Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is located in the United Nations Resident Coordination Office (RCO) for Trinidad & Tobago, Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. The incumbent, under the overall guidance of the Resident Coordinator, reports to the Senior Development Coordination Officer, Strategic Planning and RCO Team Leader.
Within delegated authority, the 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 Sub-regional Team (UNST) of sustainable development trends, challenges and opportunities in SIDS programme countries.
- Provides substantive advice on innovative economic (eg. Blue, green economy, creative economies and fiscal policies for SIDS) and SDG policies to Resident Coordinators (RC) and UNCTs, as well as to national counterparts in government and other relevant partners.
- Coordinates the development by the UNST of a new generation of SDG programmes with a strong investment orientation and focus on acceleration towards achieving the SDGs in SIDS context.
- 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 UNST of sustainable development trends, challenges and opportunities in programme countries with SIDS context.
- Researches, analyzes, consolidates and presents SDG-related data, as well as information on emerging best practices in sustainable development, blue economy, green economy paying special attention to gender and capacity development, and proposes policy options to RCs/UNSTs;
- 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 in SIDS;
- 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 regional, sub-regional and country level operations in support of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, 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;
- 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 to RCs and UNSTs, as well as to national counterparts in government and other relevant partners
- Guides substantive support to the RC/UNST on SDG-related and climate change related issues, particularly on policies to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs in SIDS, 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 UNST 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 UNST 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 Joint Policy Team (or equivalent) and drives cross-pillar nexus approaches in country to policy, analysis and assessment.
- Coordinates the development by the USCT of new generation of SDG programmes with a strong investment orientation and focus on acceleration towards achieving the SDGs in SIDS
- Guides the development and implementation of the UN Multi-country Sustainable Development Framework (UN MSDF) and Country cooperation frameworks to ensure that the UN’s sub-regional and country-level operational activities effectively support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in country;
- Provides substantive support to programme formulation and revision throughout the UN MSDF and country cooperation plans cycle, based on sound SDG and the economics of SIDS 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 UN MSDF results groups and the SDG-Programme Team in the MCO 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.
- Plans and directs 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 UNST projects and programmes, with a view to advising the RC and UNST 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.
- Professionalism: Ability to apply sustainable development and economic theories, concepts and approaches. Ability to apply green and/or blue economy theories and concepts. Knowledge of sustainable development challenges of Small Island Development Countries and coastal countries. 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.
- Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
- 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 UN Agencies as well as Government counterparts and partners such as IFIs 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.
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.
Specialization on environmental economics, the economics of climate change and/or alternative economic approaches is desirable.
- 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.
- Three years of experience in environmental economic analysis is required.
- Three years of experience in blue or green economics is required.
- Experience in economics, fiscal policy challenges in Small Island Development States context is desirable.
- Knowledge of climate change challenges in Small Island Development States context is desirable.
- Working experience in the Caribbean/SIDS context is desirable.
- English and French are the two working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.
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