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Partnerships & Programme Finance Specialist

Kabul (Afghanistan)

Background

In line with the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan, UNDP helps countries to achieve sustainable development by eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, accelerating structural transformations for sustainable development and building resilience to crises and shock. The work of UNDP in 170 countries around the world is anchored in diverse and effective partnerships, which are vital to our two critical roles at country level: (a) as an integrator across policy, programmatic and organizational silos; and (b) as an operational backbone for the United Nations and other partners.

The primary role of UNDP is to support country-led efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda, as part of the UN Development System (UNDS), focusing on poverty eradication as the highest priority. UNDP support programme countries in their efforts to successfully address diverse development challenges, from addressing basic development needs to achieving structural transformations for sustainable development, and preventing and recovering from shocks, crises and conflicts by strengthening development pathways.

As a recent strategic review of UN assistance to Afghanistan points out, Afghanistan is a country in conflict. Nonetheless, the review also underlines that institution-building and development can still occur in the context of the ongoing conflict. But this requires the integration of conflict prevention, conflict resolution and peace-building into the three pillars of the work of the United Nations, i.e. peace & security, human rights, and development. This integration is reflected in UNDP’s work in Afghanistan.  In line with the Strategic Plan, UNDP works for development and recovery choices that reduce vulnerability and contribute a development perspective to strengthen humanitarian and peace-building responses, in order to strengthen the continuum from relief to rehabilitation and development. UNDP ultimately works to create economic and social conditions that can lead to self-reliance and sustain an eventual negotiated peace.

UNDP has been an important development partner for Afghanistan.  And since 2002, UNDP's portfolio has been predominantly 'supply-driven' and financed by assistance in support of stabilization & security objectives of the government and the international community. Over the next decade, this is projected to change. Already overall levels of international assistance have been declining and traditional development assistance will increasingly become more important. How this transition is managed will influence the ability of UNDP Afghanistan as the integrator and operational backbone of the UNDS in the country.

To this end, working within the Integrated Results Team (IRT) under the Executive Office of UNDP Afghanistan, the Partnership and Programme Financing Specialist, is responsible to for leading and maintaining strategic programme partnerships with the donor community in Afghanistan, amidst this transition. This means the preparation of partnership strategies and a programme financing framework. In addition, this function is critical to support the smooth transition of LOTFA to the next phase.

The Partnership and Programme Financing Specialist will work under the supervision and guidance of the Senior Deputy Country Director for Programmes. The Specialist is expected to build, nurture and maintain effective internal working relations, with the Chief of the Planning, Strategic Results Team (PSRT), the Chief Financial Officer, and the Chiefs of the different Programme Units and/or Operations Units.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

  • Lead the maintenance of positive working partnerships with international donors operating in Afghanistan;
  • Engage donors to identify emerging opportunities for programmatic collaboration and coordination with Government, UN agencies, and other stakeholders in support of Afghanistan national priorities;
  • Lead the preparation and implementation of an overall partnerships strategy, donor-specific partnership strategies, and the Country Programme financing framework;
  • Monitor the status of the overall partnerships strategy, donor-specific partnership strategies, the Country Programme financing framework, and their organizational implications;
  • Perform other duties as required by the Senior Deputy Country Director for Programme.

Lead the maintenance of positive working relationships with international donors operating in Afghanistan:

  • Build, nurture and maintain effective external working relations with the international donor community;
  • Set-up opportunities to periodically engage the donors in both formal and informal programme dialogue;
  • Support, when required, the preparation of consolidated donor reports on the status of their contributions and commitments across the Country Programme and programme portfolios.

Engage donors to identify emerging opportunities for programmatic collaboration and coordination with Government, UN agencies, and other stakeholders in support of Afghanistan national priorities:

  • Identify emerging programme opportunities in support of the programme and project pipeline and the Country Programme Document (CPD);
  • Conduct regular mapping of donor priorities with regard to peace-building, stabilization, and development vis-a-vis Government and UN/UNDP programme priorities;
  • From the engagement with donors, advise Senior Management how best to position UNDP in Afghanistan, given the changing development assistance landscape;
  • Advise Senior Management on opportunities to engage non-traditional donors and to expand the existing donor base.

Lead the preparation and implementation of an overall partnerships strategy, donor-specific partnership strategies, and the Country Programme financing framework:

  • Lead the preparation and periodic updating of an overall partnerships strategy and donor-specific partnership strategies;
  • Strengthen Country Office capacity to collect and analyze partnership-related information as well as to maintain positive relationships with donors;
  • Based on in-depth knowledge of national environments, identify targeted activities to systematically engage donor countries’ national budgetary and other decision-making processes;
  • Facilitate the formulation and support to joint UNDP-donor communication strategies, when possible;
  • Lead the preparation of a multiyear rolling Country Programme financing framework;
  • Participate in the development of a financing model for UNDP Afghanistan in light of changing development assistance landscape;
  • Support Senior Management in handling donor partnership issues surrounding LOTFA transition as required.

Monitor the status of the overall partnerships strategy, donor-specific partnership strategies, and Country Programme financing framework, and their organizational implications:

  • Organize periodic reviews of the overall partnerships strategy, donor-specific partnerships and the Country Programme financing framework, with the PSRT, the Finance Team, and the programme units;
  • Facilitate a consensus on how best to respond to results of periodic reviews;
  • Draft periodic and ad hoc analytical reports/briefings on the status of programme financing for Senior Management, Regional Bureau for Asia & the Pacific (RBAP), and UNDP HQ;
  • Contribute to UN/UNDP annual planning and reporting requirements.

Impact of Results:

Over the medium term, these key results have consequences on UNDP’s ability to act as the integrator and the operational backbone of the UN development system, in support of the pathways from relief to rehabilitation to development, in Afghanistan.  It will have a direct impact on the ability of UNDP Afghanistan to diversity its portfolio away from assistance in support of stabilization & security, to more development-oriented programme.

Competencies

Functional/Technical:

Client Orientation

  • Anticipates client needs and mobilizes decision-makers;
  • Creates an enabling environment for smooth relationship between clients and service providers;
  • Anticipates constraints in the delivery of services and identifies solutions or alternatives;
  • Creates opportunities for developing new client relationships;
  • Expands understanding of subject by clients and inspires action.

Partnership and Stakeholder Management

  • Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships;
  • Ability to build political acumen in situations involving multiple - especially political - actors and stakeholders.
  • Ability to manage multiple stakeholders and balance often contradictory expectations, building and maintaining relationships;
  • Ability to effectively network with partners seizing opportunities to build strategic alliances relevant to UNDP’s mandate and strategic agenda;
  • Sensitizes UN Partners, donors and other international organizations to the UNDP’s strategic agenda, identifying areas for joint efforts.

Resource Mobilization

  • Ability to analyze information on potential bilateral donors and national counterparts to recommend a strategic approach;
  • Ability to develop resource mobilization strategy at country level;
  • Identifies and compiles lessons learned.

Knowledge Management

  • Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master´s Degree in Social Sciences, Economics & Finance, or Public-Sector Management or similar graduate degrees.

Experience:

  • Minimum of seven (7) years of practical experience working for development, stabilization, and security sector reform-related activities;
  • Experience in working with bilateral donors and trust funds in a programme setting is a requirement;
  • Working in a managerial or advisory role in conflict/post-conflict countries would be desirable;
  • Prior experience in handling donor partnership on LOTFA matters a strong plus;
  • Experience in financial planning, management and oversight of projects and/or programmes is an asset;
  • Extensive managerial experience including experience in working in multicultural teams is an asset;
  • Previous work experience in Afghanistan and knowledge of local donor and government context is desirable;
  • Strong communication skills both written and verbal, excellent report writing and organizational skills;
  • Computer proficiency, including working knowledge of MS Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and web-based management systems.

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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Kabul (Afghanistan)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Banking and Finance
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-22

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