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DIRECTOR, SUB-REGIONAL OFFICE FOR EAST AFRICA, D1

Department/Office: ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR AFRICA
Duty Station: KIGALI
Posting Period: 30 June 2016 - 28 August 2016
Reference Link: https://careers.un.org/lbw/jobdetail.aspx?id=62980
Org. Setting and Reporting
ECA’s Mandate and Role:
The mandate of the Commission is to promote the economic and social development of its 54 member states, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development. ECA has a unique and dual role as the regional arm of the United Nations and as an integral component of the African institutional landscape.
Org .Setting And Reporting:
The Director, Sub-Regional Office for East Africa, will be located in Kigali, Rwanda, and reports directly to the Deputy Executive Secretary for Knowledge Delivery. The position is under the oversight of the Knowledge Delivery Pillar of the ECA, comprising of the following Offices: Public Information and Knowledge Management Division (PIKMD); Capacity Development Division (CDD), Division of Administration (DoA), ECA five Sub-Regional Offices (SROs) and the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP).
Mandate of the Sub-Regional Office for East Africa:
The mandate of the Sub Regional Office is to strengthen the capacity of member states to formulate evidence-based plans and policies in support of economic and social transformation in East Africa by contributing to and promoting the results of ECA's policy-oriented research and facilitating linkages and information exchange between development actors in the region. Particular emphasis is placed on the analysis of economic and social development, with a focus on gender and youth issues; regional integration dynamics; sustainable development and sustainable management of natural resources; climate change impact and food security; industrialization as leverage of economic transformation, and innovation and knowledge management. The Sub-Regional Office for East Africa serves the following countries: Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, and Madagascar.
Education
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, public administration, social sciences, development management or related areas is required. A first-level university degree in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. A PhD in Economics or Development Economics would be an asset.
Work Experience
At least 15 years of progressively responsible experience in research, management and analysis of socio-economic development issues in Africa is required. Demonstrated evidence of management abilities of development programmes in an international organizational units is required. Experience in facilitation and conducting of intergovernmental processes is desirable; experience in handling a multidisciplinary portfolio of tasks and duties is required. Ability to lead a team of specialists in and interdisciplinary effort is required. Experience of regional integration and social and economic structural transformation in the context of Africa is desirable.
Languages
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.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
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