Job Opening

Posting Title: ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER, P4
Job Code Title: ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Africa
Duty Station: YAOUNDE
Posting Period: 03 December 2018 - 16 January 2019
Job Opening Number: 18-Economic Affairs-ECA-107903-R-Yaounde (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

Established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) in 1958 as one of the UN's five regional commissions, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA's) mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its Member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development. Made up of 54 Member States, and playing a dual role as a regional arm of the UN and as a key component of the African institutional landscape, ECA is well positioned to make unique contributions to address the Continent’s development challenges. The strategic objective of ECA is framed around delivering ideas and actions for an empowered, inclusive and transformed Africa in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063 of the African Union through its three core functions, namely, its function as a think tank, its convening function and its operational function.

The mandate of the Sub-Regional Office is to strengthen the capacity of member States to formulate evidence-based plans and policies in support of economic and social transformation in Central Africa. To implement its mandate, SRO-CA contributes to ECA's policy-oriented research, promotes its results and facilitates linkages and information exchange between development actors in the region. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of economic and social development, with a focus on economic diversification, macro-economic policies and governance, regional integration dynamics; sustainable development and sustainable management of natural resources; food security; and innovation, data collection and knowledge management.

The Sub-Regional Office for Central Africa covers the following countries: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Sao Tome and Principe.

This post is located in the sub-regional office for Central Africa (SRO-CA) of the Economic Commission for Africa in Yaounde, Cameroon.

Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Director of the Sub-regional Office for Central Africa, and the direct supervision of the Chief of the Economic Diversification Policy and Reforms Section, the incumbent is responsible for the following duties:

Economic or sector analysis:
•Monitors and analyses macroeconomic trends, including assessments of growth performance. Tracks economic developments and identifies recurrent and emerging issues of concern to the United Nations as they relate to sustainable and inclusive growth as well as structural transformation and economic diversification.
•Designs and conducts studies of selected issues in economic development and draft resulting reports on sustainable and inclusive growth as well as structural transformation and economic diversification.
•Develops draft policy recommendations pertaining to selected global, regional, national and/or macro or sectoral aspects of sustainable and inclusive growth as well as structural transformation and economic diversification.
•Strengthens the monitoring and forecasting capacity of key government institutions and other stakeholders on topics related to sustainable and inclusive growth as well as structural transformation and economic diversification.
•Attends international, regional, and national meetings to hold discussions with representatives of other institutions.
•Organises 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 Coordination Mechanism (RCM), the Sub-regional Coordination Mechanism (SRCM) and other subsidiary bodies of the Regional Commissions).
•Organizes panels, round tables etc. on development issues for intergovernmental processes).
•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, and national or sector analyses that provide a basis for advising national governments and Regional Economic Committees on economic development issues with a focus on sustainable and inclusive growth as well as structural transformation and economic diversification.
•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 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 with a focus on sustainable and inclusive growth as well as structural transformation and economic diversification. Ability to conduct independent research on sustainable and inclusive growth as well as structural transformation and economic diversification, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Capacity to render advisory services and build capacity on sustainable and inclusive growth as well as structural transformation and economic diversification issues. 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.

•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.

•Accountability:

Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate) in economics or related field is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in the specified fields with two additional years of relevant work 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 with a focus on sustainable and inclusive growth as well as structural transformation and economic diversification is required. Experience in delivering advisory services and capacity development support to member States and Regional Economic Communities (RECs) as well as exposure to inter-governmental processes would be an advantage. Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first-level university degree recognized by the United Nations.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. 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.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

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 30 September 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, Republic of Korea, 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.

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.

An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.

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.

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