Public Finance Expert/Economist (JNKE)

Posted on 31 May 2018

Job Description

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

Brief description of the assignment:

Tasks:

  • 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

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)

For more details, please see the attached Terms of Reference.

Duration of the assignment: 50 working days in the period 1 July 2018 to 31 December 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. In particular:

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.

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.

* Swazi nationals are strongly encouraged to express interest.

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

More information

ToR for JNKE Economist.pdf

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