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Title: Senior Economist
Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya
Duration: February 2021 to 31 December 2021
Contract Type: Temporary Appointment
The Global Compact for Refugees (GCR) promotes a stronger, more predictable and more equitable international response to large-scale and/or protracted refugee situations. It represents the transformation of the refugee response model from the traditional camp-based care and maintenance programs to government-led comprehensive refugee responses that use multi-stakeholder approaches to: (i) ease pressure on host countries; (ii) enhance refugee self-reliance; (iii) expand access to third-country solutions; and (iv) support conditions in the country of origin for return in safety and dignity.
Coupled with the broader reform of the UN Development System, the GCR offers UNHCR an opportunity to play a facilitator and catalyst role in the transformation of the refugee response model. UNHCR is expected to catalyse comprehensive solutions in a context characterized by the collaboration, collective responsibility sharing, and a renewed sense of purpose. By building strong institutional relationships with a range of new actors, including multilateral development banks (MDBs), civil society organizations (CSOs) and the private sector, UNHCR will facilitate effective interventions aimed at strengthening resilience and promoting solutions in refugee-hosting and return areas. It will support efforts to complement humanitarian interventions with development and private sector investments in order to lift displaced populations out of poverty, enable solutions, and encourage holistic area-based approaches to refugee response.
The Regional Bureau for East and Horn of Africa and Great Lakes (EHAGL) is playing a significant role in operationalizing the GCR by strengthening and institutionalizing UNHCR¿s catalytic role at the regional level. Although the successful design and implementation of comprehensive refugee responses are highly context-specific and dependent on national and local circumstances, the catalytic and supportive activities of UNHCR field offices are being supported and strengthened by the Regional Bureau. In particular, the Regional Bureau is focusing on: (i) promoting a regional approach for comprehensive responses; (ii) translating global priorities into region-specific strategies; (iii) creating workable results-based management systems that integrate/reflect the SDGs; (iv) leading the engagement with political and development actors in the EHA Region; and (v) providing technical support and guidance to country operations.
Duties and responsibilities
In close collaboration with DRS, Sr. Economist will facilitate collaboration with development actors and other stakeholders in the areas outlined below.
Translating the economic analysis into advocacy/policy dialogue and programs
Provide advice to the Bureau management on:
Provide technical support and advice to help various Bureau units and UNHCR country operations effectively use economic data and analysis to inform programming and policy dialogue.
Advise programme, protection and technical unites and country operations during program design, implementation and evaluation using the economic analysis to support quality programming and advocacy.
Lead the preparation of research papers including formatting and creating tables, graphs, and related analysis.
Provide guidance/recommendations on obstacles and possible improvements to UNHCR¿s programming by preparing and supporting the use of available economic statistics, industrial surveys and other available data.
Preparation of economic briefs and policy notes
Prepare presentations, technical reports and non-technical reports to communicate the findings of economic analyses.
Prepare cutting edge economic briefs and policy notes on various topics relevant to the provision of asylum, the protection of persons of concern and the pursuit of durable solutions in line with the GCR.
Prepare periodic economic updates to inform the strategic decisions made by the Bureau Director and heads of pillars.
Contribute to Bureau external engagement products, including Bureau publications, regional updates, funding appeals, and other reports.
Oversight, strategy and coordination
Essential minimum qualifications and professional experience required
The ideal candidate will have:
The successful candidate will be based with the team in the UNHCR GCR Section, External Engagement Pillar, in the Regional Bureau in Nairobi.
The Temporary Appointment is for a period of up to 31 December 2021. It is a full-time role with working hours starting from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday (40 hours per week).
How to Apply
To apply visit www.unhcr.org/careers, click on ”Vacancies” and enter job ID 21835.
Please note that the closing date for this TA advertisement is Wednesday 3 February 2021 (midnight Geneva time).
The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).
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