Economic Affairs Officer [temporary], Addis Ababa, Ethiopia At Economic Commission for Africa


Closing date: Wednesday, 5 July 2023

Posting Title: ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)

Job Code Title: ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER

Department/Office: Economic Commission for Africa

Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA

Posting Period: 21 June 2023 – 05 July 2023

Job Opening Number: 23-Economic Affairs-ECA-210331-J-Addis Ababa (G)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and ReportingECA’s 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 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. The Technology Climate Change, and Natural Resource Management Division (TCND) is headed by a Director and is accountable to the Deputy Executive Secretary (Programme). The Division is responsible for supporting the efficient management of natural resource endowments; reducing the negative impacts of climate change by moving towards green transitions and climate-resilient development and harnessing new technologies in the context of sustainable development. It is divided into three main sections: Africa Climate Policy Center; Innovations & Technologies Section, Green Economy and Blue Economy Section. This position is located under the Green and Blue Economies Section (GEBES) in the Technology Climate Change, and Natural Resource Management Division, of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Section.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the duties of an Economic Affairs Officer will perform the following functions: Economic or sector analysis:

  •  Monitors economic developments in the field of natural resource economics and management, and identifies recurrent and emerging issues of concern
  •  Designs and conducts studies of selected issues in mineral-based development in Africa
  •  Interprets and applies results of analysis of economic prospects and policies
  •  Develops draft policy recommendations pertaining to minerals and natural resources in Africa and presents these to policy makers and intergovernmental bodies
  •  Contributes to ongoing ECA initiatives to build regional green mineral value chains in the African context, in cooperation with partner institutions
  •  Attends international, regional, and national meetings to hold discussions with representatives of other institutions on issues relating to minerals and development
  •  Organizes expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on natural resource and development issues
  •  Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff
  •  Collects and analyzes data to identify trends or patterns and provides insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting Intergovernmental support:
  •  Provides substantive support on economic and natural resource issues to intergovernmental bodies (such as the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, and the Secretary General’s Working Group on Extractive Sectors).
  •  Represents organizational unit at international, regional and national meetings. Technical cooperation:
  •  Designs and monitors technical cooperation projects.
  •  Undertakes missions to member states, either alone or as a participant in a diverse team, as part of the Organization’s technical cooperation activities.
  •  Conducts training seminars and workshops for government officials and others.
  •  Participates in the technical cooperation activities of the Division. General:
  •  Supports junior staff, reviewing their work and providing feedback.
  •  Participates in intra- and inter-Departmental undertakings of broader concern to represent the views or interests of the organizational unit.
  •  Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s service.;
  •  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 natural resources and economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Ability to identify and develop sources for data collection. The ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. 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.
  •  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.
  •  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.

EducationAdvanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination in combination with additional two years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is an advantage.

Work ExperienceA minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area is required.. Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.

LanguagesEnglish and French are the working language of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in one of the working languages, English or French is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

AssessmentEvaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise.

Special Notice

  •  This position is temporarily available until the return of the incumbent of the post. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
  •  While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
  •  Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
  •  This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
  •  Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
  •  Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as “retirement.” Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service. At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application. For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 March 2023, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu.

United Nations ConsiderationsAccording to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment. Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment. Reasonable accommodation may be provided to applicants with disabilities upon request, to support their participation in the recruitment process. The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General. Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage. The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application. Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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