Vacancy Announcement No. 084-06/MSU
I. Post Information
Post Code: 084-06/MSU
Post Title: Senior Poverty Reduction Advisor
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
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.
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
To promote a learning environment and facilitate the development of individual and team
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
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
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