Call for Application: United Nations Development Programme

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March 11, 2021

The UNDP Renewed Strategic Offer in Africa (Strategic Offer) aims to strengthen UNDP’s position as Africa’s premier enabler and integrator for the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the 2063 Agenda. Premised on Africa’s promise, it is organized around Six Strategic Impact Areas: Natural Resource Governance; Youth Employment and Empowerment; Structural Economic Transformation; Sustainable Energy; Climate Change; and Peace and Security; and is underpinned by Six Foundational Enablers: Governance of Things; Digital Transformation; Sustainable/Innovative Financing; Strategic Communication and Partnerships; South-South Cooperation; and Development Intelligence.

Applications are sought for a position in its Addis Ababa, Ethiopia station. Applicants will have a Master’s Level Degree with 10 years experience.


  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in export development, enterprise development, export promotion and competitiveness, international trade and Aid for Trade at the national level is required;
  • Experience working with exporter associations, chambers of commerce, business councils and exporter bodies, with an understanding of issues concerning women and youth;
  • Experience in the private sector, working on the ground with export-oriented companies;
  • Knowledge of international and regional trade in Africa including from the perspective of its application in African countries and RECs is desirable;
  • A track record of supporting enterprises to boost export capacity will be an asset;
  • Experience with market research and analysis in an export promotion context will be an asset;
  • Experience in collaborating with pan African institutions, regional economic communities and other stakeholders;
  • Experience working as a manager within a UN agency or intergovernmental organization and field experience is preferred;
  • Proven experience in development programming, including good understanding of UNDP programming modalities, and rules and regulations is an asset;
  • Extensive experience in project development and management;
  • Experience conducting qualitative research and monitoring and evaluation is preferred;
  • Experience in gender mainstreaming into economic policy, especially trade and investment;
  • Experience in writing technical and analytical policy papers on trade, investment and industrialisation within the African context;
  • Coordination experience working with government, development partners, and international partners would be an asset;
  • Excellent knowledge of and extensive experience of Africa, including in economic development, trade, and investment;
  • Experience preparing and managing national implementation strategies/action plans for trade and investment;
  • Experience in providing regional policy advice and/or regional technical assistance with the African Union Commission, Regional Economic Communities and African Union Member States;
  • Experience with in providing policy advice for industrialisation, investment, and SME development in Africa;

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Project Management
  2. Partnerships Management and Coordination
  3. Resource Mobilization
  4. Research: Export and Market Intelligence
  5. People Management
  6. Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting

Deadline: 13/3/2021 (Midnight New York, USA)