UNDP Economics Specialist - GEMS - Jobs in South Sudan

UNDP Economics Specialist - GEMS - Jobs in South Sudan

South Sudan has experienced immense political, institutional, social and economic challenges, which have derailed its progress since independence and transition from Sudan in July 2011. In September 2018, parties to the conflict signed a peace agreement to end the conflict.

The Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) brought renewed impetus towards stabilizing the fragile situation in the country.

Following signing of the R-ARCSS, South Sudan is gearing up to embark on a transitional period with the Revitalised Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) mandated, among other things to implement the revitalized peace agreement with a renewed promise of no return to war, reintegrate refugees and internally displaced persons, undertake legal and institutional reforms, enforce accountable economic governance and improve service delivery to citizens.


Revitalizing Economic Management Functions
Support the MoFP in the revitalization of essential economic management processes including:

  • Planning, public revenue and expenditure management, coordination and reporting
    Support MoFP in the implementation of the fiscal and economic stabilization measures, with a greater focus on Public Finance Management.
  • This also includes working with MoFP to strengthen linkages across the central government and states; as well as production and timely dissemination of accurate information on the economy.

    Capacity Development of MoFP-Aid Coordination Unit (ACU):

  • Provide strategic and practical advice and briefings to the ACU and senior management of the MoFP on how best to strategically manage donor support to GoSS to achieve national development objectives.
  • Provide mentor support to the director of ACU.
  • Provide capacity development to local counterparts to facilitate the transfer of responsibilities related to aid coordination and aid effectiveness issues.
  • Draft discussion papers for GoSS and donor partners on practical means of achieving GoSS aid effectiveness priorities

    Advance the Aid Coordination Agenda

  • Provide advice and briefings to GoSS management on building and enhancing robust partnerships for aid effectiveness
  • Assist the Aid Coordination Unit to revitalize partnership platforms to improve engagement with partners
  • Support the ACU in the facilitation of meetings between GoSS and donors

    Strengthen Strategic Dialogue on Partnerships and Support Aid Management

  • Support the ACU director and MoFP to proactively engage with key R-TGoNU processes particularly around the aid strategy and review of country systems
  • Support the review and revision of the Aid strategy in support of NDS priorities and the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States.
  • Support proactive engagement by ACU and partners to promote alignment of aid with the priorities of
    the NDS and R-ARCSS.
  • In close collaboration and consultation with the Budget Department of MoFP and the donor community, device strategies to capture aid flows on the national budget
  • In close consultation with the Budget Department of MoFP, device strategies on increasing the local impact of external assistance.
  • Help ACU to analyze and assess all grant, loan and other development cooperation agreements and provide briefings to senior MoFP officials on their content and requirements, along with an understanding of their programs, sectoral and geographical focus and linkage/alignment of the proposed interventions with NDS sector priorities.
  • Assist the ACU with a communication strategy to improve strategic dialogue between the UN, donors and Government at all levels to achieve mutual understanding and facilitate information sharing.
  • This will include utilization of the current dialogue mechanisms (HGPF, IMAC, etc), conducting periodic donor portfolio reviews.
  • Help ACU develop a mechanism for regular monitoring and reporting on Grant and Loan Agreements, assess their implications on the GoSS policies and report on the progress achieved towards meeting the relevant benchmarks.
  • Participate in and contribute to the monitoring surveys of the Paris Declaration to stimulate dialogue and track progress on aid effectiveness commitments.
  • Perform other duties as required by the Ministry of Finance and Planning as well as the UNDP Country Office


  • Master’s Degree in Economics or relevant field is required with 5 years of experience in relevant field, including specific experience with leading/coordinating New Deal processes; or bachelor’s degree in economics or relevant field is required with 8 years of experience in relevant field, including specific with leading/coordinating New Deal processes;
  • Demonstrated experience in formulating and coordinating national development policy in conflict and fragile contexts, including working on the New Deal, fragility assessment and core governance functions. This includes working across the peace-relief and development contexts;
  • Demonstrated experience with partnership platforms, formulating and coordinating national aid policy/strategy
  • Demonstrated experience with relationship building – including inter-governmental as well as government and partners
  • Demonstrated experience from capacity development and coaching other staff;
  • Knowledge of mandates of key actors and the EU, UN and cluster system, and experience from UN cluster structures;
  • Experience with conflict prevention, peacebuilding, reintegration and conflict sensitive development;
  • Written and spoken English is essential;
  • Excellent command of common Microsoft Office programs is a requirement; and Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

    How to Apply

    Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 30th August, 2019

    For more information and job application details, see; UNDP Economics Specialist - GEMS - Jobs in South Sudan

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