Economic Policy Analyst

Karachi

Background

The Agenda 2030 based on a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change challenges is underpinned by a strong commitment to ‘eave no one behind and to reach the furthest behind first. It recognizes the multi-dimensional nature of poverty and inequality and provides a framework that comprehensively addresses all dimensions of well-being.

In October 2015 the Government of Pakistan launched the SDGs in Pakistan and formally adopted them through a unanimous resolution passed in National Assembly to adopt the 2030 Agenda as a National Development Agenda. In order to take forward the implementation of 2030 Agenda, UNDP Pakistan, the Planning Commission and Provincial Planning and Development Departments have launched a national initiative on SDGs focusing on the following four outputs:

  • Plans, policies and resource allocation aligned to 2030 Agenda
  • Monitoring, reporting and evaluation capacities strengthened
  • Innovative approaches applied to accelerate progress on priority SDGs
  • Financing flows aligned to 2030 Agenda

Under the project, SDG Support Units are being established at federal level in Planning Commission and with all the provinces and regions in the Planning & Development Departments. The Sindh SDG Support Unit is operational and providing support to Sindh Government on the aforementioned outputs. To strengthen the advisory work, an Economic Policy Analyst is required to support the SDG Unit and P&DD in policy dialogue and reform using economic analysis and other tools to strengthen the advisory and planning work of the SDG Unit. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Project Manager, the Economic Policy Analyst will be responsible for undertaking research and providing technical support on issues related to sustainable economic development in Sindh. S/he will assist in analysing micro and macro-economic trends and provide advisory services to the SDG Unit team, Sindh Government and UNDP on development issues and policies to achieve SDGs.
 
The Economic Policy Analyst will undertake the following main tasks:
 
1) Support provision of high quality analysis and advice on issues related to economic development and poverty reduction that could inform national and sub-national policies with regard to the achievement of relevant SDG targets. 
 
- Undertake high quality analysis and interpretation of economic and statistical data with a view to provide policy and strategic advice;
- Prepare policy papers and briefs for senior government and UNDP officials on issues related to economic development, and poverty and inequality;
- Identification of policy interventions and areas for UNDP support and interventions;
- Analysis of public policies aimed at economic development, and poverty and inequality reduction with the objective to assess their effectiveness and impact and provide recommendations accordingly;
- Analysis of trends and policy frameworks at the regional and global level with the objective to identify lessons that could inform the policy discourse in Sindh;
- Provide policy advice to the provincial SDG Support Units and collaborate with provincial planning departments on related issues;
- Substantively contribute to the Project Progress and other reports;
- Supervise the work of consultants and other organizations which the project may engage in relation to the work of this particular post;
- Organize national and sub-national workshops and where required, present project’s work;
- Review and disseminate best practices and lessons learnt from implementation of the Project.
 
2) Ensure provision of top quality and innovative policy advisory services to the Government and facilitation of capacity development and knowledge building in support of pro-poor growth and the attainment of the SDGs focusing on achievement of the following results:
 
- Collect, analyse and syntheses micro and macro-economic data and information related to MDG and SDG, paying attention to the capacity development aspects, and propose policy options to relevant government departments;
- Monitoring progress on economic development related SDG targets and advise government on policy interventions to achieve targets;
- Assist in provision of  high-quality development advice in policy dialogue with government, UN System and other strategic partners on economic issues, most notably in relation to pro-poor economic growth and achievement of the SDG with the Government, donors, civil society, and the private sector;
- Assist in organizing capacity development opportunities for government officials in the formulation of SDG-based policies, plans and programmes, including appropriate macroeconomic, fiscal and medium term expenditure frameworks;
- Keep abreast of regional and global economic trends and issues and analyse their implications for the realization of the SDGs in Pakistan
 
3) Facilitate creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy focusing on achievement of the following results:
 
- Assist in identifying entry points to development of partnerships with the UN Agencies, 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’ priorities;
- Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation;
- Keep track of the changes in the aid effectiveness/development cooperation environment and external resource management matters and assists Government and UNDP in resource mobilization to meet the SDGs through, among other things, preparation of documentation for donor and consultative meetings;
- Facilitate development of partnerships with the UN Agencies, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society areas based on strategic goals of UNDP, Government Strategies (especially Vision 2025), country needs, particularly in relation to the SDGs, and donors’ priorities.
 
Impact of Results:
The key results have an impact on the overall performance of the Project for Sustainable Development Goals Implementation, the performance of project team and success in implementation of programme strategies.  Accurate analysis, data entry and presentation of information ensure proper programme implementation.
 
 

Competencies

Core Competencies

·  Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;

·  Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;

· Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and  adaptability.

Responsibility & Direction:

· 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.

Functional Competencies:

Managing for Results:

·  Plans and prioritizes work activities to meet desired results;

·  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

· 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.

Job Knowledge & Expertise:

· 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 SDGs;

· 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 analyze 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

Required Skills and Experience

Education Requirements: Master’s Degree in Economics, with strong emphasis on macro-economic and other quantitative skills, development economics, and economic planning.

Experience Requirements:
  • At least 03 years of relevant experience after Master Degree at the national or international level;
  • Substantial experience with economic issues and strategies in developing countries and awareness of SDGs related policy matters;
  • Extensive experience in research and policy-level analysis in formulation of economic development strategies;
  • 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
 
Language Requirements: Excellent knowledge of English, and working knowledge of Urdu an asset.
 

Disclaimer

Please Note:
 
 
HEC attested degrees are a prerequisite for employment at UNDP. During the recruitment process candidates will be required to present HEC attested degrees.
 
 
Foreign Qualified Candidates: Foreign degree holders shall be required to:
(i) Present a verification/certification letter from the university verifying the degree & student enrollment, or
ii) Foreign degree Equivalence Letter from HEC.
 
 
UNDP provides Equal Opportunity for all equally qualified male & female including the physically challenged candidates, female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply (local and internal VA)
 
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) does not charge fee at any stage of the recruitment process including application, interviews, selection or induction etc. Moreover, UNDP does not concern itself with any information on the applicants bank accounts.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Karachi
  • Grade: SB-4, Service Contract - Junior level
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  • Closing Date: 2017-10-14

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