Economist (International)

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 12 October 2021
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 25 October 2021

Result of Service


Work Location

Multiple Duty Stations located regionally

Expected duration

Funding for this position is secured through to the end of 2022; however, due to technical reasons, the selected candidate will be issued first a contract until 31 December 2021, and subsequently a 12 months contract for 2022

Duties and Responsibilities

Organisational Setting and Reporting
This consultancy is overseen by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Regional Office for South East Asia (SEARO). The incumbent will be under the direct supervision of the Human Rights Officer (focal point on human rights mainstreaming) of the Regional Office for South East Asia and the overall supervision of the Regional Representative of the Regional Office. The consultant will also collaborate closely with SEAROโ€™s focal point on economic, social and cultural Rights (ESCRs), OHCHRโ€™s Surge Initiative Phase II in the areas of ESCRs, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Prevention.

Within delegated authority, the Consultant will be responsible for the following duties:
โ€ข Conduct country analyses and impact assessments from an economic and human rights perspective with regard to implementation of the SDGs and improving the level of protection of and respect for ESCR.
This includes - but is not limited to - human rights based budget and fiscal policy analyses,; review of fiscal policies with focus on disadvantaged groups and impact assessments of austerity measures, economic reforms in relation to inequalities;
โ€ข Monitor (or assist in monitoring) and report on the regional economic situation and any relevant fiscal and policy developments, including opportunities, challenges and risks of shocks or crises, as well as trends and gaps in the country-level implementation of internationals standards and obligations.
โ€ข Contribute analysis and input into UN Country Team processes, including UN common country analyses and programming and UN support to national development plans, and related documents from a human rights perspective and make recommendations to facilitate the enjoyment of civil, economic, political, social and cultural rights.
โ€ข Collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data to identify progressand/or regression in the enjoyment of ESCRs in support of country efforts towards achieving the 2030 Agenda .
โ€ข Facilitate (i) cross-fertilization among OHCHRโ€™s field presences in the region and with partners by identifying entities who have already effectively worked in the areas of SDGs, ESCRs, Income Inequalities and Prevention; (ii) develop and initiate pilot projects which will generate impact in the area of development and ESCRs from an economics and human rights perspective; and (ii) facilitate building of networks and partnerships between OHCHR field presences in the region and relevant national and international organisations and institutes/individuals in order to expand work related to economics and human rights.
โ€ข Substantively support SEARO colleagues as requested and necessary.
โ€ข Draft inputs for official documents, including thematic reports.
โ€ข Conduct other relevant tasks.

โ€ข Ability to link macroeconomic policies and practices with Statesโ€™ human rights obligations with the aim to identify measures and interventions towards โ€˜transformative economiesโ€™ at the national, local and community levels.
โ€ข Ability to apply heterodox economic theories and concepts, related to the structure and performance of the economy, to build the case for human rights and identify advocacy and programmatic responses.
โ€ข Knowledge of, and experience with, human rights mechanisms, in particular with ICESCR, SDGs, budgeting for human rights, austerity measures, illicit capital flows (IFFs), debt, sanctions, progressive taxation, supply chains, the mining sector, Declaration on the Right to Development, extraterritorial obligations.
โ€ข Ability to conduct independent research, build bridges across disciplines and identify operational ideas, solutions and programs.
โ€ข Ability to engage with neo-classical economists when required, on the value of human rights analyses.
โ€ข Ability to do intersectional analyses, especially on โ€˜Leave No One Behindโ€™
โ€ข Communication, including demonstrated strong drafting skills
โ€ข Client orientation
โ€ข Planning and organizing
โ€ข Teamwork
โ€ข Creativity

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Economics with a sound understanding of development, human rights and gender.
Experience: A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in economics is required. Knowledge and experience from the Asia-Pacific region and in human rights and gender equality is highly desirable.
Language: Fluency in English (both oral and written) is required..

No Fee


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