UN Development Coordination Officer – Economist Job Careers – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Title:        Development Coordination Officer
– Economist

Organization: United
Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Duty Station: Kampala,

Reports to: Senior
Development Coordination Officer, Strategic Planning and RCO Team Leader

About US:

The United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nation’s global development network.
UNDP advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and
resources to help people build a better life. The UNDP provides expert advice,
training, grant support to developing countries including Uganda with
increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries. 

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

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;
  • 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;
  • 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 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 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,
  • 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 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
  • Proposes recommendations to enhance UN support to governmental and
    multi-stakeholder processes on SDG policy development and capacity

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 UNCT projects and programmes, 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.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal applicant for the United Nations UNDP Development
    Coordination Officer – Economist job placement should hold an advanced
    university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in economics,
    sustainable development, public policy, business or public administration,
    social sciences, education or 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.
  • At least five years of progressively responsible experience in
    sustainable development policy, economic analysis or project/programme
    management in the context of development cooperation or related area is
  • Language: Fluency
    in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French,
    is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another UN
    official language is an advantage. 


  • 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.
  • Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;
    identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as
    required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for
    completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when
    planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
  • 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.
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve
    organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas
    and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before
    personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group
    decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
    shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility
    for team shortcomings.
  • Accountability: Takes
    ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers
    outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and
    quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations
    and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes
    responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility
    for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Commitment to Continuous Learning: Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession;
    actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally;
    contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows
    willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve.
  • Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability
    and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to
    apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new

UNDP is committed to
achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.
Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with
disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated
with the strictest confidence.

How to Apply:

All suitably
qualified and interested candidates who so desire to join the United Nations
Development Programme, UNDP, in the aforementioned capacity should endeavor to
Apply Online by Clicking on the link below. Please further review job
requirements and if competent Click Apply Now.


Deadline: 23rd May 2019

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