Senior Expert, Public Finance Management and SDG Budgeting

Location : Home-based
Application Deadline :29-Jul-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :IPSA (Regular)
Post Level :IPSA-12
Languages Required :
Expected Duration of Assignment :12 months

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


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A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.

This is a home-based assignment,  so no travel to/from the duty station is envisaged. 

Cost of other travel, as deemed necessary by UNDP  while performing the outlined functions, shall be at UNDP’s expense and in accordance with the applicable UNDP travel policy. 


Office/Unit/Project Description:

UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UNDP's policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels, forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan. 

Within the GPN, the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP's Strategic Plan. BPPS's staff provides technical advice to Country Offices, advocates for UNDP corporate messages, represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogues, and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas. In addition, BPPS works closely with UNDP's Crisis Bureau (CB) to support emergency and crisis response. While ensuring that issues of risk are fully integrated into UNDP's development programmes, BPPS also assists UNDP and partners to achieve higher quality development results through an integrated approach that links results-based management and performance monitoring with more effective and new ways of working. Lastly, BPPS supports UNDP and partners to be more innovative, knowledge and data driven including in its programme support efforts.

In order to streamline its financial and investment engagement, UNDP launched the Finance Sector Hub, a finance and innovation platform, that draws on a critical mass of UNDP expertise, initiatives, and partnerships to support the mobilization and leveraging of resources for the SDGs and lead the implementation of the new UNDP private sector strategy and other initiatives. The Hub is an integral part of both the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) and the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy (BERA), as well as part of the GPN. The Hub serves as a connector, broker and global coordinator among internal and external actors; curates and manages UNDP’s catalogue of service offers on SDG financing to governments, investors and companies, via the COs, to significantly enhance the scale and impact of UNDP’s work.

Furthermore, UNDP has specifically developed a step-by-step approach to address the specific financing challenges, providing a unique package to countries that wish to use finance more efficiently and effectively to support SDG objectives. In this regard, UNDP through its SDG Finance Sector Hub aims to support governments in SDG oriented budgeting and policy analysis of public finance by reviewing and aligning Public Finance Management frameworks.  

Institutional Arrangement:

The Senior Expert, Public Finance Management and SDG Budgeting will carry out relevant duties under the guidance and direct supervision of the SDG Finance Advisor, FSH. An organigramme for the FSH unit structure is provided in  Annex I. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work 

Under the direct supervsion of the SDG Finance Advisor, SDG Finance Sector Hub, and working closely with the other team members, Senior Expert, Public Finance Management and SDG Budgeting will be responsible for the performance of  the following  functions and duties:

1. Overseeing and steering public finance reforms to improve SDG implementation in a select number of countries aligned with regional service offers; 

2. Maintaining constant liaison with country offices, and through them with country authorities and contributing to knowledge sharing and provision of timely technical support in the areas of public finance;

3. Coordinating and leading discussions with development finance partners with the view to enhance synergies and cooperation;

4. Acting as a catalyst of policy reform advocacy;

5. Drafting, reviewing, and ensuring the quality of the analytical reports and policy recommendations in the area of development finance;

6. Coordinating and leading the development of technical guidance notes on strategic budgeting and alignment with the SDGs, budget coding and tagging for the SDGs, sub-national planning and budgeting to enhance focus on SDGs implementation, and other upcoming guidance notes on B4SDG etc.;

7. Designing and delivering training sessions on Public Finance Management and SDG Budgeting for internal and external stakeholders;

8. Serving as a Technical Lead for UNDP’s work on Public Finance Management and SDG Budgeting;

9. Performing other assignments related to this position as may be required by the Supervisor.

For more information on UNDP SDG Finance Sector Hub Activities, please visit



Professionalism: Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Communication:Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients " and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Required Skills and Experience


Min. Academic Education

  • Master’s degree in finance, economics, development finance, applied social sciences or closely related field is required.

Min. years of relevant Work experience

  • A minimum of 10 (ten) years of  professional work experience in public finance research and analysis, public finance management, national budgeting, advising on public finance reforms or closely related areas is required.

Required  skills and competencies

  • Demonstrated work experience in Development Financing, Digital Financing, Private Financing for Development, Innovative Financing for Development and other closely related area is required. 
  • Demonstrated work experience in developing countries context is required.    
Desired additional skills and competencies
  • Experience working on SDG budgeting (selected sectors, cross-sector and/or overall SDGs framework) and Integrated National Financing Frameworks is desirable.
  • Experience working with Finance Ministries on Public Financial Management reforms in African and/or Asia-Pacific countries is desirable.
  • Previous work experience with UNDP / UN in similar functions is an advantage.

Required Language(s) (at working level)

  • Proficiency in the English language: excellent verbal, written and editing skills are required.
  • Working knowledge of another UN language is an asset.



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