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Economic Affairs Officer, P3

UNECA - United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Forecasting Section of the Macroeconomic Policy Division (MPD) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision and guidance of the Director of the Division, and the direct supervision of the Chief of the Forecasting Section, the incumbent is responsible for the following duties:

Economic or sector analysis

  • Develops socio-economic databases and qualitative information necessary for specified recurrent or ad hoc assignments;
  • Interprets, applies and, as necessary, adapts econometric models to determine trends, patterns and relationships and to analyse the effects of alternative policies and assumptions;
  • Drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on selected global, regional, national or sector aspects of economic development through the application of quantitative and qualitative methods including macroeconomic modelling and forecasting;
  • 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

  • Prepares inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies;
  • Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports;
  • Prepares inputs to statements by members of the Bureau and Secretariat staff to such meetings;
  • Assists in the organization of panels, round tables etc. on development issues for intergovernmental processes.

Technical cooperation

  • Participates in missions on development issues, usually 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.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following

  • Colleagues and senior staff within immediate work unit and peers in the broader organizational unit;
  • Middle level officials of UN agencies, regional and global development banks and other international organizations;
  • Government officials, academics and other members of civil society.

Results Expected

  • Accurately analyses current and emerging economic development issues obtained by applying sound principles and concepts, by using valid data and, as necessary, by applying appropriate economic models; prepares reports and policy proposals that are useful to governments and other clients; engages in technical cooperation activities that contribute to economic development in recipient countries.

Competencies

  • Professionalism: Proven knowledge and application of forecasting methods and macroeconomic theories and tools of analysis, including a good command of quantitative techniques for economic analysis. Ability to conduct independent research in these areas and other related economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Ability to identify and develop 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, observes deadlines and achieves results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows perseverance 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 & 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;
  • 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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, public policy, political science or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressive experience, in economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area. Experience in forecasting and macroeconomic analysis, including a track record of publications in the area, is desirable. Proven knowledge and skills in quantitative economic modelling, including use of econometric packages such as STATA, SAS and EVIEWS is also desirable. Experience in the context of Africa is an advantage. Proven track record of refereed international academic publications, policy-oriented papers, articles, book or chapters on economic development and economic governance is highly desirable.

Languages

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.

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