Vacancy Announcement No. 084-06/MSU I. Post Information Post Code: 084-06/MSU Post Title: Senior Poverty Reduction Advisor Recruitment: International Location/Duty Station: UNDP Jakarta, Indonesia Duration of Assignment: 12 months Starting Date: Immediate Direct Supervisor: Head of MDG Support Unit Status/Condition: ALD A4/A5 depending on qualifications and experience Education: Master Degree Experience: 10-15 years Closing date: 5 April 2006 II. Organizational Context UNDP Indonesia is providing policy and programming support to the Government in its efforts to reduce poverty and promote human development towards achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). UNDP is assisting the Government in developing and implementing the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) and the Medium Term Development Plan for 2004-2009, and building national capacities to monitor and improve progress towards the achievement of MDGs. Moreover, UNDP is formulating and implementing coordinated poverty reduction programmes in the poorest provinces such as Papua, and is supporting the Indonesian Partnership Fund for HIV/AIDS, which UNDP has assisted in designing, in order to advance Indonesia’s response to the growing epidemic. UNDP is also a key partner of the Government in promoting gender mainstreaming in the national poverty reduction policies and programmes. The Senior Poverty Reduction Advisor will provide advisory support to Senior Management and other members of UNDP and its partners on policy issues related to poverty reduction. He/She will play a role as the key focal point for policy coordination on poverty for the UNDP Country Office. The Advisor will also provide policy and technical assistance to the MDG Support Unit and work closely with the other Units, HQ, the Regional Centre, government officials, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society to ensure a high level of impact of UNDP programmes on government policy. The Senior Poverty Reduction Advisor will report to Country Director through Head of MDG Support Unit. III. Functions / Key Results Expected The Advisor will perform the following functions: 1. Monitor and analyze the state of poverty in the country, including socio-economic assessments and indicators; regional disparity and capacity issues 2. Support the formulation and implementation of poverty reduction strategies and policies 3. Compile, analyze and interpret economic, social and statistical data through desk research and preparation of top quality reports and papers. 4. Contribute to the analysis of MDG trends and the preparation of MDG/Human Development Reports, as well as papers and research work that can be published by UNDP and the government 5. Provide strategic guidance and technical assistance in poverty reduction policies, local PRSP, local regional development, HIV/AIDS, gender, and CSO development, as they pertain to projects undertaken by UNDP Indonesia at national and sub-national levels. 6. Ensure that programmes and policies are in line with national priorities and reflect international best practices in support of poverty reduction and accordingly advise programme teams. 7. Identify areas for future support and interventions and provide advice on formulation and adjustment of UNDP programmes and projects based on economic and social analysis. 8. Facilitate policy dialogues on socio-economic, and poverty reduction issues with the Government, donors, civil society and private sector and contribute towards the overall advocacy work to support the achievement of MDGs in the country. 9. Provide advisory services to UNDP Indonesia partners in areas of economic and social development related to achieving MDGs 10. Identify capacity-building needs of relevant UNDP staff, Government and Civil Society Institutions vis-à-vis their role in promoting economic development and accordingly develop training plans and oversee their implementation. 11. Oversee development of local economic development tools and guidelines for use by policy-makers, planners and practitioners within Government, civil society and the international development community. 12. Participate in UNDP’s advocacy efforts for the achievement of MDGs, human development and equitable economic growth. 13. Establish and maintain positive collaboration with UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy, Regional Centers, and UNDP’s Practice Networks such as Poverty, MDGs, HIV/AIDS and Gender. 14. Establish harmonious and functional relations with Government agencies, civil society organizations, private sector, research institutions, universities and international organizations working in Indonesia on issues of poverty reduction. 15. Participate in the development of strategic UN and UNDP programme documents including the CCA, UNDAF and CPAP. IV. Impact of Results The key results achieved will strengthen UNDP’s contributions to national and sub-national policies and programmes in creating a conducive environment for equitable economic opportunities and growth. Also, these key results, as a process, will have an impact on the design of UNDP poverty reduction programmes, and the creation of strategic partnerships as well as resource mobilization targets. V. Competencies The Advisor should be competent to perform the following tasks: Corporate Responsibility & Direction: To serve and promote the vision, mission, values, and strategic goals of UNDP People Skills: To promote a learning environment and facilitate the development of individual and team competencies Managing for Results: To plan and prioritize work activities to meet Organizational goals Partnering & Networking: To build and sustain relationships with key constituents (internal/external/ bilateral/ multilateral/public/private; civil society) To seek and apply knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside UNDP Innovation & Judgment: To conceptualize and analyze problems, and to identify key issues, underlying problems, and how they relate to programme activities To generate creative, practical approaches to overcome challenging situations To devise new systems and processes, and modify existing ones, to support innovative behavior Communication: To demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills Job Knowledge & Expertise: The Advisor should also possess: Very strong analytical, communication and advocacy skills; knowledge of tools for the analysis and assessment of poverty, including design and implementation of socio- economic surveys (participatory) poverty assessments and indicators; and the formulation and implementation of poverty reduction strategies and policies particularly in the context of the local poverty initiatives and PRSP Proven ability to offer practical policy advice on economic issues Ability to use Information Technology effectively as a tool and resource VI. Recruitment Qualifications Education: Master’s Degree or higher in development related subject, with preference to subjects mentioned in the TOR. Experience: 10 to 15 years of post Master’s relevant experience at the national or international level. Specialized academic or policy experience in poverty reduction; formulation and implementation of poverty reduction strategies. Experience in providing technical and advisory support for local economic development. Previous experience working for a bilateral or multilateral donor agency is an advantage Language Requirements: Fluency in English; knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia highly desirable.
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