related to the project.


Presentation and Communication Support:

  1. Assist OQ Advisors and Management in developing a variety of presentations both in response to movement and trade project needs and other OQ priorities.

  2. Prepare draft materials for internal and external meetings, as required.

  3. Prepare briefing notes on priority projects for external meetings with stakeholders


Advanced degree (MA or PhD) is preferred. A first level university degree with 2 additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work experience:
  • 2+ years of relevant work experience required in movement and trade relevant areas.

  • 2+ years of relevant work experience in working with international community organizations, in particular the development branches.

  • Language Requirements:

    • Excellent command of written and spoken English.

    • Knowledge of Arabic and/or Hebrew is an asset.

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

The contract for this position will be issued by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) on behalf of its Client the Office of Quartet pursuant to an agreement between both parties whereby the successful candidate's contractual rights and responsibilities will be managed by the Office of Quartet (OQ) office and not by UNOPS.

Contract type: Individual Contract agreement

Contract level: Local Specialist ICA 9
Contract duration: 3 MONTHS, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:


  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

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