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Economic Affairs Officer Job in Ethiopia

Job Opening number: 11-ECO-ECA FSSDD-20996-R-ADDIS ABABA 
Org. Setting and Reporting
This post is located in the Food Security and Sustainable Development Division (FSSD) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The incumbent will work under the over all guidance of the Director of FSSD and the direct supervision of the Chief of Agricultural Productions Systems Section.

Design, conduct studies and prepare policy papers and technical reports on sustainable development with focus on food security related issues in Africa; undertake studies and recommend policies and strategies for improvement of agricultural production systems in the region; conceptualize and use appropriate analytical tools to conduct global, regional, national or sector research work on strategies for sustainable development and food security ; contribute to research on, recurrent and emerging food security issues  strategies, policies and prospects to promote agriculture and rural development in Africa ; provide support to member states in enhancing food security and agricultural production. The incumbent will also, as appropriate, represent the division at international, regional and national meetings related to agricultural production;  collaborate with a variety of bodies such as United Nations organizations, African Union Commission, NEPAD Secretariat, African Development Bank, Regional Economic Communities(RECs), other multilateral and bilateral development partners, foundations, the private sector, NGOs and civil society at large; participate in inter-agency consultations, meetings, and conferences related to African agricultural production, contribute to the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, workshops and seminars on sustainable development issues in Africa; contribute to the preparation of the biennial work programme of the Division; support junior staff and assist in identifying and recruiting consultants; undertake joint missions as task leader; and assist the Chief of Section in substantive and administrative tasks and serve as Officer-in-Charge of the section as required.
• 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 identify and develop 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.

• 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.

• 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 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.
EducationAdvanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Degree in production economics, regional economics or related field is desirable.Work Experience
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  agricultural policy and food security analysis, interregional and regional analysis in the context of Africa is highly desirable. 
LanguagesFluency 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. 
Assessment MethodCompetency based interview and other assessment method. 
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. 
United Nations ConsiderationsThe United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.
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