UN Careers – National Economist and Advisor on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ~ Jobs in Uganda

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Organization: United
Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Economics
Advisor
The United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nation’s 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 National Economist and Advisor on the
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will advise Senior Management on issues of
economic development, the 2030 Agenda and relevant linkages to UNDP programmes,
as well as strategic positioning of the country programme. He/she will support
the formulation of UN/UNDP programmes, interface with the government in  design policies and programmes and
identifying alternative economic development policy options to enhance the
policy impact of UNDP.
The National
Economist and Advisor on SDGs may supervise and lead a team of UNDP experts,
international and national consultants and project staff, and is required to
build and sustain a network of colleagues from Government, UNDP, UN Agencies,
IFls, , multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors, private sector and civil society.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Provide advice and
support to UNDP management, programmes and projects focusing on achievement of
the following results:
·       
Compilation,
analysis and interpretation of economic and statistical data, thorough research
of the economic and development issues in the country and preparation of
top-quality analysis and reports;
Provision of
top-quality analysis and substantive inputs to strategic documents of UNDP and
the UN system, including but not limited to the UNDP Country Programme, UN
Common Country Assessment, UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework,;
·       
Strategic
leadership in the production, launch and popularization of the Country office
knowledge products such as National Human Development Reports, annual reports;
·       
Contribution
to sub-regional, regional and inter-agency initiatives related to development
issues;
·       
Representation
of UNDP in different working groups, within the UN system, Development partner
community and government.
·       
Provide
support to strengthening programme development and implementation and
facilitating strategic partnerships.
·       
Advisory
support to UNDP country office management with preparation and implementation
of country programmes and strategies;
·       
Support
to the programme, policy and operations teams in developing and managing
relevant thematic portfolios, such as activities to support inclusive growth
and progress towards the SDGs;
·       
Advice
on possible areas for UNDP support and adjustment of on-going programmes to
ensure that UNDP programmes are in line with national policies and priorities;
·       
Ensure
that inclusive and sustainable development issues are systematically addressed
in the UNDP strategic planning and management processes;
·       
Support
to senior management in undertaking programme management responsibilities as
may be delegated.
·       
Provides
policy advice and options to Government counterparts and facilitation of
partnerships, knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the
following results:
·       
Provision
of policy options, particularly from pro-poor perspectives, on economic development;
·       
Sound
contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice through
identification of best practices and lessons learned;
·       
Assessment
of the country’s economic development policies and their impact on poverty
reduction, growth, equity, etc.;
·       
Training
and capacity building support for UNDP staff and Government officials, public
institutions on economic development issues.
Ensures creation of
strategic partnerships and support to resource mobilization focusing on
achievement of the following results:
·       
Development
of partnerships with the UN Agencies, IFl’s, government institutions, bilateral
and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society areas based on
strategic goals of UNDP, country needs and donors’ priorities.
·       
Support
analysis and in-house dialogue on programmatic areas of cooperation, based on
strategic goals of UNDP, country needs and donors’ priorities
·       
Production
of periodic updates and briefs on country development situation to be used by
stakeholders, CO and HQ.
·       
Undertaking
of selected studies/research on emerging development concerns that feed into
government/development partners processes.
Advocacy and
promotion of awareness of UNDP mandate and mission focusing on achievement of
the following results:
·       
Public
and policy advocacy for the SDGs, pro-poor and equitable economic growth by
participating in relevant forums, conferences and trainings. Support to
monitoring progress and formulation of strategies towards the achievement of
the SDGs.
·       
Management
of events and publications on economic development issues.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·       
The
applicant for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) National
Economist and Advisor on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) job should
hold a Master’s Degree in Economics, Public Policy or related field.
·       
Five
years of relevant experience at the national or international level on
development issues. Extensive experience in research and policy-level analysis
on sustainable development.
·       
Some
experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects.
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.
·       
Promoting
ethics and integrity, creating organizational precedents
·       
Building
support and political acumen
·       
Building
staff competence, creating an environment of creativity and innovation  
·       
Building
and promoting effective teams
·       
Creating
and promoting enabling environment for open communication
·       
Creating
an emotionally intelligent organization
·       
Leveraging
conflict in the interests of UNDP & setting standards
·       
Sharing
knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing
and learning. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the
responsibility of each staff member.
·       
Fair and
transparent decision making; calculated risk-taking
All suitably
qualified and interested Ugandan nationals should submit their applications
online at the link below.
Note: UNDP
reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy
announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider
candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the
same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational
requirements. UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its
workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender,
nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic
backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest
confidence.


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