Economic Affairs Officer, P3

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  • Location
    Niamey, Niger
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 03

Position description

This post is located in the Sub-regional Office for West Africa (SRO-WA) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). The incumbent works under the guidance of the Director of the Office and the direct supervision of the Chief of Section, Sub-regional Initiatives.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:

Economic or sector analysis

  • Develops socio-economic databases and qualitative information necessary for specified recurrent or ad hoc assignments.
  • Interprets, applies and, as necessary, adapts econometric models to determine trends, patterns and relationships and to analyse the effects of alternative policies and assumptions.
  • Drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies on selected global, regional, national or sector aspects of economic development.
  • Identifies and analyses policy proposals made elsewhere relating to assigned topics.
  • Attends international, regional, and national meetings to collect information and to hold discussions with colleagues in other institutions.
  • Assists in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, seminars, etc. on development issues.
  • Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff.

Intergovernmental support

  • Prepares inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies.
  • Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports.
  • Prepares inputs to statements by members of the Bureau and Secretariat staff to such meetings.
  • Assists in the organization of panels, round tables etc. on development issues for intergovernmental processes.

Technical cooperation

  • Participates in missions on development issues, usually as a member of a team.
  • Organizes training seminars for national experts.
  • Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects.
  • Contributes to the preparation of material for the approval of regional, country or sector technical cooperation projects.
  • Monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects.

General

  • Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit's services.
  • Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.

Competencies

  • Professionalism: Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different sectors of economic, social and sustainable development. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Shows skill in developing sources for data collection. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  • 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.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in economics or related fields 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.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in economic modelling, research and analysis, policy formulation and implementation, application of economic principles in development programmes or a related area is required.
  • Experience in the implementation of agreed-upon regional and international development agendas (SDGs, AfCFTA…) and in analysing trends and policy challenges emerging in developing countries and society is desirable.
  • Experience in writing analytical policy papers is desirable.

Languages

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

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