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This is a UNV National Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as National UN Volunteer. It is normally only for nationals. More about UNV National Specialist contracts.

Established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) in 1958 as one of the UN's five regional commissions, ECA's mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development. Made up of 54 member States and playing a dual role as a regional arm of the UN and as a key component of the African institutional landscape, ECA is well positioned to make unique contributions in addressing the Continent’s development challenges. The strategic objective of ECA is framed around delivering ideas and actions for an empowered, inclusive and transformed Africa in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063 of the African Union through its three core functions, namely, its function as a think tank, its convening function and its operational function. For more information, go to

This position is located in the Office of the Executive Secretary and the incumbent reports to the senior officers in the Office of the Executive Secretary.

Within the delegated authority and under the overall supervision of the Executive Secretary or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UNV Economist will:

•Collect, evaluate, interpret, and analyze macroeconomic issues in the focus areas, including areas of trade, fiscal and monetary policies and governance. •Provide input and recommendation on primary and secondary data collection (qualitative and quantitative) for economic analysis. •Support data collection activities of the Office of the Executive Secretary and develop process improvement mechanisms for data analytics tasks. •Undertake studies/research, analyze and present macro-economic trends and data, as well as information on emerging best practices in collection and interpretation of economic data on key issues/areas assigned; •Provide technical and analytical leadership and/or drafting support for the preparation of background documents for the Executive Secretary. •Provides support to the Executive Secretary before, during and after her participation in meetings, conferences and other events, by means of developing talking points, coordinating the Executive Secretary’s participation with event organizers and internal teams, including Comms and other relevant divisions; •Provide data excerpts and analysis, per the requests of the Executive Secretary; •Carry out substantive research and draft issues notes for the Executive Secretary. •Assist with organizing and convening meetings, including attending to all relevant preparations, preparing background documents and taking notes of meetings. •Participates in technical meetings, conferences, and seminars and takes notes, draft summary reports, minutes, notes for the files or assessment reports for presentation and monitors follow-up actions as requested. •Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.

•Professionalism: In-depth knowledge and understanding of socio-economic and development issues; conceptual and strategic ability to analyze and evaluate critical matters pertaining to socio-economic and political issues in Africa including ability to translate development-related data/information into policy relevant analyses; ability to undertake research with limited supervision; technical capabilities or knowledge relevant or transferrable to UNECA procedures and rules; discretion, political sensitivity, diplomacy and tact to deal with clients; ability to apply good judgement; ability to liaise and coordinate with a range of different actors, especially in senior positions; where appropriate, high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; resourcefulness and willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented; •Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, mixed-gender environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion, nationality and age; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of UN operations; ability to achieve common goals and provide guidance or training to colleagues; •Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities; •Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups;

economic analysis and collecting and researching data across various areas of social and economic development or related areas is required. •Proven writing skills in macroeconomic modelling, statistics programming, econometrics and simulations is desirable. •Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills; •Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel; •Knowledge and ability to use computer software and applications for presentations •Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;

Addis Ababa is the capital of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The population is estimated at about 4 million or so. Addis Ababa located in the Ethiopian highlands at an altitude of 2,500-2,700 meters. The climate is sunny and temperate, but it can be very cold at night, with freezing temperature at times. It is therefore advisable to bring warm clothing and foresee using heaters and/or log fires when necessary. Addis Ababa is the headquarters for the UN Economic Commission for Africa as well as the African Union (ex-OAU). Thus, there is a very large community of expatriates from all over the world. There are some 80 embassies/diplomatic missions. Housing is most of the time readily available and the rents are, on average, reasonable. Most foodstuffs, beverages, household goods, furniture and clothing, mostly imported from the Middle/Far East, South Africa and Europe, or local brands, can be found, although they can be expensive. Meat, fish, fresh fruits and vegetables are cheap and abundantly available.

The basic infrastructures - roads, utilities, and telecommunications - are below standard, as are medical facilities, which are still largely inadequate, although a few private clinics and hospitals provide reasonably good routine care. There are lots of tourist attractions to visit around the country, although the amenities are often poor to average. Several restaurants around the city serve local or international cuisine and there are numerous social and cultural events throughout the year organized by the international and local communities. Sports facilities (fitness, tennis, swimming, riding, golf, etc.) exist in the major hotels or in different establishments around the city. There are no major or special security concerns within Addis Ababa city limits.

As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials.

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