UNDP Careers – Economics Advisor at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Title:   Economics Advisor

Organization: United
Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Post Level: P-5
Reports to: UNDP
Resident Representative
About UNDP:
The United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations’ global development network.  UNDP advocates for change and connects
countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better
life. The UNDP provides expert advice, training, grant support to developing
countries including Uganda with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least
developed countries.
Job Summary: The UNDP
Economics Advisor will be responsible for research, development and application
of the principles and theories of economics to the formulation of strategies
and plans for solution of economic problems, especially as they relate to the
Millennium Development Goals. The Economics Advisor analyses economic and
social trends and provides advisory services to the Government, UN Country Team
on development issues and policies as well as enhances the policy impact of
UNDP programmes and projects. The Economics Advisor monitors economic policy
developments and advises RC/RR, UNCT and other member of the UNDP team and its
partners on policy issues. He/she contributes to UNDP’s policy dialogue with
Government and donors. She/he supervises and leads a team of UNDP experts,
international and national consultants and project staff. The incumbent works
in close collaboration with the operations and programme teams, UNDP HQs staff,
particularly the Policy Advisors at the corporate level and in the ASROs, and
Government officials, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society
ensuring high level of UNDP programmes policy impact.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Offers high quality
economic input to UNCT/UNDP programmes and ensures that UNDP programmes are in
line with national policies and priorities focusing on achievement of the
following results:
  • Thorough
    compilation, analysis and interpretation of economic and statistical data
    relevant to country’s development assets, opportunities and constraints,
    and preparation of top quality relevant socio-economic briefs/reports;
  • Development,
    delivery and mainstreaming into national development initiatives of specific
    policy instruments and services, notably NLTPS, NHDRS, PRS and PRSPs;
  • In
    charge of the identification of areas for UNDP support and interventions;
  • Provision
    of expert advice on formulation and adjustments of UN/UNDP programmes and
    projects (including UNDAFs, CPDs, and CPAPs) based on sound economic
  • Regularly
    reviews and disseminates best practices and lessons learnt from
    implementation of projects and programmes with a view to strengthening the
    upstream orientation within UNDP.
2. Ensures provision of top
quality and innovative policy advisory services to the Government and
facilitation of capacity development and knowledge building and management in
support of pro-poor growth and the attainment of the MDGs and advocating for
the post 2015 development agenda or the Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs)  Agenda in Africa, focusing on
achievement of the following results:
  • Collects,
    analyses and syntheses macro-economic, MDG and SDGs related information
    and best practices, paying attention to the gender and capacity
    development aspects, and proposes policy options to relevant government
  • Provides
    high-quality development advice to RR/RC in policy dialogue with host
    government, UN System and other strategic partners on economic issues, most
    notably in relation to pro-poor economic growth and achievement of the
    MDGs, with the Government, donors, civil society, and the private sector;
  • Actively
    contributes to alternative policy advice through the preparation, launch
    and follow-up of national HDRs;
  • Organizes
    capacity development opportunities for programme countries, including
    support to UN staff and Government officials in the formulation of
    MDG-based policies, plans and programmes, including appropriate
    macroeconomic, fiscal and medium term expenditure frameworks;
  • Stays
    abreast with regional and global economic trends and issues and analyse
    their implications for the realization of the MDGs in Africa;
  • Sound
    contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice, including
    the development of tools for needs assessments and policy analysis, in
    close collaboration with UN agencies, the IFIs and other development
  • Works
    closely with the Bureau for Development Policy, the Bureau for Crisis
    Prevention and Recovery, to provide guidance and support on MDG-related
    issues to the Deputy Regional Director, PSD/RBA.
3. Ensures creation of
strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy
focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Identify
    entry points to development of partnerships with the UN Agencies, IFI’s,
    government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private
    sector, civil society areas based on strategic goals of UNDP, country
    needs, particularly in relation to the MDGs and SDGs, and donors’
  • In
    charge of analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of
    substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation;
  • Keenly
    track the changes in aid effectiveness/development cooperation environment
    and external resource management matters and assists Government and
    UN/UNDP in resource mobilization to meet the MDGs through, among other
    things, preparation of documentation for donor and consultative meetings;
  • Building
    and growing of partnerships with the UN Agencies, IFI’s, government
    institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil
    society areas based on strategic goals of UNDP, country needs,
    particularly in relation to the MDGs, and donors’ priorities.
4. Advocacy and promotion of
awareness of UNDP mandate, mission and purpose focusing on achievement of the
following results:
  • Advocacy
    for the Millennium Development Goals and post 2015 Agenda, human
    development and equitable economic growth by participating in relevant
    forums, conferences and trainings;
  • Actively
    monitoring of poverty reduction and progress towards the achievement of
    the MDGs leading to management of the production and launch of economic
    and MDG-related reports/publications;
  • Substantive
    contribution to knowledge exchanges through the RBA Economists e-network.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the UN Job vacancy should hold a Master’s Degree or
    equivalent in Economics, with strong emphasis on macro-economic and other
    quantitative skills, development economics, and  economic planning.
  • At
    least ten years of post Master’s relevant experience at the national or
    international level;
  • Substantial
    experience with poverty reduction strategy processes in developing country
    contexts and awareness of MDGs related policy matters and aid
    effectiveness issues;
  • Extensive
    experience in research and policy-level analysis, including in
    formulation, monitoring and evaluation of strategies and development
  • Demonstrated
    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.
  • Applies
    the required depth and breadth of knowledge and expertise to meet job
    demands Applies the required depth and breadth of knowledge and expertise
    to meet job demands;
  • Possesses
    extensive knowledge of economic development issues and familiarity with
    major macro-economic policy issues and models and the MDGs;
  • Highly
    capable of applying economic theory to the specific country context;
  • Demonstrates
    strong quantitative skills and the ability to carry out high quality
    economic research, including statistical analysis;
  • Possesses
    proven ability to analyse from a global perspective, with the ability to
    offer practical policy advice on economic issues based on local realities;
  • Uses
    Information Technology effectively as a tool and resource.
Language Requirements: Fluency in English; Knowledge of French
would be an asset.
Personal Competencies:
Corporate Responsibility &
Serves and promotes
the vision, mission, values, and strategic goals of UNDP.
People Skills:
  • Promotes
    a learning and knowledge sharing environment;
  • Facilitates
    the development of individual and multi-cultural/team competencies.
Managing for Results:
  • Plans
    and prioritizes work activities to meet Organizational goals;
  • Strategic
    approach to problem solving.
Partnering & Networking:
  • Builds
    and sustains relationships with key constituents (internal/external/
    bilateral/ multilateral/public/private; civil society);
  • Seeks
    and applies knowledge, information, and best practices from within and
    outside of UNDP;
  • Demonstrates
    ability to handle working relationships with senior officials, academics
    and technical experts.
Innovation & Judgment:
  • Conceptualizes
    and analyzes problems to identify key issues, underlying problems, and how
    they relate;
  • Generates
    creative, practical approaches to overcome challenging situations;
  • Devises
    new systems and processes, and modifies existing ones, to support
    innovative behaviors.
Communication: Demonstrates outstanding communication
skills, verbal and written, in English.
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.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates who so desire to join the United Nations Development
Programme, UNDP, in the aforementioned capacity should endeavor to Apply Online
by Clicking on the link below. Please further review job requirements and if
competent Click Apply Now.
Deadline: 28th January 2015

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