Economic Commission for Africa Director, Private Sector Development & Finance Division Jobs in Addis Ababa Ethiopia

Economic Commission for Africa Director, Private Sector Development & Finance Division Jobs in Addis Ababa Ethiopia


Org. Setting and Reporting

Established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) in 1958 as one of the UN's five regional commissions, ECA's mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development.

Made up of 54 member States, and playing a dual role as a regional arm of the UN and as a key component of the African institutional landscape, ECA is well positioned to make unique contributions to address the Continent's development challenges.

The strategic objective of ECA is framed around delivering ideas and actions for an empowered, inclusive and transformed Africa in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063 of the African Union through its three core functions, namely, its function as a think tank, its convening function and its operational function.

Responsibilities

Within the delegated authority, the Director of Private Section Development & Finance Division (PSDFD) will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Formulate and implement the substantive work programme of the Division under his/her supervision. Oversee the management of activities undertaken by the Division, ensure that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinate work in the different areas both within the Division and the Commission, and with other organizations of the United Nations System, as appropriate.
  • Develop and implement programmes to support countries improve their business enabling environment and build competitive economies.
  • Develop and support programs in the division to facilitate infrastructure investments in member states and across the region that respond to the objectives of agenda 2030 and 2063, with an emphasis on energy, infrastructure and services.
  • Lead, supervise and carry out the work programme of the Division under his/her responsibility. Co-ordinate the work carried out by different work units under the Division and by other agencies and bodies of the United Nations system; provides programmatic/substantive reviews of the drafts prepared by others.
  • Co-ordinate and oversee the preparation of reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such as the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budget Questions, Committee for Programme Coordination, Economic and Social Council, the General Assembly and other policy-making organs, as appropriate.
  • Report to intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/ substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in biannual and/or annual reports.
  • Ensure that the outputs produced by the Division maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensure that all outputs produced by the Sections under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
  • Lead preparation of the work programme of the Division, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
  • Recruit staff, taking due account of geographical balance.
  • Manage, guide, develop and train staff under his/her supervision.
  • Foster teamwork and communication among staff in the Branch/Service/Division and across organizational boundaries.
  • Lead and supervise the organization of meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive issues. Manage the substantive preparation and organization of such meetings or seminars.

    Results expected:

  • Produces high-quality outputs on key issues.
  • Effectively and efficiently manages available human and financial resources to ensure the timely delivery of programmed outputs. Provides solid substantive support in the servicing of various committees and intergovernmental bodies; reports for these bodies are clear and focused on the issue at hand and the meetings or seminars are well-organized meetings or seminars and address the topics covered in a comprehensive manner.

    Competencies

  • Professionalism: Has expert knowledge of the substantive field of private sector development, finance and capital markets in general and in the specific areas being supervised; has proven ability to produce reports and documents on such issues and to review and edit the work of others; is able to manage the work of a team
    requiring an in-depth understanding of its strategic direction and is able to integrate the work of the Division into the work programme of UNECA; Is able to provide expert advice on substantive issues and to defend and explain difficult issues with respect to key decisions and positions to staff, senior officials and members of the intergovernmental bodies; 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 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 honors 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.
  • Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors 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 economics, finance, business/public administration, social sciences or related fields is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in the specified fields with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. PhD in finance, business/public administration, social sciences is an advantage.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in the private sector or in energy, infrastructure or banking/ capital, markets or financial institutions/ financial regulatory bodies is required. Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first-level university degree recognized by the United Nations.

    Languages

  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English or French is required and knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.

    How to Apply

  • Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
  • The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.
  • Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) apply by 3rd February, 2019

  • For more information and job application details, see; Economic Commission for Africa Director, Private Sector Development & Finance Division Jobs in Addis Ababa Ethiopia


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