United Nations Deputy Executive Secretary Jobs in Addis Abba Ethiopia

United Nations Deputy Executive Secretary Jobs in Addis Abba Ethiopia

Job Opening
Posting Title:
  • Deputy Executive Secretary (Programme), D2
    Job Code Title:
  • Director, Programme Management
  • Economic Commission for Africa
    Duty Station:
    Job Opening Number:
  • 19-Programme Management-ECA-107876-D-Addis Ababa (G)

    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.

    Made up of 54 member States, and playing a dual role as a regional arm of the UN and as a key component of the African institutional landscape, ECA is well positioned to make unique contributions to address the Continent’s development challenges.

    The strategic objective of ECA is framed around delivering ideas and actions for an empowered, inclusive and transformed Africa in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063 of the African Union through its three core functions, namely, its function as a think tank, its convening function and its operational function.

    This position is located in the Office of the Executive Secretary (OES) at the ECA. The incumbent, also the Chief Economist of the Commission, works under the direct supervision of the Executive Secretary and in close collaboration with the Deputy Executive Secretary (Programme Support).


    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 work of the sub-Regional Offices and IDEP, the Commission sessions, other intergovernmental conferences and meetings, missions and other forms of communications;
  • Advises the Executive Secretary on matters concerning the operations of the organization and its work in the region, with emphasis on the technical and political implications or consequences of planned action or activities;
  • Ensures that the outputs produced by the Office/Division maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data.
  • Ensures that all outputs produced by the office/division under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.
  • Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Office/Division, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, evaluation of staff performance, interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates.
  • Oversees the recruitment of staff for Office/Division taking due account geographical and gender balance and other institutional values.
  • Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under hi/her supervision; foster teamwork and communication among staff in the office/division and across organizational boundaries.
  • Chairs meetings, seminars, etc., on substantive-related issues; represents the Organization at international, regional, inter-agency meetings, seminars and conference;
  • provides programmatic/substantive expertise on an issue, or holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of Performs other related duties as requested by the senior management of the Organization.
  • Manages the Commission secretariat in the absence of the Executive

  • 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.
  • Leadership: 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 improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands.

  • 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.

    How to Apply
  • Interested candidates should apply online by 15th February 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Deputy Executive Secretary Jobs in Addis Abba Ethiopia

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