RE-ADVERTISEMENT: TECHNICAL SPECIALIST (MICRO FINANCE)
|Fecha límite de postulación||29-Mar-12|
|Tipo de contrato||FTA International|
|Nivel de puesto||P-4|
|Duración del contrato inicial||One Year|
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life in 166 countries. UNDP has been implementing the Human Development Initiative (HDI) in since 1994 to provide support to poor communities in the areas of food security, primary health care, environment, HIV/AIDS, and training and education. UNDP currently works in 60 townships around the country. UNDP’s initiatives target the poor and most vulnerable communities and work to improve opportunities for sustainable livelihoods. The current fourth phase of HDI comprises 5 projects. The core projects include two large integrated community development projects, namely: Community Development for Remote Townships (CDRT) and Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP) including Cyclone Nargis Recovery Component, a Sustainable Microfinance to Improve the Livelihoods of the Poor Project, and a HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Project. A fifth project, the Integrated Household Living Conditions Assessment Project (IHLCA), is a nationwide survey aiming at assessing of living conditions in Myanmar and generating data values for 23 MDG indicators. The predominant feature of the projects is their participatory approach, with community mobilization and interaction preceding the implementation of inputs and activities, which are undertaken with the full participation of villagers and village groups including self-reliance groups and various community groups.
The poor have tremendous capacity to help themselves if they have the opportunity to do so. The availability of, and access to affordable credit as well as savings facility is the key to this; if the poor can generate sufficient surplus from their farms or micro and small businesses, they can repay the credit and reinvest the remainder. Experience has shown that credit programmes targeted at the poor, and especially at women, can have a significant impact on improving incomes and living standards.
UNDP Myanmar’s HDI microfinance project targets those people who would not normally qualify for credit through the banking system: women, the landless, poor households and other marginalized groups. With appropriate support and services, these people can manage loans and improve their livelihoods.
UNDP has committed, together with many leading stakeholders, to improve its work in the area of microfinance in Myanmar whih is presently at a nascent stage. The UNDP Microfinance project is holding over 90% of the current overall portfolio in the microfinance sector, with coverage of 384,000 client households across 22 out of the country’s 329 townships with a total loan outstanding portfolio of USD 52 million at prevailing exchange rate of kyat 700 per USD.
With the support of additioanl investors and donors, the UNDP Microfinance project has planned to expand with the aim of further strengthening the programme’s technical and management capacity and augmenting the capital funding base for expansion of lending activities. At the core of capacity building activities will be the expatriate Microfinance Adviser who would be working with a team of specialists to strenghten UNDP Country Office capacity as well as to provide technical and coordination support for the Implementing Partners. The Advisor will contribute to overall capacity development for orderly development and expansion of the microfiance sector in . The Adviser will be located at the UNDP Country Office in ( Yangon ) and will report directly to the Senior Deputy Resident Representative. The Adviser will work closely with the UNDP Programme Management Unit, Policy Unit, Operations Units as well as with the UNDP’s implementing partners of the Microfinance Project.
Deberes y responsabilidades
Summary of Key Functions:
Advise on management of UNDP microfinance programme and projects:
- Collaborate closely with the UNDP Country Office management to advise on design, implementation, and monitoring of the microfinance project.
- Oversee microfinance product development according to client demand and financial viability through developing, pilot testing and adapting to local condition.
- Provide guidance to improve standard operating procedures including lending methodology, terms of credit and savings services, delinquency management etc and ensure their application.
- Advise on computerization of microfinance operations.
Advise on partnership development of UNDP microfinance programme and projects:
- Develop network with all stakeholders having involvement in the microfinance sector in Myanmar. In particular, develop partnerships with NGOs, relevant private sector organizations, and potential microfinance institutions.
- Represent UNDP, together with national Microfinance Programme Analyst, in UN-wide and inter-agency arrangements, meetings, workshops, seminars, etc.
- Advise on project cooperation agreements with implementing partners.
- Build partnership with NGOs and other emerging microfinance institutions.
Review, assess and advise for development of the microfinance sector in Myanmar:
- Periodically review and assess developments in the microfinance sector in Myanmar including ongoing initiatives of the Government with respect to preparation of a regulatory framework and downstream microfinance operations at the sub-national/regional level.
- Evolve strategies for orderly development and expansion of the microfinance sector.
- Review and assimilate relevant regional/global experiences for further development of the microfinance institutions and sector in Myanmar.
- Contribute to development of policy and regulatory frameworks for the orderly development of the Microfinance sector in Myanmar.
- Identify new competent international microfinance organizations and facilitate their entry and participation in Myanmar market.
- Provide technical support for transparency and improved corporate governance for orderly development of microfinance institutions in the country.
Advise and manage capacity development of UNDP microfinance programme and projects as well as of implementation partners:
- Build the management capacity of implementing partners at zonal, regional and branch levels through management trainings.
- Contribute to training materials, manuals and best practice guide on microfinance.
- Provide mentoring and technical guidance to UNDP programme and HDI project staff and partner organizations pertinent to Microfinance.
- Lead to develop product proposals in support of CO resource mobilization for microfinance in collaboration with partners, UNDP programme and projects to build their capacities.
Advise on development of a robust monitoring and evaluation system of UNDP microfinance programme and projects as well as those of the implementing partners and other service providers:
- Review current reporting requirements for implementing partners and use of standard terms and indicators and identify inadequacies in indicators such as coverage, outreach, types of services, types of income, and portfolio quality etc for monitoring purposes.
- Assure and track quality of MIS reporting and inform UNDP management on loan delinquencies, clients dropouts, operating ratios, changes in assets and liabilities etc on a quarterly basis.
- Advise on methodologies and undertake analytical work for outcome/impact assessment of the UNDP microfinance project.
Assume the function of a primary resource for knowledge management, through active participation in the UNDP knowledge networks with regard to microfinance.
Summary of Key Results:
The key results have an impact on the overall success of the country programme. In particular, the key results have an impact on the design, operation and programming of activities, creation of strategic partnerships, and development of the microfinance sector in the country as well as reaching resource mobilization targets of the CO.
- 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 UNDP
- Demonstrated strong technical knowledge in field of inclusive finance
- Proven practical knowledge of microfinance especially as applied in LDC context at both local and national levels
- Familiarity with UNDP and UN system and role of key institutions in the field of microfinance. Knowledge of UNDP field level organization
- Comprehensive understanding of the project management cycle and managing for results
- Knowledge of programme framework
- Knowledge of Atlas at level required for the position.
- Focuses on impact and results for client
- Takes initiative and calculated risks
- Builds trust in interactions with others
- Leads team creatively and effectively, and resolves conflicts
- Displays positive attitude
- Takes decisions.
- Builds strong client relationships
- Builds strong relationships with partners
- Communicates clearly and convincingly.
- Provides quality outputs in a timely manner
- Analyzes problems carefully and logically, leading to fact-based and practical recommendations
- Manages projects effectively
- Supports development of clear unit strategy
- Develops innovative solutions.
Building and Sharing Knowledge:
- Shares knowledge and experience with colleagues.
- Actively builds deep knowledge in Microfinance area.
- Makes valuable practice contributions in Microfinance
- Promotes knowledge management in the Unit/Office
Learning and People Development:
- Provides constructive coaching and feedback
- Promotes learning environment in Unit/Office
Habilidades y experiencia requeridas
- Master’s in Economics, Finance, Business Administration, Development Studies with courses in finance and economics
- Minimum 7 years of relevant experience, preferably in a microfinance institution.
- Experience in commercial strategic planning, budgeting, credit analysis, microfinance F1 product and systems development and credit risk management.
- Excellent knowledge of best practice microfinance industry standards.
- Experience in computerization of microfinance operations
- Familiarity with microfinance programmes in south and south-east Asian region is an asset
- Knowledge in development of micro, small and medium enterprise market segments in or similar developing countries is an asset.
- Experience of working with the governments and other development partners, especially in the area of microfinance and community groups.
- Strong analytical and writing skills and track record in producing relevant reports and other IEC material.
- High level of communication and interpersonal skills and experience in working effectively in a multi cultural environment. .
- Sensitivity to diverse opinions and difficulties arising from differing social and cultural perceptions.
- Fluency in written and spoken English.
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