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Operations Analyst (UNCDF)
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Brussels, BELGIUM|
|Application Deadline :||27-Feb-15 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||P-2|
|Languages Required :||English French|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||One year (renewable)|
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.
The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is a UN organization with a capital mandate (unique in the UN System) focused on reducing poverty and inequality first and foremost in the least developed countries (“LDC”s). To support the realization of UNCDF’s Business Plan and drive the rapid expansion of the organization’s capacity to assist LDCs to meet their graduation goals, respond to LDC demand for its services, and increase its geographical coverage of and average investment size in LDCs, UNCDF requires a partnership and business development strategy. This strategy encompasses specific, and interlinked, strategies for partnerships, branding and communications, and resource mobilization, which capitalize on mandate-specific partnership building, inter-governmental/client relations, and specific business development opportunities.
Despite the rapid growth of the microfinance industry in the past ten years, it is estimated that between two and three billion people still lack access to a broad range of financial products and services on a sustainable basis. The situation is particularly dire in the LDCs, where often more than 90 per cent of the population is denied access to financial services from the formal financial system. UNCDF focuses its strategy on Financial inclusion, which is universal access, at a reasonable cost, to a wide range of financial services, provided by a variety of sound and sustainable institutions. The range of financial services includes savings, short and long-term credit, leasing and factoring, mortgages, insurance, pensions, payments, local money transfers and international remittances.
Mobile Money for the Poor (MM4P)
With support from Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (“DFAT” formerly AusAid), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the MasterCard Foundation (MCF), UNCDF manages Mobile Money for the Poor (MM4P), a global thematic initiative that addresses the opportunities and challenges of implementing branchless banking and mobile money in challenging markets in Africa and Asia.
MM4P’s long-term mission is to help low income and rural households in LDCs increase their financial security through appropriate, affordable and secure means to receive, manage and save money through these “digital finance” (DF). To do so, its intermediate goal is to help build inclusive digital financial sectors such that a wide range of digital financial services are provided responsibly, and at reasonable cost, by sustainable institutions in a well-regulated environment. UNCDF’s starts by defining the different stages of a market’s development and the range of interventions needed at different levels (i.e. macro, meso, micro, client) to move it across the stages. This combines a making markets work for the poor approach with UNCDF’s traditional operational model of directly supporting the most crucial level – retail service providers.
MM4P is currently implementing this programme in eight countries (Benin, Laos, Nepal, Liberia, Malawi, Senegal, Uganda and Zambia).
Under the overall guidance and supervision of the CTA MM4P-Programme Manager the Operations Manager (Analyst) is responsible for the effective delivery of operational services. These include the management of the programme’s logistics and procurement, finances and human resources, ICT, and the support to UN system common services consistent with the UNCDF rules and regulations.
The incumbent, acts as a supervisor of the operations team in the Project Management Unit (PMU) and promotes a collaborative, client-focused, quality and results-oriented approach in the Unit. She/he ensures the smooth functioning of the Project office programme and operations activities. As well as the consistent delivery of services performing ongoing analysis and readjustment of the operations taking into account emerging needs and changes in the UNCDF office in Brussels.
The Operations Manager also works in close collaboration with the programme team, HQ and field teams, UNDP, government counterparts and other UN agencies to ensure the successful and efficient implementation of operational policies, procedures and audit recommendations.
The incumbent will also be entrusted with the identification of opportunities for collaboration and mainstreaming of operational activities with the UNCDF Brussels Liaison Office and other UNCDF Operational Units (MSU in HQ) as well as liaise with PMSU in corporate reporting and quality assurance processes . In this regard the incumbent will engage in the identification of operational options for the MM4P GTI Project and the engagement of collaborative mainstreaming processes with UNCDF and UNDP to enable the sustainability of operations. In close collaboration with the UNCDF Directorate and the PPCU (Partnerships, Policy and Communications Unit) the incumbent should also actively contribute to update donor reporting as regards the MM4P programme.
While GTI staff will continue to report to their respective Practices (and operations support staff to MSU), work processes and incentives (including through performance assessment) will be put in place to drive active engagement, dialogue, and prioritization for country engagement so as to gain coherence, optimize resource use, and facilitate greater flow of information.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of key functions
Ensures the elaboration and implementation of efficient and mainstreamed operational strategies (for Programmes, Projects and the Brussels office) focusing on the achievement of the following results:
Manages and guides financial processes for the programme focusing on achievement of the following results:
Manages the implementation of human resources processes (internal and projects) focusing on achievement of the following results:
Manages and guides procurement and logistical services focusing on achievement of the following results:
Supervises the provision of information and communication technologies services focusing on achievement of the following results:
Supports common services organization and management, establishment of partnerships with other UN Agencies focusing on achievement of the following results:
Impact of Results:
The key results have an impact on the overall economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of CO operations as it relates to the use of corporate resources in the following areas:
Building Strategic Partnerships
Maintaining a network of contacts
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Basic research and analysis
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
Fundamental knowledge of own discipline
Promoting Organizational Change and Development
Basic research and analysis
Design And Implementation of Management Systems
Research and analysis and making recommendations on management systems
Establishing effective client relationships
Promoting Accountability and Results-Based Management
Required Skills and Experience
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