The UNDP Young Professional Programme (YPP) is designed for highly qualified and motivated young Malawian professionals recently graduated from Masters programmes or in some cases, from Bachelor’s Degree programmes. The programme provides an opportunity to start a development career through "on the job' professional development that can be based on learning from UNDP’s programmes, policies and operations. Training and learning will be part of the day to day activities under the UNDP Young Professional Programme.
Candidates for the UNDP YPP will be selected on a highly competitive basis. The key qualifications required for consideration will include:
The candidates will be offered a Service Contract for a maximum 2 years, renewable each year. They will receive an "all-inclusive package " to cover living and travel costs. It is estimated that a total of 10 professionals will be recruited in 2020. Estimated start date would be 1st August 2020.
There is no guarantee for a further employment with UNDP after the assignment but the UNDP Malawi YPP program has an excellent reputation among development agencies and government institutions in the country. However, upon completion of the contract, it is expected that the incumbent would have acquired sufficient knowledge, skills and professional competences to pursue a rewarding career in any reputable international organization on a full-time contract basis.
Duties and Responsibilities
The YP will support economic research (quantitative and qualitative) and analysis on various topical issues and knowledge products; data mapping and gap analysis; advocacy and outreach around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She/he will be required to support operational research that reinforces the development of UN/UNDP programmes and services. Further he/she will also be required to support the advocacy and outreach on global development issues such as the Sustainable Human Development Report (SDGs), Human Development Report (HDR) and National Human Development Report (NHDR). In this process appropriate mentorship and guidance will be provided to enhance the YP skill set.
Required Skills and Experience
A Masters in Economics/Econometrics. Applicants with knowledge and certification in Statistics and Computer analytics will have an added advantage.
All candidates must fulfil one of the following criteria:
Received a Master certificate with distinction or credit OR
Held a leadership role while at University OR
Received overseas scholarship to undertake studies (such as Fulbright, Chevening, ODA etc)
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