Org. Setting and Reporting
The Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) mission is to deliver ideas and actions for an empowered and transformed Africa; informed by the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063.
The mission will be guided by ECA’s five new strategic directions which are:
Advancing ECA’s position as a premier knowledge institution that builds on its unique position and privilege to bring global solutions to the continent’s problems and take local solution to the continent; developing macroeconomic and structural policy options to accelerate economic diversification and job creation; designing and implementing innovative financing models for infrastructure, and for human, physical and social assets for a transforming Africa; contributing solutions to regional and transboundary challenges, with a focus on peace security and social inclusion as an important development nexus; advocating Africa’s position at the global level and developing regional responses as a contribution to global governance issues.
This position is located in the Demographic and Social Statistics Section of the African Centre for Statistics of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The incumbent reports to the Chief of Economic, Demographic and Social Statistics Section under the supervision of the Director, African Centre for Statistics.
Responsibilities: Within delegated authority, the duties of an Economic Affairs Officer will involve the following duties:
Data Generation, Management and Analyses
•Initiates and co-ordinates the development of appropriate methods for obtaining demographic and social statistics and data.
•Contributes to use of technology in the collection of demographic data through censuses, surveys and civil registration systems.
•Ensure the quality of collected data for accuracy, consistency and comparability;
•Plans and conducts analytical programmes of work in demographic and social statistics. This may include identifying projects, conducting analysis and participating in technical advisory activities for national capacity building;
•Supervises and contributes to the development of relevant databases, web-publishing tools and other software for collection, storage and distribution of statistical data;
•Undertakes methodological research with regard to standards on concepts, definitions and classifications to assist countries and other constituents in strengthening their collection, management and analyses of demographic and social statistics.
•Contribute to the development of new or improved demographic methods and quantitative models for analyses and projections;
•Provides guidance and advice to other departments, field experts, etc., in the planning, operation and evaluation of demography programmes and projects;
•Prepares inputs for reports to intergovernmental bodies.
•Follows intergovernmental meetings and prepares summary reports.
•Prepares inputs to statements by members of the Bureau and Secretariat staff to such meetings.
•Assists in the organization of panels, round tables etc. on development issues for intergovernmental processes.
•Participates in missions on development issues, usually as a member of a team.
•Organizes training seminars for national experts.
•Prepares documentation for technical cooperation programmes and projects.
•Contributes to the preparation of material for the approval of regional, country or sector technical cooperation projects.
•Monitors, backstops and assesses the implementation of technical cooperation programmes and projects.
•Performs other related duties as required, including a variety of administrative tasks necessary for the final delivery of the work unit’s services.
•Undertakes on-the-job and other training activities, both internally and externally.
Work implies frequent interaction with the following:
•Colleagues and senior staff within immediate work unit and peers in the broader organizational unit.
•Middle level officials of UN agencies, regional and global development banks and other international organizations.
•Government officials, academics and other members of civil society.
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