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Background:
“UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in 177 countries and territories, UNDP offers global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.”
UNDP works with developing countries in Asia Pacific to improve how sustainable development policies and programmes are designed and implemented. We help develop the capacity of governments to formulate strategies and public policies that promote human development, reduce poverty and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
UNDP responds to requests from countries to adapt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with the SDGs at its core, to national sub-national and local conditions and realities, incorporating regional and global perspectives. It offers support to both national and local governments in localizing, mainstreaming, and accelerating the SDGs implementation as well as works to influence national policy-making with a view to creating an enabling environment for action at local and regional levels.
OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT
Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Country Director (DCD) and with technical oversight by the Asia Pacific Team Leader, Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development, the Development Specialist (Country Economist) will provide strategic high-quality economic and policy advice to facilitate the integration of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs into national development systems. S/he will collaborate with other programme colleagues in Country Office (CO) Indonesia and other COs in the region as well as staff of the Bangkok Regional Hub to exchange knowledge and share analysis in order to inform UNDP’s regional and global analysis and positioning on the 2030 Agenda. The Country Economist also works closely with Government counterparts to identify alternative macroeconomic policy options and to enhance the policy impact of UNDP projects and programmes. S/he will monitor economic policy developments and advises the Senior Management and other members of the UNDP and its partners on policy issues as well as contributes to UNDP’s policy dialogue with the Government and donors.
Description of Responsibilities :
Summary of Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  1. Provides analytical support to UNDP CO Indonesia and regional office management, strategy and programmes;
  2. Effective contribution in the building of strategic partnerships and resource mobilization for the implementation of SDGs;
  3. Provide advice to Government Counterparts and Facilitates the establishment as well as the dissemination of a high-quality knowledge building;
  4. Advocacy and promotion of UNDP’s mandate and mission particularly on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Provides analytical support to UNDP CO Indonesia and regional office’s management, programmes 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 production of relevant reports aimed at promoting equitable economic growth and human development;
  • Coordinating support to the production and launch of UNDP’s publications and reports, including Human Development Reports launches in the country as well as advocacy of the main Report findings among relevant Governmental agencies, civil society organizations, and donors;
Effective coordination on the provision of technical assistance to the programme and partners in consultation with implementing partners;
  • Development of policies and institutions that will address problems and needs in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners;
  • Participation in sub-regional, regional and inter-agency initiatives related to economic development issues.
  • Effective contribution in the building of strategic partnerships and resource mobilization for the implementation of SDGs focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Development of partnerships with the UN Agencies, IFIs, government institutions, bilateral and multilateral donors, private sector, civil society areas based on strategic goals of UNDP, country needs, and donor priorities;
  • Developing partnerships with private and government partners, at the city, district and national levels, so as to identify opportunities for domestic resources to be channeled for the achievement of SDGs;
  • Research and analysis of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation;
  • 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.
Provide advice to Government Counterparts and facilitate the establishment and dissemination of high-quality knowledge building focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Expert analysis and policy advice in specific sectors of relevance in the focus countries including poverty, inequality, gender, health, environment, climate change, risk-informed development, urbanization, youth, demographics, conflict, agriculture, jobs, and livelihoods;
  • Supporting programme colleagues in partnerships with the UN Agencies, IFI’s, government institutions, bilateral and multilateral donors, private sector, civil society areas based on strategic goals of UNDP, country needs and donors’ priorities;
  • Selection of strategic research topics, surveys and/or case studies, including research and analysis of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation;
  • In coordination with programme colleagues supporting production of periodic updates and briefs on country development situation to be used by stakeholders, CO and HQ;
  • Facilitate the establishment of mechanisms for coordination, dialogue, and learning among stakeholders in each key sector, including effective contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice through identification of best practices and lessons learned;
  • Support the research for and compilation and preparation of speeches, talking points, presentation materials, background notes. etc. on the SDGs and related development issues for senior management at the country and regional levels;
  • Training and capacity building support for UNDP staff and Government officials on economic issues.
Advocacy and promotion of awareness of UNDP’s mandate and mission particularly on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Policy advocacy for the Sustainable Development Goals, Human Development and inclusive sustainable economic growth by participating in relevant forums, conferences and training;
  • Work with Policy Advisors in the Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development team, and other experts and resource people as required, to develop and pilot initiatives which contribute to the achievement of the SDGs;
  • Provision of analysis of the national development planning system, and provision of policy advice and support to effectively integrate the SDGs into national planning policies and processes;
  • Provision of analysis of the national fiscal and budget planning and implementation systems, and provision of policy and technical advisory support to integrate the SDGs into national and local budget and finance systems;
  • Identification and analysis of issues that impact upon multiple SDG Goals and targets and the development of ‘accelerator interventions’ that help unlock sustained progress across multiple development areas; UNDP Jobs Admin – job: [72102 Country Economist (Development Specialist) (For Indonesian Nationality Only)] – 72102
Competencies :
Functional Competencies:
Advocacy/Advancing a Policy-Oriented Agenda
Analysis and creation of messages and strategies
  • Creates effective advocacy strategies
  • Contributes to the elaboration of advocacy strategies by identifying and prioritizing audiences and communication means
  • Uses the opportunity to bring forward and disseminate materials for advocacy work
Building Strategic Partnerships
Identifying and building partnerships
  • Effectively networks with partners seizing opportunities to build strategic alliances relevant to UNDP’s mandate and strategic agenda.
  • Sensitizes UN Partners, donors and other international organizations to the UNDP’s strategic agenda, identifying areas for joint efforts.
  • Develops positive ties with civil society to build/strengthen UNDP’s mandate.
  • Identifies needs and interventions for capacity building of counterparts, clients and potential partners.
  • Displays initiative, sets challenging outputs for him/herself and willingly accepts new work assignments.
  • Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Developing tools and mechanisms
  • Makes the case for innovative ideas documenting successes and building them into the design of new approaches
  • Identifies new approaches and strategies that promote the use of tools and mechanisms
  • Develops and/or participates in the development of tools and mechanisms, including identifying new approaches to promote individual and organizational learning and knowledge sharing using formal and informal methodologies.
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
In-depth knowledge of the subject-matter
  • Understands more advanced aspects of primary area of specialization as well as the fundamental concepts of related disciplines
  • Continues to seeks new and improved methods and systems for accomplishing the work of the unit
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop him/herself professionally
  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments
  • Demonstrates comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools and utilizes these regularly in work assignments.
  • Conceptual Innovation in the Provision of Technical Expertise
Developing innovative and creative approaches
  • Leverages different experiences and expertise of team members to achieve better and more innovative outcomes
Creating Visibility for UNDP/Supporting UNDP’s Capacity to Advocate
Developing promotional projects and organizational messages
  • Identifies and develops activities to enhance the visibility of UNDP
  • Develops promotional activities based on monitoring/evaluation information identifying areas requiring higher visibility
  • Reviews documents and materials intended for use within and outside the organization in order to ensure consistency and validity of messages
  • Creates and cultivates networks of partners to promote UNDP’s image
  • Conducts assessments of activities to improve impact and effectiveness
Client Orientation
Contributing to positive outcomes for the client
  • Anticipates client needs
  • Works towards creating an enabling environment for a smooth relationship between the clients and service provider
  • Demonstrates understanding of client’s perspective
Core Competencies:
  • Promoting ethics and integrity, creating organizational precedents
  • 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
  • Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning. Fair and transparent decision making; calculated risk-takingQualifications :
Education:
  • Master Degree in Economics or Development related fields.
  • Ph.D. in Economics or Development related field (Desirable)
Experience:
  • Minimum 10 years (8 years for Ph.D.) of relevant professional experience, preferably in the field of economics and/ or development.
  • A proven track record in providing high-quality, development-relevant analysis and policy advice in areas such as development planning, public financial management, macroeconomics, microeconomics or poverty reduction.
  • Some experience in design, monitoring, and evaluation of development projects.
  • Prior experience in the Asia-Pacific region required. Experience in Indonesia’s or countries at similar levels of development would be an advantage
  • 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.
  • Previous experience in the UN system (including with the programme planning system) is considered an asset
Language Requirements:
  • Written and spoken proficiency in English, and proven ability to produce high-quality written outputs in English.
Other Requirements:
  • Proven analytical skills and ability to conceptualize strategic intervention.
  • Familiarity with Indonesia socio and economics data.
  • Ability to conduct quantitative (and qualitative) analysis using Indonesia socio and economics data
  • Strong skills on gender and development research, analysis and writing policy and programme documents
  • Excellent understanding on crosscutting issues: gender, youth, disability, and ability to carry out analysis for policy formulation, program intervention, procedure, guidelines, and tools.
  • A desire to work with and gain the confidence and respect of people with different language, national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Respect for the principles of the United Nations Charter and the UNDP Statement of Purpose.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, writing ability, and administrative skills.
  • Ability to work in multidisciplinary teams.
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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. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP Indonesia 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 Indonesia at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and education requirements


Closing Date: 12 May 2017