Deadline: April 20, 2014
The United Nations invites interested and passionate applicants to apply for the position of an Economic Affairs Officer, P3. Extension of the appointment is subject to Extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
The position is located in the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA), in the Macroeconomic Policy Division (MPD), in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Under the overall supervision and guidance of the Director of the Macroeconomic Policy Division (MPD) and the direct supervision of the Chief of the Forecasting Section, the incumbent will discharge the following duties:
- ECONOMIC AND/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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.
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