TA Facility (TAF) Analyst - IPSA 9 - Office-based



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Location : New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Application Deadline :28-Jun-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :2d 10h 54m
Type of Contract :IPSA (Regular)
Post Level :IPSA-9
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :Until 31 May 2023
Expected Duration of Assignment :(12 months renewable for a total of 36 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

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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.

Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.

 

Office/Unit/Project Description 

Founded by a General Assembly resolution in 1966, the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 46 least developed countries (LDCs). With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers financial solutions that try to mobilize public and private resources, both internationally and domestically, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.

UNCDF uses a combination of grant, reimbursable grant, loans, guarantees and technical assistance to support early stage businesses, SMEs, projects, microfinance institutions and municipal investments. UNCDF's investment activity is structured around on-balance-sheet catalytic investments and off-balance-sheet third party managed funds, for which UNCDF sources pipeline aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), primarily in LDCs. In response to the need to deploy different kind of risk tolerant capital, a blended finance impact fund was launched by Bamboo Capital Partners, as the result of a joint initiative between UNCDF and this private asset manager. The fund, called BUILD, is able to provide finance to an additional set of potential investees coming from UNCDF and the wider UN system. The BUILD Fund is complemented by a sidecar technical assistance (TA) vehicle, the BUILDER TA Facility which is specialized in providing pre or post investment business advisory services. Such advisory support is fundamental to de-risk financial transactions, both for UNCDF and potential co- or follow-on investors, and to maximize the developmental impact of the investment.

UNCDF’s LDC Investment Platform (LDCIP) serves as UNCDF’s center of excellence on innovative development finance by creating the conditions for investment viability in financially underserved areas, in the LDCs. The aim of the LDCIP is to be part of a system that (a) demonstrates to domestic and international investors that LDC markets can and do generate returns, provide opportunities for successful investment, and merit the attention of a wider range of investors and that (b) uses those demonstration effects to support policy and regulatory improvements which will help the scale up of investment activities.

The LDCIP team in New York now consists of eight people among which a team member managing the Technical Assistance activities. The LDCIP team is lead by a Director assisted by a Deputy Director. LDCIP has also established a country-based network of four investment specialists.

 

Institutional Arrangement

The TAF Analyst will be directly reporting to the TA Facility Manager of the LDCIP Unit in New York.


Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

The TAF Analyst role is based in New York and will support the work of the TA Facility Manager. The TAF Analyst will contribute to the development of the UNCDF’s technical assistance transactions deployment and advocate for its achievements namely with regards to SDG and impact, with a specific focus on supporting the operationalization of UNCDF’s Theory of Change, supporting TA as strategically aligned to UNCDF’s 2022-2025 Strategic Framework and impact narrative. The TAF Analyst will contribute to move TA  transactions along the  TA process cycle as well as playing a key role in the management of the TA  pipeline using the available corporate IT tools. The main functions could be summarized as:

 

Summary of key functions:

  1. Management and development of SDG and impact related TA activities
  2. TA pipeline and TA portfolio monitoring
  3. Advocacy, reporting and knowledge management

             

Detailed Description of Job Roles and Responsibilities

1) Management and development of SDG and Impact related TA activities

  • Contribute to launching and scaling impact-related activities at the TA portfolio level, as they pertain to improving UNCDF’s impact narrative
  • Support the due diligence and business need diagnostics of the potential investees
  • Support in collecting, analyzing SDG and impact data, and compiling impact reports at individual TA recipient level and at a consolidated TA portfolio level, in order to measure the results/impact of the TA initiative. This might require working with external stakeholders.
  • Support TA facility clients in the preparation of KPIs and monitoring reports.

2) TA pipeline and TA portfolio monitoring

  • Support the deployment of the pre-investment and post investment TA projects
  • Support in TA pipeline and TA portfolio monitoring along the TA cycle:
    • Support in performing TA needs analysis with a focus on ESG and impact areas
    • Support in carrying out the procurement process/recruitment of consultants 
    • Support in TA projects monitoring and TA project closing in terms (quality controls, communication flow with consultants, etc.)
    • Contributing to the drafting of TA contractual documentation for TA projects (TA term sheets, contracts with TA recipients, contracts with TA consultants or consulting firms)
  • Support in updating the TA Project database periodically.
  • Support in problem resolution with the rosters of individual consultants and consulting companies

3) Advocacy, reporting and knowledge management

  • Support in collecting, analyzing SDG and impact data, and compiling impact reports at individual TA recipient level and at a consolidated TA portfolio level, in order to measure the results/impact of the TA initiative
  • Support in preparing periodic performance reports for the entire TA portfolio  
  • Create and maintain a knowledge base management for TA projects and SDG/impact management activities with multiple formats of learning including (but not limited to) solution articles or FAQs, white papers, “wiki-TA”, tutorials, videos/photos, troubleshooting guide, etc.
  • Support in organizing convenings, events, advocacy, communication, planning, and analysis related to impact related activities and TA projects 


Competencies

Core

Achieve Results:

LEVEL 2: Scale up solutions and simplifies processes, balances speed and accuracy in doing work

Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 2: Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking

Learn Continuously:

LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning

Adapt with Agility:

LEVEL 2: Adapt processes/approaches to new situations, involve others in change process

Act with Determination:

LEVEL 2: Able to persevere and deal with multiple sources of pressure simultaneously

Engage and Partner:

LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:

LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making

 

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Thematic Area

Name

Definition

 Business management

Project Management

Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals

Business Management

Monitoring

Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and programme performance and results

Business Development

Knowledge Generation

Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need

Procurement

Data Analysis

Ability to extract, analyse and visualize procurement data to form meaningful insights and aid effective business decision making

Design thinking

Design thinking

Solving problems by putting people at the centre, visualising ideas and making them tangible in order to improve them through and iterative process of developing and testing. Strong empathy skills, being able to put yourself "in someone else's shoes", understand needs, abilities, preferences, motivations, (everyday) experiences from different perspectives as well as their cultural, social, economical and political contexts. Ability to identify and challenge assumptions, (cognitive and social) biases and dominant mental models by generating new perspectives and frames that help redefine the problem, solution and opportunity space. Being able to work with incomplete information, ambiguity and opposing views, needs and constraints and synthesise them into solutions that are viable, technically feasible and useful.

SDG Integration

 

SDG Monitoring and Reporting

Responsive investment and impact measurement

Finance

Contributions management

Ability to receive, record, report and manage contributions received


Required Skills and Experience

Min. Education requirements

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Development Studies, Economics, Finance, or Business Administration.
  • A first university degree in related fields, with two additional years of relevant experience will also be acceptable, in lieu of a master’s degree.
  • A program management diploma, or similar, is regarded as an asset.

Min. years of relevant work experience

  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience in either the blended finance/inclusive finance industry or the private sector or a mix, preferably with consulting/business advisory and/or business management expertise.
  • A minimum of 2 years experience working preferably in a development finance institution, an impact investor or similar, is highly preferable.
  • A minimum of 2 years working knowledge of ESG and impact related themes and project implementation/management is highly desirable

Required  skills

  • Communication and relationship management (Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform): Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis
  • Report Writing: Ability to prepare quality reports

Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section

Further, the interested applicants should be to demonstrate:

  • Active interest in impact investing in emerging/frontier markets and understanding of emerging market environments, opportunities and barriers to investing
  • Strong knowledge of capacity building mechanisms and funding,  and financing for sustainable development, with ability to apply them to strategic and/or practical situations.
  • Full familiarity with impact reporting standards and best practices.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment, with a willingness to traveComputer literacy, including proficient use of research and applied software.

Required Language(s)

  • Full working proficiency in English is required
  • Working proficiency in French will be considered a distinct advantage.
  • Knowledge of any other local/regional languages knowledge will be considered an asset.

Professional Certificates

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) or equivalent is an asset.


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