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        Global Policy Specialist, Economic Policies, Reform, and Poverty Reduction,
                            UNDP Regional Centre, Bratislava

Post Title:                  Policy Specialist, Macroeconomics of Poverty Reduction
Rank:                        L4/L5
Duration:                    One year, with expectation of renewal
Duty Station:                Bratislava Regional Centre, Bratislava, Slovakia
Starting date:               1 February 2005
Application deadline:        1 January 2005


The Policy Specialist will work on the macroeconomics of poverty reduction in the countries
of Central and South Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
Problems of macroeconomic (fiscal, monetary, exchange rate) policies and adjustment (trade
and financial liberalisation, deregulation, and privatisation), and reforms of government
agencies associated with accession to the European Union (EU), and their links to poverty
alleviation and associated social policies, will be key priorities. So will the provision of
economic policy advisory services (particularly on questions of growth, inequality,
employment, and poverty reduction), as well as support for capacity development.
Established credentials in these areas, and language competency, are required. The position
involves extensive travel in the Europe and CIS region, as well as interacting closely with
national government and international development agencies such as the World Bank,
International Monetary Fund, and regional development banks. The Policy Specialist will
work together with the leader of the Bureau of Development Policy’s Poverty Group in
UNDP-New York and the director of the Policy Support and Programme Development Unit
in UNDP’s Regional Centre in Bratislava, as well as with teams of poverty reduction, good
governance, and other specialists in both locations. Approximately 60 percent of the Policy
Specialist’s time will be spent on supporting the activities of UNDP’s country office in the
Europe and CIS region, while 40 percent will be spent on supporting regional and global
programming and policy advising initiatives.

                                       Scope of work

       The Policy Specialist’s primary tasks include:

1) Supporting programming and other activities in UNDP country offices that pertain to the
linkage of macroeconomics, institutional reform, and poverty reduction. These include:

      Supporting country office work on national poverty reduction strategies and related
       documents, particularly in terms of linking macroeconomic trends and policy issues to
       poverty reduction.

      Helping country offices to strengthen their expertise and develop capacity in the
       macroeconomic and institutional reform dimensions of poverty reduction.

      Helping country offices in South Eastern Europe and the CIS to access resources and
       expertise from transition economies that are now acceding to the EU, and (where
       appropriate) to develop and implement the institutional reforms needed for EU

      Supporting country office work directed at the macroeconomic dimensions of
       fulfilling the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), such as anti-poverty strategies
       and costing the MDGs.

      Developing and managing a network of consultants with expertise in these areas to
       further support UNDP’s national programming.

      Providing policy advisory services, and conducting policy oriented research, on
       questions of growth, inequality, employment, and poverty reduction.

2) Supporting the global initiatives on pro-poor economic and social policies of UNDP’s
Bureau of Development Policy, particularly in the poverty reduction area. This includes:

      Ensuring that UNDP macroeconomics for poverty reduction programming and policy
       advising activities in the region are consistent with, and build upon, UNDP’s global
       knowledge in these areas.

      Contributing to the formation of UNDP’s global positions on these areas.

      Liaising with UNDP’s Global Poverty Reduction Centre in Brasilia.

3) Supporting regional economic and poverty reduction activities conducted in UNDP’s
Regional Centre in Bratislava. These include:

      Supporting the development of regional networks and communities (and sub-
       communities) of practice in such areas as poverty reduction, economic development
       and reform, poverty reduction papers, the MDGs, and the economics of EU accession.

      Helping to identify and spread knowledge and expertise across the region, particularly
       in terms of under-utilised national expertise in these areas.

      Working closely with other specialists in the Bratislava Centre’s Policy Support and
       Programme Development Unit, particularly in terms of developing and implementing
       regional projects that are conducted in at least three countries.

4) Working closely with other UN and multilateral agencies. This includes:

      Liaising and collaborating with other UN agencies (such as the UN Economic
       Commission for Europe, the UN Industrial Development Organisation, the
       International Labour Organisation, and the UN Conference on Trade and Investment).

      Liaising and networking with other multilateral development agencies, such as the
       World Bank, International Monetary Fund, the European Bank for Reconstruction and
       Development, and the Asian Development Bank.

                               Skills and Experience Required

      A post-graduate university degree in Economics, preferably a Ph.D. or a D.Phil.
      Demonstrated expertise in the economics of transition and development.
      At least ten years of professional experience in a field related to the assignment.
      A strong publications record.
      Familiarity with the goals and procedures of the UNDP or other international agency.
      Excellent written and oral English-language communications skills.
      Fully e-literate in terms of software and e-networking.
      Command of at least one language of the region (preferably Russian).

   Applicants are requested to please send electronic versions of:

      a cover letter stating their interest in and qualifications for the position;
      a current, complete c.v. (containing the names and contact information of at least
       three references); and
      a writing sample,

by 1 December, to:

Att.: Ms. Miroslava Satinova
the Human Resources Unit
UNDP Regional Centre
Grosslingova 35
Bratislava 811 09
Slovak Republic


Due to the large number of applicants, UNDP regrets that it is unable to inform unsuccessful
candidates about the outcome or status of the recruitment process.


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