This position is located in the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) and the incumbent reports to the Chief of Policy Analysis and Monitoring Unit (PAMU).
Under the general direction of the Director, Office of the Special Adviser on Africa, and the direct supervision of the Chief of Policy Analysis and Monitoring Unit, the incumbent will undertake the following duties: Undertake socio-economic policy analysis on new and emerging issues on Africa’s development and support for the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD); Lead or participate in the identification of new or emerging economic issues of potential interest to the international community in the areas of aid, aid for trade, trade, governance, sustainable development, foreign direct investment, external debt in favour of African countries; Monitor and report on coordinated responses by the UN system in support of NEPAD; Formulate action-oriented policy recommendations and prepare technical inputs for the reports of the Secretary-General on the implementation of NEPAD; Provide substantive support to the intergovernmental bodies in their deliberations on Africa; Contribute to the substantive preparation of the Inter-Agency/Departmental Task Force on African Affairs to ensure coordination and coherence in the support to Africa; Assist in the organization of panels, roundtables and expert group meetings on African development issues for intergovernmental processes; Draft speeches and statements for presentation by senior staff.
-Knowledge and expertise of concepts, approaches and policy analysis relevant to African development, particularly in the area of trade, aid and external debt;
-Knowledge of issues related to the implementation of NEPAD sectoral priorities; Ability to organize and service inter-governmental bodies, briefings, policy dialogues and expert group meetings on the issues of trade, aid and private sector development;
-Knowledge of the work of the intergovernmental bodies, especially of the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC);
-Knowledge of United Nations System policies and programmes;
-Ability to defend and explain difficult issues with respect to key decisions and positions to staff, senior officials and members of inter-governmental bodies;
-Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
-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 the audience
-Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed
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
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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area. Experience in dealing with African Economic Development issues is required. Experience on The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) is desirable. Experience on Intergovernmental process is desirable. Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first level university degree recognised by the United Nations.
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this post fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
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.
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