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Job Opening
Job Opening ID: 225322
Job Network : Economic, Social and Development
Job Family : Sustainable Development
Category and Level : Professional and Higher Categories, P-4
Duty Station : KABUL
Department/Office : Resident Coordinator System
Date Posted : Jan 9, 2024
Deadline : Feb 7, 2024

Org. Setting and Reporting
The position is located in the United Nations Resident Coordination Office (RCO) in Kabul, Afghanistan and reports to the Head of RCO.
Within delegated authority, the Development Coordination Officer /Economist will be responsible for the following duties: (These duties are generic and may not be carried out by all Development Coordination Officers/Economist.)

Description of Functions:
1. Plans, facilitates and consolidates evidence-based analysis of the status of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), providing substantive advice to the Resident Coordinator (RC) and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), particularly on elements pertaining to the economic transformation agenda (including green and just transition, digital transformation and the future of work) and SDG financing.

• Researches, analyzes, consolidates, and presents information and data on emerging best practices in economic transformation for sustainable development, including green and just transition, digital transformation and the future of work, among others; paying special attention to gender and leave no one behind (LNOB) principles.
• Provides advice on global/corporate guidelines, tools and other materials related to economic transformation and SDG financing.
• Works with UNCT counterparts to create common, convergent and coherent key advocacy topics related to sustainable economic transformation and SDG financing, helping identify and analyze entry points for catalytic and consolidated UN policy support options, to enable the transition to more efficient, low-carbon and resilient production and consumption patterns, maximizing social, environmental and economic outcomes that impact the implementation of multiple SDGs and their targets, with proposed ‘accelerator interventions’ that can help unlock and accelerate progress towards sustainable development;
• Collects and analyzes data on UN country level operations in support of the implementation of the economic transformation agenda and SDG financing, identifies gaps and proposes follow-up actions;
• Working in close collaboration with the UNCT, researches, develops and presents policy papers, guidance notes and other knowledge based-tools, and supports discussion in country-level forums to help influence and advance policy dialogue and advocate to reframe economic policies and practices around economic transformation to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs;
• Coordinates the preparation of UN flagship reports on economic transformation and SDG financing, including the analysis of data and 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.
• Conducts and consolidates analytical work to strengthen the understanding of the catalytic role of the private sector in the context of green economic transformation and SDG financing; identifying opportunities to create strong partnerships with the private sector as a key stakeholder in the context of economic transformation and green growth.
• Analyzes trends and provides advice and support on new and innovative mechanisms for SDG financing, including on global initiatives by the UN and other development institutions.
• Provides inputs for briefing papers and discussion/talking points on issues related to SDG financing for consideration by the RC/ the UNCT.
• Supports UNCT initiatives to advance SDG financing, including in the context of an Integrated National Financing Frameworks (INFF).
• Provides economic analysis and advice as inputs into the cross-pillar (humanitarian-development-peace) nexus approaches in country.

2. Supports the RC’s and UNCT’s, advocacy efforts for the creation of strong partnerships with the UN system, with relevant partners, including International Financial Institutions (IFIs), to support SDG financing in a context of a non-recognized de facto authorities taking note of applicable sanctions.
• Fosters peer-exchanges and opens a consistent channel of communication and strong partnerships with economists and other counterparts within the UN System to create and consolidate common, convergent and coherent advocacy opportunities on topics related to economic transformation and SDG financing, adapting approaches to a context of non-recognized de facto authorities and applicable sanctions.
• Working in close collaboration with the RCO Partnerships Officer, ensures effective engagement of all relevant counterparts to develop collaboration and partnerships around economic transformation and SDG financing, for example with national planning or economic offices, IFIs, the private sector, etc.
• Stays abreast and follows latest developments in analytical work, policy, financial and capacity development support provided by other relevant development partners (including IFIs, bilateral and multilateral partners, academia, the private sector, and others) on topics related to economic transformation and SDG financing and identifies opportunities for collaboration.
• Engages with the private sector to strengthen understanding of its potential contribution to the green economic transformation agenda, and to identify private and/or public-private catalytic SDG financing opportunities for the achievement of the SDGs.

3. Coordinates the development by the UNCT of a new generation of an integrated SDG programming cycle (including the development of roadmaps, CCA, UNSDCF, UN joint programmes as well as Annual Reports and others) that advances the economic transformation agenda and outlines a clear approach to SDG financing in Afghanistan.

• Supports the RC/UNCT in ensuring a strong macroeconomic and SDG financing analysis through an integrated lens in the preparation of the Common Country Analyses and other analytical exercises;
• Identifies issues and proposes recommendations for the UNCT on how UN country-level programming around economic transformation and integrated policy responses can be optimized and better respond to sustainable development needs and emerging trends in country;
• Guides the development and implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks, ensuring a strong and integrated UNCT engagement on the economic transformation and SDG financing agendas in the country;
• Contributes to the UN joint programming to strengthen the formulation of a new generation of UN joint programmes on economic transformation and SDG financing (including those that are supported by the Joint SDG Fund) ensuring that they are oriented towards investment, and have impact at the national level;
• Assists UNCT Results Groups 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 policy development and capacity development around the economic transformation and SDG financing agendas.

4. Plans and directs knowledge management around the economic transformation and SDG financing agendas, in support of a shared understanding by the UNCT of sustainable development trends, challenges and opportunities in programme countries.

• Promotes collaboration, peer support, innovation, good practices, lessons learned, needs, and opportunities through active participation to local, regional and global communities of practice and knowledge networks within the Resident Coordinator System, across the UN (including the UN Economist Network, HDP nexus collaboration) and beyond.
• Researches, analyzes and presents best practices and lessons learned from implementation of UN policy initiatives and programming around economic transformation, with a view to advising the RC and UNCT on actions to strengthen the policy orientation of the UN;
• Monitors and analyzes good practices and successful models for SDG financing implemented by the UN in country and elsewhere, and suggests options for developing these into bankable national SDG investment policies and programmes;
• Keeps abreast of emerging innovative approaches in the area of economic transformation and SDG financing, and proposes new ways of working, where relevant;
• Reflects on processes of his/ her work area at key milestones, and generates knowledge valuable to others in the RC system/ UN Country Teams.
• 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.
• 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in economics, public finance, public policy 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.
Job – Specific Qualification
Not available.
Work Experience
A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in development cooperation, aid coordination, strategic planning or related area is required.

Experience in working in complex crisis environments as well as in mission settings is required.

Experience in working with UN Agencies and in donor relations is desired.

Experience in facilitating integrated SDG programming cycle in a context of non-recognized de facto authorities is desired.
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.

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