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Public Finance Management Specialist

Kyiv (Ukraine)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Kyiv (Ukraine)
  • Grade: SB-4 (SC8/SC9), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Banking and Finance
    • Public Policy and Administration
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-27

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Background

At the United Nations Sustainable Summit held in September 2015, 193 UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, operationalizing 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 specific targets.
 
In 2020, under the support of the UN Joint SDG Fund, UNDP Ukraine as the lead agency, together with the resident country agencies WHO and UNICEF, and the non-resident agency UNECE, started the implementation of the initiative Promoting strategic planning and financing for sustainable development on national and regional level in Ukraine. This Joint Programme, which will be implemented over 24 months, outlines an integrated response to the need of the Ukrainian government to optimize resource allocation towards national development ambitions and their alignment with the SDGs agenda. It builds on two outcomes, which individually frame engagement and outputs at national and sub-national level: 
  • Outcome 1: Ukraine´s national SDGs planning and financing architecture is improved;
  • Outcome 2: Decentralized SDGs development planning and financing architecture is improved at regional level.
The implementing agencies (UNDP, WHO, UNICEF, and UNECE) will be individually responsible for specific activities under the two respective outcomes. Taken together, the Joint Programme will result in better ways of managing existing – and potential – finance flows for strategic change to enhance alignment of available resources to long-term development priorities and achieving the SDGs in Ukraine. Promoting and supporting establishment of Integrated National Financing Frameworks (INFFs) is central to this ambition. Additional methodologies and tools that will be employed include Development Finance Assessment, Regulatory impact analysis+, Budgeting for SDGs, legal and regulatory frameworks review, systems for public strategic planning, health expenditure review, among others.
 
As lead Convening/lead agency for the Joint Programme, UNDP will be responsible for the programme’s operational and programmatic coordination, as well as for preparation and consolidation of the programme’s reporting, provided by the other participating agencies, and for submission to the UN Joint SDG Fund Secretariat (through the RCO). 
 
As implementing agency, UNDP will be responsible for activities related to Development Finance Assessment, Budgeting for SDGs and activities focusing on review and strengthening of strategic planning and budgeting processes (at national and regional level). The activities have been designed in close dialogue with the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub, which will provide technical guidance and support. The activities will entail direct and high-level engagement with line ministries and national authorities, IFIs, and development partners.
 
In this context, UNDP is recruiting a professional with relevant experience and track record for the position of a Public Finance Management Specialist, who will be responsible for providing technical expertise to the project implementation and coordinating the activities to be implemented by UNDP in liaison with the other responsible UN agencies in order to provide timely support and avoid any type of duplication. The incumbent will promote UNDP’s mandate as a gender-responsive organization with zero tolerance to any kind of discriminatory and abusive behaviour, including sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse.
 

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of Project Manager, the Public Finance Management Specialist will perform the following functions:
 
1. Provide advisory support to the transformation of Ukraine’s SDGs planning and financing architecture at national level:
 
1.1. Support to the formulation of public SDGs financing priorities at national level:
  • Support the establishment of a high-level multi-sectoral working group on Integrated National Financing Framework (INFF);
  • Lead and coordinate the national Development finance assessment (DFA) in line with the best international practice; prepare draft of the national DFA report;
  • Facilitate public discussion and presentation of the DFA results;
  • Finalize and submit the DFA report.
1.2. Support to the improvement of SDGs aligned strategic planning systems and institutional engagement:
  • Plan and coordinate a comprehensive assessment of alignment of strategic planning, Government action plan and sector policy expenditures (RIA+);
  • Lead and guide the review the national system of strategic planning and formulation recommendations for SDGs-oriented policy/strategy alignment with budget;
  • Facilitate the consultations with government stakeholders on implementation of recommendations for policy/strategy alignment with budget.
1.3. Support to the integration of SDGs in the national and sectoral budget frameworks:
  • Review the integrating national priorities and targets into Budget Declaration structure and formulate clear recommendations on SDGs integration;
  • Review the integration of SDGs into the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework and formulate clear recommendations on SDGs integration in a systemic manner;
  • Facilitate and provide methodology support in integrating SDG lens into the budget programmes, including by alignment of programme passports and key performance indicators with SDG policy framework and targets;
  • Mapping of national policy framework with SDGs and with budget programme structure (classifications);
  • Support in formulation of the SDG Budget Tagging model and recommendations on implementation;
  • Carry out SDGs Budget Tagging, backstopping of other experts in this exercise and transfer the knowledge to relevant national authorities/departments;
  • Provide training(s) on SDGs Budget Tagging to relevant stakeholders.
2. Provide advisory support to the piloting improved decentralised SDGs development planning and financing architecture at regional level:
 
2.1. Support to the Regional Development Finance Assessments and formulation of public SDGs financing priorities at sub-national level:
  • Support the establishment of working groups in two selected target oblasts;
  • Lead and coordinate two Oblast DFAs; prepare drafts of two sub-national DFA reports;
  • Facilitate public discussions and presentations of the results of the two Assessments.
2.2. Support the implemented of budgeting for SDGs tools by two Oblast Administrations and strengthen SDGs integration in their budget processes:
  • Develop and implement the knowledge sharing and capacity building programme for regional/local authorities in two target oblasts;
  • Carry out SDGs Budget Tagging at sub-national level and transfer the knowledge to relevant regional authorities/departments;
  • Provide training(s) on SDGs Budget Tagging to relevant regional/local stakeholders;
  • Support to the development of oblasts budgets in line with their regional priorities and SDGs;
  • Support the presentation of the developed SDG-aligned budgets to the Oblast Councils;
  • Facilitate sharing experience of budgeting for SDGs with other oblasts.
2.3. Support to aligning the regional strategic planning processes with SDGs:
  • Support to strategic planning and monitoring processes;
  • Provide recommendations to aligning with SDGs the regional development strategies Implementation Plans;
  • Support the development of SDG-related regional programmes;
  • Facilitate knowledge sharing and capacity development.
3. Ensure mainstreaming of gender equality and women’s empowerment considerations in all project activities.
  • Ensure the project’s strategic interventions are informed by gender analysis and implemented in line with corporate gender equality goals and priorities;
  • Ensure the project contributes to the promotion of gender equality by reaching, involving, and benefiting both women and men;
  • Speak out for gender equality and women’s empowerment on public platforms; set up and participate only in gender balanced panels;
  • Be aware of relevant gender issues and concerns in SDG Financing and be familiar with gender issues relevant to the country;
  • Use gender-responsive communications principles in line with the UNDP corporate standards;
  • Promote a safe and enabling environment free of any kind of discrimination and abusive behaviour.
Measurable outputs of the work assignment:
  • Monthly/quarterly/ad hoc debriefs are prepared;  
  • Concept notes, advisory notes, memos, meeting debriefs, topical briefs, and activity plans produced; 
  • Substantial technical and expert support to the project activities related to all thematic anticorruption areas of project implementation provided; 
  • All assignments performed in a quality and timely manner; 
  • Project reports produced in time and of a high quality;
  • Project overall results, experiences and lessons learned captured and disseminated at the national and regional levels;
  • Quality monitoring and closure activities completed.
Performance Indicators for evaluation of results:
  • Relevant outputs of the project annual work plan are fully and timely implemented;
  • Funds delivery for the project is reached 100%;
  • Project operational requirements are carried out in strict accordance with UNDP rules and procedures;
  • Project-related analytical materials are timely prepared and disseminated; 
  • Project technical activities are duly overseen, timely enhanced, and properly reported; 
  • Partnership with institutional stakeholders developed and maintained; 
  • Quality of work; 
  • Initiative; 
  • Partnering and networking.

Competencies

Corporate Competencies:
  • Communication;
  • Delivery;
  • Innovation;
  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Demonstrates corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Ensures all necessary precautions to avoid corrupt practices, maintains standards of conduct that govern the performance of the UN staff, including the prohibition of corrupt practices in connection with the award and administration of contracts, grants, or other benefits, as set forth in the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations, the UNDP Financial Regulations and Rules, and the UNDP Procurement Manual.
Technical/Functional Competencies:
  • Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise;
  • Building Strategic Partnerships;
  • Results-based Management;
  • Mentoring and capacity building;
  • Quality Assurance;
  • Strong organizational and time management skills; 
  • Strong coordination and facilitation skills;
  • High level of creativity and excellent writing skills;
  • Ability to identify problems and propose solutions;
  • Conflict Management; 
  • Gender mainstreaming.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Economics, Finance, Business Administration, Law, International Relations, Development studies, political sciences, social sciences or other relevant area.
Experience:
  • At least three (3) years of proven experience in the sphere of public economics and public financing, project and/or project component support;
  • Proven experience of cooperation with governmental institutions at national level in the sphere of finance and national and oblast level budget systems and/or International Financial Institutions (IFIs); 
  • Experience in elaborating strategic documents, policy papers and policy recommendations, conducting policy research would be an asset; 
  • Experience of working with a multilateral or international technical assistance or development organizations would be an asset;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems.
Languages:
  • Fluency in English and Ukrainian is required.

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