United Nations Deputy Executive Secretary Jobs in Addis Ababa - Ethiopia

United Nations Deputy Executive Secretary Jobs in Addis Ababa - Ethiopia

Org. Setting and Reporting

Established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) in 1958 as one of the UN's five regional commissions, the mandate of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development.


Under the general supervision of the Executive Secretary, the Deputy Executive Secretary is responsible for the following duties:

  • Assists the Executive Secretary in the planning, coordination, direction and management of the programme of work of ECA to promote economic and technical cooperation for economic and social development of Member States development;
  • Contributes to the formulation of the ECA’s overall strategies and policies by participating in various committees, preparing documents on policy issues, and acting, as required, in an advisory capacity to the Executive Secretary; contribute to the overall management of the ECA’s activities and operations.
  • Provides leadership to the development of innovative and/or change management programmes.
  • Oversees ECA’s operational activities, coordinate the divisions' work and the work of the Sub Regional Offices (SRO) and the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP) and promote inter-divisional activities of a cross-sectional nature in the Commission secretariat;
  • Maintains liaison with member and observer member Governments of the Commission, UN organs and specialized agencies and other organizations through the Commission sessions, other intergovernmental conferences and meetings, missions and other forms of communications;
  • Formulates and implement the substantive work programme of the Office/Division under his/her supervision, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.
  • Oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Office/Division, ensuring that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinates work in the different areas both within the Office/Division and ECA, and with other organizations of the United Nations System, donors and agencies as appropriate.
  • Reports to intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in biannual and/or annual reports.
  • Ensures follow-up of the implementation of resolutions and decisions of the Commission, the Economic and Social Council and other intergovernmental organizations;
  • Acts as Chairperson of the various standing and adhoc inter-divisional committees established by the Executive Secretary;
  • Performs other related duties as requested by the senior management of the Organization.
  • Manages the Commission secretariat in the absence of the Executive Secretary.


  • Professionalism: Expert knowledge in the African socio-economic development issues; ability to plan, coordinate and implement the managerial, financial and administrative work of the organization; ability to guide the work of others; and proven ability to plan and organize the work and teams. Shows ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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.
  • 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility 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 (Master’s or Doctorate) in economics, social sciences public administration, law, political science, international relations or related area is required.
  • A PhD in economics or other related areas is an advantage.
  • A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in the specified fields with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    Work Experience

  • Over fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in management and analysis of socio-economic development issues, management of development programmes, or related areas, is required.
  • Experience in senior policy-making and leadership positions at the international level is required. Experience in management of development programmes in the context of Africa is desirable. Experience in facilitating and conducting intergovernmental negotiating processes is desirable. Experience in handling a multidisciplinary portfolio of tasks and duties is desirable. Experience in research and publishing research on socio-economic development issues is desirable.


  • Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


  • Evaluation of qualified candidates may include assessment exercises which may be followed by competency-based interview.

    Special Notice

  • Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

    How to Apply

  • Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.
  • 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. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.
  • Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.Apply by 20th February, 2019

  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Deputy Executive Secretary Jobs in Addis Ababa - Ethiopia

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