Posting Title: Economic and econometric analysis of North Africa economies (Consultant)
Department/Office: Economic Commission for Africa
Duty Station: RABAT
Posting Period: 14 May 2020 – 23 May 2020
Job Opening Number: 20-Economic Commission for Africa-134057-Consultant
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Result of Service
– Database completion by specific information on countries
- Data Analysis
- Final Report contribution
North Africa Region
The consultant will be hired for three months. S/he will receive a lump-sum of US$13,000.00 for the study, at the end of her/his assignment
North Africa’s structural transformation remains very slow, although some countries have managed to develop their main manufacturing sector. Some countries’ growth still remains dependent on a few primary sectors (agriculture, mining mainly). Others (like Egypt, Morocco or Tunisia), although an industrial development has occurred, remain “trapped” in a position of “intermediate” income countries in the upstream of the world value chain. GDP growth in North Africa remains volatile due to an excessive dependence on primary sectors. The growth rate in North Africa averaged 3% over the period 2010 – 2018, compared to 3.6% for the entire African continent. Unemployment is endemic, with a global rate of 11.5% in 2018, and youth unemployment rate is the highest in the world (29.5% in 2017). The sub region has achieved quite considerable progress in terms of socio-economic conditions, with three countries in the Top 5 of Africa in terms of SDGs achievement. However, others are quite lagging, and the best performers are still 30% way from achieving SDGs.
The COVID-19 pandemic is now threatening the gains of North Africa in terms of SDGs achievement.
The goals of the project are to:
- conduct in depth analysis of the evolution of North Africa economies along many dimensions (macroeconomy, employment, trade, technology, productivity and competitiveness, governance, SDGs, etc.),
- conduct an impact assessment of the COVID-19 on economic and social development in North Africa,
- identify key policy challenges and propose policy recommendations specific to each country.
2) Objectives of the study
The objectives of the study are:
- Contribute to a better understanding of North Africa economies, their characteristics, evolution and prospects
- Assess the short run and long run impact of the current pandemic
- Identify key reforms to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and boost structural transformation
3) Consultancy services
The completion of this study will be entrusted with an international consultant who will work under the general supervision of the Director of the Office and under the direct supervision of the expert of the Office in charge of the project.
Tasks of the Consultant
The main expected tasks from the consultant are:
- Collect and analyze data related to the North Africa economies
- Collect and analyze data related to the COVID-19 impacts on economic and social development in North Africa
- Contribute to the amelioration of the proposed evaluation methodology
- Contribute to the impact evaluation of COVID-19
- Draft specific parts of the final report
The consultant will deliver the following documents (in electronic form):
- O1: A proposed amelioration/extension of the impact evaluation methodology developed by ECA expert
- O2: Collect/estimate data in North Africa to feed the assessment of the economic and social conditions in North Africa and to feed the impact evaluation methodology
- O3: Contribute to the analysis of data and draft of specific parts of the final report
Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate) in economics or related field is required
Experience: A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in economic analysis, econometrics and macroeconomic modeling is required. Experience in drafting policy reports is an asset
Language: English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. Fluency in one of the working languages of the UN Secretariat, English or French, (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of the other language is an advantage
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- Job City RABAT