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Poverty Specialist (NIM Service Contract)

Job Category:
Admin Assistants
Career Level:
Job Type:
Full Time
Agency / Project:
Support to CPRSPD Project of UNDP
Posted On:
07 March, 2011
Last Date to apply:
21 March, 2011
Experience in years
2 to 4

• At least 4-7 years experience of research on poverty

• Comprehensive knowledge of national economy and the determinants and drivers of poverty

• Strong quantitative background, with experience in empirical work
• Must have demonstrated ability to work on household level datasets such as PSLM, LFS and Access to Finance (A2F) datasets, WDI (WB), and KILM (ILO).
• Demonstrated ability to work with statistical/econometric software such as STATA and SPSS.
• Must be familiar with different approaches to poverty estimation such as head count indices, poverty score cards, and multi-dimensional poverty indices, etc.


Description: The support to Centre for Poverty Reduction and Social Policy Development (CPRSPD) is a five year initiative of UNDP and Government of Pakistan. CPRSPD is based in Planning Commission of Pakistan and is mandated to undertake; Poverty Research and Analysis, Advocacy to influence public policy for pro – poor growth, and capacity building of staff (esp. public sector) to sustain project efforts. These objectives will be pursued in consonance with the GOP development strategy envisaged in Medium Term Development Strategy (MTDF) 2005-10, PRSP and Vision 2030.

Terms of Reference Poverty Specialist:


The Poverty Specialist will work under the direct supervision of National Project Manager (NPM) and will perform the following duties:

·          Responsible for leading CPRSPDs research on inclusive economic growth, poverty measurement, and economic welfare analysis.

·          Design and undertake research on the measurement of poverty and the impact of the New Development Approach (NDA) aka  new economic growth strategy and its action plan on poverty, including regular publication of research papers and reports

·          Provide substantive feedback to GoP on the impact of different public policies on inclusive growth and its impact on poverty alleviation/reduction.

·          Track developments in poverty measurement and analysis in Pakistan and regional emerging economies

·          Work on micro household level datasets such as PSLM, HIES, LFS, and Access to Finance.

·          Work on International datasets such as World Bank Indicators, Key Indicators of Labor Markets (KILM), International Labor Organization (ILO)

·          Identify potential areas of collaborative research with BISP involving poverty scorecard dataset.

·          Develop multidimensional poverty indicators using different datasets available at the Centre.

·          Identify gaps in the knowledge base and take and support new initiatives

·          Undertake analysis of GoP’s budgetary allocation and expenditure on poverty and social sector development

·          Responsible for providing / up dating the estimates of the poverty head count index every year and its wider dissemination using different mediums like website, reports etc

·          Implement research program on poverty measurement and analysis in accordance with quarterly and annual work plan under the guidance of NPM

·          Substantive contribution to the production of MDGs Progress Reports, PRSPs and other national policy documents in close coordination with other team members

·          Design appropriate tools and activities for data collection, integration and dissemination

·          Promote the strengthening of national statistical capacity through the establishment of an M&E network with development partners at the national and sub-national levels

·          Undertake analysis of the quality and reliability of available data sources

·          Where needed, develop technically sound and clearly defined SMART indicators for GOP’s programs / interventions related to social development

·          Regularly interact with key national and sub-national partners involved in socioeconomic surveys and data collection

·          Maintain a database of relevant studies and data on social sector performance and build links with public and private sector research institutions

·          Monitoring and progress reporting of the related MDG at the national and sub-national levels

·          Contribute to the production of quarterly and annual progress reports of CPRSPD

·          Train relevant staff in public sector on poverty measurement and analysis

·          Any other relevant task assigned by NPM / National Project Director

“Equally qualified Women will be given preference”

Must Degree Degree Level Country Description
 Masters Degree (preferably Ph. D)Masters Degree (preferably PhD) in Economics, Statistics, Development Studies or other related field.

Must Title Level Description
 ComunicationNever Used  Strong communication skills; both written and verbal • Ability to work with both primary and secondary data • Strong understanding of various poverty measurement methodologies, techniques and tools including widely used relevant computer programming / simulation models • A good team player as well as the ability to work independently