Job Opening

Posting Title: Research Officer, P3
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Africa
Duty Station: DAKAR
Posting Period: 29 January 2019 - 14 March 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Social Affairs-ECA-110855-R-Dakar (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Under the general supervision of the Director of IDEP, the incumbent reports directly to the Head of Training and Research Section.


Within delegated authority, the Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

•Undertakes empirical research and analysis of trends development, and related policies, procedures, objectives and guidelines, relevant to IDEP’s mandate, recommends proposals for decision making
•Contributes to the translation of relevant research into teaching programmes for online and face-to-face delivery; Develops and coordinates research services and tools for the benefit of IDEP trainees;
•Oversees the IDEP policy dialogue, the maintenance of database of policy researchers and monthly development debate series;
•Contributes to the organization and delivery of IDEP Technical Advisory Committee meeting;
•Contributes to the identification of research priorities in relation to the assessment of the recommendations of the alumni and training resource persons;
•Evaluates various research applications and the cost-effectiveness of research data services in relation to technology options;
•Processes IDEP research support outputs for publication and dissemination;
•Manages post-training discussion groups for the alumni of IDEP courses; Manages the IDEP visiting fellowships programme;
Provide guidance, training and supervises general service and professional staff in the function;
•Assists in the planning, organizing and servicing of ad hoc expert group and technical meeting, policy dialogues, development seminars; drafting reports and preparing summaries of meetings, etc.
•Represents IDEP at international and other meetings; organize and participates in working groups, meetings, conferences, consultations with other agencies and partners on social and economic development related matters.
•Prepares/contributes to the preparation of various written reports, documents and communications, e.g. draft reports or sections of analytical reports, studies, background papers, briefings, correspondence, etc.
•Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the research services.



Knowledge and practical application of theories and concepts related to social development and social policy, including ability to use approaches and techniques to address difficult problems. Strong analytical capacity and the ability to identify, analyze and articulate difficult issues/problems. Ability to use sound judgment. Strong research skills, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources using standard methodologies and analytical techniques, draw conclusions and assess impact on the social development and policy issues. Ability to provide guidance to new/junior staff. 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.


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.


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.


Advanced university degree (Masters or Doctorate) in economics, social sciences or a related research oriented field. A first-level university degree in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in economics or other development research disciplines is required. Knowledge of digital and e-learning resources is required. Experience of research publishing and dissemination is strongly desirable. Skills in the development and management of online communities and networks are strongly desirable. Demonstrated experience in research on African development issues is an asset.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in one of these two languages is required. Working knowledge of the other is an advantage. Knowledge of another UN official language would be an advantage.


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

Special Notice

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.

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.

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

For this position, applicants from the following Member States, which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 30 November 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, Montenegro, Mozambique, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 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.

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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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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