SENIOR ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER, P5
ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR AFRICA
28 December 2010-26 February 2011
Job Opening number
10-ECO-ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR AFRICA-17240-R-KIGALI
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Org. Setting and Reporting
This post is located in the Sub-regional Office for Eastern Africa (SRO-EA) of the Economic Commission for Africa in Kigali, Rwanda. Under the general supervision of the Director of the SRO-EA, the Senior Economic Affairs Officer will be responsible for coordinating the Macroeconomic and Social Policy Analysis Cluster.
The Senior Economic Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following tasks: Plan and oversee the management of the cluster ; Articulate the areas for research, policy analysis, capacity building and advisory services of the cluster ; design its work programme and provide leadership and ensure its timely and effective implementation in accordance with the priorities and programmes of the member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), and relevant mandates of the United Nations; Track progress made in macroeconomic and social development in Eastern Africa and supervise the preparation of relevant studies and reports on the matter and provide intellectual leadership for their delivery and dissemination; Foster regional cooperation and integration as well as the alignment and harmonization of policies, laws, regulations, codes, standards and practices to promote integrated development of the sub-region ; Identify emerging macroeconomic and social issues of interest to Eastern Africa and articulate policies, strategies and approaches to address them; Assist the member States and RECs to build consensus and articulate common macroeconomic and social positions and strategies ; Generate and disseminate knowledge and facilitate the building of communities of practice and peer-learning groups on economic forecasting and modelling as well as long-term strategy setting and planning ; Deliver relevant capacity-building programmes for planners, policy makers and other stakeholders ; Provide substantive servicing of inter-agency meetings and functional support to the work of the United Nations country teams and other United Nations inter-agency activities in support to RECs and to the African Union and its NEPAD programme ; Service intergovernmental and expert bodies; Lead the organization of meetings, seminars and other fora in particular the meetins of the SRO-EA Intergovernmental Committee of Experts (ICE) ; Liaise and collaborate with other ECA Divisions and sub-regional offices, and external partners in the development and implementation of the work programme of the office ; Lead missions as a senior expert and/or represent SRO-EA at high-level international events on macroeconomic and social development issues and contribute substantively to discussions and their outcome; Prepare speeches for senior staff and make presentations on economic issues for specialist or non-specialist audiences; Contribute to the building of a high performance team in SRO-EA; Develop and maintain relations with senior officials of member States and partner institutions and ensure a response to requests for advice and/or assistance; When required, and in the absence of the Director, administer the work of the SRO-EA, as Officer-in-Charge; and Undertake other work as deemed necessary for the effective delivery of the programme by the Organization.
Professionalism: Proven ability to apply economic theories and concepts to economic and sustainable development and identify emerging issues of interest to the sub-region as they relate to policy formulation, design of development strategies, capacity building, knowledge generation, awareness raising, and consensus building; Strong analytical skills and ability to draw policy implications, propose options and make recommendations on socio-economic issues ; Demonstrated capacity to produce own reports and papers on socio-economic issues as well as to lead the development of normative work and edit the work of others ; Capacity to design adequate responses and advise different constituencies on macroeconomic and social isssues ; Ability to advocate for policy and programme initiatives; Excellent project management skills.
Knowledge of statistical and econometric packages (e.g. Stata, SAS, SPS, E-Views) is required. Capacity to undertake economic forecasting and modeling as evidenced by the level of familiarity and command of dedicated tools (e.g. GTAP, GAMS and RATS) is required. Good evidence of publications on macroeconomic and social development issues is required.
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 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.
Client orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
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.
Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity
Advanced university degree in economics with specialization in macroeconomic or international economics. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. PhD is highly desirable.
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 areas at sub-regional, regional and international levels. Experience in working with the UN, RECs and intergovernmental organizations is desirable.
Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
United Nations Considerations
The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
Short-listed candidates will be required to write an essay (case study) on a development topic of interest to Eastern Africa. They will also be subjected to competency based interviews.
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.
Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.
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