Job Opening

Posting Title: CHIEF, INNOVATIVE FINANCE & CAPITAL MARKETS SECTION - PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT & FINANCE DIVISION, P5
Job Code Title: SENIOR ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Africa
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 20 October 2020 - 03 December 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Economic Affairs-ECA-142327-R-Addis Ababa (G)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

ECA’s mission is to deliver ideas and actions for an empowered and transformed Africa; informed by the 2030 SDGs and Agenda 2063.

The mission is guided by ECA’s five new 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 solution 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.

Private Sector Development and Finance Division

The Private Sector Development and Finance Division (PSDFD) is headed by a Director and reports to the Deputy Executive Secretary (Programme). The Division is responsible for supporting member States in their endeavour to achieve sustained economic growth and transformation through leveraging the role and resources of the private sector with an emphasis, improving the business environment, increasing private sector investment in agriculture, infrastructure, energy and services (technology), and promoting innovative financing models. It is divided into three sections: Agriculture and Business Enabling Environment; Energy, Infrastructure and Services; and Innovative Finance and Capital Markets.

The core functions of the Division are as follows:
(a) Assisting member States in designing and implementing policies and strategies to improve the business environment on agriculture and land-related policies;
(b) Assisting member States in designing and implementing policies and strategies that promote innovative financing for developing capital markets to support private sector development and attract investment;
(c) Contributing to the establishment and implementation of policies and programmes aimed at increasing private sector investment in infrastructure, energy and services, leading to improved infrastructure, job creation and economic growth;
(d) Improving the enabling environment for business, harmonizing regulation and advocating in favour of Africa’s private sector at the national, regional and global levels;
(e) Working with Governments to ensure that the basic infrastructure to boost the competitiveness of the private sector and the necessary energy, infrastructure and services are in place and are efficient, affordable and sufficiently well-structured to attract the private sector;
(f) Deepening the financing architecture and the development of capital markets to increase savings and investments pools and mobilize more investment capital;
(g) Producing evidence-based policy research to support the efforts of member States to further the development of small and medium-sized enterprises;
(h) Promoting agricultural transformation through the development of knowledge products on smart and sustainable agriculture and regional agricultural value chains;
(i) Creating regulatory frameworks for standardized infrastructure markets in the areas of energy, transport, and information and communications technology;
(j) Developing regional platforms for financing Africa’s development through innovative tools.


This post is located in the Innovative Finance & Capital Market Section, Private Sector Development and Finance Division (PSDFD) of the Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Incumbent works under the direct supervision of the Director of Private Sector Development and Finance Division (PSDFD) and overall supervision of the Deputy Executive Secretary – Programme.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Chief of Innovative Finance & Capital Markets Section will be responsible for the following duties:

• Provides advice/guidance on the development of capital markets in the region including the development of commodity and stock exchanges;
• Leads/provides guidance on the development, implementation and enforcement of legal and regulatory framework for capital markets development at a regional and member state level. Advice should build on international regulations. Given the move towards more integrated markets, a significant share of the work will be to promote supervisory and regulatory convergence and supervise specific systemic financial entities;
• Advises on development and management of sovereign bond issuances and work towards the development of more corporate bond issuances. Work to establish local rating agencies on the continent and ensure corporate compliance to legal regulations. Deepen involvement of securities, pensions and insurance sector contribution to market development;
• Works to develop innovative asset classes to help finance human, and physical infrastructure;
• On the banking sector, provide guidance on conducting supervision, advice on Basel convergence and on regulation to accelerate financial inclusion especially for disadvantaged groups of society using new technologies. Draft and review compliance with standards for regional and continental regulations;
• Develops/maintains close working relationship with continental and international supervisory bodies to ensure international legislation is consistent with continental aspirations;
• Works closely with ECA's African Centre for Statistics to develop a database of on-time financial information to ensure accurate data availability for policy and decision making especially regarding systemic markets and agencies;
• Provides policy guidance to the Director, on conceptual strategy development and management of the implementation of overall strategies and intra and interdivisional/departmental policies and procedures;
• Plans and oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Section; ensures that substantive work programmes and programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion, coordinating diverse projects in the Section, and, in liaison with other organizations of the United Nations System, donors and agencies as appropriate;
• Manages, supervises and carries out the work programme of the Section under his/her responsibility. Co-ordinates the work carried out by the Section; provides programmatic and substantive reviews of drafts prepared by others;
• Provides substantive input in the preparation of position papers and reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such as the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budget Questions, Committee for Programme Coordination, Economic and Social Council, the General Assembly and other policy-making organs, as appropriate;
• Contributes to the reporting to intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/ substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in biannual and/or annual reports;
• Ensures that the outputs produced by the Section maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the Section under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates;
• Prepares inputs for the work programme of the Division, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery;
• Carries out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Unit/Section, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates;
• Recruits staff for the Section taking due account geographical and gender balance and other institutional values;
• Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision;
• Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Section and across organizational boundaries;
• Represents the Organization at inter-agency meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive-related issues;
• Participates in international, regional or national meetings and provides programmatic/substantive expertise on an issue, or holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions;

Technical Cooperation
• Develops and maintains relations with senior officials of member governments and ensures a response to requests for advice and/or assistance on social issues and policies;
• Negotiates with donor and recipient governments on technical assistance programmes and projects;
• Organises and coordinates cooperation among Member States on social programmes or issues;
• Designs, monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects;
• Leads or participates in technical cooperation missions.

Programme Support
• Contributes to the personnel and financial management of the work unit, to include the development and implementation of work plans and budgets;
• Carries out and supervises key programme activities, including key missions and other initiatives; leads and directs a team of staff; may oversee activities for a discrete work section or equivalent; plans and allocates work assignments; coaches, mentors and evaluates staff; participates in recruitment, selection and training of new staff and in the development of training programs;
• Performs other duties as required.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
Senior managers and staff within the Division, Department, Office, Commission and/or Mission; Staff within the UN Secretariat, Missions Heads and other UN offices, funds, programmes and specialized agencies; Representatives of Governments and representatives of non-governmental organizations. Chairs and members of intergovernmental bodies.

Results expected: Produces high-quality outputs on key issues. Effectively assists, guides and supports programme managers in meeting their objectives and outputs. Provides substantive support in the servicing of various committees and intergovernmental bodies. Effectively develops staff under his/her supervision, including their on-going learning and development.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised, particularly markets and finance instruments, bond markets and strategies, innovative finance products and structures, banks and other financial institutions. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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.

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.

Managerial Competencies:
Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in business or public administration, economics, finance, accounting, law or related area. 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 ten years of progressively responsible experience in financial sector, banking and/or capital market or related field is required.
Previous experience working in capital markets is desirable.
Previous related experience in the African context is desirable.

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. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include assessment exercise which may be followed by 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.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.

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 31 July 2020, are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Grenada, Guinea-Bissau, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Solomon Islands, South Sudan, Suriname, Timor-Leste, 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, 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.

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.

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