Economic Commission for Africa Principal Regional Adviser - Economic Affairs Jobs in Ethiopia

Economic Commission for Africa Principal Regional Adviser - Economic Affairs Jobs in Ethiopia


Org. Setting and Reporting

ECA’s mission, objective and strategic directions:

  • 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 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 solutionl 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 Executive Secretary at ECA headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Deputy Executive Secretary, Programme will supervise the post on behalf of the Executive Secretary and ensure that the objectives for which it is established are accomplished.

    Responsibilities

  • Within delegated authority, the Principal Economic Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Providing technical advisory services on policies and strategies related to debt financing and development finance through policy analysis and dissemination of frameworks and guidelines, including through the provision of guidance to ECA substantive divisions on issues related to the topic.

  • Supporting member States through policy analysis and development of appropriate frameworks to implement debt financing and development finance approaches designed to increase the resilience of financial systems in Africa, including through the review of existing studies, regulations and strategies.

  • Developing institutional capacity for debt financing and development finance approaches and interventions through review of research, policy analysis and recommendations.

  • Building effective partnerships with other UN system agencies and bilateral partners through joint activities, continuous dialogue, mobilization of support and knowledge sharing with ECA member States.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

    Competencies

  • Professionalism: Strong understanding of instruments and policies pertaining to debt financing and development finance. Capacity to engage with senior decision and policy makers, and to synthesize and present complex arguments in easily understood terms. Superior written and oral communication skills, with the ability to convey complex development concepts and recommendations. Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter.

  • 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 the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

  • Planning and 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.

  • 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. Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo.

  • Judgement/decision making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly. Gathers relevant information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization. Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information. Checks assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.

    Education

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in social sciences or economics, with a specialization in macroeconomics or financial economics or a related field 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.

  • A PhD in one of the above-listed fields is desirable.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in the field of economic and social development policy analysis and research with a focus on macroeconomics, public finance, monetary policy, financial markets, and debt instruments is required.

  • Experience providing policy advice to member States is desirable.

  • Experience applying relevant econometric approaches and statistical analyses is desirable.

  • Experience working on topics related to African economies is desirable.

    Languages

  • 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 desirable.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Economic Commission for Africa Principal Regional Adviser - Economic Affairs Jobs in Ethiopia


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