Senior Policy Advisor

Location : Manila, PHILIPPINES
Application Deadline :30-May-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-5
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :1 Year with possibility for extension


You are invited to join a team of dedicated development professionals whose primary role is to support the Philippines to achieve the 2030 Agenda.  As part of the UNDP team your focus will be to work with multiple stakeholders to find the country specific solutions that lead to the eradication of poverty and to ensure no one is left behind - and we reach those furthest behind first.

You will be confronted with diverse development challenges, including addressing   basic   development   needs, supporting institutional   transformations   to enable   sustainable   development, and enabling rapid recovery from shocks, crises and conflicts by strengthening development pathways.   These development challenges are not mutually exclusive.  In fact, they often coexist, requiring tailored integrated solutions that can adequately address specific deficits and barriers.

We place a premium on national ownership in the analysis, design and implementation of solutions, as well as a partnership-based approach to leverage the range of skills and resources needed – public and private.  We work closely with all stakeholders in society to find innovative solutions to old development problems.

UNDP is looking for individuals who have the analytical, planning and implementation capacities that can address links, choices and connections across many issues and sectors.  We seek individuals who can apply global best practice to national contexts. We are looking for people who are enthusiastic, motivated and committed to making a positive contribution to Development in the Philippines.

You will have strong knowledge and demonstrated experience in one or all of the following: climate action; institutions and partnerships development; and peace building.  Your role will be to contribute to building and managing a multi-million-dollar portfolio of activities that help to shape effective development policy and programs in the Philippines.  You will work collaboratively with your colleagues to ensure holistic, integrated, effective and efficient programming.  You will also work with our sister UN Agencies, UNDP HQ staff, Government officials, technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society to successfully implement the UNDP programme.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the UNDP Resident Representative, the Senior Policy Advisor (SPA) leads the Programme & Impact Advisory (PIAT) service of UNDP Country Office in the Philippines. The role of the SPA is to ensure the programmatic relevance and strategic positioning of UNDP, through policy research, exploration, analysis, advisory and advocacy efforts. The SPA coordinates evidence-based research and analyses, policy options, communication and advocacy of UNDP’s mandate and mission, and supports UNDP Senior Management in new programming in partnerships with the government, development partners, and other key stakeholders. With a team external and in-house expert under his/her supervision, the SPA monitors economic and social policy developments and advises the management on interventions that can be taken to scale, that have demonstrated development impact and reflect quality and efficient implementation.  He/she leads UNDP’s policy dialogue with the government and development partners.

1. Conduct evidence-based research and analyses for policy options, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Collection, compilation, analyses and interpretation of social and economic statistical data, thorough research of the evidenced-based socio-economic development issues in the country and production of relevant reports;
  • Provision of top-quality analyses and substantive inputs to CCA, UNDAF, CPD and other strategic documents;
  • Provision of substantive advice on possible areas for UNDP support and adjustment of on-going programmes to ensure that UNDP programmes are in line with national policies and priorities;
  • Analytical policy research to support evidence-based programming;
  • Innovation and exploration through the operationalization of SDG platforms and Labs;
  • Production of periodic updates and briefs on country development situation to be used by stakeholders, CO and HQ;
  • Participation in sub-regional, regional and inter-agency initiatives related to development issues, as required.

2. Planning, organization, facilitation of policy dialogue and public consultation on social and economic development issues, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Facilitation of policy dialogue on social and economic issues with the government, development partners, civil society, the private sector; contributions to development of policies as relevant;
  • Provision of policy options, particularly from pro-poor and human-centered perspectives, on macroeconomic and development issues to government and other development actors;
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks through identification of best practices and lessons learned;
  • Assessment of the country’s social and economic policies and their impacts on poverty reduction, inequality and exclusion;
  • Support to monitoring progress and formulation of strategies towards the achievement of the SDGs.

3. Communication, advocacy and promotion of UNDP’s mandate and mission, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Policy advocacy for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Human Development and pro-poor and equitable economic growth by participating in relevant fora, conferences and trainings;
  • Production of high-quality research papers for UNDP presentation at workshops and conferences;
  • Management of events and publications on economic issues, advocacy of the main report's findings among relevant Governmental agencies, civil society organizations and donors.

4. Leads the development of new UNDP projects by building strategic partnerships with the government and development partners with resource mobilization, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Formulation of new Programme and projects in consultation with the government, and development partners;
  • Research and analyses of information on key stakeholders – the government, development partners, civil society, and the private sector in preparation for possible areas of cooperation.

5. Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing in focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Organization and leadership of Country Programme Outcome reviews and evaluations;
  • Synthesis of lessons learned and best practices of policy and programme relevance;
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice;
  • Supports the RR in its resource mobilization effort and leads the elaboration of programme initiatives in coordination with UNDP senior management and PPT;
  • Top quality advisory services and facilitation of knowledge building and management instituted.





Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Level 6: Exercises stakeholder-centered design approaches for office / programme / division


Ability to persuade others to follow

Level 6: Ensures teams are resourced for success  and empowered to deliver

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Level 6: Guides substantive specialists / teams and expands credibility and innovation capacity


Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Level 6: Creates confidence among stakeholders by delivering authoritative positions, compelling analysis, and contextual acumen


Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Level 6: Accepts accountability for the outcomes of programme delivery and facilitates improvement and innovation in the delivery of products and services


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Innovation and Strategic Thinking

Ability to try out / test new ways of engagement and communications. Openness to different and new ways of doing things; willingness to modify one’s preferred way of doing things


Ability to analyze the organization’s value proposition and shape visionary/long term plans.  Use insight to identify target audiences and partners and to inform communication objectives, messages and solutions.

Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise

Design Thinking

Knowledge of method (s) for practical, creative resolution of problems and creation of solutions, with the intent of an improved future result.

Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise

Economics & Innovative Finance for SDG

Knowledge of economics concepts, principles and policies and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations


Knowledge of financing for sustainable development and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations


Knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations

Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise

Substantive Networking

Ability to substantively engage and foster networks with academia, research institutions, and think tanks

Level 6: Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master's Degree in Economics, Political Sciences, Social Sciences or related field.


  • 10 years of relevant experience at the national or international level.
  • Relevant experience in research and policy-level analysis.
  • Some experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems and advanced programmes for statistical analysis of data.

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in English. Working knowledge of other UN language desirable.


  • Non-Smoking environment.

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