Posted on :
17 Feb, 2017
17 Feb, 2017
The National Development Planning Commission (NDPC)- is a public sector organisation established under Articles 86 and 87 of the 1992 Constitution as part of the Executive. As part of its core mandate, the Commission is responsible for advising the President on development planning and strategy for Ghana.
Job Title: Deputy Director, Labour Economist
• The Deputy Director for Labour Economics, will provide advice on policies, analyse trends and relevant linkages in the area of labour market dynamics in both public and private sectors.
• He/she will work closely with counterparts within NDPC and relevant stakeholders such as the ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs), trade and professional associations, as well as the trade unions, to assess the effectiveness of labour policies and employment generation initiatives, to identify policy gaps and options.
• The Labour Economist will lead a highly motivated multidisciplinary team to carry out applied research with a strong policy focus, prepare reports and formulate plans to address economic problems related to the labour market.
• Additionally, he/she will plan and coordinate the application of econometrics and modelling, research design principles, and other statistical/quantitative techniques to determine the potential and differential impacts of public policies, such as proposed legislation, taxes, services, salary regimes and regulations, and present recommendations based on cost-benefit analysis.
Duties / Responsibilities;
Reporting directly to the Director of the Development Policy Division, the position holder will perform the following key duties:
• Serve as in-house resource or expert 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
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 at least four years before attaining the compulsory retirement age of 60 years.
Qualification Required & Experience
• The ideal candidate will hold a minimum of a Master’s Degree in economics, labour, development economics, econometrics, or a related field from a recognised tertiary institution, with special focus on labour related issues and a strong foundation in quantitative analysis and statistics.
• A PhD and working knowledge in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is added advantage.
In addition, the candidate will have:
• A minimum of 12 years post qualification relevant working experience, of which six (6) years’ experience must be in applied research and policy analysis. in the area of labour economics. social policies. or employment in related fields.
• 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.
• Strong knowledge of quantitative analysis and statistics is essential, with experience in analysing large scale data, including national labour force surveys, administrative data and other relevant industry data.
• Excellent computer skills, including full working knowledge of standard word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software packages
• Proven ability to use advanced statistical and econometric techniques and software (e.g., STATA).
• Ability to formulate clear policy recommendations based on solid analytical skills.
• Ability to work effectively within a team of economists, analysts and statisticians; and to clearly explain economic issues and analysis to experts and lay audiences alike.
Core Competencies/Required Skills:
• With outstanding leadership skills, discernible networking and management skills, as well as mentoring and coaching skills, the selected candidate must exhibit a very’ good understanding of planning, policy analysis and formulation as well performance measuring, monitoring and evaluation methodologies.
• Additionally, effective knowledge in the conduct of research, qualitative and quantitative data analysis and interpretation capacity, very good conceptual modelling skills,” demonstrable ability of working independently, manage diverse and evolving workload, strong interpersonal and team spiritedness, excellent written and oral presentation and communication skills, evident ability to communicate complex developmental policy issues clearly, are requirements for this position.
How To Apply For The Job
Interested persons who meet the above criteria should submit in an A4-size envelope the following:
• Application letter
• Curriculum Vitae with names and addresses of two (2) referees
• Copies of academic and professional certificates
• Evidence of good standing with academic and professional institutions if the profession is regulated by law.
• A two-page (A4 size) vision statement on how the applicant intends to respond to the constitutional mandate and mission of the Commission.
Applications should be delivered by hand or courier not later than March 7, 2017 to the address below:
NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING COMMISSION
P. O. BOX CT 633
Closing Date: 07 March, 2017