Economic Affairs Officer, P4

Posting Period
19 February 2014-20 April 2014

Job Opening number

14-ECO-ECA-32868-R-ADDIS ABABA (X)

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

Organizational Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA), in the Macroeconomic Policy Division (MPD), in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision and guidance of the Director of the Macroeconomic Policy Division (MPD) and the direct supervision of the Chief of the Forecasting Section, the incumbent will discharge the following duties:

ECONOMIC AND/OR SECTOR ANALYSIS:

Monitors economic developments in a defined area and identifies recurrent and emerging issues of concern to the United Nations.

Designs and conducts studies of selected issues in economic development and draft resulting reports.

Interprets and applies results of econometric modelling to analysis of economic prospects and policies.

Develops draft policy recommendations pertaining to area of work.

Formulates proposals for development strategies, policies and measures for presentation to intergovernmental bodies and others.

Attends international, regional, and national meetings to hold discussions with representatives of other institutions.

Organizes expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on development issues.


Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.

INTERGOVERNMENTAL SUPPORT:

Provides substantive support on economic issues to intergovernmental bodies (such as the General Assembly, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Economic and Social Council, the Trade and Development Board, the regional commissions and the subsidiary bodies of each).

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.

Prepares global, regional, national or sector analyses that provide a basis for advising national governments on economic development issues.

Conducts training seminars and workshops for government officials and others.


Formulates technical modalities for the evaluation of individual technical cooperation projects.

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 economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Ability to identify and develop 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

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A 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.

Languages

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.

Assessment Method

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

– Extension of the appointment is subject to Extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

  • 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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