CHIEF TECHNICAL ADVISOR – TANZANIA LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FINANCE INITIATIVE (LFI-T), UNCDF - RE-ADVERTISED
|Application Deadline :||31-Aug-12|
|Additional Category||Millennium Development Goals|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||P-5|
|Languages Required :||
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||One year|
UNCDF is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s least developed countries. It creates new opportunities for poor people and their communities by increasing access to development finance and investment capital. UNCDF focuses on Africa and the poorest countries of Asia, with a special commitment to countries emerging from conflict or crisis. It provides seed capital – grants and loans – and technical support to help development finance institutions reach more poor households and small businesses, and local governments finance the capital investments – water systems, feeder roads, schools, irrigation schemes – that will improve poor peoples’ lives.
UNCDF works to enlarge peoples’ choices: it believes that poor people and communities should take decisions about their own development. Its programmes help to empower women – over 50% of the clients of UNCDF-supported development finance institutions are women – and its expertise in development finance and local development is shaping new responses to food insecurity, climate change and other challenges. All UNCDF support is provided via national systems, in accordance with the Paris principles. UNCDF works in challenging environments – remote rural areas, countries emerging from conflict – and paves the way for others to follow. Its programmes are designed to catalyze larger investment flows from the private sector, development partners and national governments, for significant impact on the Millennium Development Goals, especially Goal 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger, Goal 3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women, and Goal 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability.
Established by the General Assembly in 1966 and with headquarters in New York, UNCDF is an autonomous UN organization affiliated with UNDP.
All stakeholders worldwide have recognized the critical role of the private sector in fostering economic growth, poverty reduction, and the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (“MDGs”). At a time of tight public budgets and a need for local economies to deal with a global world, public funding alone is not a solution; if local development is to be successful and sustainable over the longer term, the private sector needs to be mobilized. Yet, despite the commitment of all UN Member States to mobilizing the private sector in the 2002 Monterrey Consensus and many other initiatives, concrete results on the ground have been insufficient.
The Local Economic Development Finance Initiative of Tanzania (LFI-T) is an innovative programme of the Tanzania Government designed by the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) that strives to make an impact by ensuring that the Tanzania domestic financial systems is unblocked to enable and promote inclusive, gender-equitable and sustainable local economic development (LED). The programme intends to achieve this goal through implementation of a Tanzania national development program to ensure long-term sustainability coupled with demonstration small and medium-size LED infrastructure projects during a period of four years.**
Capacity development will include training of local Technical Support Providers, national and local government officials, bank officers, and project sponsors, as well as the provision of information-enabling resources and communication and management platforms. The demonstration infrastructure projects will be strategically selected as critical for unleashing economic potential, including both traditional and industrial infrastructure projects such as energy projects, transport, warehouses, and food processing plants.
The LFI-T Programme aims to improve the ability and willingness of the relevant stakeholders in Tanzania to use domestic finance for LED and to create enabling national environments for sustained participation of the domestic financial sector in LED. There are five main outcomes:
- Outcome 1: Improved capacities of Tanzania public and private project developers to identify and develop small-to-medium sized infrastructure projects essential for inclusive LED.
- Outcome 2: Increased ability and willingness of domestic financial sector to provide financing for small to medium-sized LED infrastructure projects.
- Outcome 3: Improved Tanzania business-enabling environment for domestic resource mobilization for inclusive LED, insuring integration into existing government processes, programs, and structures.
- Outcome 4: Increased interest and support of the development community for Tanzania inclusive LED project development and finance.
- Outcome 5: Increased effectiveness and leverage of limited public sector funds, both of the host government and development partners, by mobilizing significant levels of private sector finance for catalytic LED projects.
The Tanzania LFI-T Programme will be implemented in concert with the UNCDF Global LFI Programme, using the UNCDF International Technical Service Provider (TSP) that is selected to provide the overall technical and management guidance required for ensuring programme results. Given the innovative nature of the programme, the role of the UNCDF International TSP will be significant in providing overall technical guidance on all aspects of the Tanzania LFI-T Programme, including project development and finance as well as capacity building, training, and tools.
The overall Tanzania “LFI-T Technical Team” will therefore consist of both the International TSP and the in-country UNCDF Team. The LFI-T Chief Technical Advisor will work closely in a dynamic responsive manner on a daily basis with the National Implementing Partner and with the UNCDF International TSP and need to use their inputs on an ongoing basis to develop and implement the programme in all its dimensions.
Under the direct supervision of the Regional Technical Adviser and Team Leader for LDFP in Africa and with secondary supervision of the Head of UNCDF Regional Office for Africa, the Chief Technical Advisor will be responsible for implementing the LFI-T Programme in Tanzania in collaboration with the International Technical Service Provider.
**The LFI-T Programme is programmed to end in June 2015.
Duties and Responsibilities
Functions/Key Results Expected:
The key result expected is the successful implementation and attainment of targets of the LFI-T Programme, including coordination with/reporting to the LFI-T Steering Committee, LED Technical Team and the fund contributors to the programme. The LFI Chief Technical Advisor will pursue the key results of the programme, working with the guidance and input of UNCDF’s International TSP and in close collaboration with the National Implementing Partner, focusing on the following result areas:
- Well-designed and technically sound key project activities for identifying, developing and financing infrastructure projects;
- Capacity-building and knowledge management;
- Results monitoring and reporting;
- Partnerships, policy advocacy, and resource mobilization.
The result areas are defined below.
Well-designed and technically sound programme activities aimed at identifying, developing, and financing infrastructure projects
- Facilitate and oversee the processes of identifying and developing projects essential for inclusive, sustainable LED and oversee their systematic application;
- Support the process of identifying, defining, contracting, funding and overseeing the required technical studies required to secure private sector financing;
- Facilitate the processes to finance projects essential for LED, including credit enhancement structures;
- Support the development of guidelines and mechanisms for a pooled finance facility or other credit enhancement structures, and secure partners for required risk mitigation;
- Facilitate the establishment and operationalisation of the LFI-T Fund, including the preparation of operational guidelines and leading on negotiations with project sponsors;
- Contribute to the designing of a system for monitoring funded projects, tracking project revenues, expenses, and risk factors on an ongoing basis;
- Facilitate the development of Tanzania LED Finance Programme Performance and Business-Enabling Environment Metrics and oversee the scaling up of new measurement systems through the creation of a LED Finance Performance Index;
- By the end of the programme, to have contributed in self-evident concrete terms to the successful transfer of the core skills needed for project identification, development, and finance from the International TSP to the UNCDF LFI Team.
Capacity building and knowledge management:
- Contribute to and oversee the LFI-T capacity building and training programme in Tanzania, ensuring programme knowledge generation and dissemination, including the development of LFI-T tools and toolkits, case studies, briefs, research documents, client impact evaluations, and mid-term and final evaluations;
- Facilitate and provide specialist input to the development of guidelines for communities of practice and knowledge-exchange mechanisms for TSPs and other experts to facilitate knowledge building and exchange among LED and LFI practitioners;
- Provide specialist input to and oversee the implementation of LFI communication, coordination and training programmes, including scalable on-line tools enabling sustainability and replication, oversee their delivery and deliver relevant training modules as necessary to advance the improvement of local business-enabling environments and access to domestic finance;
- Ensure regular updates and contributions on LFI issues through the UNCDF website and Teamworks, the UNDP internal online collaboration platform;
- Facilitate the development of processes and tools to facilitate the transfer of knowledge, training, and scaling up of LFI-T nationally and at a local level, building the capacity of stakeholders in the public and private sectors;
- Provide specialist input to the design and oversee the implementation of tools and programmes for knowledge building and sharing in the framework of South-South cooperation.
Results monitoring and reporting
- Continuously monitor and report on project implementation and results achieved;
- Report, on a quarterly basis, to UNCDF Regional Office for Africa and to UNCDF Headquarters on milestones and results achieved, highlighting any areas of concern and proposing concrete follow-up actions.
Partnerships, policy advocacy and resource mobilisation
- Design and support the implementation of the LFI-T stakeholder mobilization and communication plan and advice on outreach activities with a variety of stakeholders;
- Provide UNCDF LFI-T advisory support to other UN agencies active in Tanzania on scaling up inclusive LED through improved access to domestic private finance and coordination with DFIs;
- Develop and provide the government with evidence-based policy recommendations on national legal and regulatory frameworks;
- Develop policy positions and represent UNCDF at meetings and conferences;
- Network with funders and practitioners and ensure global meetings are effective opportunities to build knowledge partnerships;
- Develop strategies to secure new partnerships and mobilize additional resources based on programme resource requirements and new opportunities.
Impact of Results
- Improved ability and willingness of the relevant stakeholders to use domestic finance for LED and to create enabling national and international environments for sustained participation of the domestic financial sector in LED;
- Substantive partnerships strengthened with domestic financial providers, development partners in providing project development and credit enhancement support, and Technical Service Providers;
- UNCDF Regional and Country Technical Advisors/Managers supported to facilitate programme design and implementation for local development finance;
- Planned programme outputs and outcomes are fully achieved in a timely manner, consistent with the expectations of private sector actors, and optimal output quality assured, through sound and efficient internal business, quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation and reporting processes;
- Profile of UNCDF and its development partners as leaders in development finance strengthened;
- Substantive partnerships strengthened with leading private sector foundations and development partners.
Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda
Influencing the public policy agenda
- Builds consensus concerning UNCDF’s strategic agenda with partners on joint initiatives;
- Dialogues with national counterparts and other stakeholders to strengthen advocacy efforts, incorporating country, regional and global perspectives.
Results-Based Programme Development and Management
Achieving results through programme design and innovative resourcing strategies
- Makes use of a variety of resources within UNCDF to achieve results, such as cross-functional teams, secondments and developmental assignments, and collaborative funding approaches;
- Ensures the full implementation of country programme and financial resources to obtain results;
- Strong programme management experience with emphasis on monitoring, evaluation and incorporating lessons learned into development finance projects and programmes.
Building Strategic Partnerships
Building strategic alliances
- Makes effective use of UNCDF’s resources and comparative advantage to strengthen partnerships;
- Creates networks and promotes initiatives with partner organizations;
- Strong networking capabilities and ability to associate him/herself with a range of actors (including policy makers, regulators, FSPs and donors) with a view to building relations and facilitating links;
- Resource mobilization experience and record of success in reporting to and managing donor grants and reporting mechanisms.
Innovation and Marketing New Approaches
Fostering innovation in others
- Creates an environment that fosters innovation and innovative thinking;
- Conceptualizes more effective approaches to programme development and implementation and to mobilizing and using resources.
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Participating in the development of policies and innovative approaches and promoting their application throughout the organization
- Promotes UNCDF as a learning/knowledge sharing organization.
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
Expert knowledge of development finance
- Possesses expert knowledge of advanced concepts in private sector development, project finance as well as an in-depth knowledge of relevant organizational policies and procedures;
- Deep technical knowledge and experience in finance good practices for industry building, and development of inclusive financial markets and products in emerging markets, especially through private sector partnerships;
- Applies a broad knowledge of best management practices; defines objectives and work flows, positions reporting relationships in such a way as to obtain optimum effectiveness for the unit/branch;
- Keeps abreast of new developments in area of development finance and job knowledge and seeks to develop him/herself personally;
- Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments;
- Demonstrates expert knowledge of the current programme guidelines and project management tools and manages the use of these regularly in work assignments.
Meeting long-term client needs
- Anticipates constraints in the delivery of services and identifies solutions or alternatives;
- Proactively identifies, develops and discusses solutions for internal and external clients, and persuades management to undertake new projects or services;
- Advises and develops strategic and operational solutions with clients that add value to UNCDF programmes and operations.
- Managing complex projects and processes, with strong organizational and communication skills;
- Promoting ethics and integrity, creating organizational precedents;
- Building support and political acumen;
- Building staff competence, creating an environment of creativity and innovation;
- Building and promoting effective teams;
- Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication;
- Creating an emotionally intelligent organization;
- Leveraging conflict in the interests of UNCDF and setting standards;
- Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning;
- Fair and transparent decision-making; calculated risk-taking.
Required Skills and Experience
- Masters in Economics, Finance, Business or Public Administration or related field.
- A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in development finance, business development, or related fields of finance, development, research, advocacy, and policy development with a focus on economic development, investment promotion and private sector support;
- Demonstrated results in project finance is a distinct advantage;
- Clear evidence of entrepreneurial success in building new programmes and business services, and their management, particularly in developing countries;
- Experiences with similar assignments in developing countries, including LDCs will be considered as an advantage.
- Strong English written and spoken. A working knowledge of Swahili is an advantage.
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