United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Inter-Regional Adviser - Jobs in Ethiopia

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Inter-Regional Adviser - Jobs in Ethiopia

Org. Setting and Reporting
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has the objective to assist developing countries, especially least developed countries, and countries with economies in transition to integrate beneficially into the global economy. This position is located in Addis Ababa. The incumbent will report to the Director of the Division for Africa, Least Developed Countries and Special Programmes (ALDC).

Under the supervision of the Director of ALDC, the Inter-Regional Adviser will be responsible for the following duties:
• Takes a leading role in the identification of new opportunities to provide advisory services to countries in the region;
• Carries out substantive communication with Member States concerning the dissemination of UNCTAD’s research material and organize press conferences, meetings with Member States, RECs, parliamentarians, among others ;
• Maintains substantive links with regional and interregional organizations in Africa, including their economic cooperation and integration organizations, in order to assess the needs and ensure the timely delivery of advisory services;
• Undertakes advisory and representational missions as necessary;
• Provides high-level technical expertise and advisory services to African countries and regional organizations.
• Responds promptly to requests from Member States for on-the-spot authoritative advice on urgent policy-related problems and current development issues of crucial importance for developing countries, such as the advancement of the post-2015 agenda, international financial governance and reform, the climate and development agenda and the links between trade and development:
• Fundraises for UNCTAD activities that are aligned with the organizational priorities;
• Manages the UNCTAD’s Regional Office social medial and other online dissemination campaigns;
• Establishes opportunities, within the framework of RECs’ intergovernmental processes for UNCTAD to engage with their Member States and disseminate UNCTAD’s policies;
• Performs other related duties as required.


Thorough understanding of on-going international economic and development issues related to Africa. Proven diplomatic and negotiating skills in intergovernmental contexts. 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.

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.

Judgement and 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.

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 status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in economics, development studies, business or public administration, or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience dealing with economic
    development issues is required.

  • A publication list of research documents related to Africa is desirable.

  • Experience working with managing multidisciplinary teams is desirable.

  • Experience working with intergovernmental bodies in Africa is desirable.

  • Experience dealing with specific economic development challenges of Africa 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 desirable.

    Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which will be followed by competency-based interview.

    How to Apply
    For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Inter-Regional Adviser Jobs in Ethiopia

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