Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
For some years now, the ministerial functions of Finance, Development and Economic Planning were merged. The rationale for the decision at the time was to “prevent overlap, duplicity, lack of coordination, and wastage in capital spending and current expenditure budgeting processes”. This decision was not unique to Sierra Leone. It was part of the wave across most countries in Africa, which began in early 2000, to advance coherent and efficient governance. While these arguments are compelling, the feasibility of the merger proved difficult throughout the ten years (two-terms) of the former administration—as was the case in many other countries. Planning and economic development functions were relegated to a second-tier role below fiscal and financial management.
Consequently, the new Government has reverted to the old model of two separate ministries—Ministry of Finance (MoF) and Ministry of Planning and Economic Development (MoPED). This separation of ministries has also seen the transfer of M&E functions to MoPED as well as the Co-Chairmanship of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and State-building (IDPS) and the Chairmanship of the g7+.
Just as managing the integration of the two ministries was functionally difficult, the separation will also need to be carefully managed to achieve the desire results. Meanwhile, the President has instructed the new Ministry of Planning and Economic Development (MoPED) to lead the preparation of the next national development strategy, and its accompanied M&E and costing plans by end of November 2018. Also lead in economic and development research for the transformation of the country.
The Minister of Planning and Economic Development has therefore requested UNDP to, in coordination with other Development Partners, support the Minister to among others: a) establish a world class planning and economic development ministry guided by the core principles of the Government’s New Direction governance model – leadership, integrity, efficiency, professionalism, and delivery; b) support the Minister to provide oversight leadership during the design of the next national development strategy; and c) support the design and rollout of a robust development coordination structure informed by the core principles of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and globally agreed development coordination frameworks and d) support the Minister in her new role as Co-Chair of the IDPS and Chair of the g7+.
UNDP is therefore seeking to hire a National Senior Research Specialist, who will provide flexible and targeted support to the Minister of Planning and Economic Development with focus on undertaking research and providing strategic advisory services to the Ministry. The Senior Research Specialist will work directly with the Minister.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Minister, the Senior Research Specialist will be expected to deliver on the following scope of work:
Work closely with the Budget Bureau in the MoF in providing broad policy and strategic guidance in the preparation of the National Budget, ensuring that the budget is well aligned to the National Development Plan.
Building capacity of relevant staff of the MoPED.
Impact of the Results
The technical competency of MOPED improved and the core principles of the Government’s New Direction governance model - leadership, integrity, efficiency, professionalism, and delivery achieved by the Ministry.
Required Skills and Experience
At least Master’s degree in Economics, Development Economics, Development Study, Statistics, and any other related field.
At least 7 years of proven professional experience in socio-economic research.
Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; ability to explain complex technical concepts to a non-technical audience.