Staff Member / Affiliate TypeNational Professional Officer
ReasonTemporary > Temporary Assignment/ Appointment
Residential location (if applicable)
Target Start Date2023-10-01
Target End Date2024-03-31
Job Posting End DateSeptember 25, 2023
Standard Job DescriptionAssociate Economist Organizational Setting and Work Relationships Framed by the Global Compact for Refugees (GCR) and UNHCR¿s mission to find solutions to refugee situations, strengthened cooperation with development and private sector partners is essential. The increasing number of refugees and internally displaced persons in protracted displacement situations, together with the increasing scale of irregular migration, large-scale refugee movements, and costs of responding to humanitarian situations, have placed forced displacement high on the global agenda. These elements have further driven the realization that humanitarian support must be complemented by development and private sector actors to lift displaced populations out of poverty, enable solutions, and encourage an area based approach to poverty reduction. Within UNHCR, the Division of Resilience and Solutions (DRS) was formed to address these challenges, in part by broadening strategic partnerships with key actors in these areas, including importantly the World Bank and other multilateral development banks and in so doing aligning approaches by Government. To support investments by development actors in area based approaches including both forcibly displaced and their hosts, requires better data and standardized information about refugees and host community households, particularly in relation to their socio-economic status or multidimensional poverty status. Accurate data on welfare conditions is also needed for UNHCR and partner operations, including cash, livelihoods, and education programming, welfare targeting and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals. Finally, comparable information for both refugees and host community members is a pre-requisite for measuring changes in welfare required to inform medium-term programming with development partners and national governments. DRS together with the World Bank Poverty Global Practice supported by the UNHCR World Bank Joint Data Center manage the partnership and play the global coordination role for the institution in working with National Statistics Offices to include forcibly displaced into National Poverty Assessments. The Associate Economist will contribute to the Global Compact for Refugees (GCR) objectives: 1 - Ease the pressures on host countries and 2 - Enhance refugee self-reliance. Concretely, the incumbent will contribute to the indicators measuring the success of the GCR and particularly the proportion of refugees living below the national poverty line in the host country. Depending on where s/he is based, the reporting lines will differ. If the Associate Economist is based in Headquarters, s/he will report to the DRS Partnership Analytics Research and Knowledge (PARK) section. If s/he is based in a country or regional office, will report to either the Representative or Deputy Representative (Programme), or in some cases Head of Sub-Office or Senior Operations Officer. In all cases, there will be a dotted line to DRS PARK for technical functional clearance of candidates and for technical oversight of economics products. The Associate Economist will work closely with Programme and Protection colleagues in addition to Senior Management in the operation as well as Bureaux and technical unit key, external stakeholders and development agencies, including the World Bank, government agencies, national statistical agencies, and other operational partners. All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR's core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity. Duties Project Management - Support the design and implementation of assessments and other data-driven products related to the socio-economic welfare of refugees, forcibly displaced persons and host communities. - Facilitate and support collaboration with partners and activities in the collection of comparable socio-economic (poverty) data on forcibly displaced. - Support data collection activities, as appropriate. This may take place at all stages of data collection (preparation, survey design, sampling, onsite data collection oversight and supervision and quality assurance, data analysis and report writing). - Support data analysis using econometric programs (R, Stata). Data Collection and Analysis - Consolidate raw primary and secondary datasets into final datasets to be used for analysis, as needed. This will involve creating and merging various sources of data and may require programming matching algorithms, linking up with field staff for additional information, and performing manual matching. - Provide secondary data analysis as appropriate. - Clean datasets and support creation of necessary indicators. - For any field survey, assist in programming the instrument and support development of protocols to ensure high quality data. - Prepare and document relevant datasets for archiving on the UNHCR Microdata Library. - Support the preparation of research papers including formatting and creating tables, graphs, and related analysis. - Engage with country operation, partners and government, as appropriate, in the design and implementation of data collection and research projects. Coordination - Facilitate good communication and coordination among members of the country team, Governments, researchers and partners, serving as a link between these parties. - Support drafting and writing of presentations, analytical reports, research and policy briefs. - Identify research opportunities and contribute to proposals for research partnerships and funding. - Support preparations of reports on achievements in data collection and analysis. - Perform other related duties as required. Minimum Qualifications Education & Professional Work Experience Years of Experience / Degree Level For P2/NOB - 3 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 2 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 1 year relevant experience with Doctorate degree Field(s) of Education Economics; Statistics; International Business (Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential) Certificates and/or Licenses Not specified (Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential) Relevant Job Experience Essential: At least three (3) years of demonstrated experience in economics, analysing data and/or conducting research. Desirable: Familiarity with processes of the World Bank, the African Development Bank or other international financial institutions, bilateral development agencies or research institutions. Familiarity with displacement and development issues. Experience of working with the private sector. Experience working in applied development economics. Experience in poverty modelling. Experience leading primary data collection effort and data analysis. Experience of working with synergies between the humanitarian-development nexus. Demonstrated skills and experience with measuring welfare through socio-economic profiling. Demonstrated experience with analysis of large datasets. Demonstrated expertise in utilization of relevant statistical software (R, Stata). Ability to work independently with limited supervision and deliver high quality products. Demonstrated ability to think creatively, and to explore, harness and translate innovative concepts into relevant practical approaches for programming, policy, and advocacy purposes. Demonstrated ability to think creatively, and to explore, harness and translate innovative concepts into relevant practical approaches for programming, policy, and advocacy purposes. Functional Skills CO-Drafting and Documentation SO-Networking MG-Project Management EC-Statistical and modelling software DM-Data Collection and Analysis IM-Statistics Analysis (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential) Language Requirements For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English. For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language. For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English. All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power. As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise. This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.
Desired Candidate ProfileThe Associate Economist will contribute to the Bangladesh Country Operation through generating evidence for advocacy; producing operational analytics, and coordinating with analytical partnerships. A guiding principle is to improve/ ensure the overall quality and consistency of data on refugee populations. This also requires the ability to work well and collaborate with different technical units and to conduct field trips when required. Working under the Senior Development Officer in Dhaka, with a functional reporting role to the Senior Economist based in Geneva, the Associate Economist is expected to engage across a range of internal and external stakeholders in the design, implementation and analysis of a variety of knowledge products related to refugee welfare and socio-economic profiling. Of particular relevance to this role is coordination in collection, curation, analysis, and operationalization of a panel dataset in collaboration with external research partners.
In terms of operational research support, the Associate Economist is expected to collaborate and support technical units on research design, advise on sampling methodologies, data collection, and provide inputs during analysis and reporting phases. In addition to supporting technical units, the Associate Economist may produce analytical work on UNHCR’s key policy areas, or on specific thematic areas.
One key component of the role is to curate and/or generate comparable socioeconomic statistics on Rohingya refugees and their immediate host communities that can be used in planning or programming and for advocacy efforts.
The Associate Economist is expected to act as a focal point for liaising with stakeholders including research partners from academia, bilateral/ multilateral organizations and other interested agencies. The person will be responsible for coordinating the relationship of external partners with UNHCR relevant colleagues/ teams, and coordinating UNHCR’s participation in different forums and platforms, including coordination groups with the UN country team.
At least 3 years of demonstrated experience in economics, analysing data and conducting research. Familiarity with processes of the World Bank, the African Development Bank or other international financial institutions, bilateral development agencies or research institutions.
The candidate must be a Bangladeshi citizen and be fluent in English and Bangla.
Shortlisted Candidates will go through a Functional Assessment exercise as part of the selection process.
Functional ClearanceThis position requires Functional Clearance
SkillsCO-Drafting and Documentation, DM-Data Collection and Analysis, EC-Statistical and modelling software, IM-Statistics Analysis, MG-Project Management, SO-Networking
EducationMasters of Arts (MA): Economics, Masters of Arts (MA): Statistics
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Other informationOnly Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the Assessment Exercises for the recruitment of the position, which may include Written/Technical tests and/or Interviews, as applicable for the recruitment of the position.