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Project Manager, LoOKING (GTI) 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-5|
|Languages Required :||English|
|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.
Against this backdrop, the UNCDF/LDFP (Local Development Finance Practice) works with Least Developed Country governments to: mobilize additional capital for local development including from the domestic public and private sectors (for example by promoting fiscal decentralization, increasing own revenue of local authorities and stimulating investment finance by domestic banks); design appropriate allocation mechanisms for this capital (intergovernmental fiscal transfers, public-private partnerships, structured project finance, municipal debt instruments); support local investments that provide a demonstration effect and lead to upscaling and mainstreaming of these mechanisms (including supporting UNCDF’s pipeline of investible projects); secure these investments within an accountable institutional environment that sustains and promotes local development. (legal, political, administrative, social).
UNCDF’s approach to Local Development Finance acknowledges the challenges for LDCs in enhancing local basic services, promoting local economic development and increasing local resilience to shocks in an increasingly uncertain world. The approach recognizes that LDC economies have reached levels of domestic capital (public and private) significantly greater than a decade ago. Yet underinvestment at the local level remains a feature of LDCs that is holding back structural transformation. In addition to external sources of development finance there is an additional need to find ways of channeling domestic resources for local development – including in rapidly growing urban areas.
To support LDCs facing this challenge, UNCDF has developed LoOKING (Locally Owned Knowledge = Inclusive Growth), a diagnostic and policy roadmap to reduce poverty and vulnerability through local economic development. LoOKING combines three root assessments to produce a consolidated picture of local development: (1) LoOKING at the big picture: A mapping of the distribution of public expenditure and of economic and social functions across a territory to identify bottlenecks and potential efficiency gains. Various tools can be combined for this mapping, however in all cases the Local Public Sector Initiative (LPSI) tool is used to provide a baseline. (2) LoOKING at the local institutional and financial potential. (3) An assessment of local government’s own revenue potential and existing capacities of local governments and local public institutions combined with a systematic review of their public expenditure management capacity. It will be applied to a sample of local governments, both rural and urban. These three assessments are blended together to produce the overall LoOKING diagnosis of the “state of local development” overall aim is to develop a road map for initiatives that strengthen local institutions, promote local economic development and the provision of local infrastructure and devise a plan of action to improve delivery of services and local economic development.
Reporting to the Director of Local Development Finance, the Programme Manager, LoOKING will be responsible for the development and management of the LoOKING GTI Programme. This project will be rolled out in selected LDCs in coordination with the respective UNCDF country team and Regional Technical Advisor. LoOKING will be implemented together with LDC government partners and with associated development partners and networks of local authorities, building on the platform and reputation of UNCDF’s support to fiscal decentralization and local development over a 20 year period.
The incumbent is accountable for the identification and implementation of Cross-Practice collaboration with FIPA and the sound articulation of country-level opportunities within UNCDF corporate strategy while ensuring gender equality and empowerment of women in strategic and operational activities of UNCDF. In doing so, she/he must translate corporate strategy into country programming and regional positioning, ensuring the development of synergies of technical/programme support and relationships with LDCs through a sound collaboration with UNDP and the UNCT at the regional and country levels.
In close collaboration with the UNCDF Directorate and the PPCU (Partnerships, Policy and Communications Unit) the incumbent should actively contribute to the development and implementation of UNCDF strategy for partnering with UN Agencies around UNDAF, Post 2015 and other potential joint programming opportunities at HQs and at the global, regional and country office levels.
RTAs, CTAs and GTI Managers (Global Technical Initiatives) will work together, with one RTA designated as the primus inter pares who will facilitate inter alia UNCDF coordination in its regional integration, partnership outreach and business development, UN representation, technical collaboration, and on-site prioritization (as needed) of the work of local support staff. While RTA/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:
Provide technical leadership and policy advice in the area of local development finance diagnistics - in particular in relation to infrastructure & service provision, local economic development and the strengthening of local government and municipal capacity in Least Developed Countries; This is about constructively engaging with central and local government and key stakeholders. The functions include:
Provide leadership in applying business development strategies, tools and intelligence, to build and maintain technical partnerships, capitalize on business opportunities and mobilization resources for the LOOKING diagnostic. This is about proactively leading resource mobilization for the Municipal Finance Initiative. The functions include:
Provide technical project oversight, quality control and supervision for the municipal finance project – contributing to the achievement of corporate and project objectives. This is about accountability for the performance, results and impact of the UNCDF Local Development Finance activities. The functions include:
Provide technical leadership in policy development and knowledge management in the areas of local economic development, municipal finance and associated thematic areas including in Financing For Development, the implementation of the SDGs and the development strategies of Least Developed Countries. This is about contributing to the global debate on Local Development Finance and sharing knowledge from UNCDF activities in this regard. The functions include:
Provide technical support and advice to the LDFP Director and to UNCDF Senior Management on UNCDF corporate initiatives and activities. This includes leadership in the active acquisition and sharing of business-sensitive knowledge in local development and local public finance. This is about supporting the leadership of the Local Development Finance Practice and UNCDF senior management with technical and other contributions. The functions include:
Impact of Results
The LDFP LOOKING Manager will have a major impact on the overall effectiveness and growth of UNCDF’s support to urban development finance in LDCs. This is measured through achieving LDFP Business Plan objectives. These include the policy impact, the leveraging of additional resources for local development and the positive impact of the projects themselves. The performance of the Project Manager will have a major impact on the reputation of UNCDF as partner to the LDCs and as a centre of excellence in Local Development Finance. Success in engaging key actors, in strategic partnerships and in joint programming of local development and public finance projects will contribute to the development goals of partner countries. Results will also have a significant impact on resource mobilization for UNCDF and its capacity UNCDF to expand coverage to other LDCs and provide advisory services to non-LDCs.
Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda
Influencing the public policy agenda
Results-Based Programme Development and Management
Achieving results through programme design and innovative resourcing strategies
Building Strategic Partnerships
Building strategic alliances
Innovation and Marketing New Approaches
Fostering innovation in others
Developing resource mobilization strategies at country level
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Participating in the development of policies and innovative approaches and promoting their application throughout the organization
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
Expert knowledge of own discipline
Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNCDF’s Goals
Influencing global and national initiatives
Meeting long-term client needs
Required Skills and Experience
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