Job Opening

Posting Title: SRO-SA International Junior Consultant Socio-economic Affairs to support Social Development related work of SRIS
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Africa
Duty Station: LUSAKA
Posting Period: 22 July 2022 - 07 August 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Economic Commission for Africa-186685-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
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Result of Service

The provision of evidence-based technical research and analysis support to the ECA Subregional Office for Southern Africa in pursuit of the Socioeconomic Development Agenda of Southern Africa.

Work Location


Expected duration

Successful Consultant will be recruited for a period of Six (6) months from the date of Contract of Service; and will be paid after submission of a monthly activity report and deliverables agreed on the Consultant work plan.

Duties and Responsibilities

Project Background and rationale

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's (ECA) 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, think tank, convening and operational.

ECA has five sub-regional offices located in North Africa, West Africa, Central Africa, Eastern Africa and Southern Africa. These offices are operational arms of ECA at the country and sub-regional levels and are tasked to (a) Serve as instruments for ensuring harmony between sub-regional and regional programme orientations and those defined by the strategic directions of the Commission; (b) Provide advisory services to member States, RECs and sub-regional development operators, with back-stopping from headquarters and other centres of excellence in the sub-regions; (c) Act as mechanisms to link ECA, member States, RECs, ECA-sponsored institutions and other centres of excellence in the sub-region and project ECA's policies and image, as well as sensitize governments on the work of the Commission; (d) Facilitate sub-regional economic cooperation, integration and development; (e) Promote gender issues; (f) Act as Centres for policy dialogue; and (g) Serve as Centres for collection and dissemination of information.

The Sub-Regional Office (SRO) for Southern Africa (SRO-SA) serves the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It has been designated as ECA’s centre of excellence for strengthening sub-regional and national programmes and capacities to achieve inclusive industrialization for reducing poverty and inequality in Southern Africa. It has two substantive sections, namely (i) Inclusive Industrialization Section, and (ii) Sub-regional Initiatives Section. Among other functions, the latter section is tasked with monitoring new and emerging socioeconomic development issues in Southern Africa and provide policy advise informed by evidence-based analytical work; supporting member States in their efforts to eradicate poverty and eliminate inequality through effective development planning, social inclusion and governance as well as better mobilization and allocation of domestic and international resources for development.

Duties and responsibilities of the Junior Consultant Social Affairs

This Consultancy is located in the Sub-Regional Initiatives Section of the ECA Sub Regional Office (SRO), Southern Africa, in Lusaka, Zambia. In the performance of his/her day-to-day activities, the Junior Consultant, Socioeconomic Analyst shall work under the direct supervision, and report to the Chief of the Sub-Regional Initiatives Section (SRIS). He/she will carry out the assigned tasks under the overall supervision of the Director, SRO-SA of ECA.

Social affairs, social policy and development covers a wide range of cross-cutting issues covered in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063 of the African Union. This includes social and demographic topics, matters related to poverty, employment, inequality, gender equality and women’s empowerment, social integration and social inclusion, persons with disabilities, ageing, youth, family, demographic patterns, population dynamics, and migration, as well as other social affairs related areas.
Accordingly, the Junior Consultant, Socioeconomic Analyst will be responsible for the following functions, among others:
• Monitors socioeconomic developments in a defined area and identifies recurrent and emerging issues of concern to the ECA, SRO-SA and SRIS.
• Participates in the analysis of socioeconomic development issues related to poverty and closing of inequality and gender gaps in Southern Africa in particular, and Africa in general; develops socioeconomic database that can be used to monitor socioeconomic developments and to be updated regularly; undertakes empirical research and analysis of trends and developments and related policy issues relevant to ECA, SRO-SA mandate, projects and initiatives; recommends proposals for inclusion in reports to regional economic communities (RECs), Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) and member states, among others.
• Develops draft policy papers and recommendations pertaining to employment creation, gender equality and women’s empowerment, social integration and social inclusion, persons with disabilities, youth, population dynamics, and migration, as well as other social groups and related issues.
• Provides substantive support to SRO-SA and SRIS on matters related to socioeconomic development issues: preparing inputs to reports for intergovernmental events; following intergovernmental meetings and preparing analytical and summary reports.
• Formulates proposals for development strategies, policies and measures for presentation to member States, regional economic communities (RECs), other intergovernmental bodies and other stakeholders.
• Attends international, regional, and national meetings to hold discussions with representatives of member States, RECs and other institutions.
• Organizes expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on socioeconomic development issues.
• Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.
• Conducts training seminars and workshops for government officials and others.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in sociology, development economics, public policy, international development studies, other social science or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: A minimum of five years of experience in research/analytical work in sociological research, socioeconomic development, policy analysis, studies on poverty and inequality, development policy analysis, regional integration, governance, and related areas in the context of Southern Africa, either in the academia, international, private, public or civil society organizations is required. Previous working experience in Southern Africa and knowledge of the AU and UN system is an added advantage.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this consultancy assignment, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of the other is an advantage. Knowledge of another UN Language is an advantage.

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