Economic Policy Specialist, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina

City: Sarajevo

Office: UNDP HQ Sarajevo

Closing date: Friday, 6 May 2022

Job Identification : 3269

Locations : Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Posting Date : 04/14/2022, 11:10 AM

Apply Before : 05/06/2022, 03:59 AM

Degree Level : Advanced/Postgraduate Degree

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UNDP

Grade : NB5

Vacancy Type : National Personnel Service Agreement

Practice Area : Governance

Bureau : Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS

Contract Duration : 1 Year

Education & Work Experience : Master’s Degree - 5 year(s) experience

Other Criteria : Experience in design and implementation of relevant fiscal and economic development policies in BIH

Required Languages : Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian and English

Vacancy Timeline

2 Weeks

Mobility required/no mobility

no mobility required

Job Description


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Anchored in the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the new United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework for Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) 2021-2025, the UNDP 2021-2025 strategy for Bosnia and Herzegovina defines three outcomes to support sustainable development in the country:

By 2025, people benefit from resilient, inclusive and sustainable growth ensured by the convergence of economic development, and management of environment and cultural resources.

By 2025, people contribute to, and benefit from more accountable and transparent governance systems that deliver quality public services and ensure rule of law.

By 2025, there is stronger mutual understanding, respect and trust among individuals and communities.

In this context, UNDP will support the authorities in BIH in their efforts to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Framework in BIH, adopted by the BIH Council of Ministers, Entity Government and Brcko District Government, towards: 1) Smart growth; 2) Good governance and public sector management and; 3) A society of equal opportunities. In doing so, UNDP will closely work with the Council for Monitoring Implementation of the SDGs in BIH.

Considering the ambitious targets set within the SDG Framework in BIH, the objective of this position is to provide expert support to the Council of Ministers of BIH for design and implementation of relevant fiscal and economic development policies, in close coordination with Entity Governments.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Sector Leader for Good Governance, the Economic Policy Specialist will perform the following tasks:

Provide evidence-based advice and recommendations to the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of BIH on the entire macro-economic and fiscal framework in BIH;
Provide evidence-based advice and recommendations to the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of BIH on fiscal and economic policy priorities;
Lead on coordination with entity governments to identify a set of joint strategic measures with the objective of alleviating the economic consequences of COVID-19 and the global crisis due to the war in Ukraine;
Lead on process of designing policy papers in area of fiscal and macroeconomic policy, as well as the new socio-economic recovery package, taking into account the SDG Framework in BIH and EU accession priorities;
Lead on the promotion, implementation and coordination of SDGs in BIH, based on the SDG Framework and in close cooperation with the SDG Council in BIH;
Lead on the coordination and implementation of socio-economic, as well as the EU priorities, in cooperation with representatives of Entity Governments;
On behalf of the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of BIH participate in the process of defining a financing strategy for sustainable development in BIH to result in improved targeting and effectiveness of public finance as well as in adjusting the existing and creating new financing instruments for sustainable development;
Serve as the main contact point between the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of BIH and other economic policy stakeholders, including International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and other International Community members;
Conduct analysis of the health sector, participate in creating health sector reform and monitoring the implementation of the reform on the Entity level;
Provide detailed analysis of SOEs and PEs performance in BIH using benchmark analysis, trend analysis and best practices, closely coordinating with representatives of Entity Governments;
Other tasks which might be delegated by the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of BiH and which are compatible with the purpose of these TOR.


Core Competencies

Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact

Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems

Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences

Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands

Act with Determination: LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results

Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration

Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

Cross-Functional Competencies

Business Acumen: Ability to understand and deal with a business situation in a manner that is likely to lead to a good outcome.

Knowledge and understanding of the operational frameworks in the organisation and ability to make good judgments and quick decisions within such frameworks

Entrepreneurial Thinking: Ability to create clarity around UNDP value proposition to beneficiaries and partners and to develop service offers responding to client needs based on UNDP’s organizational priorities and mandate.

Effective Decision Making: Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority, area of expertise and resources.

Negotiation and Influence: Ability to reach an understanding, persuade others, resolve points of difference, gain advantage in the outcome of dialogue, negotiates mutually acceptable solutions through compromise and creates ‚win-win‘ situations.

Knowledge Facilitation: Ability to animate individuals and communities of contributors to participate and share, particularly externally.

Technical Competencies

Relationship management: Ability to engage with a wide range of public and private partners, build, sustain and/or strengthen working relations, trust and mutual understanding

Advocacy strategy and implementation: Ability to create and implement advocacy strategies which lead to impactful change

Required Skills and Experience


Master’s degree in economics or other related areas.

PhD in economics is an asset


5 years of relevant professional experience with focus on design and implementation of relevant fiscal and economic development policies in BIH.

Required Languages:

Knowledge of Bosnian, Serbian, or Croatian and English.

Required skills:

Proven knowledge, expertise and practical experience in analysing and following macro-economic issues.

Previous experience in working with IFIs or other international development agencies.

Previous experience in public finance management and budget preparation.

Experience in writing high quality reports to governments, development institutions, business associations.

Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section:

Resources management.

Ability to plan, monitor, organize, and control human and financial resources of bureau, team, or project.

Advocacy strategy and implementation.

Ability to create and implement advocacy strategies which lead to impactful change.

Strong analytical skills.

Private sector resource mobilization.

Ability to identify, develop and manage partnerships that leverage private sector technical expertise and resources.

The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.

A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.

Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.


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