Posted Dec 22


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Full Time

Job Opening

Posting Title: ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER (Policy and Regulatory Frameworks)
Duty Station: ADDIS ABABA
Posting Period: 21 December 2016 - 19 January 2017
Job Opening Number: 16-Economic Affairs-ECA-70947-R-Addis Ababa (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A

United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignments 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.

This is a project post. Filling of this position is subject to funding availability and the initial appointment will be for a period of one year.

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of funds.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the African Minerals Development Center at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The incumbent works under the direct supervision of the Senior Governance Specialists.


Within delegated authority, the Economic Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties: Monitors developments in the mineral sector at global, regional and national levels; Conducts research and analysis related to mineral policies and regulatory frameworks to develop recommendations through the use of relevant tools and policy research methodologies; Identifies emerging issues and trends that affect the African Mineral Sector; Interprets, applies and, as necessary, adapts models to determine trends, patterns, and relationships and the effects of alternative policies related to the mineral sector; Drafts inputs for global, regional and national Mineral Sector technical reports; Identifies and analyses policy proposals relating to the mineral sector to provide a basis for advising national governments on mineral policy and economic development issues; 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 mineral policies and regulatory frameworks; Prepares speeches and other inputs for presentations by senior staff; Monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects; Prepares inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies.


Professionalism: Ability to contextualize mineral development within broad economic and sustainable development concepts. Ability to conduct independent research on mineral policy and regulatory topics. Ability to contribute to mineral development policies and make recommendations on their implementations. In-depth knowledge of mineral development issues confronting Africa. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of mineral policy and regulatory issues; 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.

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 & 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 earth science, economics, mineral law or development related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years or progressively responsible experience in mineral policy research, analysis and formulation, especially as applied to mineral sector governance


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in oral and written English or French is required. Working knowledge of the other is an advantage. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based-interview.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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