Chief, Trade Analysis Branch
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The post is located in the Trade Analysis Branch of the Division on International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities (DITC) and is under the general guidance and supervision of the Director of the Division.


Under the general guidance and supervision of the Director, the incumbent:

  • Designs overall plans to translate the outcomes of UNCTAD Ministerial Conferences and other legislative mandates into the work programme of the Branch in a timely and effective manner. This includes setting priorities for research and analysis, identifying and proposing themes for sectoral trade reviews and capacity building activities, and regular monitoring of developments in international trade and the trading system and participation of developing countries therein, as well as adjusting the work programme in the light of relevant outcomes of intergovernmental meetings and other relevant developments.
  • Conceptualises and directs substantive analytical and capacity building activities including parliamentary documentation for the expert meetings, Commission on Trade, Trade and Development Board and the UN General Assembly, as well as other substantive reports and research and analytical work, in consultation with the Director of the Division, other Branches of DITC, and other Divisions of UNCTAD secretariat, as necessary.
  • Manages and supervises human and financial resources of the Branch, as well as substantive and organizational support and substantive servicing of the intergovernmental expert meeting for sectoral trade review of dynamic and new sectors and other relevant intergovernmental bodies; also the clearance of official communications.
  • Ensures coordination and collaboration with other international and regional organizations, in particular DESA, the Bretton Woods Institutions, regional commissions and the WTO, academic and think tank institutions, and relevant regional and sub-regional integration organizations and civil society bodies.
  • Undertakes representational and advisory missions on behalf of the UNCTAD Secretary-General and the Director of DITC, and represents UNCTAD in intergovernmental meetings on relevant trade and trade-related issues.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Professionalism: Comprehensive knowledge in the technical field of work of the Branch; proven capacity to produce reports on substantive issues; ability to review and edit the work of others. Comprehensive knowledge of UN policies, procedures and operations at the secretariat and intergovernmental levels, including those relating to substantive and programme budget matters. Excellent capacity to deal with Member States and international organizations.

Planning and organization: Proven ability to plan and organize work programme, requiring strategic thinking and ability to innovate and to integrate the work of the Branch into the Division's work.

Teamwork: Proven ability to work well with others and to contribute positively to the work of a team.

Judgment/Decision-making: Mature judgement and initiative, imagination and resourcefulness, tact and reliability.

Leadership: Proven track record of excellent management and technical leadership skills, including ability to delegate appropriate responsibility.

Building Trust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; manages in a deliberate and predictable way; operates with transparency; places confidence and builds trust in colleagues, staff members and clients; treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.


Advanced degree in Economics (Master's degree or equivalent). A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 15 years of progressively responsible professional experience in trade and development policy-making and analysis, with emphasis on new and emerging issues. Experience in strategic programme planning and implementation is required, desirably within the UN system. Experience in providing substantive support and preparing analytical documentation on trade and development issues.


Fluency in oral and written English and working knowledge of French required. Knowledge of another UN language is an advantage.

Assessment Method

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to participate in the first round of assessment (Technical
test). Only successful candidates who have passed the first round assessment will be
contacted to undergo the second round of assessment (Competency-based interviews).

Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

United Nations Considerations

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.

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