Senior Economic Advisor to UNSMIL

Tunis, Tunisia
Apply by 30 April 2018
Senior-level , Long-term consulting assignment
Posted on 20 April 2018

Job Description

Senior Economic Advisor to UNSMIL - Tunis, Tunisia.

The North Africa Technical Assistance Facility.

The Programme

Coffey is currently implementing the North Africa Technical Assistance Facility (‘The TAF’), for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). The TAF is a dynamic, demand driven framework specific to North Africa delivered in partnership with the UK government, host government counterparts and Coffey. The TAF is designed to deliver technical assistance to Governments, non-governmental organisations (NGO) and multilateral partners in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Algeria and regionally. As part of the TAF Coffey have been asked to provide a senior Economic Advisor to the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

The Position

The Senior Economic Advisor will provide support directly to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), and other key stakeholders within the UN family. The Advisor will be based in Tunis, Tunisia, with regular travel to Tripoli, Libya.

The Advisor’s key responsibilities will include:

Policy Formulation

  • Lead in developing an economic and political-economy vision for UNSMIL and the UN Family, within the goals of the UN action plan.
  • Support the establishment of a comprehensive and effective strategy to address Libya’s economic challenges, in particular focusing on issues which can support progress in the political process.
  • Identify and assess areas and activities for UNSMIL, UN Country Team and international support and intervention.
  • Pay particular attention to approaches to combat black market and trafficking.
  • Work in tandem with international financial institutions, member states, and the entire UN family towards the formulation of policy.
  • Lead the drafting of an action plan for UN economic engagement in Libya, addressing in particular issues related to political economy and black-market activities.
  • Will draft, or oversee the drafting of, policy notes.

Advice and Representation

  • Provide advice to the SRSG on the economic issues pertaining to the political process,
  • Liase with Libyan and international economic institutions, at the highest levels, to support Libyan economic development and the political process.
  • Provide guidance and advice to UNSMIL senior managers and UN Country Team as requested.
  • Develop and maintain relations with senior government officials and advise them on economic issues, in line with the agreed upon positions of the United Nations in Libya.

Research and Analysis

  • Identify and lead on research on key economic issues in Libya, as they pertain to the UN mandate in Libya and the UN Action Plan.
  • Ensure the research and policy work is coordinated closely with the Deputy Special Represenative, UN Country Team and international and national organizations..
  • Provide economic analysis and substantive inputs to UN policy and programming instruments, including UN strategic planning documents and other strategic documents.

The Person

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 10+ years of experience providing technical economic advice to donors, governments and multilateral institutions
  • Experience of working at the highest levels of government and the international community
  • Significant experience of working in fragile and conflict affected states, with experience in MENA and Afghanistan desirable.
  • A deep and thorough understanding of the economics of conflict including war economies, illicit trade and black markets.
  • Experience of supporting transitional and post-conflict states towards increased stability through increasing the capacity of public financial institutions.
  • At least a postgraduate degree in economics or a similar field. A PhD. is desirable but is not required.
  • Excellent English language skills. The ability to work in Arabic would be desirable but is not required,
  • Be available to deploy within 4-8 weeks, with the ability to commence an in-country posting for up to 9 months.

Applications close: 30/04/2018

Please note we will be recruiting on a rolling basis and therefore encourage qualified candidates to apply as soon as possible

About the Organization

Coffey has a 40 year history in successfully delivering international development projects on behalf of donors right around the world, including Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, USAID and the UK’s Department for International Development. Our people work side by side with local partners to support stability, economic growth and good governance, positively changing people’s lives.

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