Economic Commission for Africa Risk and Resilience Officer Jobs in Addis Ababa Ethiopia

Economic Commission for Africa Risk and Resilience Officer Jobs in Addis Ababa Ethiopia

  • 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 in the Office of the Director, Division of Administration (DoA) in Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Ababa.

  • The Risk and Resilience Officer will report directly to the Director, DoA on implementation of the UN Organizational Resilience Management System (ORMS) at ECA, including business continuity and audit-related functions, and will have a dual reporting line to the directors of DoA and SPORD on risk management.


    Within delegated authority, the Risk and Resilience Officer will be responsible for

  • Organizational Resilience Management System (ORMS) and Business Continuity Management (BCM)

    •Implements ORMS and BCM as per policies and frameworks issued by UN Headquarters, details ECA policies and establishes governance structures;

  • Conducts a comprehensive risk assessment for business continuity;

    Delivers plans to ensure coverage for core ORMS elements, to include

  • Crisis management decision making and operations coordination framework;

  • security support and response;

  • crisis communications;

  • mass casualty incident response;

  • IT disaster recovery;

  • business continuity;

  • support to staff, survivors and their families;

  • Works with stakeholders to develop response and recovery plans and scenarios with the goal of achieving flexible and coordinated responses that reflect prevailing circumstances;

  • Mainstreams ORMS requirements into day-to-day work;

  • Establishes necessary system of maintenance and reviews, including readiness exercises;

    Provide training and authoritative advice on ORMS and BCM

  • Audit and compliance

  • Acts as the primary contact for DOA on all matters related to the activities of oversight bodies (Board of Auditors, Office of Internal
    Oversight Services and Joint Inspection Unit);

  • Conducts audit compliance activities for DoA including analyzing reports and recommendations of oversight bodies and boards of inquiry.

  • Provides authoritative advice to the Director, DoA on compliance and progress, also taking into consideration UN policy, operations and programme mandates, cost-benefit analysis, and competing priorities;

  • Provides advise on mitigation measures if report recommendations are to be rejected;

  • Ensures that accepted recommendations are implemented, and that sufficient evidence is provided to oversight bodies for closure of the recommendations. Appraises adequacy of follow-up actions taken in respect to recommendations and provides regular updates to Director, DoA;

  • Incorporates audit compliance into risk registers;

  • Briefs Senior Management on risk management and compliance matters; prepares and submits required reports to UN headquarters, in line with stated requirements.

    Risk Management

  • Participates in implementing and maintaining compliance with the UN ERM framework at ECA, including related planning documents and budget proposals, ensuring that a risk-based approach is dully factored therein;

  • Conducts research and collates and disseminates data on risks related to all
    aspects of ECA mandates and operations. Ensures that data is maintained for analysis and reporting;

  • Coordinates identification of risks to delivery of ECA mandates and strategic objectives;

  • Analyzes and evaluates risks in cooperation with ECA stakeholders;

  • Develops, coordinates reviews and approvals and maintains ECA risk registers, facilitates reviews and development of risk treatment plans; coordinates for this purpose with ECA stakeholders and the Board of Auditors (BoA);

  • Provides training and authoritative advice on related policy, guidance and methodology at ECA and collaborates with stakeholders to promote risk ownership, accountability and improved risk management;



  • Knowledge and understanding of risk management theories and related concepts and approaches, crisis management, organizational resilience and business continuity planning.

  • Experience in implementing risk management models and measures, organizational resilience management and business continuity plans.

  • Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues.

  • Ability to conduct data collection using various methods.

  • Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience using various research sources, including internet sources and databases.

  • Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan work and manage conflicting priorities.

  • 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 challenges;

  • remains calm in stressful situations.

  • Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and in ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

  • Ability to self-start and automate work, delivering results without major supervision.


  • 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.


  • Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments;

  • delivers outputs within prescribed time, cost and quality standards;

  • operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules;

  • supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments;

  • takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.


  • Advanced university degree in emergency management, business continuity, risk management, business or public Administration.

  • A relevant first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

  • Certifications are required in one of the following areas: ERM and ORMS; business continuity; emergency preparedness and/or disaster recovery (ISO 22301 Certified Lead Implementer, DRII CBCP, BCI MBCI).

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven (7) years of work experience is required covering both enterprise risk management and business continuity related to large-scale organizations such as the UN.

  • Proven experience is required in developing, implementing and managing plans including, but not limited to risk management, crisis management, physical security support and response, crisis communications and business continuity.

  • Experience in working in a UN system organization is desirable


  • Fluency in English is required; knowledge of French is desirable.

  • Knowledge of another United Nations official language is an advantage.

  • For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Economic Commission for Africa Risk and Resilience Officer Jobs in Addis Ababa Ethiopia

  • Click here to post comments

    Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Job Vacancies in Africa.

    Scholarship 2021/22

    Current Scholarships 2021/2022 - Fully Funded

    Full Undergraduate Scholarships 2021/2022

    Fully Funded Masters Scholarships 2020/21

    PhD Scholarships for International Students - Fully Funded!

    Funding Opportunities for Journalists 2021/2022

    Funding for NGOs 2021/2022

    Funding for Artists 2021/2022

    Funding for Entrepreneurs 2021/2022