Economic Affairs Officer, P4

Economic Affairs Officer, P4

UNECA - United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the Natural Resources Management Section, CEND of the Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Natural Resources Management Section, the incumbent is responsible for the following duties:

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the duties of an Economic Affairs Officer are likely to fall mainly into one of the three functional areas identified below.

Economic or sector analysis:

  • Monitors economic developments and policy trends in natural resources dependent countries and identifies recurrent and emerging issues of economic, social and environmental sustainability as per the SDGs;
  • Designs and conducts studies on the impacts of technological advancements, innovation, environmental and social exclusion on sustainable mineral and natural gas resources for economic development and draft resulting reports;
  • Interprets and applies results of econometric modelling and analysis of mineral and gas value chains and their development prospects and recommended policies;
  • Develops draft policy recommendations pertaining to minerals and natural gas policies, fiscal regimes and governance and participatory processes their development;
  • Formulates proposals for natural resources development strategies, policies and measures for presentation to intergovernmental bodies and others;
  • Attends international, regional, and national meetings to hold discussions with representatives of other institutions;
  • Organizes expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on mineral and natural gas development policy issues;
  • Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.

Intergovernmental support:

  • Provides substantive support on economic issues to intergovernmental bodies (such as the General Assembly, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Economic and Social Council, the Trade and Development Board, the regional commissions and the subsidiary bodies of each);
  • Represents organizational unit at international, regional and national meetings.

Technical cooperation:

  • Designs and monitors technical cooperation projects;
  • Undertakes missions to member states, either alone or as a participant in a diverse team, as part of the Organization’s technical cooperation activities;
  • Prepares global, regional, national or sector analyses that provide a basis for advising national governments on economic development issues;
  • Conducts training seminars and workshops for government officials and others;
  • Formulates technical modalities for the evaluation of individual technical cooperation projects.

General:

  • Supports junior staff, reviewing their work and providing feedback;
  • Participates in intra- and inter-Departmental undertakings of broader concern to represent the views or interests of the organizational unit;
  • Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s service;
  • Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:

  • Staff within work unit/section; counterparts in other UN, regional and global development organizations;
  • Senior officials in government, academia and research institutions.

Results Expected:

Prepares in-depth qualitative and quantitative analyses of diverse aspects of the development challenges faced by developing countries and economies in transition; formulates sound policy proposals; recommends project activities; develops well-designed programmes of analysis of development issues; provides guidance and leadership to less senior staff.

Competencies

  • Professionalism: Ability to apply a value chain analysis and sustainability concepts across mineral and natural gas resources management and sustainable development. Ability to conduct independent research on innovation, technology, industrialization and sustainable natural resources management 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; 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.
  • 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.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate) in development economics, public policy, natural resources management environmental and resources law and public administration or related field is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area.

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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