Development Coordination Officer/Economist, P4

Development Coordination Officer/Economist, P4

United Nations - Development Operations Coordination Office

Islamabad, Pakistan

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the United Nations Resident Coordination Office (RCO) in Islamabad, Pakistan and reports to the RCO Team Leader and the RC.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Development Coordination Officer/Economist will be responsible of the following duties:

Summary of Functions

  • Plans, facilitates and consolidates evidence-based Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) analysis in support of a shared understanding by the UN Country Team (UNCT) of sustainable development trends, challenges and opportunities in Pakistan.
  • Provides substantive advice on innovative economic and SDG policies to Resident Coordinators (RC) and UNCTs, as well as to national counterparts in government and other relevant partners.
  • Convenes and chairs policy group within UNCT.
  • Coordinates the development of the Common Country Analysis (CCA) and contributes to the development of the UN Development Framework (UNDAF) and a new generation of UN country team programmes, that are scalable, oriented to investments, mainstreamed in federal or provincial programmes, and which accelerate the achievement of the SDGs.
  • Plans and directs SDG knowledge generation and management

Description of Functions:

  • Plans, facilitates and consolidates evidence-based SDG analysis in support of a shared understanding by the UNCT of sustainable development trends, challenges and opportunities in programme countries:
    • Researches, analyzes, consolidates and presents SDG-related data, as well as information on emerging best practices in sustainable development, building on work undertaken by the UNCT, paying special attention to gender and capacity development, and proposes policy options to RCs/UNCTs;
    • In support of the RC and together with UNCT members, leads the preparation of the Common Country Analysis and once it is completed is responsible for ensuring the supporting data is up to date and correct;
    • In cooperation with expertise within agencies and the national and provincial SDG units, identifies and analyzes issues that impact multiple SDGs and their targets and proposes ‘accelerator interventions' that can help unlock and accelerate progress towards sustainable development across multiple areas;
    • Assesses and highlights sustainable development trade-offs and risk factors, as well as early-warning indicators that may undermine the achievement of SDG targets and impact the UN’s role and programme in the country and suggests appropriate measures to address them;
    • Collects and analyzes data on UN country level operations in support of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, and identifies gaps and proposes follow-up actions;
    • Researches, develops and presents policy papers, guidance notes and other knowledge based-tools and directs discussion in country-level forums to help influence and advance policy dialogue on achieving the SDGs including Pakistan’s development targets;
    • Coordinates the preparation of UN flagship reports, and works closely with agencies preparing key agency reports, and through this, includes the analysis of data, and ensures the provision of evidence to the UNCT and Government, to build the case for policies and interventions on SDGs, including Pakistan specific development targets;
    • Monitors regional and global economic trends and issues, analyzes their implications for the realization of the SDGs at the country level and recommends additional issues for consideration.
  • Provides substantive advice on innovative economic and SDG policies to RCs and UNCTs, as well as to national counterparts in government and other relevant partners:
    • Guides substantive support to the RC/UNCT on SDG related, including economic, issues, particularly on policies to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs, including through Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support (MAPS) and similar processes, and evaluates and highlights potential trade-offs between SDGs;
    • Identifies issues and proposes recommendations for the UNCT on how UN country-level operations can be optimized and better respond to sustainable development needs and emerging trends in country;
    • Elicits, evaluates and consolidates policy options proposed by UNCT members, ensuring an integrated approach to the UN’s policy advice to national counterparts in government and other external partners;
    • Plans and directs the work of the in-country UN Pakistan Policy Team and drives cross-pillar nexus approaches in country to policy, analysis and assessment.
  • Coordinates the development by the UNCT of new generation of SDG programmes with a strong investment orientation and focus on acceleration towards achieving the SDGs:
    • Guides the development and implementation of the UN Development Framework (UNDAF) to ensure that the UN’s country-level operational activities effectively support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in country;
    • Provides substantive support to programme formulation and revision throughout the UNDAF cycle, based on sound SDG analysis;
    • Contributes to the UN joint programming process to strengthen the formulation of a new generation of UN joint programmes that are aligned with the SDGs, oriented towards investment, and have impact at the national and provincial levels;
    • Assists UNDAF result groups in the implementation of joint workplans to ensure SDG-relevant and SDG-responsive UN operational activities for development;
    • Proposes recommendations to enhance UN support to governmental and multi-stakeholder processes on SDG policy development and capacity development, drawing on expertise within agencies and the SDG units.
  • Plans and directs knowledge generation and management in support of the Pakistan UNSDF:
    • Plans, facilitates and contributes to local, regional and global communities of practice and knowledge networks and promotes collaboration, peer support, innovation good practices, lessons learned, needs, and opportunities in the area of sustainable development;
    • Researches, analyzes and presents best practices and lessons learned from implementation of UNCT projects and programmes, with a view to advising the RC and UNCT on actions to strengthen the policy orientation of the UN;
    • Monitors and analyzes best practices and successful models implemented by the UN in country and suggests options for developing these into larger scale projects, mainstreamed in federal or provincial programmes, including bankable SDG investment policies and programmes;
    • Provides advice on global/corporate guidelines, tools and other materials related to sustainable development policy.

Competencies

  • Professionalism: Ability to apply sustainable development theories, concepts and approaches. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic resources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Education

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in economics, sustainable development, public policy or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in sustainable development policy, economic analysis or project/programme management in the context of development cooperation is required. A minimum of years of experience in economic research and data analysis is required. A minimum of two years of experience in development planning or policy formulation in a development cooperation context is required. Field experience in development cooperation is desirable. Experience with inter-agency or inter-organizational collaboration in the development sector is desirable.

Languages

  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another working language of the UN Secretariat is desirable. Knowledge of Urdu is an advantage.

Assessment

  • Evaluation of candidates may include other forms of assessments followed by a competency-based interview. All evaluation and assessment related communication will be sent exclusively to your primary email address provided in Inspira. Please ensure that your primary email address is up-to-date and correct. No assessment communications will be sent to your secondary email address.

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