UN Senior Economic Affairs Officer Jobs in Kenya

UN Senior Economic Affairs Officer Jobs in Kenya


Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region and is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Nairobi is classified as a "B" hardship duty station and a family duty station.

The incumbent reports directly to the Chief of Staff OSESG-GL, in Nairobi.

In February 2013, 11 nations signed the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the region, in a renewed drive to end
the recurring cycles of devastating conflict in eastern DRC which impacts stability and development in the Great Lakes area of Africa.

The Security Council further encouraged the Special Envoy to "lead a comprehensive political process that includes all relevant stakeholders to address the underlying root causes of the conflict.

Responsibilities

Economic or Sectoral Analysis:

  • Leads or participates in the formulation, organization and management of mandated programmes of economic analysis and the formulation of possible economic strategies, policies and actions for adoption by the international community.
  • Leads or participates in the identification of new or emerging development issues of potential concern to the international community, particularly those of a regional or global nature, and designs and develops programmes to address them.
  • Supervises a team of staff economists undertaking this work.
  • Commissions economic studies and analyses that cannot be undertaken internally.
  • Conceives, plans and manages expert group meetings, seminars and similar consultations that contribute to the finalization of the work unit’s outputs.
  • Finalizes reports on development for issuance by the United Nations.
  • Prepares speeches for senior staff and makes presentations on economic issues for specialist or non-specialist audiences.

    Intergovernmental Support:

  • Provides direct substantive support on development issues to intergovernmental bodies (such as the General Assembly, the International Conference on the Great Lakes region, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Economic and Social Council, the Trade and Development Board, the regional commissions and the subsidiary bodies of each) by offering strategic advice, giving technical guidance and assisting in developing a consensus.
  • Manages the work unit’s contribution to the preparation and management of meetings of intergovernmental bodies.
  • Represents the organizational unit at international, regional and national meetings on development issues.

    Technical Cooperation:

  • Develops and maintains relations with senior officials of member governments and ensures a response to requests for advice and/or assistance on economic issues and policies.
  • Negotiates with donor and recipient governments on technical assistance programmes and projects.
  • Organizes and coordinates cooperation among Member States on economic programmes or issues.
  • Leads or participates in technical cooperation missions.

    Programme Support:

  • Functions as the head of an organizational unit.
  • Contributes to the formulation of
    the medium-term plan, the programme of work and the budget of the unit and participate in the formulation of the organization's overall programme of work and other similar endeavours.
  • Attends to various administrative matters concerning the organizational unit
  • Performs other related duties as required.

    Education
  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics or related field.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two years qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    Work Experience
  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes, coordinating and organizing investment conferences or exhibitions, including at least five years at the international level, particularly with international organization in conflict or post conflict setting is required.
  • Experience integrating economic perspectives into mainstream policies or programmes is required.
  • Experience advising senior management is required.
  • Experience in managing a team is required.
  • Experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) – or comparable international organization or non-governmental organization – in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.

    Languages
  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 25th May 2019
  • Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira.
  • The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines.
  • Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening.
  • No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted.
  • For more information and job application details, see; UN Senior Economic Affairs Officer Jobs in Kenya

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