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Development Economist (National)
|Location :||Port Moresby, PAPUA NEW GUINEA|
|Application Deadline :||21-Jul-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||261 working days from 1st July,2019 to 30th June 2020, Direct supervision by Resident Representative|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||261 working days from 1st July,2019 to 30th June 2020, Direct supervision by Resident Representative|
UNDP supports countries around the world to formulate strategies, policies, and programme interventions that promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To advance these aims, UNDP provides technical policy advice and programming tools, especially to help address critical sustainable development challenges.
The UNDP country office works closely with government counterparts and other national stakeholders to support the introduction of inclusive and sustainable development policies that are aligned with the national context. National economists based in country offices across the Asia-Pacific region contribute to this work, including through support to policy dialogue with government officials and other partners, assistance in programme development, and production of research and analysis. These colleagues also collaborate and share experiences and practices across countries inside and outside the Asia-Pacific region.
UNDP Papua New Guinea is recruiting a national Development Economist to help contribute to its overall work programme. The Development Economist will support the country office by providing economic analysis and policy advice to management and government counterparts that favor inclusive development, including the integration of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs into the Government’s Medium Term Development Plan 3 (MTDP3), the Strategy for Responsible Sustainable Development (StaRS) and the District Development Plans. S/he will also work closely with all programme teams and be responsible for helping develop large-scale development solutions and activities aimed at enhancing UNDP’s programmatic support to PNG. The Development Economist is expected to contribute to knowledge generation through research and analysis, represent UNDP as required in policy discussions, and work closely with the country programme teams and the regional network on SDG integration, acceleration, and innovation.
The Development Economist will be based full-time in the UNDP country office. Domestic and international travel may be required. S/he will work closely with the programme and operations teams in the country office, UNDP’s support to achieving the SDGs in PNG, and colleagues in the Bangkok Regional Hub (BRH). S/he will also collaborate with the Asia-Pacific regional network of country economists. This will include systematic engagement with and oversight from the lead regional economic advisors based in Bangkok and Beijing. S/he is also expected to develop and maintain a network of colleagues across development partner agencies, government institutions, the private sector, and civil society.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the RR with matrix reporting to the Regional Economic Advisor in Bangkok Regional Hub, the Development Economist will be primarily responsible for the following work streams:
• Provision of support to UNDP country office management, including to help strengthen programme development and implementation.
• Provision of technical policy advice to national government counterparts, 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 Asia-Pacific region, including collaboration with the regional economist network and analysis of priority regional thematic areas.
1. Provision of support to UNDP country office management, including to help strengthen programme development and implementation.
• Assist UNDP country office management with preparation and implementation of country programmes and strategies, including the Country Programme Document (CPD);
• Support UNDP country office teams to develop and manage relevant thematic portfolios, such as activities to support inclusive growth and progress towards the SDGs;
• Provide analysis and research in priority thematic areas at the country level, including through the publication of policy briefs or other analytical outputs;
• Compile and analyse statistical data as required in support of country strategies and activities;
• Collaborate across UNDP teams, especially to ensure linkages to the work emerging from the network of acceleration labs;
• Support the creation of large-scale development solutions to help address complex development challenges.
2. Provision of technical advice to national government counterparts and other partners, especially in support of the 2030 Agenda and the introduction of sustainable and inclusive economic policies.
• Support and 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.
3. 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;
• 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.
4. Contribution to UNDP’s work across the Asia-Pacific region, including collaboration with the regional economist network and analysis of priority regional thematic areas.
• Participate actively in the UNDP Asia-Pacific regional network of economists, including through attending regional meetings (in-person and/or virtual), sharing relevant experiences, and conducting peer reviews;
• Substantively contribute as possible to UNDP regional knowledge products and development of programming offers in regional priority areas (e.g., inequality, future of work, innovative financing);
• Enhance UNDP’s understanding and design of new approaches to sustainable development across the region by acting as a regional thematic lead where possible.
Knowledge Management and Learning:
• 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:
• Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
• Ability to lead formulation and evaluation of development programmes and projects;
• Ability to apply economic theory to the specific country context, carry out high-quality economic research.
Management and Leadership:
• Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to critical feedback;
• Encourages risk-taking in the pursuit of creativity and innovation;
• Leads teams effectively and shows conflict resolution skills;
• Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
• Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
• Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors.
Required Skills and Experience
Required Skills and Experience
• Master’s Degree in Economics, Econometrics, Statistics or equivalent.
• 7 years of relevant development experience at the national or international level;
• Extensive experience in research and policy-level analysis;
• Direct experience providing technical advice to government officials;
• Experience in designing, monitoring and evaluating development projects;
• Experience using computers and office software packages, including programmes for statistical analysis of data;
• Knowledge of the SDGs and their application at the national level.
• Fluency in English.
The Consultant will be provided with office space, access to internet and other tools to complete his or her deliverables successful.
Proposals may be submitted on or before the deadline as indicated below. Proposals must be submitted using this generic email email@example.com address only.
Incomplete proposals and failure to comply with proposal submission instruction may not be considered or may result in disqualification of proposal.
Completed proposals should be submitted using no later than 30th June 2019
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UNDP looks forward to receiving your Proposal and thank you in advance for your interest in UNDP procurement opportunities.
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.