Job Opening

Department/Office: Economic Commission for Africa
Duty Station: NIAMEY
Posting Period: 27 March 2018 - 10 May 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Economic Affairs-ECA-92725-R-Niamey (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the Sub-regional Office for West Africa (SRO-WA) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). The incumbent works under the guidance of the Director of the Office and the direct supervision of the Chief of the Sub Regional Data Center.


The incumbent will be responsible for the following:

Economic and social analysis
•Collect information to prepare country and sub-regional profiles that include risk analysis for African member States under the purview of the SRO-WA;
•Contribute to the development and maintenance of sub-regional repositories of statistical information that feed into the ECA common databank and support all analytical and research needs of the Commission;
•Determine the data needs and requirements for the work of the SRO-WA:
•Organize, design, plan and carry out the collection, evaluation, analysis, compilation and dissemination of statistical data by selecting methods of data collection, selecting and implementing methods for checking the collected data;
•Work with socio-economic databases and qualitative information necessary for regular and ad hoc analysis of national, sub-regional, and regional societal and developmental trends and challenges;
•Draft inputs for policy papers, research and analytical studies on selected global, national, sub-regional, regional issues;

Intergovernmental support
•Assist in the organization of panels, round tables etc. on development issues for intergovernmental processes;
•Prepare inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies, such as AU, UEMOA and ECOWAS and prepare summary reports;
•Provide advisory services to the member States, the RECs and NGOs in West Africa in his/her area of responsibility;
•Conduct analytical work and assist member countries in assessing progress towards internationally agreed development goals;

Technical cooperation
•Contribute to the building of the capacity of and strengthening of the relationship between ECA and National Statistical Offices in the countries of the sub-region;
•Participate in missions on development issues, usually as a member of a team;
•Prepare documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects;
Contribute to the preparation of material for the approval of regional, country or sector technical cooperation projects;
•Monitor, backstop and assess the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects.

•Contribute to and promote the results of the ECA's policy-oriented research;
•Attend national, sub-regional, regional, and international meetings to coordinate and share information with colleagues in other institutions;
•Assist in the organization and servicing of intergovernmental meetings, expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on economic issues;
•Prepare speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff;
•Perform other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the SRO; and Act as backstopping officer for SRO-WA related work.



-Ability to apply economic theories and concepts to economic, inclusive and sustainable development issues related to developing countries. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. 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 and 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.

-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..


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, business administration, statistics, or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in development policy, economic research, policy analysis and formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area is required. Experience at the international level is desirable. Experience in analyzing trends and policy challenges emerging in developing countries and knowledge society is desirable. Experience in writing analytical policy papers is an asset.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written French is required; and working knowledge of English is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

• The United Nations is 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 November 2017, 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, Iraq, 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, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, 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 and Viet Nam.

• 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. All staff of the Ethics Office are required to submit a financial disclosure statement upon appointment and annually thereafter.

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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