Economist (UNHABITAT)

  • Added Date: Monday, 14 June 2021
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 28 June 2021
  • To conduct situational analysis: this includes regional spatial diagnosis and base-mapping at Wereda level, summary of the key strategic issues (constraints and opportunities) and determination of the emerging spatial structure which influences regional development, based on desk review, data collection (Matrix of Function and spatial documents), and consultative workshops;
  • To identify the existing resources and plan utilization of such resources in each region;
  • To prioritize and guide investment decisions as per the regional spatial development plan;
  • To prepare a complete Regional Spatial Development Framework (SDF) comprising of vision for 2040, spatial development strategies (i.e. goals, objectives, targets, and strategies) and planning guidelines for the desired future, in the context of the national development goals as stipulated in strategic development plans of the country (i.e. NUSDP and the Ten-Year Perspective Plan) and other relevant global agendas, especially the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda (NUA);
  • To identify and prepare regional development policies and measures (i.e. policy statements, programs, projects, etc.) that can achieve the objectives under the SDF following the regional spatial structure proposed based on a preferred scenario;
  • To develop a comprehensive implementation plan, including an investment roadmap, institutional arrangements and legislation framework, and organizational capacity development program;
  • To prepare a monitoring and evaluation system that inform government budgeting, private investments, public-private partnership, etcโ€ฆ

As an economist, the incumbent is expected to closely work with team members and the following duties and responsibilities are expected:ย 

  • Support the design and collection of the economic data collection method including applied analytical tools and overall study approaches from the perspective of a spatial development framework;
  • Support the collection and analysis of secondary data through literature review, the drafting of preliminary findings and the refining ofย  primary data collection method; the latter will include both a qualitative and a quantitative components;
  • Assess policy environment with regards to socio-cultural, economic and infrastructure linkages and interactions that exist between cities, clusters, and the hinterlands;
  • Support organization of the inception workshop aimed to gather all the concerned stakeholders and to ensure participatory planning processes and in writing the workshop proceedings;
  • Support the organisation of stakeholder discussions with relevant stakeholders to review the findings from the analysis of both the secondary and primary collected data during the mid-term review workshop and assist in presenting a detailed outline of the rreport during the workshop;
  • Support drafting of the substantive chapters of the RDSP in coordination with the team leader and the other team members, including the formulation of key recommendations; pictures, maps, graphs and illustrations that may be used to make the report more attractive and communicative;
  • Support finalization of the RDSP by integrating all inputs received including the recommendations/conclusions, and assist the team leader in reporting it to the main stakeholders;
  • Support the team leader in presenting the validated report at public events.

The following is the list of expected deliverables for the RDSP:

  • Support the collection and analysis of secondary data through literature review, the drafting of preliminary findings and the refining ofย  primary data collection method; the latter will include both a qualitative and a quantitative component. Work closely with the socioeconomic cluster. Assess policy environment with regards socio-cultural, economic and infrastructure linkages and interactions that exist between cities, clusters, and the hinterlands. Support the international counterpart with provision of local knowledge and context;ย 
  • Support organization of the inception workshop aimed to gather all the concerned stakeholders and to ensure a participatory planning processes and in writing the workshop proceedings;
  • Collect data and assess key Socio-Economic indicators that reflect urban functions and linkages between cities and the hinterlands. This includes identification of potential resources and the accompanying functions for each region and /or cluster;
  • Guide the collection of primary qualitative Socio-Economic data collection by designing a questionnaire and in producing a preliminary data analysis;
  • Guide the design of field survey (i.e. the quantitative primary socioeconomic data collection) and provide support during the various stakeholderโ€™s consultations;
  • Support the primary data analysis and, derive key findings related to the economic geography and regional themes being investigated;
  • Support the organization of stakeholder discussions with relevant stakeholders to review the findings from the analysis of both the secondary and primary collected data during the mid-term review workshop and assist in presenting a detailed outline of the report during the workshop.
  • Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction. Ability to communicate clearly links between the Organizationโ€™s strategy and the work unitโ€™s goals.ย  Demonstrated ability to provide innovative technical leadership by performing and/or overseeing the planning, development, and management of operation.ย  Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgmentย  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.ย ย 
  • 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.ย 
  • Considers all those to whom services are provided to be โ€œclientsโ€ and seeks to see things from clientsโ€™ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clientsโ€™ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clientsโ€™ 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.ย 
  • Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.ย 
  • Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.

Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Proven ability for building and managing effective partnerships;ย 
  • Excellent writing skills, with analytical capacity and ability to synthesize project outputs and relevant findings for the preparation of quality reports.
  • Ability to work independently or with minimal supervision with a high degree of responsibility, in a flexible manner and often under pressure;
  • Knowledge of financial resources and human resources management, contract, asset and procurement, and general administration;
  • Capacity to coordinate and organize a team and to support project implementation;
  • Ability to conduct interviews, surveys, and other data collection techniques.ย 
  • Advanced university degree (Masterโ€™s degree or equivalent) in urban economics, economics, economic geography or equivalent and relevant research projects;
  • Formal training in project management is an asset;
  • Recognised experience and knowledge on spatial economic planning, urban socio-economic linkages, urban sociology, economic geography, local economic development, rural-urban linkages and related field;
  • Excellent knowledge of the Ethiopian context and particularly aware of regional economyย 
  • A minimum of four (4) years of progressively responsible experience in urban economics, economics, economic geography or equivalent and relevant research projects and programmes at national level and at least three (3) years of similar experience on planning and development related international projects or on international level is required;
  • Proven experience in planning projects/ programme design and implementation with the UN or other international agencies is desirable;
  • Recognised experience and knowledge with an excellent knowledge on the Ethiopian context
  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of any of the local languages is an asset.

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Contract Duration: One year with a possibility of extension

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