UNECA - Economic Commission for Africa
Org. Setting and Reporting The Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) mission is to deliver ideas and actions for an empowered and transformed Africa; informed by the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063.
The mission will be guided by ECA’s five new strategic directions which are: advancing ECA’s position as a premier knowledge institution that builds on its unique position and privilege to bring global solutions to the continent’s problems and take local solutions to the continent; developing macroeconomic and structural policy options to accelerate economic diversification and job creation; designing and implementing innovative financing models for infrastructure, and for human, physical and social assets for a transforming Africa; contributing solutions to regional and transboundary challenges, with a focus on peace security and social inclusion as an important development nexus; advocating Africa’s position at the global level and developing regional responses as a contribution to global governance issues.
This temporary position is located in the Regional Integration and Trade Division (RITD), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). The Economics Affairs Officer will work under the general guidance of the Director of the division and directly reports to the Chief of the Market Institutions Section of RITD.
Responsibilities Within delegated authority, the Economic Affairs Officer will carry out the following functions.
Economic or sector analysis:
– Develops socio-economic databases and qualitative information necessary for specified recurrent or ad hoc assignments;
– Conducts technical and empirical studies and prepares technical and policy papers on the multilateral, regional and bilateral trade negotiations and their economic and social implications for Africa;
– Undertakes normative research and recommends policies to underpin investment, as a development pillar in African countries and regions;
– Contributes to the analysis of globalization trends with a special focus on the integration of Africa in the global economy through trade;
– Interprets, applies and, as necessary, adapts econometric models to determine trends, patterns and relationships and to analyse the effects of alternative policies and assumptions;
– Drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on selected global, regional, national or sector aspects of economic development;
– Identifies and analyses policy proposals made elsewhere relating to assigned topics;
– Attends international, regional, and national meetings to collect information and to hold discussions with colleagues in other institutions;
– Assists in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on development issues;
– Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff;
– Prepares inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies;
– Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports;
– Prepares inputs to statements by members of the Bureau and Secretariat staff to such meetings;
– Assists in the organization of panels, round tables etc. on development issues for intergovernmental processes;
– Participates in missions on development issues, usually as a member of a team;
– Organizes training seminars for national experts;
– Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects;
– Contributes to the preparation of material for the approval of regional, country or sector technical cooperation projects;
– Monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects.
– Provides technical assistance and advisory services to the African Union Commission, the African Regional Economic Communities (RECs), member States and relevant institutions;
– 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.
Competencies – 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. Shows skill in developing 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.
Teamwork: 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.
Education An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in economics or related fields is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area is required.
Exposure to work on investment, competition, intellectual property and/or digital economy is required.
Experience in conducting and publishing interdisciplinary research in economics and / or law on policy issues in these areas is desirable.
Knowledge of Africa’s regional integration issues is desirable.
Experience in conducting sectoral analysis within or across investment, intellectual property, competition and / or services is desirable.
Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in either language is required; and knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.
Special Notice Pursuant to section 7.11 of ST/AI/2012/2/Rev.1, candidates recruited through the young professionals programme who have not served for a minimum of two years in the position of their initial assignment are not eligible to apply to this position.
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