Programme Management Analyst


Location : Home-Based
Application Deadline :15-Nov-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :IPSA (Regular)
Post Level :IPSA-9
Languages Required :
English  
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.


Background

Instructions to Applicants:

Click on the "Apply now" button. Input your information in the appropriate Sections: personal information, language proficiency, education, resume and motivation. Upon completion of the first page, please hit "submit application" tab at the end of the page. Please ensure that CV or P11 and the Cover letter are combined in one file.

The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.

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

Travel: 

UNCDF will cover the cost of travel of the individual to the duty station, as well as their return to their home upon completion of their services. Travel costs are covered only in the event that the function will be undertaken physically in the duty station and excludes working from home arrangements.

Office/Unit/Project Description  

UNCDF makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 46 least developed countries. With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development. This last mile is where available resources for development are scarcest; where market failures are most pronounced; and where benefits from national growth tend to leave people excluded.

UNCDF’s financing models work through two channels: financial inclusion that expands the opportunities for individuals, households, and small businesses to participate in the local economy, providing them with the tools they need to climb out of poverty and manage their financial lives; and by showing how localized investments — through fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance — can drive public and private funding that underpins local economic expansion and sustainable development. By strengthening how finance works for poor people at the household, small enterprise, and local infrastructure levels, UNCDF contributes to SDG 1 on eradicating poverty and SDG 17 on the means of implementation. By identifying those market segments where innovative financing models can have transformational impact in helping to reach the last mile and address exclusion and inequalities of access, UNCDF contributes to a number of different SDGs.

From 2021 onwards, UNCDF will be launching a four-year program in Africa, the Pacific and the Caribbean that contributes to the deployment of digital finance solutions at the scale and speed necessary to deepen financial inclusion, accelerate economic recovery from COVID-19, and to make economies and societies more resilient to external shocks. The program will be implemented in 4 regions (West & Central Africa, East & Southern Africa, Pacific and the Caribbean) and has a strong regional and global advocacy component. The program will leverage existing teams at country, regional and global levels for the implementation and to achieve our objective.

Please visit https://www.uncdf.org for more information.

As part of its capital mandate UNCDF provides grants, loans, guarantees and technical assistance to the private sector (e.g. enterprises, firms, financial service providers), governments and not for profits (e.g. civil society/NGOs, universities/research institutes) and requires a programme management analyst to provide quality assurance to said investments.

 

Institutional Arrangement

The programme management analyst will work under the supervision of the Programme Manager (Digital Finance).

Please refer to UNCDF’s orgranigram enclosed: https://intranet.undp.org/unit/UNCDF/MSU/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?sourcedoc=/unit/UNCDF/MSU/Shared%20Documents/Human%20Resources/UNCDF%20Org%20Chart_Jan2021.pdf&action=default 

 


Duties and Responsibilities

 Scope of Work 

The programme management analyst will be responsible for providing project support to UNCDF’s IDE projects in Brussels duty station and more specifically:

Provides Quality assurance to UNCDF investments (grants, loans, garantees and technical assisstance):

•Supports UNCDF project teams in the design and review of draft Requests for Applications (RFAs) and related annexes (Technical and financial application forms, business projections, and result measurement frameworks) to ensure that the these comply with the programme’s Theory of Change, country strategy and donor requirements. RFAs will set reliable and attainable targets, and include relevant eligibility restrictions, and evaluation criteria.

•Supports UNCDF project teams in the identification and use of online tools (i.e. as Apply, Survey Monkey, Evalato, JotForm or similar.) to conduct RFAs and Innovation Challenges.

•Supports UNCDF teams in the screening, revision and evaluation of RFA applications received.

•Reviews business cases/project descriptions from UNCDF’s selected partners ensuring that the projects and solutions proposed are realistic and feasible within the context of the implementation, include relevant key performance indicators for the project’s success linked to project milestones, adequately develop a results measurement framework that integrates within UNCDF’s country monitoring and evaluation frameworks.

•Performs appraisal of the selected instructions and projects prior to approval by the investment board, including: Project design quality, Institutional capacity and commitment, financial sustainability, project governance, scalability, value for money, social and environmental standards, and risk analysis. 

•Asseses selected partners proposed project work plans, budget, results measurement and monitoring frameworks to be included as progress reports/project workbooks in the investment agreements.

 

Project Planning and Management:

•Supports UNCDF Programme Managers to ensure quality activity planning (annual, and quarterly work-plans), reporting, monitoring and evaluation of the assigned projects.

•Verifies project budgets and accounting data by researching files, calculating costs, and estimating anticipated expenditures from readily available information sources.

•Support IDE projects in the roll out of key project management tools including the areas of configuration management, reporting, risk, quality assurance, etc. 

•Reviews and update the configuration management policy and project files for IDE Brussels projects.

•Sets up project tracking schedule for key benchmarks, milestones and reports and Monitors tracking schedule to ensure timely receipt of reports.

•Briefs and consult with project managers on project progress and provide information and advice as required.

•Collects and consolidate information for project reporting, including status report, progress reports, and financial reports.


Competencies

Innovation

Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Leadership

Ability to persuade others to follow

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Communication & Relationship Management 

Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Delivery

Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement


Required Skills and Experience

Min. Academic Education

 Master’s degree in project management, economics, public/business administration, social sciences, or related discipline or the equivalent experience is mandatory.

Min. years of relevant Work experience

Two years of professional experience in project or programme implementation is mandatory.

Required  skills and competencies

Experience in supporting capital investments (i.e. grants, loans, guarantee’s, etc.) is mandatory.

 

Desired additional skills and competencies

Working knowledge of concepts to financial inclusion is preferred.
Experience working with developing countries is preferred.
Written and spoken proficiency in French is desirable.

Required Language(s) (at working level)

Written and spoken proficiency in English in required.

Professional CertificatesProfessional project management certifications such as PRINCE Project Management are preferred.



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