Resident Coordinator System Development Coordination Officer/Economist Jobs in Malawi

Resident Coordinator System Development Coordination Officer/Economist Jobs in Malawi

Org. Setting and Reporting

  • The position is located in the United Nations Resident Coordination Office (RCO) at Lilongwe, Malawi. The incumbent typically reports to the Senior Development Coordination Officer, Strategic Planning and RCO Team Leader.


  • Within delegated authority, the Development Coordination Officer /Economist will be responsible of the following duties:

  • Plans, facilitates, and consolidates evidence-based analysis of the status of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), providing substantive advice to the RC and UNCT, particularly on elements pertaining to the economic transformation agenda (including green and just transition, digital transformation and the future of work) and SDG financing.

    • Researches, analyzes, consolidates, and presents information and data on emerging best practices in economic transformation for sustainable development, including green and just transition, digital transformation and the future of work, among others; paying special attention to gender and leave no one behind (LNOB) principles.

    • Provides advice on global/corporate guidelines, tools and other materials related to economic transformation and SDG financing.

    • Collects and analyzes data on UN country level operations in support of the implementation of the economic transformation agenda and SDG financing, identifies gaps and proposes follow-up actions;

    • Working in close collaboration with the UNCT, researches, develops and presents policy papers, guidance notes and other knowledge based-tools, and supports discussion in country-level forums to help influence and advance policy dialogue and advocate to reframe economic policies and practices around economic transformation to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs;

    • Coordinates the preparation of UN flagship reports on economic transformation and SDG financing, including the analysis of data and the provision of evidence to build the case for policies and interventions on SDGs;

    • Monitors regional and global economic trends and issues, analyzes their implications for the realization of the SDGs at the country level and recommends additional issues for consideration.

    • Provides inputs for briefing papers and discussion/talking points on issues related to SDG financing for consideration by the RC/ the UNCT.

    • Supports UNCT initiatives to advance SDG financing, including in the context of an Integrated National Financing Frameworks (INFF).

    • Provides economic analysis and advice as inputs into the cross-pillar (humanitarian-development-peace) nexus approaches in country.

  • Advocates and RC’s and UNCT’s, advocacy efforts for the creation of strong partnerhips with the UN system, with national counterparts in government and other relevant partners, including International Financial Institutions (IFIs) ), to support the reframing of economic policies and practices around economic transformation and SDG financing.

    • Fosters peer-exchanges and opens a consistent channel of communication and strong partnerships with economists within the UN System to create and consolidate common, convergent and coherent advocacy opportunities on topics related to economic transformation and SDG financing.

    • Working in close collaboration with the RCO Partnerships Officer, ensures effective engagement of all relevant counterparts to develop collaboration and partnerships around economic transformation and SDG financing, for example with national planning or economic offices, IFIs, the private sector, etc.

    Coordinates the development by the UNCT of a new generation of an integrated SDG programming cycle (including the development of roadmaps, CCA, UNSDCF, UN joint programmes as well as Annual Reports and others) that advances the economic transformation agenda and outlines a clear approach to SDG financing in programme countries.

    • Supports the RC/UNCT in ensuring a strong macroeconomic and SDG financing analysis through an integrated lens in the preparation of the Common Country Analyses and other analytical exercises;

    • Identifies issues and proposes recommendations for the UNCT on how UN country-level programming around economic transformation and integrated policy responses can be optimized and better respond to sustainable development needs and emerging trends in country;

    • Guides the development and implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks, ensuring a strong and integrated UNCT engagement on the
    economic transformation and SDG financing agendas in the country;

    • Proposes recommendations to enhance UN support to governmental and multi-stakeholder processes on policy development and capacity development around the economic transformation and SDG financing agendas.


    • Professionalism: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

    • Planning& Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

    • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

    • Judgement/Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in economics or public finance. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in macroeconomic policy, economic research and analysis in the context of development cooperation or related area is required.

  • Experience in managing a sizeable multicultural team at country, regional and global levels is desirable.

  • Experience in the United Nations system or a comparable international organization is desirable.

  • Experience at the headquarters of a development cooperation organization is desirable.

  • Experience developing and maintaining multi stakeholder partnerships in a development context is desirable.

  • Field experience in development cooperation is desirable.

  • Experience in development planning and policy formulation in a development cooperation context is desirable.

  • Experience with inter-agency or interorganizational collaboration in the development sector is desirable.


  • Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

  • NOTE: ‘’Fluency’’ equals a rating of ‘’fluent’’ in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand) and ‘’Knowledge of’’ equals a rating of ‘’confident’’ in two of the four areas.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Resident Coordinator System Development Coordination Officer/Economist Jobs in Malawi

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