Job Title:NATIONAL ECONOMIST
Location : Mbabane, SWAZILAND
Application Deadline : 20-Jul-12
Additional Category Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract : Service Contract
Post Level : SB-4
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 01-Aug-2012
Duration of Initial Contract : 6 months
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Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Economic Advisor, the national economist will analyze economic and social trends in Swaziland. S/he will support research, development and application of the economics principles to the formulation of strategies and action plans for solution of economic and social challenges facing the country. The work will cover issues related to sustainable public finance, economic governance and inclusive growth, youth employment, and/or MDGs/the post-MDG agenda. The aim is to strengthen the impact of UNDP’s contributions to the national policy analysis, dialogue and implementation as well as to enhance the policy impact of UNDP programs. Results also facilitate creation of strategic partnerships to achieve national development goals.
Duties and Responsibilities
Data collection, management, and analysis. Conducts thorough compilation, analysis and interpretation of economic and statistical data relevant to Swaziland’s development. Prepares periodic evidence-based reports and policy briefs aimed at promoting inclusive growth and human development through strengthened macroeconomic framework, better functioning labor and financial markets, and effective social policy.
Policy analysis; provision of top quality and innovative policy advisory services to the Government and UN/UNDP programs. Analyses key economic challenges facing the country to create basis for high quality, innovative, and evidence-based policy advisory services to the Government. Jointly with the Economic Advisor, proposes policy options on arising challenges to relevant Government departments. Cooperates with and supports the Economic Advisor in preparing high quality economic analysis for UNCT meetings and UNDP programs. Helps ensure that UNDP programs are strategic and address key national development challenges.
Technical input into major studies and flagship publications. Supports preparation, launch and follow-up of the 2012 Swaziland Human Development Report on ‘Governance and Inclusive Growth’. Collects, analyzes and synthesizes economic and MDG-related information and best practices, paying attention to the youth and women. Keeps abreast of regional and global economic trends and their impact on the progress to the MDGs and forming post-MDG priorities in Swaziland. Contributes to the preparation of the MDG Acceleration Framework for MDG 5.
Advocacy and promotion of UNDP activities and agenda. Helps organize seminars and workshops in collaboration with other development partners to address emerging human development issues. Advocates for the MDGs and human development by participating in relevant forums, conferences and trainings. Substantively contributes to knowledge sharing with the Government, civil society, the business community and other development partners.
Timely and rigorous analysis of the evolving economic, social and political situation in the country that will form basis for upstream policy advice.
Reviewing and compiling best practices and lessons learnt from implementation of policies and programs in other countries.
Policy reports and briefs; adoption of economic and development advice by government.
Recommended areas of UN/UNDP interventions; advice on formulation and adjustments of UN/UNDP programs and projects based on sound economic analysis.
Background analysis, papers and/or policy notes for the 2012 Swaziland Human Development Report.
Substantive contributions into and advocacy around the action plan for the MDG Acceleration Framework for MDG 5.
Acting as resources persons in workshops and seminars.
Organizations of seminar and conferences on emerging issues.
Strong quantitative skills and proficiency with the mainstream statistical packages (STATA, E-views, Matlab).
Effective writing and communication skills.
Required Skills and Experience
Post-graduate degree in Economics, Statistics or Public Policy.
3 - 5 years of work experience gained as an economist or statistician with a government institution, private sector or NGO.
How to Apply;
Tuesday, 17 July 2012
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