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 a 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 Office of the Chief of Staff of the Office of the Executive Secretary (OES) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Economic Affairs Officer reports to the Chief of Staff.


Within delegated authority, and under the overall direction of the Chief of Staff, the Economic Affairs Officer will carry out the following responsibilities:

Economic or sector analysis

• Interprets, applies, and, as necessary, adapts econometric models to determine macroeconomic trends, patterns, and relationships and to analyze the effects of alternative policies and assumptions.

• Drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on selected global, regional, national, or sector aspects of economic development, with emphasis on macroeconomics.

• Develops socio-economic databases and qualitative information necessary for specified recurrent or ad hoc assignments.

• Collects and analyzes data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables, and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation, and reporting.

• Identifies and analyses policy proposals made elsewhere relating to assigned topics.

• Attends international, regional, and national meetings to collect information and to hold discussions with colleagues in other institutions.

• Assists in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on development issues.

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

Intergovernmental support

• Prepares inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies.

• Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports.

• Prepares inputs to statements by members of the Bureau and Secretariat staff to such meetings.

• Coordinates the organization of panels, round tables, etc. on development issues for intergovernmental processes.

Technical cooperation

• Participates in missions on development issues, usually as a member of a team.

• Organizes training seminars for national experts.

• Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects.

• Contributes to the preparation of material for the approval of regional, country, or sector technical cooperation projects.

• Monitors, backstops and assesses
the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects.


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

• Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.


• Professionalism: Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different sectors of economic and sustainable development. Understanding of cutting-edge macroeconomic policy and proposals for strengthening sustainable development. Familiarity with macro modeling and forecasting techniques. Familiarity with applying growth diagnostics strategies and frameworks in developing countries. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics, and determine the suitability, validity, and accuracy of data provided by different sources.

• 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.

• 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.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics or a related field is required. A first-level university 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.

  • Successful completion of data analytics, business analytics, or data science programs is desirable.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis, policy formulation, and application of economic principles in development programmes or related areas is required.

  • Work experience in the government and central bank is desirable.

  • Experience in preparing technical briefings, speeches, and presentations for high-level officials is desirable.

  • Understanding macro-financial linkages and the work of other international organizations is desirable.

  • Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.


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

    How to Apply

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