2020 Graduate Programme (Banking and Risk Management)

2020 Graduate Programme (Banking and Risk Management)

Description

Are you a recent or soon-to-be graduate of a bachelor’s or master’s programme in mathematics, financial engineering, computer science or a related quantitative field? Do you have an interest in the practical application of advanced analytics (eg machine learning and artificial intelligence) or other fields of fintech such as blockchain technology? Would you like to conduct a research project looking into their potential application in our investment or risk management processes?

The Banking and Risk Management graduate programme offers the opportunity to undertake a largely self-directed project for up to 11 months. It allows you to innovate and bring fresh perspectives and new ideas into our business. Specifically, you will look at how emerging technologies can be used to solve complex analytical and quantitative business problems, or to help us develop new business opportunities or products. Your output will directly contribute to BIS banking and risk management activities.

Together we will scope, define and agree on the project, which will depend on your skills and interest/expertise. You will be assigned to work in one of these two units:

  • Financial Analysis – the central point of reference within our Banking Department for knowledge, information and intelligence in reserve/investment management techniques and products. The unit provides services in the form of analytical, technical and advisory support and contributes to the development of our Banking activities.
  • Risk Management – ensures that credit and market risks which BIS and its clients are exposed to are identified, appropriately measured, controlled, monitored and reported. The unit develops corresponding policies and proposals, and monitors adherence to defined rules and trading limits.

You will collaborate with leading banking and risk management professionals from around the world, and be part of a stimulating organisational culture characterised by effective collaboration, high-quality output and attention to detail. You will enjoy exposure to ideas and projects beyond your immediate speciality and will play a valuable part in supporting the wider central banking community.

Joining us is not just about launching your international career, it is about doing meaningful work for the public good and serving the global community.

Programme duration:   Up to 11 months Programme location:   Basel, Switzerland Programme start date:   October 2020

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree completed between 2018 and 2020
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Interest in banking, risk management and the application of new technologies relevant for the financial sector
  • Experience in fintech applications (machine learning, artificial intelligence, blockchain technology) gained, for example, in the context of the master’s thesis
  • Practical experience of coding in Python, Matlab, Microsoft C#.net or similar

What we offer:

Working as part of a highly skilled and multidisciplinary team in either the Banking Department or Risk Management, we offer a uniquely rewarding, international work environment that gives you exposure to a range of quantitative and technology-driven projects. And because of our status as an international organisation, we are able to hire globally and welcome applications from candidates of all nationalities. This is your opportunity to work in an international environment alongside colleagues from more than 60 countries.

If you are selected, you will receive a contract for up to 11 months (non-renewable). You will receive a competitive salary net of Swiss income tax, health insurance, return travel and accommodation in Basel.

Application Closing Date:  Sunday, 20 October 2019 (5pm CEST).

2020 Graduate Programme (Monetary Economics and Financial Stability)

2020 Graduate Programme (Monetary Economics and Financial Stability)

Description

Are you a recent or soon-to-be graduate of a bachelor’s or master’s programme in economics, statistics, finance or a related field? Do you want to acquire practical experience in policy research and analysis? Are you interested in global monetary and financial stability issues? Do you want to work in Basel, Switzerland for up to 11 months?

The Monetary Economics and Financial Stability graduate programme give you the opportunity to work in an international financial institution at the intersection of research and policy.

The programme will give you practical experience in data-related work or policy analysis supporting central banks and other financial regulatory authorities, and in contributing to high-level meetings and BIS publications.

Depending on your skillset and experience, you will be assigned to the Departmental Research Support unit (in our Monetary and Economic Department), the Financial Stability Board (FSB) or the Financial Stability Institute (FSI).

You will work with top experts from around the world and be part of an intellectually stimulating organisational culture characterised by effective collaboration, high-quality output and attention to detail. You will enjoy exposure to ideas and projects beyond your immediate speciality and will play a valuable part in supporting the wider central banking community. The programme is aimed at enriching your work experience in order to help you in your pursuit of a PhD.

Joining us is not just about launching your international career, it is about doing meaningful work for the public good and serving the global community.

Programme duration:   Up to 11 months Programme location:   Basel, Switzerland Programme start date:   October 2020 Principal accountabilities:

  • In close collaboration with research analysts and policy experts, contribute to the BIS’s publications and meeting materials
  • Create graphs and tables for use in publications and at key meetings on global financial topics
  • Maintain databases for internal and external use, and provide solutions to issues related to large data sets and firm-level data
  • Conduct data quality control and help test and implement new statistical applications
  • Support economic research and analysis by collecting, processing and conducting statistical and econometric analysis of data from a wide range of sources

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree completed in 2019 or 2020
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Data processing and visualisation skills
  • Programming skills in standard statistical packages (MATLAB, Stata, EViews) and/or other data management tools (Python, R, SQL)
  • Familiarity with various data sources would be an advantage (Datastream, Bloomberg, etc)
  • For candidates interested in the programme at the FSB or FSI, exposure to topics such as financial regulation and supervision, fintech and/or corporate restructuring/crisis management would be an advantage

What we offer:

We offer a unique, highly rewarding, international work environment that will give you exposure to a range of data sets and policy issues of interest to central banks. And because of our status as an international organisation, we are able to hire globally and welcome applications from candidates of all nationalities. This is your opportunity to work in an international environment alongside colleagues from more than 60 countries.

If you are selected, you will receive a contract for up to 11 months (non-renewable). You will receive a competitive salary net of Swiss income tax, health insurance, return travel and accommodation in Basel. Application process:

To apply, please submit your CV and a cover letter setting out your motivation for joining and your specific areas of interest that are relevant to the programme. Please also provide us with the names and email addresses of two referees that we may contact at the appropriate time.

Application Closing Date: Sunday, 20 October 2019 (5 pm CEST).

Consultancy Services: End-Term Evaluation of the Plan for National Statistical Development (PNSD) II and Mid Term Review of the Extended PNSD II

Consultancy Services: End-Term Evaluation of the Plan for National Statistical Development (PNSD) II and Mid Term Review of the Extended PNSD II 

Background

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality are translated into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts while building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

UN Women in partnership with Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) through financial support from the DFID is launching this call for applicants to conduct an End – Term Evaluation of the Second Plan for National Statistical Development (PNSD II) and a Mid-Term Review (MTR) of its Extended PNSD II with gender requirements integrated to align to the NDP III. The design and implementation of the PNSD is led by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) in collaboration with Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and Higher Local Governments in the National Statistical System (NSS).The evaluation covers the period July 2013/14-2017/18, and from July 2018/19 to August 2019 starting 1st October 2019 to 15th December 2019.

Context

In September 2015 the United Nations Summit adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in New York which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets. The SDGs cover a very broad range of critical gender issues, including anti-discrimination, violence, unpaid care and domestic work, voice and participation, assets, income, labour, social protection etc.  To monitor gender responsiveness of SDG indicators, UN Women launched 3-year Global Flagship Initiative program on gender statistics, entitled as ‘Making Every Women and Girls Count (MEGWC). The overall objective of this program is to make enabling environments for the quality production of gender statistics, denting the gender data gaps and ensure accessibility and use of gender statistics. Uganda was selected as one of the 12 Pathfinder countries of MEWGC.

The Government of Uganda developed the National Standard Indicators (NSI) under the National Development Plan (NDP) and the Vision 2040 which are strategic frameworks addressing domestic needs in regard to the country’s development. UBOS is mandated by the UBOS Act,1998, to develop and maintain the National Statistical System (NSS) to ensure collection, analysis and publication of integrated, relevant, reliable and timely statistical information; and is charged with the responsibility for coordinating, monitoring and supervising the NSS (The NSS includes all agencies in Uganda, whether Government or not; under any enactment or otherwise; responsible for gathering statistical data through either surveys or administrative action).

Accordingly, the Plan for National Statistics Development (PNSD) has been designed in line with the NDP to provide a framework and mechanism for further reform of the NSS and acceleration of statistical development in Uganda. UBOS in collaboration with selected Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) spearheads development and implementation of the PNSD to develop an integrated, organised, coordinated and coherent NSS which ensures harmonized data production processes and quality statistics and draws together all data producing sectors and users (These include other Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), notably the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED) and the Bank of Uganda (BoU), the private sector and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).   The PNSD envisions “A World Class Statistical System” and has also been designed to strengthen statistical capacity of the NSS to effectively address the national, regional and international data needs, but also emphasise data quality to inform national development priorities (The design of the PNSD I, Uganda’ development framework was guided by Poverty Eradication Action Plan (PEAP) which transitioned into the current National Development Plan (NDP).  The PNSD was also aligned to MDGs that have been broadened to form the current SDGs).  The PNSD underlines the need for production of gender disaggregated statistics to inform policies and programmes for evidence-based decision making, programme implementation and monitoring because there is a general lack of disaggregated data.

The PNSD adopted a participatory and consultative sectoral mainstreaming design approach where sector, MDA and Local Government SPSs constitute its building blocks.  The PNSD design and implementation process was phased.  The first Phase covered nine (9) MDAs (Ministry of Health (MoH); Ministry of Agriculture; Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF); Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD); Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Industry (MTTI); Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES); Uganda Police Force (UPF); Bank of Uganda (BoU), and UBOS).

The second Phase included additional seven (7) MDAs namely; Ministries of Water and Environment (MWE); Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD); Lands, Housing and Urban Development (MLHUD); Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED); Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST); Uganda Revenue Authority (URA); and Development Network for Indigenous Voluntary Associations (DENIVA).  Six (6) more MDAs were added in Phase III that included Ministry of Works and Transport (MoWT), Uganda Prisons Service (UPS), Department of Immigration and Citizenship Control (DCIC), Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) as well as 13 Districts- Arua, Abim, Mubende, Masindi, Bundibugyo, Kanungu, Mbale, Rakai, Moroto, Katakwi, Oyam, Gulu, Yumbe..  To date, three (3) Sectors, 28 MDAs and 121 Local Governments (HLGs) have developed and are implementing Strategic Plans for Statistics (SPSs) under the PNSD framework.

Governance

The NSS Steering Committee overseas the implementation of PNSD while the Inter Agency Committee (IAC) provides a platform for regular stakeholder discussions, planning, and progress reporting on PNSD implementation.  There are also Sector/District Statistics Committees (S/DSCs) established in the PNSD implementing MDAs and HLGs to facilitate; identification of priority user needs; support the design and implementation of the SPSs in line with the PNSD, and ensure use of appropriate statistical methods, metadata, definitions and statistical standards.

Intended Deliverables and Implementation of PNSD

PNSD II under the theme data quality and use identified five strategic goals that were derived from the challenges of the national statistical system and these formed the vision of the expected impact.  The five strategic goals were:

Goal 1: Improve statistical coordination and management.

Goal 2: Increase demand for and usability of statistics.

Goal 3: Improve data production and management.

Goal 4: Enhance data quality assurance.

Goal 5: Strengthen human resource management and development in statistical production and dissemination.

Six Strategic interventions were also prioritised in the Extended PNSD II:

  1. Strengthening partnerships between MDAs and UBOS to generate quality statistics;
  2. Strengthening administrative data systems for statistics;
  3. Enhancing institutional capacity to deliver quality statistics and research;
  4. Increasing demand and usability of statistics by:
    1. Undertaking relevant surveys and censuses and,
    2. Increasing dissemination of statistics and research findings;
  5. Developing and enhancing data quality assurance systems;
  6. Strengthening statistical coordination and management;

Progress

The first five-year PNSD was designed in 2006 and implemented over the period PNSD I (2006/7 – 2011/12).  It was anchored in the international and national development frameworks such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) upgraded to SDGs, the Ugandan Poverty Eradication Action Plan (PEAP) and subsequently integrated in the country’s National Development Plan (NDP I).  In November 2009, DFID and the EU commissioned a review of its support to UBOS under the SEBDM-II and EU Technical Adviser (TA) and District Statistics Projects.  The review noted that while ‘Progress on statistical outputs at UBOS had been relatively good‘ a number of areas had not made progress, including: training, HR and dissemination strategies for the NSS under the PNSD, nor had progress been made on the creation of a common cadre of statisticians and statistical support staff across all parts of government.  The review concluded that progress on strengthening statistics units in MDAs (particularly in improving the quality of their data) had been slow.

In July 2010, UBOS commissioned an independent consultant to undertake a Mid-Term Assessment of PNSD I to taking account of the progress and lessons at the mid-point in implementation.  Findings indicated progress in the number of statistical staff posted in MDAs, improved statistical infrastructure, improvements in some elements of data quality through verifying data collection methods and increased advocacy at the national level on the importance of statistics in planning and decision making.  Less progress was evident in establishing a systematic way of training and deployment of statistical staff, the absence of a clear and more supportive policy for the NSS, inadequate funding of statistical work amongst MDAs and a weak Statistical Audit Function.

The second PNSD was designed in the FY 2012/13 and implemented over the period 2013/14-2017/18 under the theme ‘Enhancing Data Quality and Usability’ taking account the experiences generated from the design and implementation of PNSD I.  The implementation of the PNSD II (2013-14/2017-18) increased the appreciation of the use of statistics for planning, measuring performance and reporting by various users.  Specifically, there was an improvement in the environment for producing statistics in 32 MDAs that designed and implemented strategic plan for statistics.  Further the compliance of all MDAs in development National Standard Indicators (NSI) aligned to the NDP II and Programme Based Budgeting (PBB) requirements, demonstrated the importance of taking forward the implementation of the PNSD.

In 2014, DFID commissioned OPM to undertake a review of the PNSD I.  The overall objective of the review was to assess the PNSD’s past performance, with a particular focus on the development of the National Statistical System (NSS) and how far the ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) have integrated statistical work in their plans and budgets.  The review focused on: design; results; value for money and fiduciary risk; and adaptability and sustainability (2015. DFID Uganda-Oxford Policy Management. Review of the Government of Uganda’s PNSD I). In 2016, a Mid Term Review (MTR) of the PNSD II was undertaken and findings were disseminated to key stakeholders in the NSS.  The key finding of the MTR was that the PNSD II implementation period was not aligned to the NDP II period and related regional and international statistical and development frameworks.  However, given the repetitive nature of statistical programs, over 95 percent of the PNSD outcomes inform largely the NDP II.

In 2018, UN Women supported UBOS to design the Extended PNSD II with associated UBOS, MDA and LG SPSs providing for the alignment of the PNSD timelines to the NDP II, un completed activities and the integration of gender and the NPGEIs and other frameworks such as the SDGs.  The Extended PNSD II was designed and is being implemented up to 2019/20.

Justification

The Extended PNSD II integrated some gender requirements including components of the NPGEIs, is aligned to the NDP II timeline and covers the entire NSS by bringing together all key data producers, users and suppliers due to recognition that; national flagship policies, plans, programs and international frameworks such as Vision 2040, NDP II, SDGs, and Africa Agenda 2063 must be based on comprehensive and quality statistics that meet user needs. Currently, the Government of Uganda has defined the strategic direction of the NDP III and initiated discussions for its design. Following the completion of the second PNSD, and mid-point implementation of the Extended PNSD II, it is timely to conduct an End-Term Evaluation to assess the performance of the PNSD II and the associated Extended PNSD II, UBOS Strategic Plan, MDA and HLG Strategic Plans Statistics and with respect to the objectives to establish: the achievements, what was not achieved, and the reasons why/challenges and draw recommendations to inform the design of the PNSD III for alignment to the NDP III.

UN Women with funding from DFID is seeking to contract a Lead National Consultant who will work closely with UBOS, the to undertake an End Term Evaluation of the PNSD II and Mid Term Review of the Extended PNSD II to inform design and align the PNSD III to the NPD III. The consultant will be leading the development of the evaluation methodology, provide technical guidance in undertaking the Evaluation and writing the Evaluation report.

Evaluation Objectives

Key Objective of Evaluation

The overall objective of the review is to assess past performance of the PNSD II and its extension with a particular focus on the development of NSS and how far the MDAs and LGs have integrated statistical work in the plans and budgets.

Specific objectives are;

  1. Assess the results (intended and unintended) of the PNSD II against its objectives to determine what was achieved, what was not and the reasons why.
  2. Review performance of the PNSD II, UBOS Strategic Plan, Local Government and Sector Strategic Plans for Statistics along the criteria of relevance, efficiency, complementarity and coordination, effectiveness and sustainability
  3. Evaluate the effectiveness of the PNSD Implementation Structures such as the Steering committee, Inter Agency Committee, Sector Statistics Committee and MDA/LG Statistics Committees.
  4. Review the Legislation governing the NSS to evaluate its comprehensiveness in addressing the dynamic requirements of the NSS and emerging data revolution.
  5. Evaluate the capacity (personnel, statistical Infrastructure, Information Technology requirements) implement the PNSD at Local Government and MDA levels.
  6. Generate lessons and approaches, identify good national and international practices and suggest recommendations for improvement of statistics production and development; and National Statistical Systems in general based on the Uganda experience.
  7. Review the PNSD thematic areas and provide recommendations and guidance on priority areas for the third Plan for National Statistical Development (PNSD III FY 2020/21-2024/25), its design and alignment to the NDP III.

Scope

The End-Term evaluation of the PNSD II will cover all the work of UBOS and the entire NSS focussing on the MDAs and HLGs implementing the PNSD.  This will include the implementation period of the PNSD II and mid-point of the Extended PNSD II as well as the associated UBOS Strategic Plan, MDA and HLG Strategic Plans Statistics.  The Evaluation will also cover Users (key government oversight agencies – MoFPED, OPM, NPA and MoLG; MDAs and LGs; Development Partners (DFID, World Bank, UN Agencies); Key data providers including the Private Sector, research and training institutions and Civil Society.

The evaluation will focus on strategic implementation of statistical production, capacity and development initiatives and integration of gender requirements in statistics during the period 2013/14-2019/20.

The content of the Evaluation will focus on analysis of the internal and external environment for statistics, the Theory of Change (ToC) and Value for Money (VfM), relevance, effectiveness and efficiency, adaptability and sustainability of the PNSD and NSS, taking account of the NDP II, SDGs and related framework.

It will also evaluate the strategies for enhancing harmonization, coordination, and compliance to statistical standards across the NSS with respect to utilisation of quality and credible statistics at LG, sector and NSS in general.

Design

Based on this, the review will assess:

  1. The wider institutional context within which the PNSD was designed, including the policy context of the NSS and UBOS, the public and donor financing of statistics, integration of gender requirements and the demand environment.
  2. The validity of the Theory of Change (TOC) of the PNSD (implicit or explicit). How clearly has the TOC been laid out? Are the assumptions of success explicit and do they still hold true? Is it still relevant and appropriate and is the results framework clear?
  3. The design of the PNSD is terms of the model utilised to work with MDAs and other partners.  Was the demand-driven approach properly researched and conceptualized recognizing the incentives within Government? Was there a sufficient understanding or appraisals carried out of structures, processes and capacities of recipient MDAs and agencies?  How coherent was the overall design?  Did the design respond to the challenges of the NSS in Uganda?

Results

The following dimensions of results will be assessed in the evaluation:

  1. What has the contribution of the PNSD been to the overall strengthening of the National Statistical System in Uganda?
  2. How effective has the PNSD been in terms of delivering sustainable changes in attitudes, capacities, budgets and practices in the target agencies?
  3. What have been the specific results in the areas of five (5) Strategic Goals:
    • Improve statistical coordination and management.
    • Increase demand for and usability of statistics.
    • Improve data production and management.
    • Enhance data quality assurance.
    • Strengthen human resource management and development in statistical production and dissemination.
  4. How effective has the overall coordination and institutional development of the PNSD been in terms of strengthening the NSS?

Value for Money (VfM) and Fiduciary Issues

  1. Assess whether VFM measures have been designed and incorporated in the PNSD, and how these have been implemented and monitored.
  2. What efficiency gains has UBOS derived as a result of strengthening statistics in MDAs?
  3. Determine the extent to which UBOS can control or mitigate against Public Financial Management (PFM) weaknesses across the Ugandan public services.
  4. Review the process and effect of deploying staff to MDAs under the PNSD in terms of reporting and results.
  5. What possible options are there for more centralised management of human resources and the possible impact of this on the ability of the PNSD to still strengthen capacity and demand in MDAs?

Adaptability, Impact and Sustainability

  1. How adaptable has UBOS and the PNSD partners been in this process, and how much has changed based on evidence from monitoring and the mid-term reviews?  Has it learnt from others, through studies tours and the like, and what effect has this had?
  2. How clear, relevant are the PNSD’s monitoring frameworks? How well has the PNSD II and extension been monitored and reviewed?
  3. How sustainable are the results achieved in the target institutions? Is there a clear plan for expansion of target institutions and/or consolidation within existing institutions? What are the implications of these choices?
  4. To what extent has UBOS and implementing MDAs and HLGs attracted resources for supporting statistical development during the life of the PNSD II and its extension? What is the level of government commitment to supporting (including providing resources) to PNSD?
  5. To what extent has the PNSD addressed data use amongst the private sector actors?

Approach and Methods

The review will be theory-based, drawing on the generic National Strategies for Development of Statistics (NSDS/PNSD) models, the experiences from other countries in terms of design and application, and the specific approach taken in Uganda.  The theory-based analysis is a mechanism-based and will look for connections between cause–and– effect addressing not only whether the PNSD is working against its own terms but, what it is about the PNSD that is or is not working and why.  The specific analysis will be guided by the key review questions listed in this ToRs and others that will be developed by the consultant.

The methods will be determined by the consultants but are expected to involve desk-based review of NSDS approaches and evidence from comparator countries; review of Uganda literature and evidence generated by the monitoring and evaluation systems of the Plan/programme.  Adoption of both quantitative and qualitative designs with mechanisms of gender responsive evaluation during the review; application of appropriate data collection and analysis tools for segmented categories of stakeholders while addressing gender issues from appropriate sources of data to assess deliverables and outcomes.

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting, Quality Assurance and Governance

Under the supervision of the UN Women Deputy Country Representative, the consulting team will work in close collaboration with the Executive Director, Uganda Bureau of Statistics. The Lead National Consultant will provide leadership and technical support to the End-line Evaluation of the PNSD II and Mid Term Review of the Extended PNSD II process.  UBOS will also constitute an Evaluation Technical Team chaired by the deputy Director, Statistical Development to provide technical and administrative support the consulting team. The team will ensure quality assurance of the products of the evaluation process and where necessary, these will be subjected to review and validation by selected PNSD coordination and implementation structures and/or committees such as the Sector Statistics Committees – SSCs and Inter Agency Committee-IAC.

An Evaluation Reference Group (ERG) will be set up to provide technical to the process.  The ERG will comprise representation from the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED), Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC), Makerere University School of Planning and Statistics (MUK-SPS), Ministry of Local Government, Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD), National Planning Authority (NPA), CSO, UBOS and UN Women.  The ERG will be chaired by the Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate, Office of the Prime Minister and Co-chaired by the Deputy Executive Director, Statistical Production and Development (DED/SPD) of UBOS.  The Group will meet three at least times during the evaluation process.

The final Evaluation report of the PNSD II should be compiled and disseminated at a major NSS stakeholders’ forum.  Handover of the final report in soft and hard copy will be made to the Executive Director-UBOS and Country Representative – UN Women Uganda.

7. Outputs and Timeline 

The lead consultant is expected to deliver the assignment in 45 man-days with main deliverables to be achieved as defined in the table below.  Detailed timescales and resources will be agreed in advance with the consultant at the start of the project.

The start date of the contract will be 1st October 2019 and end date 15th December 2019.

Deliverables/Tasks

An inception report (including Review matrix) on the content, methodology, and tools for evaluation of the PNSD II framework – laws, policies, regulations, and action plans as well as pointers to level of inclusiveness, and gender-equality. Draft PNSD II Evaluation Report (either one report clearly demonstrating evidence around the specific objectives of the review, or more than one report to be determined with the consultants). Final Evaluation Report with an Executive Summary Dissemination of the Evaluation report to key stakeholders – Government, UN agencies and donors, CSOs, and partners for validation of the findings and recommendations. A Communications Piece with recommendations to Government inform design of the PNSD III and reform the National Statistical System. Resources and Skills and Experience Required

The Evaluation consulting team will comprise four national consultants including one Lead Consultant required to work with three counterparts.  The lead consultant will be required to apply using the P11 and submit a Technical and Financial proposal with profiles of the three consultants.

Competencies

The consulting team will be required to have the following competences

Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

 

 Corporate Competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the UN, particularly relating to gender equality and the empowerment of women;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, sexual orientation, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly and without favouritism.

Functional Competencies

Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities skills; Demonstrated accuracy and attention to detail; Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and work well with diverse and multicultural supervisors and staff members; Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure. Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude. Focuses on impact and result for the partners and responds positively to feedback

Required Skills and Experience

Education

Lead consultant

  • The consultant must have a minimum of a Possession of a PhD in Statistics, Economics, Social Sciences preferably in Gender, human rights, Development Studies, Demography and related field
  • Post graduate qualifications in Public Policy, Public Sector management, M&E from recognised University.
  • Possession of a Masters’ degree in Social Sciences preferably in Gender, human rights, Development Studies, Demography or related areas is an added advantage.

Experience

  • A minimum of 7 years of relevant professional experience in evaluations and statistical capacity, a record of managing strategic reviews particularly experience in evaluation of government programmes;
  • Experience in developing mechanisms for monitoring compliance and ensuring accountability to set standards;
  • Working experience in/on the Ugandan or any other developing country National Statistical System, specifically in sub-Saharan/East Africa would be an asset;
  • Experience in conducting consultations with diverse stakeholders especially relevant Government ministries and Development Partners to elicit actionable information would be an asset and extensive knowledge of the Ugandan social, economic and political context;
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills and the ability to manage resources effectively including delivering to tight timescales;
  • Experience working with the UN system would be an asset.

Other Consultants (3)

Education

  • Master’s degree in Statistics, Quantitative Economics, Economics, Demography, Public Administration/Management studies.
  • Knowledge and experience in Strategic Planning and Management and monitoring and Evaluation.

Experience

  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience in evaluations and statistical capacity, a record of managing strategic reviews particularly experience in evaluation of government programmes;
  • Experience in developing mechanisms and frameworks for monitoring compliance and ensuring accountability to set standards;
  • Knowledge and experience in Monitoring and Evaluation of Uganda’s Statistical System, National development Plan (NDP) and SDG framework, and government Policy frameworks would be an asset;
  • Knowledge and experience in development of indicators for government programmes including the decentralized framework, national and international levels;
  • Experience in conducting consultations with diverse stakeholders especially relevant Government ministries and Development Partners to elicit actionable information would be an asset and extensive knowledge of the Ugandan social, economic and political context;
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills and the ability to manage resources effectively including delivering to tight timescales;
  • Experience working with the UN system would be an asset.

Language:

Fluent level of written and spoken English is a requirement for all consultants.

Application Closing Date: 25th September 2019 (Midnight New York, USA).

Finance Analyst

Please note this is only a profile and not a live Vacancy. If you are interested in this role, chat to UNOPS recruiters at the upcoming Global Careers For Women event on 10 October


Finance Analyst

Background Information – IPAS

Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, the UNOPS Integrated Practice Advice and Support (IPAS) serves all the regions and headquarters, primarily with advice and solutions to everyday implementation challenges. IPAS consists of a diverse team of subject matter experts in the six practice areas of HR, Administration, Legal, Finance, Procurement, Project Management and Infrastructure. IPAS has three main roles:

Support to operations in the field offices: IPAS provides timely advice and supports actively finding of solutions to everyday implementation challenges, based on policy and best practices. It also provides operational support in specific areas.

Business efficiency: IPAS recommends changes to policies, processes and operating standards based on the feedback and experience of the field offices. IPAS also ensures transparent and efficient project implementation, in line with policy and business needs.

Body of knowledge: IPAS contributes to research and coordination within the policy groups and project practitioners. It provides structured knowledge and subject matter expertise which is used across practice areas to provide coherent and tailored advice to the requesting offices.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the Head of IPAS Finance supervision, the incumbent will work closely with Operations Centres and field offices, primarily to provide everyday support and solutions to corporate implementation initiatives. The incumbent will keep a balance between operational implementation efficiencies and policy/rules requirements, and also contribute towards long-term solutions by channelling practical recommendations through the Practice Advisor for improvements in policies and processes for efficient project implementation.

Summary of functions:

  1. Banking and cash management
  2. Project Accounting
  3. Reporting
  4. Audit
  5. Knowledge management and innovation

1. Banking and cash management

  • Take lead role in banking-related accounting processes and transactions.
  • Preparation of bank reconciliations against Cash book and General Ledger for HQ managed bank accounts.
  • Provide clear guidance and support on the eld bank accounts reconciliations. Respond to queries received from UNOPS field offices on nance/banking issues.

2. Project Accounting

  • Analyze and reconcile the General ledger accounts and adjust the accounting entries accordingly.
  • Review of supporting documents for vouchers and receipts, ensuring completeness of supporting documentation, accuracy and compliance with IPSAS.
  • Review and confirms adjustments to the project expenditures as may be required.
  • Review and confirm appropriateness of operational transactions processed as per applicable policies, regulations, rules and interpretive guidelines.

3. Reporting

  • Prepare and analyze ad hoc nance reports, investigates and prepares adjustments as required.
  • Prepare recurring, ad hoc or special reports as required.
  • Support to the preparation of monthly schedules, quarterly and year-end treasury statement.
  • Assist Field Oces with Financial reporting and analysis.
  • Resolve Financial Reporting system issues with Finance Group.
  • Provide reports as needed for year-end closure activities.

4. Audit

  • Assist with audits and self-audits and quality assurance activities as required.
  • Assist in the preparation of ad-hoc reports as requested by internal/external auditors.
  • Support the implementation of audit recommendations as may be required.

5. Knowledge management and innovation

  • Contribute to the development of internal capacity across the organization in terms of project nance.
  • Organize training events and design/set training agenda to build capacity of stakeholders on project nance. Determine and make available sufficient and expert resources for training events.

Impact of results:

The responsible and transparent financial analysis and reporting of financial resources to governing bodies, clients, partners and stakeholders enhance the visibility and image of the UNOPS as an effective service provider in project services and management and consequently strengthen its competitive position as a partner of choice in sustainable development and project services in the country served.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education:

  • Advanced University degree in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting or related discipline is required.
  • A combination of a Bachelor’s degree in Finance or related eld plus additional work experience may be accepted in lieu of the Master/Advanced degree.

Experience:

  • Minimum 2 years of relevant progressively responsible job-related experience in nance or accounting is required at the national or international level (if in possession of advanced university degree).
  • Some experience in UN organization an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Full working knowledge of English.
  • Knowledge of another UN language such as Spanish or French is desirable.

Research Analysts

Research Analysts

Description

We are currently recruiting for a number of Research Analyst positions at our head office in Basel, and are looking for people with master’s degrees in economics, statistics, finance or related subjects and at least one year of job experience to work in the following area:

Research Support

In this role, you will support the Bank’s economists in their research. As part of a team with an excellent working atmosphere, you will collect, process and analyse statistical and econometric data from a range of sources including central banks, supervisory authorities and international organisations.

  • You will create graphs and tables for use in publications and at key meetings to discuss global financial topics.
  • You will maintain statistical databases for internal and external use, and provide solutions to issues related to large data sets and firm-level data. You will also conduct data quality control to ensure that data of the highest standards are provided.
  • You will keep abreast of methodologies and technical developments, and take part in the testing and implementation of new statistical applications.
  • You are a skilled user of econometric software packages and knowledgable about statistical concepts applied in finance and/or economics. You are experienced in retrieving data from Bloomberg and Datastream. Experience using statistical packages/tools/libraries (ie Eviews, Stata or Matlab) would be an advantage. You have strong data skills, are a fast learner and enjoy working across a range of topic areas.

Do you have the skills we are looking for and a strong academic track record? Would you like to work in an international financial institution at the heart of the central banking community and contribute to our global mission? If you are interested in joining this collaborative team, we look forward to receiving your application. Please include your CV and letter of motivation in one single PDF file.

Application closing date: 8th October 2019

STATISTICIAN

STATISTICIAN, P3

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Statistician will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Organizes and carries out analysis of methods of data processing for incorporation into statistical production.
  • Supports and manages activities of international teams of specialists in the area of modernization of statistical production.
  • Participates in the development, implementation and management of statistical standards, models and frameworks.
  • Provides training and technical support on statistical modernization, programmes and country practices.
  • Participates in the development or revision of standards on statistical concepts, definitions and classifications by performing methodological research.
  • Prepares draft technical documents for international, intergovernmental and expert group meetings and assists in drafting relevant reports.
  • Organizes and participates in seminars, working groups and expert meetings as a technical resource person.
  • Guides trains and supervises general service staff.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Competencies

  • Professionalism: Knowledge of national and international statistical principles and practices. Knowledge of the main standards and models used to support statistical modernization in official statistics; Knowledge of principles and tools used in the statistical production architecture and statistical information modelling; Ability to conduct independent research and analysis. Ability to identify issues, formulate options and make conclusions and recommendations. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
  • Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in statistics, mathematics, economics, sociology or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in the collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of statistical data or related area. Experience in modernization and the use of standards and models in statistical production is desirable. Experience in a national or international statistical organisation is desirable. Experience in organizing international expert meetings, workshops and seminars is also desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of a second official United Nations language is an advantage.

Application procedure

Deadline for applications is 16 October 2019.

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Centre Heads, BIS Innovation Hub

Centre Heads, BIS Innovation Hub

Description

The BIS Innovation Hub is a new unit of the BIS with multidisciplinary teams located in Hong Kong SAR, Singapore and Switzerland. Its mission is to (i) identify and develop in-depth insights into critical trends in financial technology of relevance to central banks, (ii) explore the development of public goods to enhance the functioning of the global financial system, and (iii) serve as a focal point for a network of central bank experts on  innovation.

The BIS seeks qualified candidates for the Centre Head for each of its three Innovation Hub centres located in Hong Kong SAR, Singapore and Switzerland. The Centre Heads would report to the Head of the BIS Innovation Hub in Basel.

Purpose of the job:

  • Together with other Centres of the multi-locational BIS Innovation Hub (the “Hub”), contribute to the overall strategy of the Hub to foster international collaboration on innovative financial technology within the central banking community in order to improve the functioning and efficiency of the international financial system.
  • Lead efforts to scout new technologies to increase knowledge in areas of critical interest to central banks and to produce global public goods in these areas.
  • Design and execute a range of projects on digital innovation as part of the global agenda of the Hub, leveraging the regional strengths and specialist skill sets of the Hub Centre.
  • Develop networks in the region bringing together central banks, academic communities and the private sector with a focus on digital innovation and it application to the financial system.
  • Provide direct oversight of the operations of the Hub Centre, ensure its effective functioning and project goals.

Principal accountabilities:

  • Under the direction of the Head of the Hub support the mission of the Hub by identifying critical trends in technology of interest to central banks and identifying projects for development with a view to the production of global public goods in the technology space.
  • Design and oversee the execution of project-related activities that explore the impact of technology developments on financial markets and central banks in line with the established priorities of the Hub. Coordinate research on potential topics.
  • Closely monitor performance of projects in relation to objectives, regularly reassess progress and adapt as needed in consultation with the Head of the Hub and the host central bank to ensure concrete outcomes, fast-paced delivery and an efficient allocation of resources.
  • Ensure effective collaboration with host central bank, and where applicable, support outreach activities of the Hub in close collaboration with the BIS Chief Representative of the region.
  • Build a regional network of central bank experts on innovation, and promote exchange of views and knowledge-sharing.
  • Support the Head of the Hub in effective coordination of the Centre’s activities across regional centres.
  • Support the Centre’s continued development of expert knowledge on innovative technologies related to the work of the Hub and actively encourage the sharing of insights.

Relationships and representation

  • Actively engage with counterparts in central banks, international organisations, the private sector and Fintech community to develop and maintain strong and collaborative relationships.
  • Establish and develop contacts with the BIS committees, standard-setting bodies, and international organisations.
  • Represent the BIS, or ensure that it is adequately represented, at relevant Fintech events in the region.

Leadership

  • Provide leadership and direction to staff promoting functional excellence and continuous improvement. Develop and strengthen internal talent.

Qualification and work experience:

  • Advanced degree from a university of international standing.
  • At least 10 years’ of experience of which at least 5 years’ of relevant work experience within central banking, economic research, the financial industry or the technology sector, with a focus on handling transformations, fintech policies and operations of relevance to the mission of the Hub.
  • Deep knowledge of fintech issues, such as latest technology architectures, developing trends and expert knowledge of financial technologies and their implications for the global financial system.
  • Extensive experience in understanding of public policy issues; understanding of central banking operations would be an asset.
  • Demonstrated track record of extensive engagement with FinTech ecosystem and partners.

Skills:

  • Strong leadership with proven ability to manage high-performance multi-disciplinary teams to execute complex projects consistent with the mandates of the Centres.
  • Track record of effective business and resource management.
  • Previous experience interacting with central bank senior officials would be an advantage.
  • Excellent conceptual and analytical skills and ability to apply creative and innovative thinking to solve complex problems.
  • Strong results orientation with enthusiasm, drive and energy to deliver.
  • Ability to create a fast paced, dynamic work environment in which colleagues from diverse backgrounds work flexibly, effectively and constructively.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.

The BIS is fully committed to equal opportunity employment and strives for diversity among its staff.

 

Application Closing Date:  30th September 2019

Research Analyst-I

Job Summary:

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks a qualified candidate to serve as Research Analyst in its South Asia Regional Office. The position will be based in New Delhi India, with frequent travel and extended stays in different parts of rural India, Bangladesh and Nepal. The successful candidate will work on several research projects, including impact evaluation projects involving household survey data collection and analysis. Interested applicants must have work authorization to work in India.

Essential Duties:

Specific duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with the development and implementation of primary surveys in Bangladesh, India and Nepal, including questionnaire development, field team training and development of software applications for recording interview responses on tablet computers
  • The organization, cleaning, manipulation and analysis of large secondary data sets
  • Collaborating on analysis of primary and secondary data with the research team
  • Assistance in the organization of stakeholder meetings and workshops and preparation of project reports, policy briefs and journal articles.
  • Interacting with senior government officials in Bihar, West Bengal, Bangladesh and Nepal for better understanding of government policies and programsRequired Skills:
  • Master’s degree in Economics, Agricultural Economics, Statistics, Public Policy, or equivalent
  • Demonstrated experience working with large quantitative data sets (data cleaning, management, analysis, etc.)
  • Excellent Stata skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervisionPreferred skills
  • Experience with data entry and CAPI software packages (ODK, Surveybe, Epi Info, etc)
  • Knowledge of regression methods
  • Demonstrated strong writing skills
  • Training and experience in methods for designing and conducting impact evaluations, including randomized controlled trials (RCT), and other methods
  • Experience in survey design, questionnaire design, and conducting and supervising household surveys in India
  • Experience working in rural India

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PhD Fellowship Programme (Monetary & Economic Department)

PhD Fellowship programme (Monetary and Economic Department)

Are you a PhD student in economics, finance or a related field? Do you want to acquire practical experience in policy research and analysis in monetary and financial stability issues?

The PhD fellowship programme at the BIS offers you the opportunity to work in an international financial institution at the intersection of research and policy, working alongside experienced economists and research analysts. This programme will give you practical experience in supporting central banks and other financial authorities and contributing to high-level meetings and BIS publications.

Programme duration:   between 3 and 11 months Start date:   flexible

Accountabilities:

  • Conduct research in collaboration with BIS economists
  • Research topics related to the characteristics of financial intermediation, financial innovation and digitisation, post-crisis monetary and financial stability frameworks and the global economy and spillovers

Requirements:

  • Enrolment in a PhD programme in economics, finance or related fields
  • Excellent knowledge of financial and monetary economics, with specialisation in topics relevant to the BIS research agenda
  • Experience in conducting research in relevant fields
  • Ability to apply tools used in economic analysis to a range of topics

What do we offer? If you are selected, you will receive a contract for a period between three months and up to 11 months. We offer a competitive net of tax salary, health insurance coverage and travel and relocation assistance. This position is in Basel, Switzerland, and our status as an international organisation allows us to recruit globally regardless of nationality.

Application process:

To apply please submit your CV (in English) including the names of at least two referees and a cover letter summarising your research topics.

Application deadline:   Monday 30 September 2019

The BIS is fully committed to equal opportunity employment and strives for diversity among its staff.