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Secretary of Committee needed at UN Economic Commission for Africa

Application Deadline: November 9, 2020

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.


Within delegated authority, the Secretary of the Commission will be responsible for the following duties: •Prepare for and organizes the meetings of the legislative bodies/intergovernmental processes of the Commission and other official meetings convened by the Executive Secretary, including quarterly briefings to members States and annual retreat of ECA with permanent representatives. •Lead the preparatory process of the Conference of Ministers as chair of the Conference of Ministers Task Force. Coordinate the preparation of agenda and programme of work of the sessions and coordinates the in-session deliberations; provide support to the bureau of the committee of experts and the Conference of Ministers. •Responsible for day-to-day external relations of the Commission with Member States, providing legal guidance and advice. •Supervise overall legal aspects with the host country, including representation and legal aspects. •Serve as a recognized expert and independently handle a wide range of multi-discipline, highly complex and often sensitive and/or conflicting legal matters involving issues relating to international, public, private and administrative law, to include interpretation and application of instruments in that area of focus including of resolution of disputes and arbitration working with UN legal bodies. •Provide the ECA secretariat with legal counsel, manage legal affairs and in this connection liaise with UN headquarters. Perform extensive legal research and analysis and prepare legal opinions, studies, briefs, reports and correspondence; make recommendations to senior officials of substantive Divisions and Sub-Regional offices with respect to actions to take. •Provide authoritative legal advice on diverse substantive and procedural questions of considerable complexity, which may include those related to administration and management, and other operational matters. •Prepare legal submissions/motions as necessary in the course of investigations. •Review, advise on and supervise the review, negotiation and drafting of complex contracts (including procurement), agreements (such as host country agreements), institutional and operational modalities, or legal motions/submissions and other legal documents; develops new legal modalities to meet unique needs/circumstances. •Advise the Commission on more complex cases before arbitral and other tribunal or administrative proceedings, including disciplinary cases and staff appeals to UN Dispute Tribunals and Administrative Tribunals. •Conduct and manage day-to-day internal and external relations of the Commission and where necessary liaise with the UN Office of Legal Affairs in New York and other UN bodies. •Perform other duties as assigned. Work implies frequent interaction with the following: UN headquarters, OLA, Regional Commissions, Directors both within and outside the duty station, Embassies, counterparts, senior attorneys and officials in UN common system organizations, specialized agencies, governments, law firms and other external entities.



An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in international law or related fields is required. A first-level or advanced degree (Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in any fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree in the specified fields of studies.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in law, including legal analysis, research and writing is required. Experience in the area of contemporary international relations and of UN system and UN Staff Rules and Regulations, organization and interrelationships is highly desirable.


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 another UN official language is an advantage.



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