Private Public Partnerships (PPP) Specialist

Addis Ababa

Background Information - Job-specific

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is the central resource for the United Nations system in procurement and contract management, as well as in civil works and physical infrastructure development. It focuses its action on the areas of its mandate established by the General Assembly and its Executive Council, while collaborating with other United Nations agencies, funds and programmes on joint projects.

UNOPS supports local and national governments to maximize the efficiency of public investment, promote transparency, fight corruption and adapt to each country the best practices available worldwide in order to strengthen national capacities in the areas of procurement, public infrastructure and project management. 

With over 8,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, where they need it.  By implementing around 1,000 projects for our partners at any given time, UNOPS makes significant contributions to results on the ground, often in the most challenging environments.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, UNOPS adapts its approach to local context, providing a broad range of strategic solutions to improve member countries efforts in achieving the priorities of the Agenda 2030. Beyond its regular activities, it works in order to preserve and value the wealth of natural, cultural and human resources and to reduce gaps as inequality.

UNOPS has been recently offering PPP Advisory Services in order to strengthen public sector capabilities in the development of Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiatives.

Through its PPP portfolio, UNOPS is developing advisory services in infrastructure finance with private sector funding and operations. This includes public-private partnerships, concessions, management contracts, loans and other partnerships to support the national and local governments to address the challenge on how to prioritize and finance the infrastructure investment needed. 

Therefore, UNOPS is now recruiting PPP Specialists with relevant experience in the development PPP projects.

The duties and responsibilities of the Private Public Partnerships Specialist Level 1 are similar to that of the Private Public Partnerships Specialist Level 2, with the difference in grades being determined by the project complexity. A Private Public Partnerships Specialist at this level would be a main contributor of the PPP specialist team for one or more UNOPS Level 1 project(s).

Functional Responsibilities

UNOPS is looking for PPP Specialist with relevant experience within one or more areas described bellow:

a)       Business development and project management within PPPs/ infrastructure management

  • Prepare and execute a plan to expand the area of services of PPP and Infrastructure Finance of UNOPS;
  • Experience in dealing with government clients, investors and multiple stakeholders of PPP/infrastructure projects;
  • Experience in successfully managing diverse project teams in multiple transactions, specially leading and integrating the different areas of work within a PPP/ infrastructure project (legal, financial, technical, etc);
  • Establish solid working relationship with the project board, client and key stakeholders;
  • Manage communications and ensure stakeholders are aware of project activities, progress, exceptions and are in a position to accept handover products;
  • Advise the client on issues that may impact the achievement of their outcomes (including issues of sustainability and post project requirements such as maintenance);
  • Develop of investment promotion proposals;
  • Manage the execution of competitive, transparent tender processes, and the resultant finalization of contractual agreements between investors and partners.

b)      PPP Financial modelling

  • Support on the definition and data collection for specific conditions for infrastructure projects (roads, railroads, sewage, etc) as well as public infrastructure (hospitals, prisons, schools, etc);
  • Develop pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, value-for-money analysis, public-private comparator, project screening matrixes, decision models, risk assessment and matrixes;
  • Demand forecast studies;
  • Income forecast studies, remuneration model for the private partner and public sector payment models according to Brazilian PPP and Concession Legal Framework;
  • Macroeconomic and financial assessment;
  • Capital Asset Pricing Modeling;
  • Debt and equity modeling, including assessment of different types of investment financing (loans, bonds, etc.);
  • Collect and insert physical and financial schedule (investments) in the model, as well as all operational premises (costs, expenses, etc.);
  • Investment return modeling for shareholders over the term of the concession (distribution of dividends, reduction of capital, etc.);
  • Performance based payments model linked to financial modelling;
  • Develop all financial statements for the project;
  • Perform other financial analysis as necessary for the project;
  • The modeling should be prepared and allow sensibility analysis for main figures;
  • The model should include a “Control Panel” with main assumptions and figures of the project;

c)       PPP Legal framework modelling

  • Project legal feasibility studies, including risk assessment and matrix, services regulation and other legal aspects involved in PPP/ infrastructure project;
  • Develop legal framework for guarantees and project finance;
  • Develop public tender framework and legal documents for PPP/ infrastructure projects (call for proposal, contracts, reference model etc);
  • Support and advise the partners during procurement processes (Q&A, assessment of proposals, elaboration of data room, etc);
  • Support the renegotiation of PPP contracts.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

a)      Education

  • Masters in Finance, Law or related areas;
  • Alternatively, Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Economics, Engineering, Law or related areas plus 04 years of experience will be accepted in lieu of a Master’s degree;
  • Formal learning in Financial Modeling and IFRS applied to Infrastructure is a plus.

b)      Experience

  • A minimum of 02 years of relevant experience in the development of Financial Modeling at the Concession/ PPPs, Project Finance or Valuation modalities in the infrastructure sector;
  • Proven consulting experience in developing Financial Modeling at the Concession/ PPPs, Project Finance or Valuation modalities in at least 02 projects in the infrastructure sector.

c)       Language

  • Fluency in Spanish and English is required
  • Fluency in Portuguese is an asset

Competencies

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. 
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement (IICA)

Contract level: IICA-1 Regular (ICSC-09)

Contract duration: 12 months. The first contract will be issued for 3 months. 
Duty Station: Home-based. It is desirable that candidates are from Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay or Chile. 

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx


Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time, 07 pm in Argentina. 
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

UNOPS is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Qualified professional female candidates, indigenous, afrodescandants and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Background Information - UNOPS

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is the central resource for the United Nations system in procurement and contract management, as well as in civil works and physical infrastructure development. It focuses its action on the areas of its mandate established by the General Assembly and its Executive Council, while collaborating with other United Nations agencies, funds and programmes on joint projects.

UNOPS supports local and national governments to maximize the efficiency of public investment, promote transparency, fight corruption and adapt to each country the best practices available worldwide in order to strengthen national capacities in the areas of procurement, public infrastructure and project management. 

With over 8,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, where they need it.  By implementing around 1,000 projects for our partners at any given time, UNOPS makes significant contributions to results on the ground, often in the most challenging environments.

In Latin America and the Caribbean, UNOPS adapts its approach to local context, providing a broad range of strategic solutions to improve member countries efforts in achieving the priorities of the Agenda 2030. Beyond its regular activities, it works in order to preserve and value the wealth of natural, cultural and human resources and to reduce gaps as inequality.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Addis Ababa
  • Grade: IICA-1, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
  • Closing Date: 2017-07-11

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