PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT CONSULTANCY - LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FINANCE INITIATIVE
||HQ, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
|Application Deadline :||21-Aug-12|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||6 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||1 year|
The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s least developed countries (LDCs). It creates new opportunities for poor people and their communities by increasing access to financial services and investment capital. UNCDF programmes help to empower women, and are designed to catalyze larger capital flows from the private sector, national governments and developments partners, for maximum impact toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
UNCDF focuses on Africa and the poorest countries of Asia, with a special commitment to countries emerging from conflict or crisis. Within its broader economic development mandate, UNCDF focuses on public and private financing mechanisms. Effective and efficient finance – in both the public and private sectors – can spur economic growth and make it more sustainable and inclusive. UNCDF’s focus on financing mechanisms has special relevance for least developed countries, where public financial management is often weak and private financial systems often underdeveloped and inaccessible to poor people. Adopted in 2011, the new business plan of UNCDF’s Local Development Finance Practice (LDFP) helps to strengthen public investment and service delivery at the local level. UNCDF’s support for decentralization and strong financial management within decentralized systems leads to improved allocations of scarce public resources, stronger and more responsive local governments and, ultimately, better public investment and services that improve people’s lives and lay the foundations for economic growth.
UNCDF has embarked upon an innovative line of business, namely the Local Economic Development Finance Initiative (LFI), initially with two pilots in Africa (Tanzania and Uganda). The LFI is an innovative approach being developed by UNCDF in cooperation with National Governments, Investment Promotion Agencies, financial institutions (commercial banks, institutional investors, fund managers), private sector companies (international and domestic), development partners, technical service providers, and other stakeholders. The LFI design has been developed by a non-profit organization of private sector finance experts over the past 4 years based on extensive prior research and assessment, and is now being implemented with their technical support as the International Technical Service Provider (Global Clearinghouse for Development Finance – “GlobalDF”). LFI is embedded within existing UNCDF’s Local Development Finance programmes, with the aim of unlocking domestic financial systems for local economic development (“LED”).
Under the overall direction and technical guidance from the Director, Local Development Finance Practice (LDFP) at UNCDF Headquarters, and with further technical guidance from the Regional LDFP Team Leader for Africa based at the UNCDF Regional Office for Africa, the LFI Programme Manager manages the LFI Programme, and provides technical leadership and high-level policy advice for the LFI Programme at global, regional and country levels, in the framework of a portfolio of LFI-related Local Development Finance programmes.
At the UNCDF Headquarters level, the LFI Programme Manager works closely with the Director, Local Development Finance Practice and with the Portfolio Adviser, Local Development Finance Practice.
At the regional level in Africa, the LFI Programme Manager works closely with the Regional LDFP Team Leader, the Regional LDFP Technical Advisers and the Regional Portfolio Specialists, providing technical support, programming and implementation support, and policy advice regarding start-up and on-going LFI Programmes in the region.
At the country level, the LFI Programme Manager is responsible for ensuring the success of the LFI Country Programmes, working closely with the LFI Country Technical Teams and the International Technical Service Provider (GlobalDF).
LFI is a new and innovative programme of UNCDF so the LFI Programme Manager needs to act as a change agent, providing UNCDF with strategic assessments and recommendations on implementation issues, refinement of LFI-related structure, processes, and positions, and making related proposals for the consideration of UNCDF HQ’s Senior Management.
From Headquarters, the LFI Programme Manager obtains strategic guidance from the Deputy Executive Secretary and the LDFP Director; and portfolio management support from the LDFP Portfolio Adviser, keeping them apprised of programme opportunities and relationship developments with key stakeholders. The incumbent is supported by the UNCDF Partnerships Unit on business development, resource mobilization and related matters, keeping the Partnerships Adviser informed of the latest business intelligence. She/he is supported by the Operations Division in the negotiation of agreements for the provision of technical services and other operational issues.
The LFI Programme Manager is also responsible for developing a network of technical service providers that can scale up LFI at country level. Since LFI is a new innovative approach relying heavily on the development of local Technical Service Providers for scaling up, the LFI Manager will help develop the frameworks for new relationships with technical service providers that can serve this purpose.
The LFI Programme Manager shall be dedicated on a full-time basis to ensuring the effective implementation of the LFI Programmes (currently two in Africa) as described in the relevant Programme Documents, covering both the advancement of selected LED infrastructure projects, as well as the development of a coalition of key national and international stakeholders to support LFI’s main phase on both programme and infrastructure project levels, including the development of the LFI communication and information systems.
The success of the LFI Programme will require extensive effective collaboration, liaising between Ministries and government agencies on the one hand and other project stakeholders on the other, including the project sponsors, financial institutions, government ministries and agencies (e.g., Ministries of Local Government, Local Governments, Investment Promotion Agencies), as well as other state and non-state actors participating in the LFI. The LFI Programme Manager shall be the main point of contact for stakeholders to coordinate their activities with UNCDF. The LFI Programme Manager will work in close cooperation with the UNCDF Technical Team in the target countries and the International Technical Service Provider to ensure the achievement of all the targets and deliverables of the LFI Programmes.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Director of the Local Development Finance Practice Area, the LFI Programme Manager will manage the LFI Programme on behalf of UNCDF, providing technical leadership and oversight for the achievement of the LFI Programme’s main outputs in the following areas:
- Effective management of the global LFI Programme on behalf of UNCDF, including change agent management and partnership development.
- Policy research and development for the Local Finance Initiative in the framework of the UNCDF corporate strategy.
- High-level policy advocacy and strategic advice.
- Partnerships for development results.
- Knowledge building and knowledge sharing.
1. Ensures effective management of the Global LFI Programme on behalf of UNCDF, including partnership development, focusing on the achievement of the following results:
- Global LFI Programme managed at global, regional and country levels in terms of its financial accountability, programmatic coherence, human resources structure, and target achievement;
- Oversight of LFI Programme exercised at global, regional and country levels, including facilitation of innovative approaches in project development, finance, and capacity-building;
- Development of partner relations with existing and future donors to LFI developed, managed, and expanded, in close collaboration with UNCDF’s Partnerships Unit.
- LFI’s Technical Service Provider(s) on contract with UNCDF managed to ensure full compliance with agreed upon Terms of Reference and contracts issued. This includes negotiation, issuance and management of new contracts, if deemed necessary;
- Assessment of LFI Programme’s deliverables against the Programme’s scheduled deliverables (activities, outcomes, outputs), with an LFI needs assessment carried out and plan of action implemented to address any identified issues and implementation gaps;
- Regular exchanges of information between UNCDF and other stakeholders involved in project development and the improvement of local business environments. Regular reporting on the progress of LFI Programmes, including challenges, bottlenecks and proposed solutions;
2. Ensures policy research and development for the Local Finance Initiative in the framework of the UNCDF corporate strategy, focusing on the achievement of the following results:
- Development and refinement of the LFI concept, programmatic and implementation approaches;
- Functioning as the UNCDF LFI Focal Point for regular collection, analysis and dissemination of LFI-related information at the global and regional levels;
- Specialist contribution to the LFI-related outcomes, outputs and activities as well as monitoring and evaluation frameworks as part of the UNCDF corporate strategy development and planning;
3. Ensures high-level policy advocacy and strategic advice, focusing on the achievement of the following results:
- Strategic advice to the UNCDF senior management in the HQ and the Regional Office for Africa on the development and application of LFI methodology and approaches globally and in the region;
- Policy advisory services to the Governments and other partners globally and in the region in the area of LFI, in consultation with the Regional Office for Africa and the relevant UNDP Country Office(s);
- Contribution to formulation of regional and country programmes drawing upon lessons from LFI programmes and other initiatives in the region and from global experiences;
- Strengthening internal capacity in the HQ, the Regional Office for Africa and the relevant COs on the approaches and methodologies to unlock domestic private financial markets for LED financing.
4. Promotes partnerships for development results, focusing on the achievement of the following results:
- Partnership building with global, regional and local institutions and consultancies engaged in LED, development finance, project development and finance, etc.;
- Development and maintenance of an expert roster for LFI globally;
- Formulation and implementation of the global and regional partnerships to support LFI and enhance resource mobilization strategies in liaison with the UNCDF Partnership Unit and the Regional Office for Africa;
- Scanning and identification of partnership opportunities and donor intelligence and provision of information to the HQ and the Regional Office for Africa of new partnership developments – e.g. donor priorities, pledges, new donor funding modalities, etc. ensuring that this supports LFI programming;
- Effective mobilization of financial resources for the LFI to ensure expansion of the initiative and further programme development;
- Maintaining and strengthening partnerships with key multilaterals (Bretton Wood Institutions, Regional Banks, etc.) and key regional government and private sector institutions to support the LFI architecture;
- Elaboration and implementation of an LFI communication plan and development of media content and other relevant materials for public awareness-raising and development partner engagement on LFI (global and national).
5. Promotes knowledge building and knowledge sharing, focusing on the achievement of the following results:
- Based on lessons learned from existing LFI pilots in Africa, preparation, in cooperation with the UNCDF Knowledge Management Unit, of global and region-wide lessons learned, best practices and generation of knowledge needed and lessons learned to shape UNCDF’s LFI global approach in the region;
- Coordination of all cross-practice collaboration, capitalizing on the approaches and tools in other practices;
- Contribution of evidence-based best practices and lessons learned globally and from the region to inform and shape global practice;
- Presentation, on behalf of UNCDF, of experiences and lessons learned during implementation of LFI globally and regionally, including effective approaches and methodologies for unlocking private domestic financial markets for LED financing at global and regional knowledge sharing events, workshops and conferences.
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, consistentwith the expectations of private sector actors, and optimal output quality assured, throughsound and efficient internal business, quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation andreporting processes.
- Profile of UNCDF and its development partners as leaders in development finance strengthened.
- Substantive partnerships strengthened with leading private sector foundations anddevelopment partners.
Functional Competencies :
- Ability to leverage limited public funds through the effective mobilization of the private sector to meet the MDGs and LED using new innovative methods, techniques, and processes
- Ability to be a leader and change agent, integrating new businesses and structures within existing organizations
- Demonstrates integrity and fairness by modeling UN values and ethical standards
- Displays cultural and gender sensitivity and adaptability
- Treats all people fairly and without favoritism
- Shows strong corporate commitment
- Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNCDF and UNDP
- Willing and able to forge new innovative businesses and services that leverage UNCDF’s investment mandate, building partnerships with both the traditional development partners as well as private sector companies, social impact investors, and the larger financial community
- Demonstrated strong technical knowledge in the areas of Development Finance, with particular emphasis on project finance
- Proven practical knowledge of private sector development, local economic development, development of infrastructure projects and project finance, as applied in the developing country context at both local and national levels
- Comprehensive understanding of managing for results
Managerial / behavioral competencies:
- Leadership and success in building new businesses (for example, start-ups) with demonstrated ability to successfully manage a new programme;
- Focuses on impact and results for client (governments and private sector project sponsors);
- Ability to be a leader and change agent, integrating new businesses and structures within existing organizations;
- Takes initiative and calculated risks
- Builds trust in interactions with others
- Displays positive attitude, and is able to provide inspired leadership
- Takes decisions based on thorough technical analyses, with open communication and consultation
- Builds strong client relationships
- Identifies opportunities and builds strategic partnerships
- Communicates clearly and convincingly
- Supports development of clear strategy
- Develops innovative solutions
Building and Sharing Knowledge
- Able to develop concept papers, presentations, and papers, and present in public forums the key issues, assessments, and recommendations in a convincing and professional manner
- Shares knowledge and experience with colleagues
- Provides advice and support to others in UNCDF and UNDP
- Actively builds deep knowledge in local development finance area
- Makes valuable substantive contributions in local development finance
- Supports knowledge management in Unit
Learning and People Development
- Demonstrated ability to develop and manage internal training programs
- Provides constructive coaching and feedback
- Supports learning environment in Unit
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 .
- Successful track record in managing a start-up enterprise and people in different physical locations.
- Successful track record in raising funds for one or more development programs, businesses or non-profit organizations.
- Substantive experience in private sector development and engagement, local economic development, project finance, development practices
- Skills in using on-line systems for communication and knowledge management.
- Experience in developing and managing training programmes a plus.
- Experience working in, or with, developing countries is a must.
- Strong English written and spoken.
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