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Job Title: Economist                                                                                                    
Date: 15 February 2016



Economist required for Department for International Development in Sierra Leone


Job description

This post will give the successful candidate a fantastic opportunity to contribute to Sierra Leone’s economic recovery over the next three years. The country has experienced two substantial economic crises over the past 18 months; the collapse in iron ore prices and the devastating Ebola outbreak. These crises followed a period of explosive growth, driven largely on the back of iron ore exports, and precipitated a dramatic contraction of the Sierra Leonean economy.


Having played a pivotal role in stopping the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone, the UK has committed to supporting the country in its post-Ebola recovery. Justine Greening, UK Secretary of State for International Development, pledged a total of £240m over the next two years (2016 and 2017) to Sierra Leone at the United Nations International Ebola Recovery Conference in New York in July 2015. This represents a significant increase in UK funding to Sierra Leone and will make the UK the largest donor in Sierra Leone. UK funds will be aligned to the targets set out in the Presidential Delivery Plan, identified by the Government of Sierra Leone. The key aims of the Presidential Delivery Plan are to get the country back on track, re-establish essential public services, and look to longer term recovery. It is a challenging agenda, with multiple partners (within Sierra Leone and internationally) and the Government has needed to balance clear priorities for early recovery, which will get the country at least back to where it was before Ebola, without losing sight of longer term goals for prosperity. This has required strong coordination and leadership from the Government and sustained investment from the international community.


The post holder will be working in DFID Sierra Leone’s Economic Growth team. The EGT portfolio is being expanded, with a number of new programmes being developed in extractives, infrastructure and energy. These programmes will supplement existing EGT programmes in public financial management and private sector development. The post holder will be the lead adviser/senior responsible owner of one of DFID’s PFM/Economic govnernance programmes, working closely with the economic adviser. The post holder will support the economic adviser on the other PFM programmes, including financial aid.



Key responsibilities

To provide expert analytical and policy advice across the DFID Sierra Leone office; and to provide leadership within the Economic Growth Team in relation to macroeconomic management, Agriculture, and private sector development programming. Specifically the post-holder will:

- Be the Lead Advisor/Senior Responsible Owner for one of the programmes relating to private sector development / agriculture.

- Provide cross-cutting economic advice to the Economic Growth, Basic Services and Governance teams in DFID Sierra Leone supporting design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and VFM evaluations.

- Provide technical and non-technical briefings across DFID SL to HQ and to the UK delegation to the IMF, World Bank and African Development Bank.

- Represent DFID in external meetings and lead in maintaining strong relationships with Government of Sierra Leone and donor partner counterparts

- Contribute to corporate DFID processes such as the Bilateral Aid Review, Country Poverty Reduction Diagnostic etc., setting the direction for the office.


Click here for Competencies

You will be asked to supply evidence of meeting these competencies when you apply (based on UK civil service competency framework)

  • Seeing the big picture

  • Leading and communicating

  • Collaborating and partnering

  • Delivering value for money

  • Delivering at pace

  • Engaging internationally.

Click here for Economist competencies (Level 3 or 4):
1. Macroeconomics
2. Microeconomics
3. International Economics
4. Econometrics and data


To apply, please e-mail a CV and cover letter that clearly show you possess the competencies required for this role to by 8 March 2016.









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