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NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING COMMISSION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT FOR DEPUTY DIRECTOR POSITIONS

Jan. 29, 2019, 11:15 a.m.

 

The National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) invites applications from suitably qualified Ghanaians, who are dynamic, goal-oriented and results-driven with exceptional leadership qualities for appointment to the under-mentioned positions.

 

  1. 1.    DEPUTY DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL POLICY AND GOVERNANCE  

JOB PURPOSE

To provide technical and operational support in International Policy and Governance for the achievement of the mandate of the Commission.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Reporting directly to the Director of the Development Policy Division, the position holder will perform the following key duties:

a)   Serve as in-house resource person on political governance and democracy, institutional reforms, local governance, conflict management and resolution, and global affairs, especially during NDPC policy dialogues on governance with sector ministries, department and agencies, and formulation of national development policy frameworks.

b)   Plan and coordinate on a continuous basis comprehensive research programmes and review of study programmes, identifying data and research needs as related to political governance and democracy, institutional reform, local governance, conflict management and resolution, and global affairs, within the Development Policy Division.

c)   Lead the preparation of policy papers/notes, statements, briefs, press articles, and periodic updates on political governance and democracy, institutional reform, local governance, conflict management and resolution, and global affairs, and make presentations at both national and international conferences.

d)   Coordinate and facilitate nation-wide policy advocacy and dialogue on issues related to political governance and democracy, institutional reform, local governance, conflict management and resolution, and global affairs, with key stakeholders (comprising public institutions, Parliament, universities/research institutions, donors, media, civil society, private sector).

e)   Assess the information needs of the public and other stakeholders – i.e., ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), development partners, civil society organisations – and design appropriate strategies for engagement with the public throughout the country to enhance citizen participation at all stages of the development process, raising awareness among national, sector and district administrations.

f)     Manage events and preparation of publications on issues related to political governance and democracy, institutional reform, local governance, conflict management and resolution, and global affairs and dissemination of main report findings.

 QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE

a)   A master’s degree from an accredited tertiary institution in Political Science, Law, Political Economy, Government, International Development or International Affairs, Democracy and Governance, Economics, Conflict Resolution or any related field.

b)   A minimum of eight (8) years’ post-qualification relevant working experience, of which at least three (3) years have been in a senior management position in a reputable institution.

c)   Relevant professional experience in a development cooperation institution with emphasis on support to governance reform is important for this position.

d)   A record of research and publication in one or more in the Political Governance and Democracy, Institutional Reforms, Local Governance, Conflict Management and Resolution and Global Affairs.

COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS

a)   Very good leadership skills, strong networking and management skills

b)    Mentoring and coaching skills

c)   Very good knowledge of planning, policy analysis and formulation, and performance measuring, monitoring and evaluation methodologies.

d)   Ability to lead in the determination of the effectiveness of policy dialogues with government, Parliament, civil society, research institutions and universities, the media, multilateral and bilateral donors, is a prerequisite for this position. 

e)   Effective capacity to conduct research, qualitative and quantitative data analysis and interpretation.

f)     Very good conceptual modelling skills

g)   Ability to work independently, manage diverse and evolving workload

h)   Strong interpersonal and team spiritedness, excellent written and oral presentation and communication skills

i)      Ability to communicate complex developmental policy issues.

j)      Political Science, Law, Political Economy, Government, International Development or International Affairs, Democracy and Governance, Economics, Conflict Resolution

k)    Understanding of globalization, regional integration and cooperation.

l)      Extensive experience in policy-related work, planning and management of development cooperation, projects and programmes.

m)  Demonstrable ability to write high-quality policy papers as well as shorter targeted notes to guide the Commission

n)   Good knowledge of donor practices and modalities

  • o)   Excellent computer skills, including full working knowledge of standard word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software packages.
  1. 2.    DEPUTY DIRECTOR, LABOUR ECONOMICS

JOB PURPOSE

To provide technical and operational support in Labour Economics for the achievement of the mandate of the Commission.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Reporting directly to the Director of Development Policy, the Deputy Director for Labour Economics will perform the following key duties:

a)   Serve as in-house resource person on labour issues, including human development skills, knowledge of the labour market, wage determination, labour market activation and performance, decent work, and related policies during policy dialogues with relevant sector ministries, departments and agencies and formulation of national development policy frameworks.

b)   Plan and coordinate comprehensive research, review of study programmes, identifying data and research needs within the policy division, as related to human development, skills and the labour market, wage determination, labour market activation and performance, decent work, and related policies, on a continuous basis.

c)   Lead the preparation of policy papers/notes, statements, briefs, press articles, and periodic updates, etc., on labour issues, and present at both national and international conferences.

d)   Conduct empirical research on labour issues highlighting the special constraints of categories like the youth, older workers, marginalised groups, tackling employer barriers to hiring and retention, and improving the employability of older workers.

e)   Compile, analyse, and report data to explain economic phenomena and forecast labour market trends, applying mathematical models and statistical techniques and disseminate research findings through technical reports and policy briefs.                

QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE

a)   A master’s degree from an accredited tertiary institution in Economics, Labour, Development Economics, Econometrics, or any related field.

b)   A PhD and working knowledge in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) is added advantage.

c)   A minimum of eight (8) years’ post-qualification relevant working experience, of which three (3) years’ experience must be in applied research and policy analysis in the area of labour economics, social policies, or employment related fields.

d)   A record of research and publication in one or more of the following areas: human development, skills and the labour market, wage determination, labour market activation and related policies.

COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS

a)   Excellent leadership skills, discernible networking and management skills

b)   Very good mentoring and coaching skills

c)   Very good understanding of planning, policy analysis and formulation, and performance measuring

d)   Monitoring and evaluation methodologies

e)   Very good knowledge in the conduct of research, qualitative and quantitative data analysis and interpretation capacities

f)     Very good conceptual modelling skills, demonstrable ability of working independently

g)   Ability to manage diverse and evolving workload, strong interpersonal and team spiritedness

h)   Excellent written and oral presentation and communication skills

i)      Ability to communicate complex developmental policy issues clearly

j)      Very good knowledge of Quantitative Analysis and Statistics

k)    Ability to analysing large scale data, including national labour force surveys, administrative data and other relevant industry data

l)      Excellent computer skills, including full working knowledge of standard word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software packages

m)  Proven ability to use advanced statistical and econometric techniques and software (e.g., STATA)

n)   Ability to formulate clear policy recommendations based on solid analytical skills

  • o)   Ability to write high-quality policy papers as well as shorter targeted notes to guide the Commission

p)   Ability to work effectively within a team of economists, analysts and statisticians

q)   Ability to clearly explain economic issues and analysis

  1. 3.    DEPUTY DIRECTOR, MACROECONOMICS

 

JOB PURPOSE

To provide technical and operational support in Macroeconomics for the achievement of the mandate of the Commission.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Reporting directly to the Director of Development Policy, the Deputy Director for Macroeconomics will perform the following key duties:

a)   Serve as in-house resource person on macroeconomic issues – including fiscal, monetary and financial policy management, public financial management, real sector development, and external economic developments – during policy dialogues with relevant sector ministries, departments and agencies and formulation of national development policy frameworks.

b)   Lead the preparation of policy papers/notes, statements, briefs, press articles, and periodic updates on macroeconomic issues, and make presentations at both national and international for a.

c)   Compile, analyse and report data to explain past and present macroeconomic issues and trends, while forecasting market trends, applying mathematical models and statistical techniques.

d)   Manage a rigorous governance system to maintain the macroeconomic models; authenticate macroeconomic simulations and forecasts based on the models; ensuring optimum performance and use of up-to-date data; as well as overseeing the maintenance of documentation consistent with the requirements of model.

e)   Support national economic policy dialogue with evidence-based advice on relationships among economic actors, businesses, public and private employers; and the potential for job creation inherent in public and private investment.

f)     Oversee the preparation of the Ministry's economics output and publications, in line with its mandate for the provision of analysis and comment to.

g)   Ensure the modelling team is appropriately trained and manage their workload.

h)   Contribute to analytical development and guideline standards, and promotion of internationally accepted statistical standards and methodologies in forecasting economic trends and formulating economic policy.

QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE

a)   A master’s degree from an accredited tertiary institution in Development Planning, Macroeconomics, Financial Economics, Monetary Economics, Public Finance, Banking, International Economics, International Trade, Econometrics, or any related field.

b)   A PhD in Macroeconomics and experience in Macroeconomic Forecasting, Quantitative Fiscal Policy Analysis, or Macroeconomic Consulting would be an added advantage.

c)   A minimum of eight (8) years’ relevant post-qualification working experience with at least three (3) years’ experience in a senior position in related areas.

CORE COMPETENCIES

a)   Excellent leadership skills, discernible networking and management skills

b)   Very good mentoring and coaching skills

c)    Very good understanding of planning, policy analysis and formulation, and performance measuring

d)   Monitoring and evaluation methodologies

e)   Very good knowledge in the conduct of research, qualitative and quantitative data analysis and interpretation capacities

f)     Very good conceptual modelling skills, demonstrable ability of working independently

g)   Ability to manage diverse and evolving workload, strong interpersonal and team spiritedness

h)   Excellent written and oral presentation and communication skills

i)      Ability to communicate complex development policy issues clearly

j)      Knowledge of at least one major area of statistical methodology (national accounts, prices, balance of payments, monetary and financial statistics, or government finance statistics)

k)    Excellent computer skills, including full working knowledge of standard word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software packages

l)      Good knowledge in the analysis or management of statistical program data

m)  Ability to write high-quality policy papers as well as shorter targeted notes

n)   Very good written and oral communication skills

  • o)   Very good interpersonal, negotiating and influencing skills.
  1. 4.    DEPUTY DIRECTOR, APPLIED MICROECONOMICS 

JOB PURPOSE

To provide technical and operational support in Applied Microeconomics for the achievement of the mandate of the Commission.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Reporting directly to the Director of the Development Policy Division, the Deputy Director for Applied Microeconomics will perform the following key duties:

a)   Serve as in-house resource person on microeconomic issues – including enterprise development, entrepreneurship, job skills and business capacity development, strengthening of the vulnerable and excluded, industry and business association development, rural and local economic development, agribusiness, value chain analysis and development, trade and investment development and promotion, and competitiveness – during policy dialogues with sector ministries, departments and agencies and formulation of national development policy frameworks.

b)   Plan and coordinate comprehensive research programmes and review of study programmes, identifying data and research needs within the Development Policy Division related to microeconomic issues, on a continuous basis.

c)   Lead the preparation of policy papers/notes, statements, briefs, press articles, and periodic updates on microeconomic issues, and make presentations at both national and international conferences.

d)   Develop and manage applied research and knowledge management programmes to contribute to effective poverty reduction programmes, predicting supply and demand, market failure, and opportunity costs of individual and corporate choices and their implications for economic policy issues such as employment, business, trade; and resource allocation in both public and private sectors.

e)   Design and implement surveys to collect and analyse data, and contribute to research on issues related to the establishment of an enabling environment for private sector development, and to determine the linkages between policies and micro-level decisions.

QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE

a)   A master’s degree from an accredited tertiary institution in Development Planning, Economics, Financial Economics, or any related field.

b)   A PhD in Applied Microeconomics or a related discipline will be an added advantage.

c)   A minimum of eight (8) years’ relevant post-qualification working experience with at least three (3) years’ experience in a senior position in related areas.

COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS

a)   Excellent leadership skills, discernible networking and management skills

b)   Very good mentoring and coaching skills

c)    Very good understanding of planning, policy analysis and formulation, and performance measuring

d)   Monitoring and evaluation methodologies

e)   Very good knowledge in the conduct of research, qualitative and quantitative data analysis and interpretation capacities

f)     Very good conceptual modelling skills, demonstrable ability of working independently

g)   Ability to manage diverse and evolving workload, strong interpersonal and team spiritedness

h)   Excellent written and oral presentation and communication skills

i)      Ability to communicate complex development policy issues clearly

j)      Knowledge in at least one of the following areas: applied econometrics; labour, urban, education, industrial organisation, public, health, and environmental economics, computer general equilibrium models

k)    Excellent understanding of linkages at the micro level

l)      Excellent computer skills, including full working knowledge of standard word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software packages

m)  Excellent analytical and quantitative skills as well as experience in the management of statistical programs in applied economic research

n)   Excellent interpersonal and negotiating and influencing skills

  • o)   Ability to write high-quality policy papers as well as shorter targeted notes to guide the Commission.
  1. 5.     DEPUTY DIRECTOR, RESEARCH, MONITORING AND EVALUATION

JOB PURPOSE

To provide technical and operational support in Research, Monitoring and Evaluation for the achievement of the mandate of the Commission.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Reporting directly to the Director of Monitoring and Evaluation, the Deputy Director, Research will perform the following key duties:

a)   Serve as in-house resource person on national statistics and data production and management systems during policy dialogues with sector ministries, departments and agencies and formulation of national development policy frameworks.

b)   Develop in-house capacity for the management and utilisation of national data and statistics for policy making, monitoring and evaluation.

c)   Organise and implement data collection and compilation system and other strategies that optimise statistical efficiency and quality.

d)   Provide the necessary technical backstopping to the other divisions of the Commission in the design and conduct of research on relevant development issues.

e)   Undertake a comprehensive review of the Commission’s policy formulation, monitoring and evaluation.

f)     Use data to create models that depict trends in achievement of development policies and programmes.

g)   Develop and maintain a database for the Commission based on data from primary and secondary sources, including quarterly and annual progress reports of sectors and districts.

QUALIFICATION AND SKILLS

a)   A master’s degree from an accredited tertiary institution in Data Science Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, or any related field.

b)   A PhD in a related field and practical knowledge of and experience with reporting packages (Business Objects etc.), databases (SQL etc.), programming (XML, JavaScript, or ETL frameworks) will be added advantage.

c)   A minimum of eight (8) years’ relevant post-qualification working experience with at least three (3) years’ experience in a senior position in related areas.

CORE COMPETENCIES

a)   Excellent leadership skills, discernible networking and management skills

b)   Very good mentoring and coaching skills

c)    Very good understanding of planning, policy analysis and formulation, and performance measuring

d)   Monitoring and evaluation methodologies

e)   Very good knowledge in the conduct of research, qualitative and quantitative data analysis and interpretation capacities

f)     Very good conceptual modelling skills, demonstrable ability of working independently

g)   Ability to manage diverse and evolving workload, strong interpersonal and team spiritedness

h)   Excellent written and oral presentation and communication skills

i)      Ability to communicate complex development policy issues clearly

j)      Ability to innovate, combining methodological approaches and data from various levels and disciplines including economics, finance, development, etc.

k)    Very good expertise regarding data models, data visualisation and communication; database design and data mining

l)      Knowledge of statistics and experience using statistical packages for analysing datasets (Excel, SPSS, SAS etc.)

m)  Excellent analytical skills, with the ability to collect, organise, analyse, and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy

n)   Ability to write high-quality policy papers as well as shorter targeted notes

  • o)   Excellent computer skills, including full working knowledge of standard word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software packages  
  1. 6.    DEPUTY DIRECTOR, PLAN COORDINATION 

JOB PURPOSE

To provide technical and operational support in Plan Coordination for the achievement of the mandate of the Commission.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Reporting directly to the Director of the Plan Coordination Division, the Deputy Director of Plan Coordination will perform the following key duties:

a)   Manage and supervise work of the National Plans Section of the Division, including the preparation of work programmes and timetables in conformity with Divisional policy.

b)   Plan, review and coordinate research carried out in-house by staff of the National Plan Section, ensuring timely and effective workflow and feedback.

c)   Coordinate the integration of sector and district development plans into a national development plan, and support the preparation of National Harmonisation Guidelines.

d)   Assess the information needs of the public and other stakeholders – i.e., ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), development partners, civil society organisations – and design appropriate strategies for engagement with the public throughout the country to enhance citizen participation at all stages of the development process, raising awareness among national, sector and district administrations.

e)   Identify research needs and ensure the regular collection of comprehensive data relevant to the work of the National Plans Section.

f)     Supervise and ensure the conduct of comprehensive studies and research for the purposes of preparing, reviewing and updating long-term perspective plans, medium-term development plans and annual action plans.

g)   Prepare NDPC inputs in the National Budget Guidelines of the Ministry of Finance and ensure that the National Development Plan forms the basis for the national Budget.

h)   Serve as NDPC Liaison Officer with development partners with respect to the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework, fiscal decentralization and matters concerning development planning.

QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE

a)   A master’s degree from an accredited tertiary institution in Social Sciences, Development Planning, Built Environment, or any related field.

b)   A PhD in development studies, IT applications, or a related field will be an added advantage.

c)   A minimum of eight (8) years’ relevant post-qualification working experience with at least three (3) years’ experience in a senior position in related areas.

COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS

a)   Excellent leadership skills, discernible networking and management skills

b)   Very good mentoring and coaching skills

c)    Very good understanding of planning, policy analysis and formulation, and performance measuring

d)   Monitoring and evaluation methodologies

e)   Very good knowledge in the conduct of research, qualitative and quantitative data analysis and interpretation capacities

f)     Very good conceptual modelling skills, demonstrable ability of working independently

g)   Ability to manage diverse and evolving workload, strong interpersonal and team spiritedness

h)   Excellent written and oral presentation and communication skills

i)      Ability to communicate complex development policy issues clearly

j)      Excellent knowledge and understanding of development issues and disciplines

k)     Excellent social and contextual analytical ability, with the capacity and demonstrated ability to process, analyse and synthesise complex, technical information from different disciplines

l)      Good communication and organisational skills, with demonstrated evidence of capacity to produce and present high-quality policy papers as well as shorter targeted notes

m)  Excellent computer skills, including full working knowledge of standard word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software packages

n)   Excellent interpersonal and negotiating and influencing skills; with effective networking and team-building skills.

  1. 7.    DEPUTY DIRECTOR, ADMINISTRATION 

JOB PURPOSE

To provide technical and administrative support for the management of material resources and logistics of the Commission.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Reporting directly to the Director, General Services, the Deputy Director of Administration will perform the following key duties:

a)   Support the preparation and coordination of work programmes, schedules and timetables of the Commission.

b)   Be responsible for the provision of administrative services in support of the technical divisions, finance and budgeting, transport, procurement, plant and equipment, security, estates and records management.

c)   Advise the Director, General Services and keep him/her regularly informed on all matters within the area of responsibility of the Administration Division.

d)   Work in close collaboration with the Director, General Services to organise meetings of the Commission, Directors and the general staff.

e)   Work closely with technical divisions to execute their respective work programmes.

f)     Organise NDPC meetings, workshops and seminars and ensure staff attendance at meetings, seminars and conferences.

g)   Support the preparation of periodic reports on all activities, projects and issues related to the Administration Division.

h)   Makes available services and facilities necessary to support NDPC operations.

i)      Support the Director, General Services in monitoring the performance of staff.

QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE

a)   A master’s degree from an accredited tertiary institution in Public Administration, Business Administration, Social Sciences or any related field.

b)   A minimum of eight (8) years’ post-qualification relevant working experience, of which at least three (3) years have been in a senior management position in a reputable institution.

c)   Certificates or professional training in the areas of corporate governance and leadership, organisational development, strategic planning and general management, resource mobilisation and donor fund management, and performance management will be an added advantage.

d)   Affiliation/membership with a relevant professional body is an added advantage.

COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS

a)   Considerable knowledge of management, budget, and financial management principles and practices, specifically of the new Public Financial Management Act, the National Labour Act, Internal Audit Agency Act and the Public Procurement Act.

b)   Proficiency in the use of computers and an understanding of systems management.

c)   ficientsigned by the Director  andevaluation Proven administrative, management and leadership skills;

d)   Experience in management of donor funds and related accounting;

e)   Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills;

f)     Excellent communication skills, including the ability to articulate in a compelling fashion institutional goals and achievements to diverse stakeholders;

g)   Good planning skills and ability to work effectively as part of a team;

h)   Ability to use judgment and take initiatives;

i)      Ability to maintain confidentiality.

 

COMPENSATION

The National Development Planning Commission’s compensation package is competitive in the public sector, with very attractive fringe benefits.

CONDITION

Applicants must be able to serve the Commission for a minimum of four (4) years on the appointed grade before attaining the compulsory retirement age of (sixty) 60.

 

WOMEN ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY

HOW TO APPLY

Interested persons who meet the above requirements should submit in an A4 size envelope the under-listed:

a)   Application letter

b)   Curriculum vitae with biographic data, contact information names and addresses of two (2) referees

c)   Copies of academic and professional certificates

d)   Evidence of good standing with academic and professional institution if profession is regulated by law

e)   Vision statement on how applicant intends to respond to the constitutional mandate and mission of the Commission (2-4 pages long on A4-size paper)

f)     Only short listed candidates will be contacted

Applications should be submitted via post or hand-delivered to:

 

The Director-General

National Development Planning Commission

No.13 Switchback Road

P. O. Box CT633

Cantonments-Accra

 

Or email to: 

Chairman@ndpc.gov.gh 

Closing Date: 14 February 2018

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