Economic Commission for Africa Intern - Economic Affairs Jobs in Addis Ababa Ethiopia

Economic Commission for Africa Intern - Economic Affairs Jobs in Addis Ababa 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 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 trans-boundary 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 internship is located in the African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC) of the Regional Integration and Trade Division (RITD) at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

  • The internship is for four (4) months with an opportunity for extension, pending on the needs of the section.

  • The internship is UNPAID, full-time, and home-based.

  • Interns work five days per week (35 hours) under the supervision of a staff member in the department or office to which they are assigned.

  • The ultimate objective of ATPC is to promote trade among African countries to reduce poverty, support gender-sensitive outcomes, generate economic growth, create jobs and increase food security, to strengthen the human and institutional capacities of African Governments to formulate and implement sound trade policies and participate more effectively in trade negotiations at the bilateral, regional and multilateral levels.

  • African women play a significant role in trade and will be essential to the continent’s success in exploiting its trade potential under the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement. Up to 70% of informal cross-border traders on the continent are women, who are facing particular constraints to trading as a result of COVID-19. Typically, women trade more in lower value-added food items than manufactured goods when compared to men. Improved, digital, and harmonized trade facilitation measures can address barriers and constraints faced by cross-border traders.

  • ATPC’s gender portfolio activities contribute to effective gender mainstreaming in trade agreements and policies; raising awareness and building capacity of policy makers, women’s entrepreneurs and traders, and business associations; and generating and sharing evidence on the relationship between gender and trade. ATPC Gender Strategy provides a framework for the institutionalization of gender analysis in all technical work and building of capacity of the Centre staff in gender mainstreaming. At the same time, ATPC is conducting research on and improving the measurement of informal cross-border trade and of women in trade. Finally, ATPC is supporting the design of continental guidelines to support cross-border trade during COVID-19.

  • The focus of this internship will be to support these areas of work across the gender, cross-border trade, and trade facilitation portfolios.


    Under the general guidance of the Director of the Division, and the direct supervision of the Coordinator and assigned staff of ATPC, the incumbent will carry out the following functions:

    • Advise on the mainstreaming of gender considerations in guidelines and interventions for facilitating cross-border trade amid COVID-19.

    • Develop reference sheets and tools to operationalise ATPC’s Gender Strategy to support staff capacity for mainstreaming of gender in ATPC’s workstreams.

    • Review ATPC studies under a project to build capacity of public and private sector stakeholders to better use preferential trade agreements and ensure inclusive trade, and provide guidance on how to fully mainstream issues of relevance to gender, youth, and MSMEs within the studies.

    • Contribute to research and knowledge products to inform ATPC’s gender and trade week, and present knowledge as accessible outputs for various stakeholder groups including policy makers, private sector, and professional associations. Topics may include: the intersection between gender, trade, and Phase 2 and 3 issues of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement, including intellectual property, investment, competition, and e-commerce; entrepreneurship, innovation,
    and the digital divide; financial inclusion; simplified trade regimes and mechanisms for formalisation of small-scale cross-border trade; and lessons learned from gender mainstreaming in national AfCFTA strategies.
    • Carry-out desk research to identify entry points for applying a gender lens to measuring informal cross-border trade in Africa and designing gender-responsive cross-border interventions

    • Advise on a methodology for measuring women’s involvement in and contributions to trade, bringing together the methodologies being developed at ATPC on measuring informal cross-border trade and on gender-responsive trade statistics, as well as additional data points to achieve the wider measure of the contribution of women to trade.

    • Identify and compile partners and stakeholders for gender and trade, including business associations, and document success stories of entrepreneurs and traders.

    The deliverables from this assignment may include:

    •Gender section of continental common guidelines for facilitating trade amid COVID-19

    •Reference sheets and tools to operationalise ATPC’s gender strategy

    •Contributions to research and knowledge products on gender and trade in areas of interest, and improvements to ATPC studies in terms of mainstreaming cross-cutting issues

    •List of gender and trade partners and stakeholders, and documented success stories



  • 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 the audience

  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed


  • 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

    Client Orientation

  • Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view

  • Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect

  • Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions

  • Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems

  • Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects

  • Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client


  • To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:

    Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);

  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or (

  • Have graduated with a university degree (as defined above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one year period of graduation;

    • Be computer literate in standard software applications;

    • Have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the Charter; and

    • Have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views.

  • Due to the high volume of applications received, ONLY successful candidates will be contacted.

  • This is an ongoing advertisement. The successful candidates may be contacted at any time within the posting period or shortly thereafter.

    Work Experience

  • No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme.
  • Your training, education, advance course work or skills should benefit the United Nations during your internship.

  • Experience in research in the African context, preferably regarding trade, gender, women’s economic empowerment, or cross-border issues, is desirable.

  • Understanding of Africa's regional integration agenda, especially the AfCFTA, is desirable. Knowledge of gender mainstreaming is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.

  • Fluency in spoken and written English is required for the Internship Programme.

  • Knowledge of a second United Nations official language is an asset.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Economic Commission for Africa Intern - Economic Affairs Jobs in Addis Ababa Ethiopia

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