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Economic Dev. Field Assistant

Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)


Bosnia and Herzegovina is facing an intricate set of development challenges, including economic decline, growing poverty and socio-economic inequalities. Prolonged political deadlock coupled with complex constitutional arrangements have resulted in a series of enduring socio-economic issues, from poor legislation and corruption , to low investment , a negative growth in GDP and painfully high levels of unemployment. All this is fully reflected in a worsening social situation, including growing poverty and inequalities between regions and social groups. Many constraints persist on the economy, including poor infrastructure and a generally unattractive investment climate. As a result of governance failures, people have little faith in their political leaders and public institutions , which was demonstrated in the February 2014 protests and violent riots.
The national human development report Social Inclusion in Bosnia and Herzegovina  found that over 50 % of the population suffers from some form of social exclusion. Among the most vulnerable are minority returnees, Roma, people with disabilities, the elderly and youth. Nearly 20 years after the end of the war, around 100,400 people remain internally displaced, while those who have returned face a series of challenges, as recommendations on creating conditions for sustainable return remain largely unaddressed.
Already difficult socio-economic conditions in the country were further exacerbated by the worst floods and landslides on record that struck the country in May 2014, affecting a quarter of its territory and 27% of the population. Devastation of economic, communal and social infrastructure seriously impacted work addressing internal displacement, increasing the number of people in need of assistance. Many IDPs and returnees were displaced again and lost what they had managed to rebuild.
Nevertheless, over the last few years encouraging progress has been made at the local level, including in terms of overcoming the consequences of the 2014 floods. In the country’s decentralized institutional context, local development has provided a more responsive framework for quick-wins in the short and medium terms. In other words, despite many challenges, the relative directness and simplicity of the situation within a municipality means that some challenges can be addressed more efficiently and effectively at the local level. This is also because local leaders are more sensitive to their local contexts; locally-driven initiatives are better able to address the specific and most pressing needs of their community. Further, successful change at local level is expected to build pressure from below, thereby inspiring and driving change at higher levels.
Under the direct supervision of the Economic Development Specialist, the Field Assistant will provide technical and administrative support ensuring high quality, accuracy and consistency of work. The incumbent will primarily be responsible for the effective implementation of the program’s field activities in selected localities related to economic development. He/she will support interventions related to economic development throughout BiH, closely working with the project’s partners, in line with the project document and action plans. The incumbent will maintain good relations and will work together with key local partners, to include representatives of public, private and NGO sectors. Furthermore, the Field Assistant will provide reporting support for activities implemented in selected localities.
The incumbent is furthermore expected to promote a client, quality and result-oriented approach consistent with UNDP’s rules and regulations. He/she will work in close collaboration with other projects’ staff to exchange information and ensure consistent service delivery. The employee will be based in the UNDP office in Sarajevo but with extensive travel throughout the assigned area of responsibility.


Duties and Responsibilities

Coordinate the implementation of the economic development activities in selected localities:

  • Together with the Economic Development Specialist, develop work plans and design activities to be implemented in the relevant area of responsibility;
  • Ensure effective implementation of economic development activities as per annual work plan;
  • Provide assistance in developing and implementing procurement and capacity building activities in the area of responsibility and in accordance with the workplan;
  • Coordinate the activities among consultants/service/goods providers in selected localities, including but not limited to the preparation of terms of reference for the selection of external partners (individuals or companies);
  • Support the establishment/operation of participatory planning and implementation mechanisms;
  • Monitor field activities implementation for the economic development component;
  • Provides support in organization of external evaluation of the project;
  • Ensure efficiency in the provision of support to local stakeholders in economic development.

Provide support to the Economic Development Specialist in the formulation of policy and operational tools:

  • Support the development of most suitable and effective concepts and/or implementation methods to reflect strategic and long-term impact on economic development in selected localities;
  • Ensure efficiency in the provision of support to local stakeholders in economic development;
  • Support the review of progress in terms of timeliness, relevance and efficiency;
  • Constantly analyse the economic environment in selected localities;
  • Identify opportunities and propose actions to make the best use of these opportunities.

Coordinate the implementation of economic development activities between the local stakeholders:

  • Ensure synergies of the economic development component with other efforts of the local governments and international community in selected localities; 
  • Identify and support the realisation of synergetic initiatives and/or contribution from various stakeholders, which would add value and maximise the specific economic development results.

Provide reporting support and analysis of economic development acitivities:

  • Support LID Project reporting requirements through data collection and analysis, and drafting of various programme related reports;
  • Assist in analyzing and compiling gathered data to measure progress and impact of project’s activities;
  • Support the communication and coordination process with donors and keep up to date with donor requirements;
  • Coordinate data collection from the field regarding outcomes of project’s components;
  • Provide feedback on reporting problems and solutions;
  • Perform specific operational/control tasks for project activities, including undertaking field visits for specific monitoring and evaluation issues;
  • Facilitate various presentations on periodic bases to donors and other stakeholders about the achievement of project’s objectives.

Support to the LID Project Team in effective mainstreaming of gender equality:

  • Support to the Program Manager and the Economic Development Specialist in ensuring gender mainstreaming throughout the economic development component activities, work plans, budgets, reports, research, analyses  and, where specifically relevant, analyze it in detail;
  • Ensure gender equality is mainstreamed throughout economic development component team, consultants and contracted companies.


Functional Competencies/Support the preparation of information for advocacy

  • Identifies relevant information for advocacy for a variety of audiences

Results-Based Programme Development and Management/Contributing to results through provision of information

  • Provides information and documentation on specific stages of projects/programme implementation.

Building Strategic Partnerships/Maintaining information and databases

  • Analyzes general information and selects materials in support of partnership building initiatives.

Innovation and Marketing New Approaches/Implementing processes and uses products

  • Documents and tracks innovative strategies/best practices/new approaches

Resource Mobilization/Providing information for resource mobilization strategies

  • Maintains information/databases on potential and actual donors;
  • Maintains database of project files;
  • Provides data and information needed for preparation of project documents.

Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing/Basic research and analysis

  • Researches best practices and poses new, more effective ways of doing things.

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise/Fundamental knowledge of processes, methods and procedures

  • Understands the main processes and methods of work regarding to the position;
  • Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks;
  • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments;
  • Ability to perform a variety of standard tasks related to data analysis, collecting and preparation of documentation, data processing and consolidating, filing, provision of information;
  • Ability to review a variety of data, identify and adjust discrepancies, identify and resolve operational problems.

Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals/Research and analysis

  • Identifies relevant information for advocacy for UNDP’s goals for a variety of audiences

Maintains effective client relationships

  • Reports to internal and external clients in a timely and appropriate fashion;
  • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines;
  • Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients;
  • Responds to client needs promptly.

Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity; 
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
  • Self-development, initiative-taking;
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work;
  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively both orally and in written; 
  • Creating synergies through self-control;
  • Managing conflict;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Ability to successfully manage competing priorities;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others;
  • Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each employee.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Secondary education, university degree in social sciences, economy or business would be an asset.


  • 5 years of relevant administrative or programme experience (2 years with BA);
  • 1 year of working in the thematic area of livelihoods and/or economic development;
  •  Experience in working with local government and non-governmental organizations would be an asset;
  • Basic understanding of M&E would be an asset;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web based management systems.

Language Requirements: 

  • Excellent English and B/S/C language skills, both written and oral.


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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Grade: SB-3, Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2017-08-25

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