Economist, Amman, Jordan

Job Description



Tuesday, 18 June 2019

UN Office Development Policy


  • Provide specialized and/or high-profile support policy advisory and programming services primarily to COs within the region, that respond to country office needs, including through the provision of capacity building and backstopping to COs and UNCTs;
  • Work with the Regional Bureau’s Country Advisors to ensure relevant, timely and multi-disciplinary response to country needs for economic policy and economic transformation analysis and packaging of policy options;
  • Compile, analyze, and interpret economic and statistical data, thorough research of the economic and development issues across the region and produce high impact knowledge products aimed at promoting economic growth trajectories that complement comprehensive sustainable development strategies;
  • Provision of world-class economic policy analysis and analytical inputs to UNDP strategic frameworks at country level, e.g. UNDAFs, Country Common Assessments (CCAs) and UNDP CPDs;
  • Provide authoritative advice on strategic entry points for UNDP support and support the calibration of on-going programmes to ensure that UNDP services and overall engagement is in line with national policies and priorities.
  • Lead intersectoral policy dialogue on economic and social issues with the Government, donors, civil society, private sector, within the framework of the SDGs and the overall strategic development vision of countries;
  • Broker national and regional commitment to tailored national and sub-national plans and engagement approaches to ensure that sustainable development approaches shape inclusive economic growth policies;
  • Position UNDP to advance institutional and sector reforms at national and regional levels, through convincing policy advice, robust economic and social analysis, and innovative thinking paired with organizational agility;
  • Develop and present cutting-edge policy options, particularly on macroeconomic and development issues to governments and other development actors, informed by an understanding of complex adaptive systems in the context of sustainable development;
  • Showcase the application of novel economic analysis approaches to inform national/sub-national and regional development strategies and planning instruments/processes to promote economic transformation;
  • Assess national and regional macro-economic policies and their impact on sustainable development with emphasis on human wellbeing, social equity, and the balance between production and consumption;
  • Provide capacity building support for UNDP staff and Government officials on economic levers within the framework of the SDGs and national/sub-national priorities.
  • Engage in substantive debate and co-creation with the Human Development Report Office, and institutions, such as think tanks, universities and financial institutions, to inform the strategic direction of UNDP’s policy advisory support across all areas of the SDGs;
  • Lead collaborative design efforts among diverse stakeholders to source and shape ideas for national and regional economic and social development;
  • Provide direction on the content development for regional/CO knowledge products through the analysis of economic data, case evidence, and research findings in accordance with corporate standards;
  • Lead the identification and prioritization of a regional research agenda warranting collaboration with HQ and regional teams to develop and share knowledge-based tools, such as policy positions/practice notes/concept papers and other research-based products to influence/advance policy dialogue;
  • Work closely with policy teams in HQ to curate and sharpen the research, testing and roll-out of newly commissioned policy/business development initiatives, by providing the regional perspective/specificities as well as experience-based insights on what is of most practical value for national counterparts and regional leaders.
  • As the lead Economic adviser, develop and deliver guidance material to UNDP practitioners in the field as it relates to developing capacity to achieve the SDGs, poverty alleviation, economic development.
  • Set forth an operational platform for continuous analysis, documentation, codification of regional results/lessons learned; and directly contribute and engage with the global Community of Practice on Poverty and Inequality;
  • Critically review and curate regional data, case evidence and research findings to distill pivotal lessons learned and country cases for scaling-up; and advocate and enable South-South facilitation of exchanges and experiences sharing where valuable;
  • Conduct policy advocacy and analytical work on frontier issues of relevance to countries in the region to inform UNDP’s work e.g. future of work, digital transformation, fourth industrial revolution, rapid urbanization;
  • Actively build a network of partner organizations among academic and research institutions especially bilateral donor agencies, UN Agencies, and IFIs to enrich UNDP policies and programmes on poverty alleviation through supplementary capacity, strategic collaboration, and top-notch know-how that may otherwise be unavailable or inaccessible to UNDP
  • Provide oversight of capacity development of UNDP staff in application of tools and practices.
  • Represent UNDP to advocate core organizational messages and positions in high-profile arenas to position UNDP to influence the economic development policy direction in the region;
  • Advocate the application of ground-breaking approaches for achieving national and regional prosperity, especially as an integrated approach to achieving the SDGs, in various regional and country fora with a view to deepen related political commitment and related reforms;
  • Represent UNDP within engagements in interagency coordination on policy areas related to prosperity issues;
  • Act as a pivotal resource in shaping the relationship management of regional partners and resource mobilization in line with DPB priorities and corporate guidelines;
  • Articulate and enable pathways for mobilizing and fostering external partnerships behind regional initiatives;
  • Manage the building of strategic alliances and partnerships, especially with key think tanks and non-governmental organizations.
  • Knowledge of global development financial trends, global financial institutions and processes, and ability to apply in strategic and/or practical situations
  • Knowledge of data and statistics analysis for   for development (e.g. inclusive and sustainable economic growth trajectories, jobs, poverty mapping, inequality trends) and the 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.
  • Ability to substantively engage and foster networks with academia, research institutions, and think tanks.
  • Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge.
  • Ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside (Programmes/projects) or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support. Sets overall direction for the formation and management of strategic relationships contributing to the overall positioning of UNDP.
  • Ability to manage and coordinate campaigns and people with inspiration. Believe in and promote diversity in the workplace and reshaping the workforce to meet need.
  • A Master’s degree, preferably in development economics, statistics, complex adaptive systems, or other relevant field, or extensive compensating experience in the area of economic development, poverty alleviation, public finance.
  • A minimum of 15 years of experience in either public sectors (national or multilateral, including UN), private (academia, non-governmental sector, corporate), with increasing level of responsibility as economic advisor
  • Proven track record and leadership experience in the UN System related to economic analysis, SDG support and inclusive growth policies
  • Demonstrated experience in providing policy advice and developing tools and methodology to support countries to achieve inclusive and sustainable economic growth pathways
  • Strong technical knowledge of the field of economic growth/reform including public financial management
  • Excellent negotiating and communication skills and ability to mobilize support from a wide range of partners (public, private, academic, civil society, business community leaders)
  • Experience working in Arab States highly desirable, including experience in crisis and post-crisis contexts
  • Profiency in English;
  • Knowledge of Arabic and  French is considered an asset.

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Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

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