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Senior Economic Affairs Officer

at SESG - Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on the Great Lakes Region
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Date Posted April 16, 2019
Category Management
Currency KSH
Work Hours Day
Street Address Nairobi Branch


Senior Economic Affairs Officer, Nairobi, Kenya
Organization: SESG - Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on the Great Lakes Region
Country: Kenya
City: Nairobi, Kenya
Office: SESG - Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on the Great Lakes Region in Nairobi

Organisational Setting and Reporting
The position is located in the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region and is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Nairobi is classified as a "B" hardship duty station and a family duty station.

The incumbent reports directly to the Chief of Staff OSESG-GL, in Nairobi.

In February 2013, 11 nations signed the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the region, in a renewed drive to end

the recurring cycles of devastating conflict in eastern DRC which impacts stability and development in the Great Lakes area of Africa. On 31 January 2014, two more countries, Kenya and Sudan, became signatories of the PSC Framework. The framework aims to help "address the root causes of conflict and put an end to recurring cycles of violence" in eastern DRC and the Great Lakes Region. In its Resolution 2098 (2013), the Security Council welcomed the signing of the PSC Framework. It called on the Special Envoy, in coordination with the Special Representative for the DRC to "lead, coordinate and assess the implementation of national and regional commitments under the PSC Framework, including through the establishment of benchmarks and appropriate follow-up measures".

The Security Council further encouraged the Special Envoy to "lead a comprehensive political process that includes all relevant stakeholders to address the underlying root causes of the



Within delegated authority, the duties of the Senior Economic Affairs Officer fall mainly into the first three functional areas identified below but all are also likely to embrace a number of programme support responsibilities.

Experience Requirements

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in economic research and analysis, policy formulation, application of economic principles in development programmes, coordinating and organizing investment conferences or exhibitions, including at least five years at the international level, particularly with international organization in conflict or post conflict setting is required. Experience integrating economic perspectives into mainstream policies or programmes is required. Experience advising senior management is required. Experience in managing a team is required. Experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) - or comparable international organization or non-governmental organization - in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.

Job Responsibilities

Leads or participates in the formulation, organization and management of mandated programmes of economic analysis and the formulation of possible economic strategies, policies and actions for adoption by the international community.
Leads or participates in the identification of new or emerging development issues of potential concern to the international community, particularly those of a regional or global nature, and designs and develops programmes to address them.

Education Requirements

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in economics or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two years qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


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

Special Notice
This position is Fixed Term for an initial duration of one (1) year and is located in t

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an asset.
he Office of the Special Envoy for the Great Lake in Nairobi. Nairobi is classified as a "B" non-family duty station.The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.