ECA Fellowships for Young African Professionals

January 19, 2007.  


ECA Fellowships for Young African Professionals

I. General information


The fellowship programme targets young African professionals who have completed their Masters Degree programmes. The programme seeks to familiarize the young professionals with the Commission's broad programmes and services to member States and sub-regional bodies in addressing the macroeconomic dimension of Africa's development challenges. It is designed to provide practical and on-the-job experience to the young professionals as they prepare for their doctoral studies. Finally the programme seeks to prepare the young professionals for possible career assignments at African development institutions, teaching and research think tanks or member States' government institutions upon completion of their higher degrees.


The positions are located in the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). ECA intensifies its effort to provide tangible support to member States. Therefore, it is soliciting applications for fellowships in one of its areas of focus, i.e. in macroeconomic analysis and growth, with a special focus on macroeconomic modelling for policy simulation.

II. Conditions


The fellowship is for a period of five months. It is open only for nationals of ECA member states.


Fellows will receive a lump-sum payment of USD 3,000 per month and a round-trip ticket to Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia.


The fellowship is attainable for a period not to exceed five months, without possible extension.


The fellows cannot be employed on ECA or UN regular positions within six months of completion of a fellowship period, the presumption being that they will proceed to further studies.


The fellows will agree to a work programme defined mutually with the receiving department, Trade, Finance and Economic Development Division (TFED).


The fellows will give copies or reports and any other tangible outputs supported by the fellowship, to ECA.

III. Responsibilities




The Fellows will agree to a work programme defined mutually with the hiring manager. Assignments within the respective area of focus may include, but are not limited to, collect, evaluate, interpret, analyse specified statistics and qualitative socio-economic information obtained from a variety of sources; maintain databases; contributing to reports, briefing notes, speeches and other ECA documents; and assist in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, workshops, and seminars; and fulfil various other administrative tasks for the final delivery of ECA's services.



The Fellows will provide copies of reports and any other tangible outputs supported by the fellowship, to ECA.


IV. Competencies




Professionalism : Good drafting ability, good understanding of economic theory and its applications; skill in developing sources for data collection; ability to analyse data; ability to work with macroeconomic models; ability to plan and organize own work and to work in support of and in cooperation with others.



Technology awareness : Sound knowledge of the Internet and basic software for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation and ability to use econometrics software.



Communications : Good interpersonal and communication skills.



Teamwork : Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds and respect for diversity.



Gender Mainstreaming : Ability to identify and address relevant gender perspectives in substantive work.



Client Orientation : Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff and outside collaborators.


V. Qualifications


Education : Advanced university degree in economics or in a related area.

Experience : Some Experience in applying economic training is an advantage

Languages : Fluency in oral and written English and/or French with knowledge of the other is an advantage.

Other Skills : Ability to write clearly and concisely on economic issues is required.


VI. Deadline for Applications: 21 January 2007


For more information and to apply, send email or fax with supporting documents, including three references shown on your CV to:

Susan Mokonyana, Chief

Human Resources Services Section

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

P.O. Box 3001 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Fax: 251-11 - 5 51 04 89




Günther Manske

Dr. Günther Manske