Public Finance / Economist (Junior NKE)

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Posted on 28 June 2018

Job Description

Project title: Technical assistance for the development of a social protection system in Swaziland

Brief description of the assignment: The Public Finance/Economist Non-Key Expert will be experienced expert in economic analysis of social protection systems with local experience. The NKE will develop options for financing modalities and will support national economists on economic data collation and analysis, including appropriate indicators in Central Statistical Office surveys and social protection M&E. The Public Finance/Economist will have strong experience of evidence-based policy formulation, particularly relating to social protection. The expert will have experience of presenting evidence-based policy options for decision-makers and will work with the SPS Team Leader, Welfare Schemes Expert, UNICEF and Deputy Prime Minister’s Department of Welfare Accounts, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation team to social protection financing options.

Tasks under the assignment

  • High level review of public sector social spending in Swaziland across the specified social protection areas of intervention
  • Review the existing social welfare schemes in Swaziland in terms of distributional impact
  • Review selected data sources on social and economic indicators, including population data for analysis and report writing
  • Undertake an analysis of social and economic impacts of social protection interventions based on well-defined scenarios drawn from policy options presented
  • Compile business cases for specified social protection investments in groups through the life cycle risks
  • Develop static projection for welfare spending, integrated with competing policy priorities to inform social protection policy decision making
  • Support consultations processes with the NKE Social Welfare Scheme Expert and make presentations to stakeholders

Expected deliverables

  • A consolidated inception report providing the context, rationale and plan for the projects and the key tasks
  • Task 1: Social spending review report
  • Task 2: An integrated social protection spending model, providing for policy and specific parameters, target groups, benefit packages, different options, growth scenarios, etc, with projections over the medium term
  • Task 3: Simulate costs and impacts of different combinations of welfare schemes covering social assistance, sustainable livelihoods and public works programmes for the youth and those of employable age, social welfare services in Swaziland
  • Task 4: Specific Financial Business case for investment in covering life cycle risks through welfare support (benefits in cash and in-kind, (long and short-term); social welfare services; sustainable livelihoods and public works)

Duration of the assignment: 50 working days within the period 1st Jul 2018 – 31st Dec 2018

Requirements:

Essential criteria

- A minimum of 5 years of experience in public finance, social policy and independent and free from conflicts of interest in the responsibilities

Qualifications and skills

- University degree in Economics, Social Policy, Development Studies, Public Administration or related fields

- Strong skills in Economics at senior, postgraduate level will be a definite advantage

- An understanding of poverty and trend trends in Swaziland

- Skills in constructing economic models on welfare spending

- Strong policy analytical skills

- Knowledge of social protection financing for public services, e.g. cash benefits, health, social care, education, housing

- Ability to develop macroeconomic budget analysis, and projections based on key cost drivers

- Competent in the use of statistical software packages e.g. Stata, SPS

- Capable applying project management and communications

- Competent in writing reports and analysis of information

- Fluency in written and spoken English with sound communication, interpersonal and negotiating skills, including excellent written and oral skills and cross-cultural sensitivity

- Ability to work under pressure, prioritise tasks, take initiative, meet deadlines and remain tolerant, with capacity to develop participative and inclusive team-work

- Computer literacy skills (MS Office / MS Project)

General experience

- Experience in the sub-region will be an advantage

- Evidence of ability to relate to a wide range of stakeholders from senior management to field workers with experience of working with a wide range of stakeholders

Specific experience

- Expertise in economic analysis of social protection systems;

- Development of economic models;

- Experience in social policy analysis

Desirable criteria that would be an added advantage

- Experience in public financial management

- Good inter-personal and communication skills

* eSwatini nationals are strongly encouraged to participate

About the Organization

Human Dynamics is a leading European provider of consulting services for the public sector with more than 120 projects implemented in 30 countries worldwide. Currently, Human Dynamics and its 300 experts and consultants advise more than 40 ministries and public/government agencies worldwide. You are welcome on our website for more details: www.humandynamics.org

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