Economic Affairs Officer, P3

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  • Location
    Lusaka, Zambia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 21

Position description

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 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 solutions 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.

This position is located in the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Southern Africa Sub-regional Office - Lusaka, Zambia. The Economic Affairs Officer reports to the Chief Inclusive Industrialization Section, Southern Africa Sub-regional Office.


Within delegated authority, the Economic Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:


  • Follows trends and experiences in regional integration, global and regional trade, trade statistics and capacity building related to the development and sharing of trade-finance-investment-technology information and its use in policy making;
  • Assists to strengthen the sub-regional economic organizations, including the cross-border initiative in trade in Southern Africa, to enable member States to achieve their full economic potential;
  • Develops socio-economic analysis and qualitative information necessary for specified recurrent or ad hoc assignments;
  • Drafts specified inputs for technical papers and analytical studies for curricula development 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.


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


  • Organizes and delivers training seminars for national experts on trade and development issues;
  • Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects;
  • Monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects.


  • Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of programmatic/administrative tasks such as preparation of budgets, evaluation of staff performance (e-Performance), and recruitment, necessary for the final delivery of the Office’s services;
  • Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.


  • PROFESSIONALISM: Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different sectors of economic and sustainable development in particular for public policy development as required in the programme on Key Issues on the International Economic Agenda. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Demonstrated ability to support the development of partnerships and cooperation with regional commissions and national agencies and/or other partners. 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;
  • 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.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area is required;
  • Good knowledge and understanding of the Southern Africa region is desirable;
  • Good publication track-record is desirable.


  • Fluency in the English language (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the French language is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

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