Portfolio Specialist (Sustainability)
- Promoting Human Development to improve human wellbeing, resilience and support environmental sustainability
- Providing technical expertise in the use of a Multi-Dimensional Poverty approach to reduce vulnerabilities, inequalities and exclusions
- Promoting Human Rights to ensure a fair distribution of development opportunities and benefits in social, political, economic and environmental dimensions
- Attract the right staff: New staff need to be engaged who have the sort of development policy expertise required to tackle the many highly complex development issues facing the country. As the COVID-19 crisis has clearly shown, these staff will need to be able to understand the interconnections and interrelationships between different issues and be able to incorporate multiple-perspectives in the approaches developed. For example, to move people out of multi-dimensional poverty, a systemic understanding of the interplay between socio-economic factors, regional differences, and shifts in the political economy will be needed.
- Provide high-quality policy analysis: To ensure that interventions selected are those most likely to have the greatest national-level impact, UNDP’s economic modelling team will carry out economic analyses of the options available to help build greater trust in Government, reduce the economic impact of COVID-19 and help to forge a sustainable peace.
- Develop new modes of collaboration: UNDP’s new way of doing business will also involve leveraging a wider range of expertise and resources by working across organizations through a Government-led platform approach. Country Support Platforms harness collective intelligence and action to benefit communities and people at a greater scale, more quickly, making the best use of resources.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Support the Sustainability programme in planning, formulation, management and analysis;
- Provide technical guidance and policy advice to the Sustainability Portfolio;
- Ensure Quality Assurance and Results-Based Management of the Sustainability Portfolio;
- Representation, networking and resource mobilization for effective policy positioning.
- Contribute to the continuous development and refinement of quality operational management of any funding mechanisms and associated programmes at the country level;
- Advise on the programme development and formulation of projects;
- Advise on the formulation and establishment of operational policies and procedures of other assigned funds;
- Advise the Disaster Risk Reduction Programme (DRR-P) on policy issues relating to the funds, particularly those affecting UNDP’s fiduciary responsibilities.
- Provide strategic guidance on technical and policy matters to the Sustainability Portfolio that respond to country office needs, including through the provision of capacity building and backstopping to the CO and UNCTs;
- Collaborates with colleagues in Bangkok Regional Hub (BRH) and HQ to apply in country programming new global and regional initiatives, polices and knowledge products that further the Peace Portfolio. In this context, work with BRH colleagues to ensure relevant, timely and multi-disciplinary response to Country needs for policy services;
- Provide technical and strategic guidance to Unit’s staff in project design, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and results reporting in line with RBM guidelines, and ensure the application of quality assurance, risk management and due diligence processes;
- Contribute to developing the capacity of national counterparts in support of achieving the Strategic Plan and other internationally agreed development goals as it relates to the Unit’s knowledge domain;
- Collaborate substantively with Regional Programmes to achieve regional/CO strategic goals and plans by supporting relevant regional initiatives and promoting synergies with the regional programmes;
- Identify bottlenecks and develop innovative solutions to bridge gaps in financial reporting resulting from differences in or applications of financial regulations, rules and procedures of implementing partners;
- Coordinate and respond to audit observations made on the Sustainability Portfolio operations and ensure follow-up actions are taken on agreed recommendations;
- Provide technical guidance and training to implementing partners on project implementation and policy matters.
- Provide support and guidance on the preparation and timely receipt of results-based annual progress reports;
- Ensure the quality of the consolidated annual analytical results-based progress reports based on submission from implementing partners within the timetable specified in the MOU and Standard Administrative Arrangements of the funds;
- Regularly measure the impact of programme and preform analysis of programme environment;
- Ensure risks are monitored and managed across the portfolio of advisory engagements;
- Prepare periodic briefs and position papers on overall Sustainability portfolio progress, emerging results and outcomes through write ups and relevant web site/portal updates;
- Monitor and track issues of interest and results and provide write-ups.
- Advise senior management on resource mobilization and provide strategic support in the coordination of approvals and the strengthening of strategic partnerships as required;
- Provide strategic technical inputs to raise awareness amongst donors of the Funds activities and its resource requirements and facilitate their contributions;
- Provide technical leadership in the formulation of funding proposals, donor briefings and presentations in support of UNDP resource mobilization efforts for the CO;
- Negotiate Standard Administrative Arrangements with donors in accordance with the TOR of portfolio funding mechanisms;
- Support in development of robust pipeline and resource mobilization with a gender approach;
- Mobilize and interact with UNDP HQ units (OLPS, BMS, PB, etc.) to appropriately respond to fund the portfolio;
- Coordinate external communications of the Funds through website postings, periodic publications and meetings;
- When requested by the participating organizations, collaborate to resolve, in a timely manner, issues that arise in the submissions of participating organizations project documents in order to move project formulation and/or implementation forward;
- Speak to the Sustainability Portfolio in internal and external meetings as requested;
- Ensure the independent lessons learnt and review exercises relating to the operations of the Funds are properly carried out and appropriate follow-up actions are taken.
Required Skills and Experience
- An Advance University Degree (Master’s or equivalent) in Development Studies, Political Science, Economics, Environmental Science, Social Sciences, Law, Public Administration, Development or related field.
- A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in and Sustainability programme/project management in international development organizations, bilateral development agencies and/or international NGOs;
- Proven programme management experience with sound knowledge of all aspects of the project cycle (design, implementation, monitoring & evaluation);
- Proven ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams;
- Strong interpersonal and written and oral communication skills.
- Fluency in oral and written English is essential;
- 2nd UN language would be desirable.
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