This post is located in the Sub-regional Office for West Africa (SRO-WA) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). The incumbent works under the guidance of the Director of the Office and the direct supervision of the Chief of the Sub Regional Data Center.
The incumbent will be responsible for the following:
Ability to apply economic theories and concepts to economic, inclusive and sustainable development issues related to developing countries. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. 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.
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.
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..
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, business administration, statistics, or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in development policy, economic research, policy analysis and formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area is required. Experience at the international level is desirable. Experience in analyzing trends and policy challenges emerging in developing countries and knowledge society is desirable. Experience in writing analytical policy papers is an asset.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written French is required; and working knowledge of English is an advantage.