Chief of Section, Employment & Skills for Balanced Development, P5

UN Economic Commission for Africa
  • Location
    Rabat, Morocco
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jan 11

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This post is located in the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Sub-Regional Office for North Africa (SRO-NA) in Rabat, Morocco. The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Director, Sub-Regional Office (D1), and overall guidance of the Deputy Executive Secretary (Programme).


Within delegated authority, the Chief of Employment & Skills for Balanced Development Section will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Provides guidance on conceptual strategy development and management of overall programme related to “employment, skills and balanced development” section;
  • Plans and oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Section; ensures that substantive work programmes and programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion, coordinating diverse projects in the Section, and, in liaison with UNECA substantive division and other organizations of the United Nations System, donors and agencies as appropriate;
  • Manages, supervises and coordinates the work programme of the Section under his/her responsibility; provides programmatic and substantive reviews of reports prepared by others on the issues of employment, skills, and balanced development;
  • Ensures that the outputs produced by the Section “employment, skills and balanced development” maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced meet required standards and comply with the relevant mandates;
  • Provides substantive input in the preparation of publications, position papers and reports for presentation to Expert Group Meetings, intergovernmental bodies such as the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts (ICE) and the Conference of Ministers (COM) and other policy-making organs, as appropriate;
  • Contributes to the reporting to intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in biannual and/or annual reports;
  • Prepares inputs for the work programme of the Sub-Regional Office North Africa in relation to “employment, skills and balanced development”, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery, contributes to resources mobilization;
  • Carries out programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Section, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, evaluation of staff performance (ePAS);
  • Recruits staff for the Section taking into account geographical and gender balance and other institutional values;
  • Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision;
  • Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Section and across organizational boundaries;
  • Represents the Organization at inter-agency meetings, seminars, etc. on “employment, skills, and balanced development” related issues;
  • Participates in international, regional or national meetings and provides programmatic/substantive expertise on ‘employment, skills, and balanced development” issues, or hold programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following:

  • Senior managers and staff within SRO-NA, UNECA divisions, UNCT and UN entities;
  • Staff within the UN Secretariat, Missions Heads and other UN offices, funds, programmes and specialized agencies;
  • Representatives of Governments and representatives of non-governmental organizations. Chairs and members of intergovernmental bodies.

Results expected:

Produces high-quality outputs on key issues related to Employment, skills and balanced development. Effectively assists, guides and supports programme managers in meeting their objectives and outputs. Provides substantive support in the servicing of various committees and intergovernmental bodies. Effectively develops staff under his/her supervision, including their on-going learning and development.


  • Professionalism: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; 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; takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;
  • 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;
  • Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable;
  • Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow. Empowers others to translate vision into results. Is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives. Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support. Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Drives for change and improvement; does not accept the status quo. Shows the courage to take unpopular stands;
  • Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate) in economics, business or public administration or related field 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in academia or economic/public policy related to jobs, economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes or related area is required. Experience in social and economic structural transformation in the context of Africa is desirable. Knowledge of employment and skills development in emerging countries is desirable. Qualifying years of experience are calculated following the receipt of the first-level university degree recognized by the United Nations.


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. 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 Arabic is an advantage.

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