ECA’s mission is to deliver ideas and actions for an empowered and transformed Africa; informed by the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063.
The mission will be 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.
This position is located in the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Section (GEWES) of the Gender, Poverty and Social Development Policy Division (GPSPD) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The GPSPD is headed by a Director and reports to the Deputy Executive Secretary (Programme). The Division is responsible for contributing towards achieving inclusive and equitable sustainable human and social development in Africa and promoting and supporting member States in their work to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment. It is divided into three main sections: Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment; Social Policy; and Urbanization and Development. The Economic Affairs Officer reports to the Chief of GEWES.
The core functions of the Division are: addressing emerging issues that have impacts on African women and girls and promoting and supporting Member States in their work to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment; supporting member States and the organs of the African Union Commission in their work to design, implement and monitor policies, programmes and strategies to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls; Strengthening evidence-based research that highlights the effects of existing gender inequalities on economic growth and the efficacy of policies and legislation in reducing gender inequality and promoting the empowerment of women and girls; monitoring the implementation of global and regional commitments on gender equality by member States, including the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action; supporting the design and implementation of appropriate national and subregional policies, programmes and strategies to achieve inclusive and equitable human and social development; generating knowledge, tools and approaches as a think tank to enhance the capacity of member States to develop, implement and monitor policies to reduce poverty and inequality, promote social development and harness urbanization for inclusive and equitable growth; supporting the design of policies on employment with specific reference to young people and women, adequate social protection and investment; developing monitoring tools to support informed policy decisions by member States; undertaking policy research to support member States in designing, implementing and reviewing human and social policies and strategies; promoting regional cooperation and consensus-building with respect to accelerating the implementation of international and regional commitments; strengthening the capacity of member States to mainstream urbanization into their national development planning by developing evidence, knowledge and consensus on the role of urbanization as a driving force of inclusive growth, taking into account the new global urban agenda that emerged during the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in 2016.
Within delegated authority and under the overall direction of the Director of GPSPD and the direct supervision of the Chief of GEWES, the Economic Affairs Officer will carry out the following responsibilities: