UNDP and the European Union collaborate in improving the public sector’s integrity, accountability, and responsiveness to citizens and refugees’ needs in Jordan. The European Union a grant to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the implementation of the “Improving Local Development to Increase the Resilience of Host Communities and Refugees in North Jordan Programme” which is built on two programmes aiming to support decentralization financed by the European Union and executed by UNDP, DLDSP1 and DAILL2. The Programme fills a very large void in local administrations, which is the lack of financial resources to invest in development projects. In recent years there has been a profusion of development plans, and local economic development strategies; however, they are not backed up by the resources to implement them. The availability of funds will encourage and test new forms of public-private collaboration that include various municipalities and private investors.
Focusing on the Governorate of Irbid, the Programme proposes a series of activities and is inclusive of host communities and refugees. The efforts focus on creating economic opportunities and the joint search for solutions to chronic development challenges. By boosting the growth of economic sectors and supporting either the demand or supply of value chains and clusters, the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) will create jobs and enhance social cohesion, integration, and a sense of belonging among refugees and Jordanians.
3- Scope of Work
The Economic Research Assistant will provide technical support and research expertise in evidence-based policy, implementation and analytical methods, macroeconomic analysis and impact on the local level, localization of economic and social indices, socioeconomic impact assessments and provide a range of deliverables and services as agreed with the programme management for the “Improving Local Development to Increase the Resilience of Host Communities and Refugees in North Jordan” and DAILL Programmes
Functions/ Key results expected:
4- Institutional Arrangement:
The Economic Research Assistant will work under the supervision of the “Improving Local Development to Increase the Resilience of Host Communities and Refugees in North Jordan” programme’s Programme Analyst.
|Achieve Results:||LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details,
delivers quality work by deadline
|Think Innovatively:||LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem
solver, makes improvements
|Learn Continuously:||LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from
mistakes, asks for feedback
|Adapt with Agility:||LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles
ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible
|Act with Determination:||LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of
|Engage and Partner:||LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others,
forms positive relationships
|Enable Diversity and
|LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias,
Cross-Functional & Technical competencies:
|Business Direction &
|Business Acumen||Ability to understand and deal with a business situation in
a manner that is likely to lead to a good outcome.
Knowledge and understanding of the operational
frameworks in the organization and ability to make good
judgments and quick decisions within such frameworks.
|Business Development||Integration within the UN||Ability to identify, and integrate capacity and assets of the UN system, and engage in joint work; knowledge of the UN System and ability to apply this knowledge to strategic and/or practical situations.|
|Business Management||Monitoring||Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and programme performance and results.|
|Business Management||Communication||Ability to communicate in a clear, concise, and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose
communication methods depending on the audience
|Planet||Nature, Climate and
|Green Economy: Green economy and green growth|
|Project Management||Ability to plan, organize, and control resources,
procedures, and protocols to achieve specific goals
|Min. Academic Education||High school education is required or a bachelor’s degree in economics, development studies, social sciences, public administration, or related fields. Specialized certification in administration or project management will be considered.|
|Min. years of relevant Work experience||Minimum of four years of experience with high school education or minimum of one year of experience with a bachelor’s degree of relevant experience in providing technical and administrative support in the field of economics, sustainable development, development research or other related fields.|
|Required skills||Research and policy-level analysis support. Usage of computers and office software packages Experience in handling of web-based management systems and advanced programmes for statistical analysis of data.|
|Desired additional skills and competencies||– Design, monitor, and evaluation of development projects.
– Demonstrated ability to communicate and deal effectively with partners, including government, academia, civil society, private sector, UN, and other development donors to address the relevant issue and to ensure the greater impact of the projects/ programmes; and
– Ability to work under minimum supervision in a complex environment.
|Required Language(s) (at
|Working knowledge in Written and spoken Arabic and English|