Chief Technical Expert ASSIST (Accelerating SDGs Investments in Indonesia)


Location : Jakarta, INDONESIA
Application Deadline :25-Oct-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :IPSA (Regular)
Post Level :IPSA-10
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Jul-2021
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

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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.

Travel:

a) UNDP 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.
b) Include any official travel expected to be associated with performing the functions

Office/Unit/Project Description:  

The National Mid-Term Development Plan (RPJMN) 2020-2024 reflects the Government of Indonesia’s (GOI) strong commitment to achieving the SDGs while making a significant shift towards low-carbon economic transformation and intensifying efforts to address underfunded sectors such as sanitation and developing the blue economy. Despite the many advances pre-COVID-19, a GOI study  indicated that an estimated USD 4.7 trillion (tn) of funding is required to achieve the SDGs.

The Joint Programme (JP) “Driving Public and Private Capital Towards Green and Social Investments in Indonesia / Accelerating SDGs Investments in Indonesia (ASSIST)” brings four UN agencies (UNDP, UNEP, UNICEF, and UNIDO) together to support the GoI to meet its SDG targets. This support will be delivered by (1) taking proven and new financing instruments to scale through the provision of pre- and post-transactions technical assistance for three financing instruments: thematic bonds, blended finance instrument, and SDG-linked loans, and (2) providing capacity building to relevant stakeholders (e.g. GoI, Local Governments (LGs), Financial Institutions, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises or SMEs) to improve institutional capacities to access and utilize finance towards the achievement of the SDGs.

The interventions will build on and take to scale successful UN programmes taking into account the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. This will result in a reduction in the financing gap and accelerating Indonesia’s SDGs achievement through increased financing from innovative financing mechanisms and instruments from both government and non-government sources (e.g., public, private, and Islamic capital). The JP has the potential to assist the GoI and other key stakeholders to achieve the identified programmatic outcomes during the period of 2021-2024.  

The Project Management Unit (PMU) ASSIST will be hosted in UNDP’s Innovative Finance Lab (IFL) and will be led by a National Project Manager (NPM), supported by a Chief Technical Expert. The PMU will own daily management, with regular meetings (leveraging travel and technology) to drive cross-programme cohesion. PMU will also maintain a programme management dashboard to monitor updates and progress on both outcome and output level milestones. The PMU will also undertake other non-technical functions such as finance, admin, communication, and other support functions.

The Chief Technical Expert (CTE) post will support the National Project Manager in the development and management of the Joint Programme and will report to the Head of IFL. The main role of the CTE is to provide key guidance to project managers and technical coordinators, forge new partnerships with development partners and the private sector to strengthen the JP, while also providing project assurance and technical assistance to projects when required as well as conducting overall monitoring and other relevant operational functions. The CTE is also expected to manage effective communication with the Secretariat of Joint SDG Fund, RC Office, and PUNOs focal points. The CTE will work in close collaboration with programme and operations units in the PMU, as well as with Government officials, multi-lateral and bilateral donors and civil society to successfully implement the JP.


Institutional Arrangement:

Chief Technical Expert (CTE) post will support the National Project Manager in the development and management of the Joint Programme and will report to the Head of IFL. The CTE also expected to manage effective communication with the Secretariat of Joint SDG Fund, RC Office, and PUNOs focal points. The CTE will work in close collaboration with programme and operations units in the PMU, as well as with Government officials, multi-lateral and bilateral donors and civil society to successfully implement the JP.


Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

a)Provision of strategic input for design and implementation of  programme/ projectsfocusing on achievement of the following results:

•Provide strategic recommendations for the development of relevant programme/project proposals in line with UNDP’s Country Programme and support to innovation and SDG finance area. 
•Provide policy advice and technical support to the design and implementation of programmes/projects in the portfolio through consultation with the Government, donors, UN agencies, NGOs/CSOs and other partners. 
•Support the formulation exercise by facilitating engagement with stakeholders, inputs from relevant advisors and consultants, and proper preparation of project/programme documents in line with UNDP’s procedures. 
•Undertake analysis of the programme/project portfolio to assess its effectiveness in contributing to the intended outcomes, and develop strategies to address identified weaknesses.
•In close consultation with the relevant outcome board(s), identify areas for support and intervention within the outcome areas assigned and any need for outcome level revisions that may be necessary to maintain UNDP’s relevance within the context of the country’s evolving development situation.
•Develop capacity development strategies to enhance the quality and impact of programmes/projects under his/her supervision.
•Ensures gender-related economic, environmental, public research and analysis, to contribute to the formulation of policies, programme interventions, procedures, guidelines and tools


b)Project Management 

•Provide support to ensure effective management of large and strategic national and regional programmes and projects.
•Ensure effective application of RBM tools and project/programme monitoring and evaluation procedures and guidelines to promote achievement of outcome level results. This includes financial and substantive monitoring and evaluation of the projects using quarterly monitoring reports (QMRs) and Internal Project Assurance Reports (IPAR).
•In collaboration with the project management units, oversee the development of project annual workplans, including detailed plans for procurement and recruitment of goods and services.
•Monitor ASSIST projects to ensure they are progressing according to plan, and assist project authorities to problem-solve and implement corrective measures. 
•Oversee all stages of project management, including initiation of the project, presentation of the project to the Project Appraisal Committee, entering project data into UNDP’s Enterprise Resource Planning system (Atlas), finalization of donor contribution agreements, coordination of project and budget revisions, and closure of projects based on corporate procedures. 
•Ensure proper follow up on audit recommendations. 
•Assist in the preparation of project reports for donors.
•To make sure implementation of gender equality accountability framework and Gender equality Results Based management at project level i.e. performance management, gender marker assignment in web based system ATLAS , reporting, etc

c) Knowledge Sharing

•Recommend entry points for knowledge generation and knowledge sharing based on programme/project experiences, and, when appropriate, make contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice
•Identify key sources of information and best practices for projects and thematic issues within the portfolio and facilitate access to this information by programme and project staff and other relevant counterparts. Establish and/or expand knowledge and advocacy networks which are linked to thematic issues or projects within the portfolio.
•In coordination with the Programme Manager, prepare briefs, talking points, and other documents as required by UNDP Headquarters, UN agencies and other stakeholders. 
•Ensure that key programme and project results data and promotional material are available to showcase the progress, achievements and impacts of UNDP’s work in the innovation and SDG finance area. 
•Lead training for project staff as necessary on UNDP operational/ project policies and procedures.
•Conducts internal capacity building training for project staff to facilitate appropriate management and timely delivery of project outputs including in gender analysis and gender mainstreaming
•Effective contribution to the  national and global network  for gender mainstreaming learning and knowledge sharing 


d)The incumbent of the position should avoid any kind of discriminatory behavior including gender discrimination and ensure that  

•Human rights and gender equality is prioritized as an ethical principle within all actions;
•Activities are designed and implemented in accordance with “Social and Environmental Standards of UNDP”;
•Any kind of diversities based on ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, class, gender are respected within all implementations including data production;
•Differentiated needs of women and men are considered;
•Inclusive approach is reflected within all actions and implementations, in that sense an enabling and accessible setup in various senses such as disability gender language barrier is created;
•Necessary arrangements to provide gender parity within all committees, meetings, trainings etc. introduced.


Competencies

Core:

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
Technical/Functional

TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES:
Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise:

Results Based Management
Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable results

Monitoring and Evaluation
Knowledge of methodologies, assessment tools, systems and apply practical experience in planning, monitoring, evaluating and reporting and ability to apply to practical situations

Technical Advisory
Capacity to assess scope of request for advisory services, prepare detailed TORs, brief and manage a variety of technical consultants; assess quality of services provided by technical consultants and take remedial measures as appropriate

Quality Assurance
Ability to perform administrative and procedural activities to ensure that quality requirements and goals are fulfilled

Collaboration and Partnership
Ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside (Programmes/projects) or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support.  Sets overall direction for the formation and management of strategic relationships contributing to the overall positioning of UNDP
Resource Mobilization
Ability to identify and organize programmes  and projects to implement solutions and generate resources

Learning and Development
Knowledge of enterprise learning and development issues, concepts, and principles, and ability to apply them to enhance the fulfillment and performance of employees

Gender Issues and Analysis
Knowledge of gender issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations, including analysis of projects from a gender perspective 


Required Skills and Experience

Min. Academic Education

  • Minimum Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, Finance, Social Science, Engineering, Development Studies or related field.

Min. years of relevant Work experience

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant professional experience, preferably in the field of Sustanable development, development finance, sustainable finance, innovative finance, climate change, policy analysis, or other related areas.

Required  skills and competencies

  • Experience in designing, implementing and monitoring programmes/initiatives in the field of sustainable development, development finance, sustainable finance, innovative finance, climate change, policy analysis in developing countries;
  •  Experience in working with other UN agencies, other development partners, government on programming in relation to climate change and innovative finance;
  • Strong knowledge on private sector finance for national and international implementation, such as capital market, impact investment, blended finance, SME, etc
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills;
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills;

Desirable skills

  • Experience of working with the Government (e.g. Ministries of Finance, Economy and Planning, etc), financial institutions, development partners, private sector, CSO, universities on SDG and development finance will be an advantage.
  • Experience in working with UN agencies, other development partners, government on programming in relation to climate change and innovative finance would be desirable
  • Knowledge and experience of UN Common System is an advantage.
  • Experience working in the Asia-Pacific region, especially in Indonesia, is highly desirable.

Required Language(s) (at working level)

  • Proficiency in English. Working knowledge of other UN language desirable. Basic knowledge of bahasa Indonesia would be an advantage.



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