Job Opening

Posting Title: INTERN - ECONOMIC AFFAIRS, I (Temporary Job Opening)
Job Code Title: INTERN - ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Africa
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 23 February 2021 - 30 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Economic Affairs-ECA-149311-J-Addis Ababa (A)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

ECA's mission is to deliver ideas and actions for an empowered and transformed Africa; informed by the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063. The mission will be 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 trans-boundary 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.

The internship is located in the African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC) of the Regional Integration and Trade Division (RITD) at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

The internship is for six (6) months.

The internship is UNPAID and full-time. It could be partly or fully home-based, depending on the evolution of the Covid-19 situation.
Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.

The main objective of ATPC is to strengthen the human and institutional capacities of African Governments to formulate and implement sound trade policies and participate more effectively in trade negotiations at the bilateral, regional and multilateral levels. This allows to promote trade among African countries in order to reduce poverty, generate economic growth and create jobs

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which was officially launched on 1 January 2021, is expected to significantly help boosting intra-African trade and use it more effectively as one of the continent's main channels for economic growth through the removal of tariff and non-tariff barriers on goods and services. The resulted integrated markets at continental level will create an environment conducive to efficiency gains from economies of scale and scope, increased competitiveness, better access to resources and their efficient use, including labour, capital and technologies.
The implementation of the AfCFTA will imply adjustments in countries to both overcome the potential challenges and seize the opportunities offered by integrated markets. Given the significant diversity in terms of their economic configurations, African countries will be affected in different ways by the AfCFTA.

African member States need further guidance to successfully pursue the next Phases of the AfCFTA negotiations as well as effectively implementing the Agreement. Trade policy impact analysis using Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) models can go a long way in providing valuable insights to member States in the AfCFTA process. The objective of this internship is therefore to provide support in the areas of data collection, analyses and intepretations of CGE modeling-related work in the context of ongoing AfCFTA negotiations and implementation.

Responsibilities

Under the general guidance of the Director of the Division, and the direct supervision of the Coordinator and assigned staff of ATPC, the incumbent will carry out the following functions:

• Collect and process data to bring out the stylized facts of African trade, with possible focus on selected countries, and/or feed into CGE models;
• Provide assistance to ATPC researchers for ex-ante empirical evaluations of the AfCFTA-related implications;
• Contribute to the development and possibly dissemination of knowledge products to inform trade negotiators and other stakeholders;
• Assist with any other ad-hoc requests within the context of the African trade and AfCFTA, as required.

The deliverables from this assignment may include:

•A short research paper explaining the structure of African trade, with possible focus on selected countries;
•At least one research paper analyzing AfCFTA-related impacts, based on CGE modeling

Competencies

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 the 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

Client Orientation:
-Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things
from clients' point of view
-Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and
respect
-Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions
-Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed
and anticipate problems
-Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects
-Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client

Education

To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:

• Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
(a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
(b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or
(c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation;
• Be computer literate in standard software applications;
• Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and
• Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

Work Experience

No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.
Experience in research in the African context, preferably on trade policy or trade facilitation is desirable. Understanding of Africa's regional integration agenda, especially the AfCFTA, is desirable.
Knowledge of computable general equilibrium models is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the Internship Programme advertised, Fluency in French is required. Knowledge of English is desirable.

Assessment

Potential candidates will be contacted by hiring manager directly for further consideration.

Special Notice

A completed online application (Cover Note and Personal History Profile) is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The Cover Note must include:
• Degree Programme (What are you currently studying?)
• Graduation Date (When will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?)
• List the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in.
• List your top three areas of interest.
• Explain why you are the best candidate for this specific internship.
• Explain your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme.

In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.

Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

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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No Fee

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