Job Opening

Posting Title: ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER, P3 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Africa
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 30 July 2018 - 14 August 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Economic Affairs-ECA-101291-J-Addis Ababa (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Social Development Policy Division (SDPD) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa. The Economic Affairs Officer will report to the Chief of the Employment and Social Protection Section within SDPD.


Under the overall direction of the Director of the Social Development Policy Division (SDPD) and the direct supervision of the Chief of the Employment and Social Protection Section, the incumbent will be responsible for:

Economic research and analytical work in the broad areas of poverty and inequality reduction; employment; social protection; human inclusion; demographics; migration; youth and ageing. The candidate is expected to:
•Develop socio-economic databases and qualitative information necessary for specified recurrent or ad hoc assignments.
•Interpret, apply, and as necessary, adapt latest research and econometric models to determine trends, patterns and relationships and analyse the effects of alternative policies and assumptions.
•Draft specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on selected global, regional, national or sector aspects of economic development on the themes mentioned above.
•Identify and analyse policy proposals relating to assigned topics.
•Attend international, regional, and national meetings to collect information and to hold discussions with colleagues in other institutions.
•Assist in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on development issues.
•Prepare speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.

Intergovernmental support
•Follow-up and backstop African member States’ on issues and development programmes relating to the work of the employment and social protection section;
•Prepare inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies;
•Follow intergovernmental meetings and prepare summary reports;
•Prepare inputs to statements by senior management staff to such meetings;
•Assist in the organization of panels, round tables etc. on development issues for intergovernmental processes.

Technical cooperation
•Participate in missions on development issues, usually as a member of a team;
•Organize training seminars for national experts, as required;
•Prepare documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects;
•Contribute to the preparation of material for the approval of regional, country or sector technical cooperation projects;
•Monitor, backstop and assess the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects.


The candidate is expected to support the Section’s work on the priority themes as mentioned above, perform other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the Section’s services, and undertake on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally, as necessary.

Work implies frequent interaction with colleagues and senior staff within the Section and in the Social Development Policy Division; middle-level officials of UN agencies, regional and global development banks and other international organizations; and Government officials, academics and other members of civil society.

Results Expected

Accurately analyse current and emerging economic development issues obtained by applying sound principles and concepts, by using valid data and, as necessary, by applying appropriate economic models; prepare reports and policy proposals that are useful to governments and other clients; engage in technical cooperation activities that contribute to economic development in recipient countries.


Professionalism: Ability to apply social and economic theories and concepts to issues of concern to the UN, especially in the broad areas of employment, social protection, human inclusion, nutrition security, and poverty and inequality; ability to carry out policy analysis of the social sectors; ability to apply a social development lens into programme design; ability to develop sources for data collection; ability to conduct independent research on economic and social development topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources; demonstrated in-depth technical knowledge and proven analytical skills in aspects of social and economic development; ability to identify and address relevant gender perspectives in substantive work. 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 and 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.


An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate) in economics or related field is required. Academic studies in gender and development, or similar professional experience are considered an asset. A first-level or higher degree (Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate degree) in any field 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 professional experience in economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related fields is required. Experience in the application of principles and concepts of economics, trade, gender and development in various contexts or analytical and research skills in gender programmes is desirable. Work experience with key stakeholders within the UN System, NGOs and government is considered an advantage.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English or French with knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.


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

Special Notice

This job opening is advertised to fill a temporarily vacant position during the absence of the regular incumbent. The regular incumbent is entitled to return to this position at the expiry of the temporary vacancy period. If the regular incumbent exercises the right to return, the appointment or temporary assignment or promotion of the candidate selected for this job opening will not be renewed or extended. Please note:

• This position is temporarily available until 26 March 2019. 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 job opening 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.


The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.


For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 May 2018, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Central African Republic, China, Comoros, Cyprus, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Vanuatu, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.


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.

United Nations Considerations

According 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 or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, 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.

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.

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.

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