International Consultant (Development Economist)

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MM Home-based; Travel; Yangon (Myanmar (Burma))

Application deadline 1 year ago: Thursday 10 Dec 2020 at 23:59 UTC

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UNDP supports countries around the world to formulate strategies, policies, and programme interventions that promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To advance these aims, UNDP provides technical policy advice and programming tools, especially to help address critical sustainable development challenges.

UNDP country offices work closely with government counterparts and other national stakeholders to support the introduction of inclusive and sustainable development policies that are aligned with the national context. Economists based in country offices across the Asia-Pacific region contribute to this work, including through support to policy dialogue with government officials and other partners, assistance in programme development, and production of research and analysis. These colleagues also collaborate and share experiences and practices across countries inside and outside the Asia-Pacific region.

The recent outbreak of the COVID19 worldwide and in Myanmar as well, has increased communities’ vulnerabilities and posed additional challenges for development actors as well as policymakers. Preliminary analysis has highlighted that the distribution of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis will be prolonged and amplified in the key vulnerable population and groups in Myanmar including but not limited to urban and rural poor especially elderly people and women in the poorer states and regions and those in the urban gig economy, internally displaced people, people living in IDP camps, marginal farmers, informal workers living and working in densely populated areas, migrant workers from abroad impacting households dependent on remittances, and in conflict affected states and regions which may make it hard to access services. An integrated immediate crisis programmatic response and medium recovery interventions is required to step up support to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 on key impacted groups and businesses aligned to the COVID-19 Economic Relief Plan (CERP), the upcoming Myanmar Economic Recovery and Reform Programe (MERRP), Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan and the UN Framework on immediate socio-economic impact of COVID-19 in Myanmar.

UNDP Myanmar is recruiting an International Consultant (Development Economist) to help contribute to its overall work programme and support the Country Office in its COVID-19 response and recovery work with a lens of sustainability and building forward better. The IC will support the country office by providing high quality technical robust socio-economic analysis including based on the socio-economic COVID-19 surveys and policy advice to management and government counterparts that favor inclusive development, including the integration of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs into national plans and activities.

S/he will also work closely with the two Programme Teams and be responsible for helping develop development solutions and activities aimed at enhancing UNDP’s programmatic support at scale. The Development Economist is expected to contribute to knowledge generation through research and analysis, represent UNDP as required in policy discussions, and work closely with the Senior Management, SMU and Programme Teams as well as the regional network on SDG integration, acceleration, and innovation. The Development Economist will also work closely with the Conflict and Gender Specialist to ensure that overall cross-cutting issues are mainstreamed throughout the Country Office’s programmes and projects.

The IC will provide remote support with the possibility of travelling to Yangon, if conditions allow. Domestic and international travel may be required. S/he will work closely with Senior Management, the Programme and SMU teams in the Country Office, other Country Office Advisors and UNDP’s key partners, including the private sector, and colleagues in the Bangkok Regional Hub (BRH). S/he will also collaborate with the Asia-Pacific regional network of country economists. This will include systematic engagement with and oversight from the lead regional economic advisors based in Bangkok and Beijing. S/he is also expected to develop and maintain a network of colleagues across development partner agencies, government institutions, the private sector, and civil society.

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