Senior Development Coordination Officer, Economist (Brazil), P5

United Nations - Resident Coordinator System
  • Location
    Brasilia, Brazil
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
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  • Posted
    Nov 20

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the United Nations Resident Coordination Office (RCO) in Brasilia and reports to the Resident Coordinator.


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

Summary of Functions

  • Coordinates 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 programme countries.
  • Oversees the provision of substantive advice on innovative economic and SDG policies to Resident Coordinator (RC) and UNCT, as well as to national counterparts in government and other relevant partners.
  • Leads 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.
  • Directs SDG knowledge generation and management.

Description of Functions

Coordinates evidence-based SDG analysis in support of a shared understanding by the UNCT of sustainable development trends, challenges and opportunities in programme countries:

  • Directs research, analysis, consolidation and presentation of 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.
  • Directs research, analysis and consolidation of macroeconomic variables and models of host country to identify bottlenecks and to establish scenarios of fiscal, monetary and social conditions to attain SDG.
  • Direct research, analysis and consolidation of social and income data of host country to identify inequities gaps in labor markets and education, health and other public service and goods that hamper structurally to attain SDG.
  • Direct research, analysis and consolidation of environmental data and indicators related to use of natural resources and or impact on climate change to support sustainable development and climate change policies initiatives in the host country.
  • Oversees the identification and analysis of econometric or other statistical quantitative and qualitative models to provide evidence-based evaluations and recommendations on policy options for host country on attaining SDG.
  • Oversees the identification and analysis of 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.
  • Directs the assessment of 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 identifies appropriate measures to address them.
  • Supervises collection and analysis of data on UN country level operations in support of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, identifies gaps and proposes follow-up actions.
  • Manages research, development and presentation of 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.
  • Oversee the monitoring 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.

Oversees the provision of substantive advice on innovative economic and SDG policies to the RC and UNCT in Georgia, 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 pursues potential trade-offs between SDGs.
  • Leads the identification of issues and 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 Joint Policy Team (or equivalent) and drives cross-pillar nexus approaches in country to policy, analysis and assessment.
  • Oversees research, data analysis and assessments on financial instruments to promote saving and investment levels to achieve growth paths compatible to attaining SDGs.

Leads 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:

  • Manages the development and implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) to ensure that the UN’s country-level operational activities effectively support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in country.
  • Supervises the provision of substantive support to programme formulation and revision throughout the UNSDCF cycle, based on sound SDG analysis.
  • Oversees the provision of substantive support 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.
  • Guides UNSDCF result groups in the implementation of joint workplans to ensure SDG-relevant and SDG-responsive UN operational activities for development.
  • Reviews and endorses recommendations to enhance UN support to governmental and multi-stakeholder processes on SDG policy development and capacity development.

Directs SDG knowledge generation and management:

  • Plans, facilitates and enhances 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.
  • Directs research, analysis and presentation of 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.
  • Coordinates the monitoring and analysis of 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.
  • Oversees the provision of advice on global/corporate guidelines, tools and other materials related to sustainable development policy.
  • Performs other related assignments, as required.


  • 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.
  • Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.
  • Judgment/Decision-making: Identifies key issues in complex situations, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


  • 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.
  • Academic specialization in development economics is desirable.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in sustainable development policy, economic analysis and/ or project/programme management in the context of development cooperation or a related area is required.
  • Experience in econometric modelling, scenario and data analysis and research is required.
  • Experience in the United Nations system or a comparable international organization is desirable.
  • Work experience with Brazil and/or Latin American economies is highly desirable.
  • Experience in research institutes on sustainable development related issues is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Fluency in Spanish is required. Fluency in Portuguese is desirable.

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