Economic Commission for Africa Deputy Executive Secretary, Programme Jobs in Ethiopia

Economic Commission for Africa Deputy Executive Secretary, Programme Jobs in Ethiopia

Org. Setting and Reporting

  • ECA’s mission is to deliver ideas and actions for an empowered and transformed Africa; informed by the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063.


    Under the general supervision of the Executive Secretary, the Deputy Executive Secretary, Programme is responsible for the following duties:

    • Assists the Executive Secretary in the planning, coordination, direction and management of the programme of work of ECA to promote economic and technical cooperation for economic and social development of Member States development;

    • Contributes to the formulation of the ECA's overall strategies and policies by participating in various committees, preparing documents on policy issues, and acting, as required, in an advisory capacity to the Executive Secretary; contribute to the overall management of the ECA's activities and operations;

    • Provides leadership to the development of innovative and/or change management programmes;

    • Oversees ECA's operational activities, coordinates the divisions' work and the work of the Sub Regional Offices (SRO) and the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP) and promote inter-divisional activities of a cross-sectional nature in the Commission secretariat;

    • Maintains liaison with member and observer member Governments of the Commission, UN organs and specialized agencies and other organizations through the Commission sessions, other intergovernmental conferences and meetings, missions and other forms of communications;

    • Formulates and implements the substantive work programme of the Office/Division under his/her supervision, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery;

    • Oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Office/Division, ensuring that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinates work in the different areas both within the Office/Division and ECA, and with other organizations of the United Nations System, donors and agencies as appropriate;

    • Reports to intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in biannual and/or annual reports;

    • Ensures follow-up of the implementation of resolutions and decisions of the Commission, the Economic and Social Council and other intergovernmental organizations;

    • Acts as Chairperson of the various standing and ad hoc inter-divisional committees established by the Executive Secretary;

    • Maintains liaison with member and observer member Governments of the Commission, UN organs and specialized agencies and other organizations through the work of the sub-Regional Offices and IDEP, the Commission sessions, other intergovernmental conferences and meetings, missions and other forms of communications;

    • Advises the Executive Secretary on matters concerning the operations of the organization and its work in the region, with emphasis on the technical and political implications or consequences of planned action or activities;

    • Ensures that the outputs produced by the Office/Division maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the office/division under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates;

    • Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Office/Division, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, evaluation of staff performance, interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates;

    • Oversees the recruitment of staff for Office/Division taking due account geographical and gender balance and other institutional values;

    • Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision; foster teamwork and communication among staff in the office/division and across organizational boundaries;

    • Chairs meetings, seminars, etc., on substantive-related issues; represents the Organization at international, regional, inter-agency meetings, seminars and conference; provides programmatic/substantive expertise on an issue, or holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions;

    • Performs other related duties as requested by the senior management of the Organization;

    • Manages the Commission secretariat in the absence of the Executive Secretary.


    Professionalism: Expert knowledge in the African socio-economic development issues; ability to plan, coordinate and implement the managerial, financial and administrative
    work of the organization; ability to guide the work of others; and proven ability to plan and organize the work and teams. Strong track record of writing reports and policy documents. Shows ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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.

    Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

    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.

    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.

    Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


  • Advanced university degree (Master's or Doctorate) in economics, social sciences, public administration, law, political science, international relations or related area is required. A PhD in economics or other related areas is an advantage. A first-level university degree (Bachelor's or equivalent) in the specified fields with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    Work Experience

  • Over fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in management and analysis of socio-economic development issues, management of development programmes, or related areas, is required.

  • Experience in senior policy-making and leadership positions at the international level is required.

  • Experience working with other development partners on analytical work is required.

  • Experience in management of development programmes in the context of Africa is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Economic Commission for Africa Deputy Executive Secretary, Programme Jobs in Ethiopia

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