UN Economist Job Opportunities – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

 

Job Title:   Economist

Organization: United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda

Vacancy Notice: Internal/ External vacancy notice 007/Temp/2020

Position Number: T/01/007/20

Position Grade: NO-C

 

About US:

The United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is mandated to lead and coordinate
international action to protect and assist refugees and other persons of
concern. It is constantly seeking talented, compassionate candidates with high
integrity to strengthen its capacity to respond urgently to crises with the
right skills. Given the nature of UNHCR’s work, it is essential that its
workforce has the right mix of skills and qualities to fulfill its mandate.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

Project Management

·       
Lead the
design and implementation of assessments and other data-driven products related
to the socio-economic welfare of refugees, forcibly displaced persons and host
communities, wherever possible through coordination with the National Bureau of
Statistics and World Bank Country Economist in inclusion of forcibly displaced
into National Poverty Assessment.

·       
Successfully
manage all partnerships and activities in the collection of comparable
socio-economic (poverty) data on forcibly displaced

·       
Contribute
to defining and promoting a vision for the use of socio-economic data,
particularly in planning, programming and advocacy at the country, regional and
headquarters levels.

·       
Maintain
a strong understanding of the state of literature on poverty analysis for
forcibly displaced.

·       
Manage
data collection activities, as appropriate. This may take place at all stages
of data collection (preparation, survey design, sampling, onsite data
collection oversight and supervision and quality assurance, data analysis and
report writing).

·       
Conduct
data analysis using econometric programs (R, Stata).

Data Collection and
Analysis

·       
Consolidate
raw primary and secondary datasets into final datasets to be used for analysis,
as needed. This will involve creating and merging various sources of data and
may require programming matching algorithms, linking up with field staff for
additional information, and performing manual matching.

·       
Clean
all datasets and create all necessary indicators. Work with the research team
to design a thorough plan for data analysis and carry out the coding to perform
this analysis. Common analytical tasks include production of descriptive
statistics and regression analysis for various outputs such as briefs,
presentations and academic papers.

·       
For any
field survey, assist in programming the instrument and developing protocols to
ensure high quality data.

·       
Properly
prepare and document relevant datasets for archiving on the UNHCR Microdata
Library.

·       
Lead the
preparation of research papers including formatting and creating tables,
graphs, and related analysis.

·       
Engage
with country operation, partners and government, as appropriate, in the design
and implementation of data collection and research projects.

Coordination

·       
Ensure
good communication and coordination among members of the country team,
Governments, researchers and partners, serving as a link between these parties.

·       
Lead
drafting and writing of presentations, analytical reports and research and
policy briefs.

·       
Participate
in official missions and deliver capacity building and training activities for
partners and governments.

·       
Identify
research opportunities and contribute to proposals for research partnerships
and funding.

·       
Reflect
UNHCR’s positions on policy, advocacy and programming issues as they relate to
the protection, resilience and solutions of refugees with medium-term economic
and social development programmes.

·       
Represent
UNHCR in negotiations and meetings relating to socio-economic profiling of
forcibly displaced and wider partners research in country.

·       
Represent
UNHCR in technical capacity with external actors.

·       
Perform
other related duties as required.

 

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       
The applicant
for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Economist
employment opportunity should preferably hold an undergraduate degree in the
field of Economics, Statistics or another relevant field. Required.

·       
At least
six (6) years of demonstrated experience in economics, analysing data and
conducting research is required.

·       
Familiarity
with processes of the World Bank, the African Development Bank or other
international financial institutions, bilateral development agencies or
research institutions is required.

·       
Knowledge
of English is required.

 

Competencies

Core Competencies

·       
Accountability

·       
Communication

·       
Organizational
Awareness

·       
Teamwork
& Collaboration

·       
Commitment
to Continuous Learning

·       
Client
& Result Orientation

Managerial
Competencies

·       
Empowering
and Building Trust

·       
Judgement
and Decision Making

Cross-Functional
Competencies

·       
Analytical
Thinking

·       
Technological
Awareness

·       
Planning
and Organizing

 

Desirable Qualifications & Competencies

·       
Familiarity
with displacement and development issues and experience of working with the
private sector is desirable.

·       
Experience
working in applied development economics, poverty modelling, leading primary
data collection effort and data analysis, working with synergies between the
humanitarian-development nexus is desirable.

·       
Demonstrated
skills and experience with measuring welfare through socio-economic profiling,
analysis of large datasets, expertise in utilization of relevant statistical
software (R, Stata), ability to work independently with limited supervision and
deliver high quality products and to think creatively, and to explore, harness
and translate innovative concepts into relevant practical approaches for
programming, policy, and advocacy purposes is desirable.

·       
Functional
skills in drafting, documentation, data presentation, networking, project
management, statistical software (SPSS, STATA, CSPRO), statistics analysis and
data collection and analysis is desirable.

 

How to Apply:

All Interested
candidates who wish to join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
(UNHCR) should please apply online at the link below

 

Click Here

 

Deadline: 23rd August 2020

 

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