Economic Affairs Officer, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

UNECA - Economic Commission for Africa

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Addis Ababa
Posted 1 week ago

Job Features

Job CategoryProject Management(NGO/International Org)

Posting Title: Economic Affairs Officer P3

Job Code Title: ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER

Department/Office: Economic Commission for Africa

Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA

Posting Period: 17 November 2020 – 31 December 2020

Job Opening Number: 20-Economic Affairs-ECA-144013-R-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 SDGs and Agenda 2063.

The mission is 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.

Private Sector Development and Finance Division

The Private Sector Development and Finance Division (PSDFD) is headed by a Director and reports to the Deputy Executive Secretary (Programme). The Division is responsible for supporting member States in their endeavour to achieve sustained economic growth and transformation through leveraging the role and resources of the private sector with an emphasis improving the business environment increasing private sector investment in agriculture infrastructure energy and services (technology) and promoting innovative financing models. It is divided into three sections: Agriculture and Business Enabling Environment; Energy Infrastructure and Services; and Innovative Finance and Capital Markets.

The mandate of the Private Sector Development and Finance Division (PSDFD) is: (a) To assist member States in designing and implementing policies and strategies to improve the business environment on agriculture and land-related policies; (b) To assist member States in designing and implementing policies and strategies that promote innovative financing for developing capital markets to support private sector development and attract investment; (c) To contribute to the establishment and implementation of policies and programmes aimed at increasing private sector investment in infrastructure energy and services leading to improved infrastructure job creation and economic growth; (d) To improve the enabling environment for business harmonizing regulation and advocating in favour of Africa’s private sector at the national regional and global levels; (e) To work with Governments to ensure that the basic infrastructure to boost the competitiveness of the private sector and the necessary energy infrastructure and services are in place and are efficient affordable and sufficiently well-structured to attract the private sector; (f) To deepen the financing architecture and the development of capital markets to increase savings and investments pools and mobilize more investment capital; (g) To produce evidence-based policy research to support the efforts of member States to further the development of small and medium-sized enterprises; (h) To promote agricultural transformation through the development of knowledge products on smart and sustainable agriculture and regional agricultural value chains; (i) To create regulatory frameworks for standardized infrastructure markets in the areas of energy transport and information and communications technology; (j) To develop regional platforms for financing Africa’s development through innovative tools.

The post is located in the Energy Infrastructure and Services Section (EISS) in the Private Sector Development and Finance Division (PSDFD) of the Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.

Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Chief of Energy Infrastructure and Services Section and within delegated authority the Economic Affairs Officer will perform the following duties: Economic or sector analysis

  • Develops databases and qualitative information necessary for specified recurrent or ad hoc assignments in the areas of transport (land railways inland waterways and maritime transport) and energy such as tracking progress in the achievement of relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on selected global regional and national aspects of transport infrastructure and services and energy including financing infrastructure development particularly through the use of innovative mechanisms such as Public Private Partnerships (PPPs).
  • Drafts specific inputs to technical papers and analytical studies on African regional infrastructure and transport initiatives such as the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) and the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM).
  • Liaises with development finance institutions and investors to mobilise resources for investment in infrastructure (transport and energy) by governments and the private sector.
  • Identifies and analyses policy proposals made elsewhere relating to assigned topics.
  • Attends international regional and national meetings to collect information and to hold discussions with colleagues in other institutions.
  • Assists in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings seminars etc. on development issues.
  • Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.

Intergovernmental support

Technical cooperation

  • Participates in missions on development issues particularly transport infrastructure and services and energyusually as a member of a team.
  • Organizes training seminars for national experts.
  • Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects.
  • Contributes to the preparation of material for the approval of regional country or sector technical cooperation projects.
  • Monitors backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects.

General

  • Performs other related duties as required including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s services.
  • Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities both internally and externally.

Competencies

  • Professionalism: Ability to apply economic and other relevant theories and concepts in infrastructure (transport and energy) and sustainable development. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics determine suitability validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Shows skill in developing sources for data collection. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • 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 & 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in engineering economics or related field is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in the specified fields with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

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

Knowledge and previous experience in Africa’s regional infrastructure initiatives particularly in the areas of transport or energy is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat English or French is required. Knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another official UN language is an advantage.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

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.

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.

  • For this position applicants from the following Member States which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 July 2020 are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan Andorra Angola Antigua and Barbuda Bahrain Belize Brazil Brunei Darussalam Cabo Verde Cambodia China Comoros Cuba Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Dominica Equatorial Guinea Gabon Grenada Guinea-Bissau Japan Kiribati Kuwait Lao People’s Democratic Republic Lesotho Liberia Libya Liechtenstein Luxembourg Marshall Islands Federated States of Micronesia Monaco Mozambique Namibia Nauru Norway Oman Palau Papua New Guinea Qatar Republic of Korea Russian Federation Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Solomon Islands South Sudan Suriname Timor-Leste Tuvalu United Arab Emirates United States of America Vanuatu Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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.

No Fee

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  • Develops databases and qualitative information necessary for specified recurrent or ad hoc assignments in the areas of transport (land railways inland waterways and maritime transport) and energy such as tracking progress in the achievement of relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on selected global regional and national aspects of transport infrastructure and services and energy including financing infrastructure development particularly through the use of innovative mechanisms such as Public Private Partnerships (PPPs).
  • Drafts specific inputs to technical papers and analytical studies on African regional infrastructure and transport initiatives such as the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) and the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM).
  • Liaises with development finance institutions and investors to mobilise resources for investment in infrastructure (transport and energy) by governments and the private sector.
  • Identifies and analyses policy proposals made elsewhere relating to assigned topics.
  • Attends international regional and national meetings to collect information and to hold discussions with colleagues in other institutions.
  • Assists in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings seminars etc. on development issues.
  • Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.
  • Participates in missions on development issues particularly transport infrastructure and services and energyusually as a member of a team.
  • Organizes training seminars for national experts.
  • Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects.
  • Contributes to the preparation of material for the approval of regional country or sector technical cooperation projects.
  • Monitors backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects.
  • Performs other related duties as required including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s services.
  • Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities both internally and externally.
  • Professionalism: Ability to apply economic and other relevant theories and concepts in infrastructure (transport and energy) and sustainable development. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics determine suitability validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Shows skill in developing sources for data collection. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • 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 & 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.
  • For this position applicants from the following Member States which are unrepresented or underrepresented in the UN Secretariat as of 31 July 2020 are strongly encouraged to apply: Afghanistan Andorra Angola Antigua and Barbuda Bahrain Belize Brazil Brunei Darussalam Cabo Verde Cambodia China Comoros Cuba Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Dominica Equatorial Guinea Gabon Grenada Guinea-Bissau Japan Kiribati Kuwait Lao People’s Democratic Republic Lesotho Liberia Libya Liechtenstein Luxembourg Marshall Islands Federated States of Micronesia Monaco Mozambique Namibia Nauru Norway Oman Palau Papua New Guinea Qatar Republic of Korea Russian Federation Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Solomon Islands South Sudan Suriname Timor-Leste Tuvalu United Arab Emirates United States of America Vanuatu Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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