Policy Advisor, Economic Recovery

United Nations Development Programme, New York, United States

Skill Required:, Finance and AccountsPolicy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
10th January, 2020

Job Description


UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels, forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan. Within the GPN, the Crisis Bureau guides UNDP’s corporate crisis-related strategies and vision for crisis prevention, response and recovery.

Reporting to the Head of the Team, Recovery Solutions and Human Mobility in New York, the Policy Advisor, Economic Recovery based in HQ leads the collaborative process of programme, policy development, applied research and implementation of economic recovery, economic transitions and development in fragile and conflict situations, and disaster/post disaster settings. S/he also ensures macro-micro policy linkages of UNDP’s work on livelihoods and economic recovery. The Policy Advisor, Economic Recovery works with teams across UNDP’s Regional Hubs, Country Offices and Global Policy Centers, overseeing the development of substantive and innovative approaches, products and tools on economic recovery/transitions and development issues to support policy and programming services to UNDP Country Offices. This guidance is informed by the empirical perspectives of policy, programmatic and partnership dimensions at the country level.

Working closely as part of the GPN’s Prosperity Group in liaison with the Inclusive growth team and in coordination with relevant GPN teams, the Policy Advisor imparts an understanding of the distributional impacts of economic policies for the poor and vulnerable including women and youth in crisis and post crisis situations, conflicts and disasters. S/he also works with relevant teams to ensure synergies and integrated programming.

The Policy Advisor advances results, the credibility and recognition of the organization’s programmes in the thematic area. S/he is responsible for leading the following:

  • Programme and Policy Formulation, Development and Implementation;
  • Programme and Policy Advice and Delivery Support;
  • Substantive leadership for content development and curation of tools;
  • Partnerships, Representation, Advocacy and Resource Mobilization;
  • Knowledge Management.

Duties and Responsibilities

Programme and Policy Formulation, Development and Implementation:

  • Guide UNDP’s work on economic recovery, revitalization and development in crisis and post-crisis settings;
  • Lead and coordinate the production and implementation of global policy guidance, in close collaboration with the Inclusive Growth team, global policy guidance on the economic impacts of conflict and disasters, including with respect to human, physical, environment, financial and natural capital; economic factors that heighten the risk of crisis recurrence, and the role of the state/ institutions in facilitating economic recovery and development in crisis and post crisis countries;
  • Design and lead the implementation of policy initiatives for different contexts on key emerging policy agendas, in particular, legacies of crises on the economy and livelihoods, indigenous drivers of post crisis recovery, macroeconomic policy considerations in post crisis recovery, and economic recovery and role of the state, in collaboration with regional advisors bringing in perspectives and knowledge from Country Offices and the regions;
  • Coordinate and commission new applied research on economic recovery issues that inform UNDP economic and livelihoods programming, including on distributional impacts of policies for the poor and vulnerable; and
  • Guide the quality assurance of policy services and foster policy innovation on economic recovery and development to enhance programme delivery.

Programme and Policy Advice and Delivery Support:

  • Coordinate with CB Country Support Management Team to ensure a rapid and well-coordinated response to economic recovery from crisis situations and provide related contributions to UNDP SURGE for country offices;
  • Lead in the compilation and analysis of crisis and post crisis economic recovery, revitalization and development focusing on key economic indicators, in particular post crisis economic growth, economic structure and infrastructure, demography and environment, economic stabilization and government capacity, business and financial sector environment, and multidimensional poverty and inequality, including contributing to UNDP’s leaving no one behind offer, to inform UNDP’s contribution to recovery and development in post crisis situations to achieve the 2030 Agenda;
  • Coordinate UNDP’s efforts to develop and deliver policy and programming efforts for economic recovery and rapid return to long term sustainable development pathway that secure the determinants of sustainable livelihoods and jobs generating post crisis economic recovery and development;
  • Provide guidance and input to regional advisors in their provision of programme and policy advisory services to country offices on all economic recovery/development programming efforts, including capacity building, engagement with the private sector, women’s economic empowerment, entrepreneurial and business recovery, private sector recovery, macro-micro policy linkages, etc. as part of a package of integrated development solutions.

Substantive leadership for content development and curation of tools for economic recovery:

  • Promote and foster innovation, innovative approaches and digital solutions in UNDP’s engagement in economic recovery, revitalization and development in crisis and post-crisis settings;
  • Provide technical expertise in identifying and selecting tools, developing methodologies and producing knowledge management products linked to crisis- and humanitarian-related livelihoods and economic recovery;
  • Provide technical expertise on the content development for regional/CO knowledge products through the analysis of data, case evidence, and research findings in accordance with corporate standards;
  • Design and deliver training on economic recovery programming and policy services including by developing training packs for COs to facilitate innovation learning, foster and encourage economic recovery programme and policy innovation and continuous improvement to enhance delivery.

Partnerships, Representation, Advocacy and Resource Mobilization:

  • Mobilize, foster and strengthen strategic partnerships with UN entities and other relevant bodies, including with the World Bank, and Regional Development Banks, and provide substantive inputs to those partnerships;
  • Represent UNDP and engage in relevant UN interagency coordination as well as in other fora;
  • Contribute to pipeline development and resources mobilization to support the delivery of UNDP results related to economic recovery and development issues in crisis and post crisis situations;
  • Advocate policy and positioning of UNDP on economic impacts of conflict and disasters and economic recovery approaches in various fora, including academia and civil society.

Knowledge Management:

  • Guide and coordinate cross-regional exchange of knowledge by collaborating with regional advisors to research, develop and share knowledge-based tools and guidance to help influence/advance policy dialogue in crisis and post crisis situations and present such material at various fora;
  • Oversee the knowledge extraction, analysis, documentation, codification of results/lessons learned regarding pro poor approaches to economic recovery and livelihoods in crisis and post crisis situations, ensuring that knowledge sharing and content management is in line with guidelines and performed using corporate tools;
  • Advocate and enable South-South facilitation of exchanges and experiences sharing where valuable with a focus on economic recovery in transitions, including countries in special circumstances e.g. Small Islands Development States;
  • Support the capacity development of UNDP staff in application of tools and practices;
  • Develop and strengthen linkages with economic development, poverty, green economy, peacebuilding and governance practice areas, both inside and outside of the UN system;
  • Actively support the Community of Practices on Resilience; Governance; and the Poverty and Inequality.


  • Innovation: Ability to make new and useful ideas work.
  • Leadership:Ability to persuade others to follow.
  • People Management:Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.
  • Communication:Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.
  • Delivery:Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.
  • Technical/Functional:Livelihoods and economic recovery assessments and planningAbility to use methods, tools and regional analysis to determine impact of crisis and inform policy and programming.
  • Livelihoods and Economic RecoveryKnowledge of Livelihoods and Economic Recovery concepts and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
  • Economic transitions and reformsKnowledge of impact of crises on economies, economic transitional interventions and support.
  • Sustainable Development Goals: Knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
  • Knowledge ManagementAbility to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge.
  • Collaboration & Partnerships:Ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside (Programmes/projects) or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support.

Required Skills and Experience


A Master's degree, preferably in economics, development economics, business administration, agricultural or social sciences, other relevant fields, or extensive compensating experience in humanitarian/crisis/fragile settings.


  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in UN development system, public sectors (national or multilateral, including UN), private (academia, non-governmental sector, corporate), with increasing level of responsibility;
  • Relevant field experience in crisis and post-crisis settings;
  • Proven track record and experience in the UN System and other, related to livelihoods, economic recovery in situations of crisis and fragility, including support to economic transitions and reforms, and inclusive growth;
  • Excellent negotiating and communication skills and ability to mobilize support from a wide range of partners;
  • Proven track record of programme development and management;
  • Proven track record of partnership and resource mobilization skills;
  • Strong analytical skills, including use of qualitative and quantitative information in economic analyses in post-crisis and conflict countries.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluent and proficient in English is a requirement;
  • Knowledge of another UN language highly desirable.


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