United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Chief of Staff Jobs in Ethiopia

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Chief of Staff Jobs in Ethiopia

Org. Setting and Reporting

  • 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.


    Within delegated authority, the Chief of Staff will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Lead and provide thought leadership on issues of socioeconomic and development policy analysis including fiscal and monetary policy analysis, debt issues and financial risk management.

  • At the request of the Executive Secretary, may serve as spokesperson for the Commission and advocate for ECA’s position on policy and development issues.

  • Ensures that the outputs produced by areas of responsibility maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the Sections under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.

  • Preside over internal committees and working groups.

  • Manage calendar and timing of ECA events in close coordination with Divisions, UN bodies, and other local and international organizations.

  • Coordinate all requests for member states and review, collect, coordinate, monitor and evaluate requests from member states and advise the Executive Secretary as appropriate.

  • Direct and manage the Office of the Executive Secretary. Organize all invitations and responses to meetings, special events of the Commission and serve as secretary at meetings as requested by the Executive Secretary.

  • Responsible for contacts at the highest level on behalf of the Executive Secretary for Heads of State, Government, Ministers, and Ambassadors. This includes responsibility for politically sensitive follow up actions. Liaise with all relevant divisions, member states, the host government, UN organizations, embassies, and other entities to ensure appropriate protocol arrangements for ECA events.

  • Advise on the nature and level of ECA representation for official visits to member states and organize visits of senior officials from outside organizations to ECA.

  • Assist with the coordination and implementation of ongoing UN and ECA reforms.

  • Act as focal point of the Commission and maintain liaison at the executive level with the Executive Office of the Secretary-General and United Nations Headquarters departments in general, as well as the Regional Commissions, Headquarters of UN Specialized Agencies, Funds, and Programmes, and other multilateral organizations and institutions.

  • Oversee the programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Office of the Executive Secretary, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget and programme performance, evaluation of staff performance (ePAS), interviews of candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting.

  • Recruits staff, taking due account of geographical balance.

  • Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in their areas of responsibility and across organizational boundaries.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Professionalism: Demonstrated ability to provide intellectual leadership in a broad range of development issues on Africa, including on key development commitments and initiatives. Proven ability to manage a diverse spectrum of individuals and opinions, to identify core issues and to present them in a clear manner to top management. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. 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.

  • Planning & 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.

  • 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 improvement; does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands.

  • Judgement/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.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in business or public administration, finance, accounting, law, management, economics, political or social sciences or related area is required.

  • A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A PhD in economics or social sciences is an advantage.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in human resources management, administration, logistics, financial management, budget or related field is required.

  • Experience in socioeconomic and development policy analysis, including at the international level is desirable.

  • Experience in high-level dialogue on policy development with senior government representatives, heads of bilateral or multilateral institutions is desirable.

  • Demonstrable diverse regional experience is desirable.

  • Experience in streamlining and reorganizing organizational processes is desirable.

  • Experience with development issues in Africa is desirable.

  • Experience in organizing all invitations and responses to meetings, special events, and serving as the secretary at meetings is desirable.


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

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Economic Affairs Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

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