Economic Commission for Africa Principal Programme Management Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

Economic Commission for Africa Principal Programme Management 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 is guided by ECA's five 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 Gender, Poverty and Social Policy Division (GPSPD) is headed by a Director who reports to the Deputy Executive Secretary (Programme).

The Division is responsible for contributing towards achieving inclusive and equitable sustainable human and social development in Africa and promoting and supporting member States in their work to achieve inclusive growth, including through policies to reduce inequalities and to promote social mobility, gender equality and women's empowerment.

It is divided into three main sections: Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment; Social Policy; and Urbanization and Development.


Under the overall direction of the Deputy Executive Secretary (Programme), the Director of the Gender, Poverty and Social Policy Division will perform the following functions:

• Leads, supervises and carries out the work programme of the Division under his/her responsibility derived from the commitments agreed upon through relevant United Nations, inter-governmental processes, the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, and regional mandates, with the aim to promote change at the policy and institutional levels particularly those involved in the formulation, implementation and monitoring of social development policies and programmes.

• Leads team members’ efforts to collect and analyze data and provides insight to identify trends or patterns for data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting. Ensures that everyone can discover, access, integrate and share the data they need.

• Has established track record of published research, manages policy-oriented analytical research to support policy making and programming for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development in Developing countries, and supervises the generation of new knowledge in the fields of poverty and inequality; population dynamics, gender equality and women’s empowerment; migration, employment, social protection, and urbanization.

• Co-ordinates and oversees the preparation of reports for the presentation of reports for presentation to intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/ substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in biannual and/or annual reports.

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

• Prepares the work programme of the Division, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.

• Oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Division, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), interviews of candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting.

• Leads the provision of technical advisory services and training to member States including those in special situations, to build national capacity, including through sharing of policy options, experiences and good practices in the context of the transfer of
knowledge and skills on a range of social development, gender equality and urbanization issues.

• Recruits staff, taking due account of geographical balance.

• Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision.

• Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Division and across organizational boundaries.

• Leads and supervises the organization of meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive issues. Manages the substantive preparation and organization of such meetings or seminars.

• Participates in international, regional or national meetings and provides programmatic/substantive expertise on an issue, or holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.

• Represents the Division at international, regional or national meetings.

• Co-ordinates with all relevant ECA Divisions, agencies and bodies of the United Nations system working on areas related to the Division’s programme of work to promote synergies between the ongoing activities and work, make the linkages between global and national actions and maximize the impact of work in the region.

• Performs other related duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and in specific areas being supervised. Established a track record of published research in the field of social development. The ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. Ability to produce reports and documents on Social Development issues and to review and edit the work of others.

  • Planning and organizing: Develop 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.

  • Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within the prescribed time, cost and quality standards. Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules. Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments.

  • 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.


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in development studies, gender, economics, social science, or related fields is required.

  • Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is an advantage.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in socio-economic development with a strong focus on development issues is required.

  • A strong research record and policy analysis experience are required.

  • Extensive international experience is desirable.

  • Experience with development issues in Developing Countries 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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