SDG Finance Advisor and INFF Team Lead - IPSA 12

Location : Home based
Application Deadline :07-Dec-22 (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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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.

  1. Office/Unit/Project Description


Countries around the world are using integrated national financing frameworks (INFFs) to build a more sustainable financing architecture at the country level. INFFs help governments to deepen the integration between national planning and financing policies, mobilize and align both public and private financing with the SDGs, and strengthen the governance of financing.


UNDP’s Sustainable Finance Hub (SFH) was established to aggregate UNDP’s work and expertise on SDG financing and to offer a comprehensive package of tools and support that enables governments, the private sector and international financial institutions to accelerate financing for the SDGs.


Integrated national financing frameworks are one of SFH’s five service offers. The Hub supports UNDP regional bureaus and country offices across all regions in more than 80 countries to work with governments and other partners at the national level to inform, shape, operationalize and implement INFFs.


In April 2022, UNDP joined UNDESA and the OECD, the EU, Italy and Sweden, to launch the INFF Facility. The Facility brokers support in response to country demand for technical assistance in the design and delivery of INFFs, facilitates country exchange and access to technical guidance, and builds partnerships to support country-led INFFs.


The SDG Finance Advisor and INFF Team Lead will manage the global INFF team within UNDP’s Sustainable Finance Hub and as part of the INFF Facility. They will be responsible for shaping and delivering a strategy for the team that supports governments to deliver effective INFFs, working through UNDP’s country offices and regional bureaus; strengthens the position of UNDP and the INFF Facility as go-to partners on INFFs; and builds and deepens collaboration with partners to support country-led INFFs.


Institutional Arrangement

The SDG Finance Advisor and INFF Team Lead will work under the supervision of the Chief of Programme in the Sustainable Finance Hub at UNDP HQ in New York.


Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work


Lead UNDP’s global INFF Team and role in the INFF Facility

  • Manage the global INFF team within UNDP’s Sustainable Finance Hub and as part of the INFF Facility, overseeing the delivery and effective dissemination of flagship INFF products, events and other outputs.
  • Manage the delivery of INFF support services on financing strategies, reforms, development finance assessments, other INFF building blocks and other technical assistance; the facilitation of exchange between countries; and the knowledge platform as a central hub on INFFs.
  • Manage UNDP projects within the frame of the INFF Facility, including oversight of planning, budgeting, delivery and reporting to funders.
  • Lead engagement with a growing range of funders, implementers and other partners involved in the INFF Facility.
  • Ensure growing connection between INFF support and services across UNDP, within the Sustainable Finance Hub and beyond, including coordinating with other members of the INFF Facility secretariat to deliver the INFF Facility work programme, building deeper integration of activities between partners.
  • Feed into and shape the strategic direction of the INFF Facility as a whole.


Financing for sustainable development thought leadership

  • Lead the development of new thinking and knowledge on integrated approaches to financing for sustainable development challenges.
  • Drive cutting-edge analysis that shapes the narrative on INFFs.
  • Build a growing body of analytical work on the role that integrated approaches to financing play in addressing key challenges for sustainable recovery and the SDGs.
  • Oversee the production of a suite of analytical products that reinforce the position of UNDP and the INFF Facility as thought leaders on financing for sustainable development.


Support regional teams and country offices to advance INFFs at the country level

  • Manage the provision of technical support to regional bureaus and country offices to advance the development of INFFs in more than 80 countries and help new countries to explore the approach.
  • Build deeper connection between the global INFF Facility and regional SDG financing initiatives and platforms.
  • Support the delivery of effective country exchange at the regional and cross-regional levels.
  • Manage a growing community of practice on INFFs within UNDP, facilitating exchange and building capacity among practitioners within UNDP.


Build partnerships that expand the INFF community

  • Expand the network of partners and stakeholders that are engaged in supporting country-led INFFs.
  • Build and deepen partnerships with IFIs, bilateral partners, UN agencies and other actors to strengthen their engagement with INFF processes at the country level.
  • Ensure strong representation of UNDP and the INFF Facility in global processes such as the FFD process, G20, COP and others, to share information on INFFs and strengthen the positioning of the INFF Facility and UNDP as go-to partners.


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



  1. Competencies



Achieve Results:

LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact

Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems

Learn Continuously:

LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences

Adapt with Agility:

LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands

Act with Determination:

LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results

Engage and Partner:

LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:

LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity



Cross-Functional & Technical competencies


Thematic Area



Business Management

Project Management

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


Business Direction & Strategy


Strategic Thinking

Ability to leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends; to demonstrate foresight in order to model what future developments and possible ways forward look like for UNDP


Business Management


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 Direction & Strategy

Negotiation and Influence

Ability to reach an understanding, persuade others, resolve points of difference, gain advantage in the outcome of dialogue, negotiates mutually acceptable solutions through compromise and creates win-win situations


Partnership management

Relationship management

Ability to engage with a wide range of public and private partners, build, sustain and/or strengthen working relations, trust and mutual understanding


2030 Agenda: SDG Partnerships

SDG Finance

Mobilization and coordination of support for post-crisis recovery and reconstruction processes


2030 Agenda: SDG Partnerships

SDG Finance

Public Sector Finance (Tax and domestic resource mobilization, public financial management and public expenditure)










•Face up to organizational and people problems

•Not be afraid to take decision and action when and as needed

•Not hold back anything that needs to be said, respectfully and diplomatically

•Address conflict in a timely manner, not allow conflicts in teams linger

•Help others through emotional or tense situations, tactfully bringing disagreements into the open and finding solutions all can endorse

Demonstrate Empathy and Emotional   Intelligence   

•Genuinely care about people; demonstrate empathy with joys and pains of others

•Enable the wellbeing of the team(s)

•Read a group’s emotional currents and power relationships, identifying influencers, networks, and organizational dynamics; adapt leadership styles at the appropriate times

•See the positive in people, situations, and events

Motivate and Direct 

•Create and communicate a compelling vision and purpose

•Align people and resources with organizational vision, strategy, objectives

•Understand and proactively builds the team/organization culture

Build an Enabling  Workplace   

•Create a working environment where people are engaged and want to do their best; empower and enables team members to perform and have a positive workplace experience

•Promote honestly, openness, trust and psychological safety and create opportunities to innovate and learn

•Recruit and promotes individuals based upon objective measures and meritocracy; acknowledge and utilise the talent of others Encourage collective action and integration

Build Capability 

•Identify and develop talent in individuals, providing positive support to enable them to achieve their potential

•Foster learning or development of others by giving feedback, guidance, and support; support career development of others

•Have willingness and ability to delegate to help people learn, including from failure

Manage Performance

and Ensure  Accountability 

•Ensure regular conversations with people about work

•Provide positive and constructive feedback

•Discuss poor performance in a timely manner

•Provide praise and recognition, as well as ensure accountability

Lead with Humility   

•Be authentic and transparent, act with integrity

•Be accessible and available to team members they lead

•Encourages debate and discussion, creating a culture where people are comfortable to challenge senior leaders and feel listened too

•Be modest, giving credit for success to others and admit own shortcomings

Required Skills and Experience

  1. Minimum Qualifications of the Successful IPSA



Min. Academic Education

Master’s degree in economics, public policy, social sciences or related discipline, required

Min. years of relevant Work experience

Minimum 10 years of experience in sustainable development financing, policy analysis, public finance, private sector development, strategic planning and budgeting, capacity building and advisory services; including:

Required skills

  • Minimum 7 years of experience supporting government agencies or development partners in the area of financing for development; required.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience supporting country level public policy reforms in close collaboration with central government agencies, demonstrating ability to lead consultations with senior government officials; required.

Desired additional skills and competencies

  • Previous experience working on integrated national financing frameworks; desired.
  • Previous experience managing a team to deliver technical support or research in financing for development; desired.
  • Previous experience working within the UN system and with UNDP country offices; desired.

Required Language(s)

Fluency in English, required

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