Apply for the UNECA (United Nations Commission for Africa) Fellowship for Young African Professionals

Background

ECA is inviting applications from qualified young African Professionals to the “ECA Fellowships for Young African Professionals” programme.

The Fellowship programme is targeted at young Africans. Candidates applying for Fellowship position must be below 35 years of age when entering the programme. They must have Masters Degree or related Advanced degree. Candidates currently enrolled in a Ph.D programme or with an admission are also welcome to apply.

The programme aims to provide practical, on-the-job experience to the young professionals as they prepare either for a career in research and international development and the public sector. It will also familiarize them with the Commission’s broad programmes and services to member States and sub-regional bodies in addressing the social dimensions of Africa’s development.

About this Vacancy

This call is open only to nationals of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa member States. ECA is the regional arm of the United Nations in Africa. Its mandate is to promote the economic and social development of Africa. ECA’s dual role as a regional arm of the UN, and a part of the regional institutional landscape in Africa, positions it well to make unique contributions to member States’ efforts to address their development challenges. Its strength derives from its role as the only UN agency mandated to operate at the regional and sub-regional levels to harness resources and bring them to bear
on Africa’s priorities.

In its efforts to reposition itself as a Think Tank of choice in Africa, ECA seeks to engage bright young Africans for skills development through a fellowship programme within ECA’s work programme. This fellowship initiative is in line with the Commission’s effort to assist member States develop their capacities in economic and social policy research, development, implementation, analysis, governance, and monitoring and evaluation.
ECA is hereby inviting applications from qualified young African Professionals in the following thematic
areas:

 Knowledge Management, Information Management or Library Sciences;
 Evaluation framework in support of SDGs Voluntary National Reviews;
 Human Resource Management in Public Institutions

Qualified women and young scholars are particularly encouraged to apply.

The programme aims to provide practical, on-the-job experience to the young professionals as they prepare either for a career in research and international development and the public sector. It will also provide the candidate with the opportunity to familiarize with the Commission’s broad programmes and services to member States and sub-regional bodies in addressing economic and social dimensions of Africa’s development priorities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the fellow will be responsible for the following duties:

The Fellow(s) will agree to a work programme in the area of economic and social development defined mutually with the receiving/mentoring Division, Sub-Regional Office or Centre.

The fellow(s) will contribute to the work of the Division, Sub-Regional Office or Centre by carrying out research, analytical studies, drafting reports and supporting other activities, as directed. Assignments within the areas of focus may include, but are not limited to, collecting, evaluating, interpreting, and analyzing economic, social and political development issues in the focus areas.

The fellow(s) will also contribute to technical and policy reports, briefing notes, and support in the organization and servicing of expert group meetings, workshops, and seminars; and fulfill various other administrative tasks for the effective delivery of the activities.

Qualifications

Education
Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree or doctorate or their equivalents) in international affairs, development, development, peace and human security, information management, library sciences, administration, public administration, diplomacy, economics, political and social sciences, law, and related field is required.

Work Experience
Academic research or academic work related to the focus thematic areas is required. Experience in programme and policy monitoring and evaluation, research/analytical work in socio-economic and political development, natural resource management/law, regional integration, governance, infrastructure development, governance, peace and related areas in the context of Africa, either in the academia, private, public or civil society organizations, is an advantage.

Language
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. The fellow(s) shall be fluent in oral and written English or French. Working knowledge of the other is also desirable.

Read the full job description at the official website here

Visit the UNECA website at www.uneca.org

Apply by 27/January/2019

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