Chief of Section, Development Planning Section, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

UNECA - Economic Commission for Africa

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Addis Ababa
Posted 2 weeks ago

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Job CategoryProject Management(NGO/International Org)

Posting Title: Chief of Section Development Planning Section P5 (Temporary Job Opening)

Job Code Title: CHIEF OF SECTION ECONOMIC AFFAIRS

Department/Office: Economic Commission for Africa

Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA

Posting Period: 04 January 2021 – 17 January 2021

Job Opening Number: 21-Economic Affairs-ECA-147641-J-Addis Ababa (G)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity Professionalism Respect for Diversity

Organisational 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 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.

The Macroeconomic and Governance Division (MGD) is headed by a Director and reports to the Deputy Executive Secretary (Programme). The Division is responsible for supporting African member States in their efforts to accelerate economic transformation and inclusive growth through effective development planning improved macroeconomic management and economic governance as well as better mobilization and allocation of domestic and international public finance. It is divided into three main sections: Macroeconomic Analysis (MAS); Development Planning (DPS); and Economic Governance and Public Finance (EGPFS).

The core functions of the Division are as follows: assisting member States in forecasting and macroeconomic analysis and in the design implementation and monitoring of development plans and strategies to promote inclusive growth sustainable development and structural transformation; assisting member States in mobilizing development financing both domestic and international public resources and in adopting improved economic governance public sector management and service delivery strategies for sustainable development; contributing to the formulation implementation monitoring and evaluation of economic governance policies and programmes of member States; supporting accelerated economic transformation that is inclusive and gender-sensitive strengthening the capacity of member States in the areas of development planning macroeconomic analysis and economic governance and public finance; strengthening policy analysis and evidence-based policymaking; strengthening the follow-up and review of regional and global development frameworks; facilitating the design of an effective institutional architecture of member States; strengthening the forecasting of key development indicators; generating and disseminating cutting-edge knowledge products; promoting policies and programmes aimed at enhancing efficient and participatory public-sector management; providing direct technical support to the African Peer Review Mechanism process in order to foster African ownership and leadership of the African development agenda; overseeing the work of the Illicit Financial Flows team and all other internal and external governance related work conducted by the commission.

This position is located in the Macroeconomics and Governance Division (MGD) Development Planning Section (DPS) at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). The incumbent works under the direct supervision of the Director MGD and the general supervision of the Deputy Executive Secretary (Programme).

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority the Chief of DPS will be responsible for the following:

  • Provides policy guidance to the Director of the Division on conceptual strategy development and management of the implementation of overall strategies and intra and inter-divisional/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; negotiates with donor and recipient governments on technical assistance programmes and projects.
  • Develops and maintains relations with senior officials of member governments and ensures a response to requests for advice and/or assistance on economic issues and policies.
  • Leads the conceptualization and management of projects including the Development Account.
  • Leads or participates in the formulation organization and management of mandated programmes of economic analysis development planning and the formulation of possible sustainable development strategies policies and actions for adoption by the international community.
  • Leads or participates in the identification of new or emerging development issues of potential concern to the international community particularly those of a regional or global nature and designs and develops programmes to address them.
  • Provides direct substantive support on development issues to intergovernmental bodies (such as the General Assembly the African Union the Economic and Social Council the regional commissions and the subsidiary bodies of each) by offering strategic advice giving technical guidance and assisting in developing a consensus.
  • 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 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 (ePAS) interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates.
  • Recruits staff for 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 provides programmatic/substantive expertise on pertinent issues and holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.

Competencies

Professionalism: Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in development planning and in all dimensions of sustainable development. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics determine suitability validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Ability to develop economic policies and make recommendations on their implementation. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis policy formulation application of economic principles in development programmes or related area is required.

A proven track record of refereed international academic publications policy-oriented papers articles book or chapters on macroeconomics economic development or economic governance is required.

Proven work experience in a Ministry of Planning Finance or a sectoral line Ministry is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised fluency in either language is required and knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

  • This position is temporarily available. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
  • While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
  • Subject to the funding source of the position the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
  • This temporary job opening may be limited to internal candidates who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
  • Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
  • Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as retirement. Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
  • 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.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform inspira. For more detailed guidance applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant which can be accessed by clicking on Manuals hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations resolutions of the General Assembly the Staff Regulations and Rules administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment addition deletion revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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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  • Provides policy guidance to the Director of the Division on conceptual strategy development and management of the implementation of overall strategies and intra and inter-divisional/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; negotiates with donor and recipient governments on technical assistance programmes and projects.
  • Develops and maintains relations with senior officials of member governments and ensures a response to requests for advice and/or assistance on economic issues and policies.
  • Leads the conceptualization and management of projects including the Development Account.
  • Leads or participates in the formulation organization and management of mandated programmes of economic analysis development planning and the formulation of possible sustainable development strategies policies and actions for adoption by the international community.
  • Leads or participates in the identification of new or emerging development issues of potential concern to the international community particularly those of a regional or global nature and designs and develops programmes to address them.
  • Provides direct substantive support on development issues to intergovernmental bodies (such as the General Assembly the African Union the Economic and Social Council the regional commissions and the subsidiary bodies of each) by offering strategic advice giving technical guidance and assisting in developing a consensus.
  • 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 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 (ePAS) interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates.
  • Recruits staff for 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 provides programmatic/substantive expertise on pertinent issues and holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.
  • This position is temporarily available. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
  • While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
  • Subject to the funding source of the position the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
  • This temporary job opening may be limited to internal candidates who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.
  • Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
  • Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as retirement. Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
  • 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.

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