Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is located in the United Nations Resident Coordination Office (RCO) in Suva, Fiji, and typically reports to the Senior Development Coordination Officer, Strategic Planning and RCO Team Leader.
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 SIDS
- Provides substantive advice on innovative economic and SDG policies and planning to Resident Coordinators (RC) and UNCTs, as well as to national counterparts in government and other relevant partners
- Coordinates and contributes to the development by the UNCT of a new generation of SDG programmes with a strong investment orientation and focus on acceleration towards achieving the SDGs through national policies, systems and processes.
- Organizes and contributes to 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, paying special attention to gender and capacity development, and proposes policy options to RCs/UNCTs, in coordination with other UN economists and leveraging other agencies;
- 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;
- Contributes to assessing and highlighting 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;
- Analyzes UN country level operations in support of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, promotes learning of lessons from all economics-related UN support (including outsourced support), identifies significant 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;
- Coordinates the preparation of UN flagship reports, including the analysis of data and ensures the provision of evidence to build the case for policies and interventions on SDGs;
- 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 and planning 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 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,
- Contributes to the work of the in-country UN Joint Policy Team (or equivalent) 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 level;
- 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.
Organizes and contributes to SDG knowledge generation and management
- 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 in partnership with other UN economists, 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 bankable national SDG investment policies and programmes;
- Provides advice on global/corporate guidelines, tools and other materials related to sustainable development policy.
- Performs other related duties, as required.
- Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in economics, sustainable development, public policy, business or public administration, social sciences, education, or a 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.
- 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.
- Experience working in SIDS (Small Island Development States) is desirable.
- Field experience in development cooperation is desirable.
- Experience in the United Nations system or a comparable international organization is desirable.
- Experience with inter-agency or inter-organizational collaboration in the development sector is desirable.
- English and French are the two working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required.