Senior Economic Affairs Officer (Chief, Sub-Regional Data Center), P5

UN Economic Commission for Africa
  • Location
    Rabat, Morocco
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Apr 03

Position description

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.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move(s) requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral or geographical move(s) in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Senior Economic Affairs Officer, Sub-regional Office for North Africa (SRO-NA), will be located in Rabat, Morocco, and reports directly to the Director, Sub-Regional Office (D1). The Sub-Regional Office for North Africa is under the oversight of the Knowledge Delivery Pillar of the ECA, comprising of the following Offices: Public Information and Knowledge Management Division (PIKMD); Capacity Development Division (CDD), Division of Administration (DoA), ECA five Sub-Regional Offices (SROs) and the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP). 

The mandate of the Sub Regional Office is to strengthen the capacity of member states to formulate evidence-based plans and policies in support of economic and social transformation in North Africa by contributing to and promoting the results of ECA's policy-oriented research and facilitating linkages and information exchange between development actors in the region. Particular emphasis is placed on the analysis of economic and social development, with a focus on gender and youth issues; regional integration dynamics; sustainable development and sustainable management of natural resources; climate change impact and food security; and innovation and knowledge management. The Sub-Regional Office for North Africa serves the following countries: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia.


Within delegated authority, and under the direct supervision of the Director of the SRO-NA, the duties of a Senior Economic Affairs Officer are mainly the following.

Leading the Sub regional Data Centre

• Functions as the head of the Sub-regional Data Center; leads and manages the work programme of the SRO-NA Sub-regional Data Centre (SRDC);
• Plans and oversees the management of the SRDC, articulate the areas for research, policy analysis, capacity building and advisory services of the SRDC;
• Designs the work programme of the SRDC and provides leadership and ensures its timely and effective implementation in accordance with the priorities and programmes of the member states, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), and relevant mandates of the United Nations; 
• Supervises the preparation of Country Profiles and Quarterly Updates, Sub-regional Profiles and other relevant studies and reports as well as provides intellectual leadership for their delivery and dissemination; 
• Leads the operationalization of the ECA Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for data collection, compilation and dissemination at national and sub-regional level, including overseeing the collection of the necessary economic and social data for the preparation of the Country Profiles and Sub-regional Profiles; 
• Participates in the production of relevant ECA flagship publications and in their dissemination in the North African sub-region; 
• 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 larger organizational unit (Section or Division); and
• Performs other related duties as required. 

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 Northern Africa policy makers.
• Leads or participates in the identification of new or emerging development issues of potential concern to the African and international community 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.
• Prepares speeches for senior staff and makes presentations on economic issues for specialist or non-specialist audiences, policy and decision makers;
• Tracks progress made in macroeconomic and social development in North Africa. 
• Identifies and conducts research on topical macroeconomic and social issues resulting in the publication of research papers; 
• Identify emerging macroeconomic and social issues of interest to Central Africa and articulate policies, strategies and approaches to address them; 

Intergovernmental Support 

• Provides direct substantive support on development issues to intergovernmental bodies by offering strategic advice, giving technical guidance and assisting in developing 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;
• Fosters regional cooperation and integration as well as the alignment and harmonization of policies, laws, regulations, codes, standards and practices to promote integrated development of the sub-region; 
• Assists the member states and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to build consensus and articulates common macroeconomic and social positions and strategies; 
• Provides substantive servicing of inter-agency meetings and functional support to the work of the United Nations country teams and other United Nations inter-agency activities in support to the Regional Economic community, member states in the region and to the African Union and its NEPAD programme; 

Partnership, Technical Cooperation and Advisory Services

• Liaises and collaborates with other ECA Divisions and sub-regional offices, and external partners in the development and implementation of the work programme of the office; 
• Leads missions as a senior expert and/or represents SRO-NA at high-level international events on macroeconomic and social development issues and contributes substantively to discussions and their outcome; 
• Participates in resource mobilization exercises and build relevant partnerships to facilitate the implementation of the SRO-NA work programme; 
• 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;
• Provides policy advice to member states and RECs on areas of economic transformation, macro-economic issues, trade and regional integration; 
• Delivers relevant capacity-building programmes for planners, policy makers and other stakeholders; 
• Establishes and manages knowledge networks and communities of practice on development issues of concern to the sub-region anchored on regional and national think tanks and other stakeholders;
• Organizes and leads policy dialogues with member states on the country and Sub-regional Profiles on economic and social transformation, continental and regional integration and on trade and industrialization issues.


• PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different sectors of economic and sustainable development. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Ability to develop economic policies and make recommendations on their implementation. 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.

• 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.

• 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. 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.

• MANAGING PERFORMANCE: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in economics or related areas. Specialization in macroeconomic or development economics is highly desirable. A first-level university degree in combination with two 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 in economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes. Experience on Africa is required. Good evidence of publications on economic and social development issues. Mastery of statistical and econometric packages (e.g. Stata, SAS, SPS, E-Views) and capacity to undertake economic forecasting and modeling as evidenced by the level of familiarity and command of dedicated tools (e.g. GTAP, GAMS and RATS) is desirable.


Fluency in one of the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat, English or French (both oral and written) is required, knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of Arabic is also desirable.


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

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. 

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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