Economics Specialist

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Banking & Finance

Freetown, Sierra Leone

Job Type

Full-time

Closing date:

28 April 2022

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Background

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

 

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Under the guidance and the direct supervision of the Economics Advisor, the national economist will analyze economic and social trends in Sierra Leonne. S/he will support research, development, and the formulation of national strategies and action plans. The work will cover issues related to macro-economic analysis and inclusive growth, financing for development, sustainable public finance, structural transformation, and SDGs. The aim is to strengthen the impact of UNDP’s contributions to the national policy analysis, dialogue and implementation as well as to enhance the policy impact of UNDP programs. The National Economist works with UNDP experts, consultants, UN Agencies, International Financial Institutions, Government officials, donors, universities, and research institutes.

Requirements

Competencies

  • Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact
  • Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems
  • Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands
  • Act with Determination: LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
  • Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

UNDP People Management Competencies can be found in the dedicated site.

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

  • Knowledge Management & Learning - Functional: Shares knowledge and experience and contributes to UNDP Practice Areas and actively works towards continuing personal learning and development. Ability to provide top quality policy advice services on economic issues. In-depth practical knowledge of inter-disciplinary development issues
  • Development and Operational Effectiveness- Functional: Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting. Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Management and Leadership - Functional: Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s Degree in Economics or related fields is required;
  • Ph.D. in Economics will be an advantage.

Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years, experience at the national or international level in relevant areas of economic research and policy and implementation support;
  • Extensive experience in research, economic modeling and policy-level analysis;
  • Direct experience providing technical advice to government officials
  • Experience in preparing high quality policy briefs, papers and guidance notes for use by senior policy makers;
  • Experience of strategic visioning with strong technical and highly developed analytical capabilities;
  • Knowledge of the SDGs and their application at the national level and demonstrated experience in stakeholder analysis and engagement;
  • Experience using computers and office software packages, including Knowledge of statistical and econometrics packages (Stata, GAMS, EVIEWS, etc.);
  • Previous work experience in Sierra Leone would be an asset.

Language:

  • Fluency in oral and written English is essential.

Important:

Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.

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About the Role

Position Purpose

Advice the UNDP country office management and programme team to strengthen programme development and implementation  Provision of technical advice to government counterparts and other partners, especially in support of the 2030 Agenda and the introduction of sustainable and inclusive economic policies  Representation, advocacy, and partner engagement to support UNDP’s institutional positioning and advance its mandate.  Contribution to UNDP’s work across the Africa region, including collaboration with the regional economist network and analysis of priority regional thematic areas

Duties and Responsibilities

Advice the UNDP country office management and programme team to strengthen programme development and implementation:

  • Advise UNDP country office management with preparation and implementation of country programmes and strategies, including the development of country programme document and related analysis;
    Support UNDP country office teams to develop and manage relevant thematic portfolios, such as activities to support inclusive growth, development finance and progress towards the SDGs;
    Support UNDP country office efforts to implement the Integrated National Financing Framework and related programmes;
    Provide analysis and research in priority thematic areas at the country level, including publication of policy briefs, factsheets, country specific/sector specific studies and other analytical outputs;
    Support the preparation of policy briefs, background notes, speeches, talking points, presentation materials, etc. on critical development issues within the SDG framework for senior management at the country and regional levels;
    Lead the development of the report such as the Human Development Report (HDR), the Voluntary National and Local Reviews and the Multidimensional Poverty Index and ensure that they provide added value in terms of development economic analysis, updated data and information for policy formulation;
    Compile and analyze statistical data as required in support of country strategies and activities;
    Contribute to leveraging financing for development, with particular emphasis on innovative financing;
  • Support the creation of large-scale development solutions to help address complex development challenges;

Provision of technical advice to government counterparts and other partners, especially in support of the 2030 Agenda and the introduction of sustainable and inclusive economic policies:

  • Facilitate dialogue on sustainable development issues with government officials, development partners, civil society, and the private sector;
  • Provide policy and programming advice and support for development planning and policy formulation at the national, sub-national and local levels;
  • Support the identification and analysis of interventions that can impact multiple development goals and targets at the same time;
  • Support monitoring and reporting of progress related to SDGs and other national development frameworks, including to help strengthen national and local level data collection and statistical capacity;
  • Leverage support and expertise from the UNDP’s global/regional Economist networks to assist in strengthening UNDP’s support on economic analysis and policy development to Government and the UN Country Team.

Representation, advocacy, and partner engagement to support UNDP’s institutional positioning and advance its mandate:

  • Develop and/or strengthen partnerships with UN agencies, IFIs, bilateral development agencies, private sector entities, and civil society;
  • Organize and Represent UNDP country office in relevant forums, conferences, or workshops, including to present research or programmatic results;
  • Support UNDP resource mobilization and future growth strategies through project pipeline development and design of large-scale programme and development solutions;
  • Contribute to national, regional, and global knowledge networks and communities of practice

Contribution to UNDP’s work across the Africa region, including collaboration with the regional economist network and analysis of priority regional thematic areas:

  • Participate actively in the UNDP Africa regional network of economists, through attending regional meetings (in-person and/or virtual), sharing relevant experiences, and conducting peer reviews;
  • Collaborate and contribute to regional publications, practice notes, and Regional Human Development Reports;
  • Substantively contribute as possible to UNDP regional knowledge products and development of programming offers in regional priority areas;