Economic Commission for Africa Economic Affairs Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

Economic Commission for Africa Economic Affairs Officer 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.

  • 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 solutions 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.

  • The Macroeconomic and Governance Division (MGD) is headed by a Director and reports to the Deputy Executive Secretary (Programme). The Division is responsible for supporting African member States in their efforts to accelerate economic transformation and inclusive growth through effective development planning, improved macroeconomic management and economic governance as well as better mobilization and allocation of domestic and international public finance. It is divided into three main sections: Macroeconomic Analysis; Development Planning; and Economic Governance and Public Finance.

  • This position is located in the Macroeconomic Analysis Section (MAS) of the Macroeconomics and Governance Division (MGD) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


  • Under the overall supervision and guidance of the Director of MGD and the direct supervision of the Chief of the Macroeconomic Analysis Section, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Monitors economic developments in Africa for the purpose of providing input into policy advice to members states in development planning and macroeconomics management as well as long-term structural transformation.

  • Designs and conducts studies of selected issues in economic development through the application of quantitative and qualitative methods, including econometric and statistical analysis; macroeconomic modelling and forecasting; and draft resulting reports.

  • Interprets and applies results of econometric modelling to analysis of economic prospects and policies.

  • Develops draft policy recommendations pertaining to area of work.

  • Formulates proposals for 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 development issues.

  • Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.

  • Represents organizational unit at international, regional and national meetings.

  • 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

  • Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit's service.


  • Professionalism: Proven knowledge and application of forecasting methods and macroeconomic theories and tools of analysis; strong command of quantitative techniques for economic analysis as demonstrated by a proven record of publications in internationally refereed journals and books; and ability to take into account insights from other disciplines of development studies; extensive knowledge and application of analysis of structural economic and social development problems in Africa; and demonstrated gender sensitivity and commitment to the goals of mainstreaming gender in economic research and achieving gender balance in staffing. Strong problem-solving skills.

  • Teamwork: 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.

  • 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.


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in economics or related fields is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies 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 is required.

  • Experience in macroeconomic policy analysis, including a track record of publications in the area, is desirable.

  • Proven knowledge and skills in applied quantitative economic analysis and modelling including use of econometric packages such as STATA, SAS and EVIEWS is desirable.


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

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Economic Commission for Africa Economic Affairs Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

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