Director, Macroeconomics and Governance Division temporary, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

UNECA - Economic Commission for Africa

Contract
Addis Ababa
Posted 4 weeks ago

Job Features

Job CategoryProject Management(NGO/International Org)

Posting Title: Director Macroeconomics and Governance Division D1 (Temporary Job Opening)

Job Code Title: PRINCIPAL ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER

Department/Office: Economic Commission for Africa

Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA

Posting Period: 06 July 2020 – 19 July 2020

Job Opening Number: 20-Economic Affairs-ECA-138039-J-Addis Ababa (G)

United Nations Core Values: Integrity Professionalism Respect for Diversity

Organisational Setting and Reporting

ECA’s mission objective and strategic directions.

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.

This position is located in the Macroeconomics and Governance Division (MGD) at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The incumbent works under the direct supervision of the Deputy Executive Secretary (Programme) and the overall supervision of the Executive Secretary.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority the Director of Macroeconomics and Governance Division (MGD) will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Formulates and implements the substantive work programme of the Division under his/her supervision. Oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Division ensures that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinates work in the different areas both within the Division and Commissions and with other organisations of the United Nations System as appropriate.
  • Implements a divisional work programme that covers: analysis of macroeconomic trends and policy changes including forecasting of key economic and social indicators; issues of economic governance public finance public sector management domestic resource mobilization and development planning.
  • Represents ECA and collaborates with a variety of bodies such as UN organisations the African Union the African Development Bank sub-regional bodies multilateral development institutions partner organisations including those from governments outside Africa the private sector foundations NGOs and civil society.
  • Leads or participates in the identification of new or emerging development issues of potential concern to African countries particularly those of a regional or global nature and designs and develops programmes to address them.
  • Conceptualizes and undertakes rigorous studies and reports through the application of quantitative and qualitative methods including macro statistical analysis and modeling and collecting and analyzing country-level and regional-level data.
  • Co-ordinates and oversees the preparation of 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.
  • Reports 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 Division maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the Sections under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
  • Leads the preparation of the work programme of the Division determining priorities and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
  • Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Division including preparation of budgets reporting on budget/programme performance evaluation of staff performance (PAS) interviews of candidates for job openings evaluation of candidates and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting.
  • Recruits staff taking due account of geographical balance.
  • Manages guides develops and trains staff under his/her supervision.
  • Formulates and implements the substantive work programme of the Division under his/her supervision. Oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Division ensures that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinates work in the different areas both within the Division and Commissions and with other organisations of the United Nations System as appropriate.
  • Implements a divisional work programme that covers: analysis of macroeconomic trends and policy changes including forecasting of key economic and social indicators; issues of economic governance public finance public sector management domestic resource mobilization and development planning.
  • Represents ECA and collaborates with a variety of bodies such as UN organisations the African Union the African Development Bank sub-regional bodies multilateral development institutions partner organisations including those from governments outside Africa the private sector foundations NGOs and civil society.
  • Leads or participates in the identification of new or emerging development issues of potential concern to African countries particularly those of a regional or global nature and designs and develops programmes to address them.
  • Conceptualizes and undertakes rigorous studies and reports through the application of quantitative and qualitative methods including macro statistical analysis and modeling and collecting and analyzing country-level and regional-level data.
  • Co-ordinates and oversees the preparation of 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.
  • Reports 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 Division maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the Sections under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
  • Leads the preparation of the work programme of the Division determining priorities and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
  • Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Division including preparation of budgets reporting on budget/programme performance evaluation of staff performance (PAS) interviews of candidates for job openings evaluation of candidates and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting.
  • Recruits staff taking due account of geographical balance.
  • Manages guides develops and trains staff under his/her supervision.
  • Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Division and across organizational boundaries.
  • Leads and supervises the organization of meetings seminars etc. on substantive issues. Manages the substantive preparation and organization of such meetings or seminars.
  • 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.
  • Represents the Division at international regional or national meetings; provides technical assistance to member states.
  • Performs other duties as required.
  • Professionalism: Expert knowledge and understanding of macroeconomic theories and tools of analysis application of econometric and forecasting methods economic governance and public finance. Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Is able to provide expert advice on substantive issues and to defend and explain difficult issues with respect to key decisions and positions to staff senior officials and members of the intergovernmental bodies; 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.
  • 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.
  • This position is temporarily available until March 2021. 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.
  • 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.

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