Economic Commission for Africa Programme Budget Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

Economic Commission for Africa Programme Budget 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 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 at the Budget Unit in the Finance and Budget Section, under the Division of Administration (DoA) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Programme Budget Officer works under the direct supervision of the Chief of the Budget Unit.


  • Within delegated authority, the Programme Budget Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

    Medium-term plan:

  • Reviews, analyses and finalizes the preparation of the medium-term plan and its revisions on the basis of departmental submissions, taking into account recommendations and decisions of specialized inter-governmental bodies.

  • Provides substantive support to relevant intergovernmental and expert bodies in their review of the medium-term plan and its revisions; assists in securing approval from the General Assembly.

  • Ensures legislative mandates are accurately translated into programme budgets.

    Budget preparation:

  • Reviews and analyses data with respect to the finalization of cost estimates and budget proposals, in terms of staff and non-staff requirements from (a) Departments/offices at Headquarters and in the field, including programmatic aspects; and (b) medium-sized peacekeeping operations.

  • Provides support to managers with respect to the elaboration of resource requirements for budget submissions.

  • Reviews, analyses and provides input into finalization of programme budget/financial implications to the Security Council statements in light of additional mandates.

  • Provides substantive support to relevant intergovernmental and expert bodies in their budget review; assists in securing approval from the General Assembly.

    Budget administration:

  • Issues allotments, including redeployment of funds when necessary, ensuring appropriate expenditures.

  • Monitors budget implementation and determines/recommends reallocation of funds when necessary.

  • Monitors expenditures to ensure that they remain within authorized levels

  • Prepares relevant documentation with respect to budget performance submissions.

  • Reviews and makes appropriate recommendations with respect to the finalization of budget performance reports, analyzing variances between approved budgets and actual expenditures.

  • Provides substantive support to intergovernmental and legislative bodies.


  • Draft official correspondence and background papers including briefing for senior management.

  • Conducts research and prepares communication to member states on financial issues.

  • The incumbent may be requested to perform other related duties including those related to management of the Budget sub-units, supporting the Chief in the consideration of all matters requiring his/her attention: drafting of talking points, papers, briefing notes and special financing reports; under-taking research and analysis and providing assistance to the Chief on financial aspects of Regular Budget
    issues in the section as well as working closely with the Trust Funds Unit on extrabudgetary matters.

  • Keeps up-to-date on documents /reports /guidelines that have a bearing on matters related to programme and/or peacekeeping budgets, ensuring compliance with intergovernmental recommendations and decisions as well as with United Nations policies and procedures.

  • Monitors and supervises the work of staff in the sub-units.

  • Performs other related duties, as assigned.



  • Knowledge of financial principles and practices. Ability to independently conduct research and analysis, formulate options and present conclusions and recommendations. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.


  • 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 business administration, finance, or 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.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in finance, administration, budget, business administration or related area is required.

  • Experience with budgetary policies and practices, financial regulations and rules is desirable.

  • Experience in preparing and drafting written reports is desirable.

  • Experience in the use of information technology tools for financial analysis and monitoring of budgets is desirable.

  • Experience in results-based approaches to budgeting and experience with financial systems/finance modules or enterprise resource planning (ERP) is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required.

  • Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

    How to Apply

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

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