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JPO - Partnerships and Funding Analyst

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
  • Closing Date: 2021-08-06

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Background

The Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy (BERA) is responsible for UNDP’s external relations and advocacy functions. The Bureau leads and supports the organization in cultivating, building and nurturing strategic relationships and alliances that are essential for advancing and successfully achieving the mission of UNDP. These relationships encompass a wide range and number of key constituencies and development partners especially those related to resource mobilization and donors relations, intergovernmental affairs with member states, programme countries, existing and prospective donor countries/emerging economies, multilateral institutions, such as the IFIs, the European Commission, civil society, the private sector, foundations, academia and think tanks, the wider UN system, various UN inter-governmental bodies. BERA also leads the Organization’s communication functions, establishing UNDP branding and interface with global, regional and national media. The Bureau coordinates and acts as a facilitator of information exchange, knowledge management, network building and dissemination of best practices throughout the UNDP in resource mobilization, intergovernmental and inter-agency affairs and communications.
 
The Public Partnerships Group (PPG) in BERA provides trusted engagement for public partnerships in line with UNDP Strategic Plan and business planning targets, coordinates multi-stakeholder partnerships including quality assurance, engage with key funding partners and political constituencies, and advise and develop strategies to cultivate mutually beneficial relationships with partners. PPG acts as a facilitator and catalyst of partnership strategies with UNDP’s donors and partners and actively supports new partnerships and resource mobilization to maximize UNDP’s development impact.
 
Recognizing that strengthening its engagement with International Financial Institutions (IFIs) will be essential to achieving the SDGs, UNDP established the Financial Institutions Team (FIT) in 2015 to serve as an IFI partnerships nerve centre for the organization. FIT supports corporate, regional and country-specific collaboration with IFIs (including global, regional and national development banks) and emerging development banks. FIT is also part of the Finance Sector Hub which is leading on new corporate offers/services to leverage public and private finance, including growing UNDP’s engagement with Development Finance Institutions (DFIs).
 
Since then, UNDP’s financial and non-financial collaboration with IFIs has grown consistently, but untapped opportunities for strengthened partnerships remain. Furthermore, the COVID crisis is opening up more opportunities for collaboration given the significant resources that IFIs are deploying to support Governments in addressing the health and socio-economic impact of the crisis globally. UNDP is already partnering with IFIs to help governments reinforce health systems and conducting joint socio-economic assessments in over 70 countries to help identify the sectors most impacted by COVID-19, and to enable funding to be allocated where it is most needed.
Under the direct supervision of the Financial Institutions Team Leader, the Partnership and Funding Analyst will support UNDP in scaling up its IFI partnerships, supporting key IFI portfolios and events and helping the organization diversify its partners with new types of financial institutions.
Moreover, the Partnership and Funding Analyst will also support the Partner Portfolio Management (PPM) Team. The PPM team’s main areas of responsibility are:
  • Build and manage strategic partnerships with OECD donors, and as part of that protect and strengthen their flexible resource contributions in the context of downward pressure on Official Development Assistance.
  • Provide political analysis and donor intelligence to inform funding projections and to position the organization and its senior leadership with key government partners, with a focus on the global response to long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Build networks and partnerships within HQ and at regional and country level to support the coordination of non-core resource mobilization and strengthen partnerships at regional and country levels.

BERA has over 111 staff and consultants. The Partnerships Group (PG) is made up of 19 staff and consultants, within which the FIT team is a team of 3. The JPO will be working primarily on data analysis and funding related to IFIs (global, regional, sub-regional and DFIs), supporting implementation of the UNDP IFI Strategy, and support internal and external communications efforts on partnerships with IFIs. The JPO will also be invited to provide inputs to and/or attend partner consultation meetings.

Content and methodology of supervision
As part of the UNDP JPO programme overall framework, the JPO will benefit from the following supervision modalities: 
  • Structured guidance provided by the supervisor, especially in the beginning of the assignment, with the purpose of gradually increasing the responsibilities of the JPO 
  • Establishment of a work plan, with clear key results 
  • Effective supervision through knowledge sharing and performance/development feedback throughout the assignment 
  • Easy access to the supervisor 

Learning and Training

As part of the UNDP JPO programme overall framework, the JPO will benefit from the following training and learning opportunities:
  • Participation in a Programme Policy and Operations Induction Course within the first 3 to 6 months of assignment
  • Use of yearly JPO duty-related travel and training allocation (DTTA), as per the online DTTA guide
  • Other training and learning opportunities, as presented in the UNDP JPO Orientation Programme
  • In addition, the JPO will benefit from the following specific training and learning modalities/opportunities in the receiving office: An online learning system with a plethora of courses on specific development topics and management will be available throughout the assignment to the successful candidate. Mentoring would also be a possibility if desirable.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Lead research and analysis on IFI and DFI partnerships and trends (funding and programmatic) 
  • Regularly research and analyse IFIs’ past, current and future development cooperation priorities and new/relevant announcements or initiatives launched, in particular to support COVID-19 recovery efforts, with emphasis on multilateral, regional and national development banks and Development Financial Institutions (DFIs). 
  • Contribute to the development of UNDP’s engagement strategies/approaches to working with new development banks and DFIs. 
  • Develop new profiles for relevant sub-regional or national development banks and/or update existing IFI and DFI profiles, partnership notes and case studies. 
  • Contribute to high-level presentations and briefing notes to strengthen UNDP’s position and engagement with IFIs and DFIs. 
  • Contribute to analysis of IFIs’ crisis financing instruments and trends, to better understand IFIs’ financing and non-financial instruments and modalities in crisis response. 
2. Support the implementation of UNDP’s global IFI strategy and IFI and DFI-specific action/engagement plans 
  • Support the development of guidance and policy notes and other material in relation to corporate priorities relevant for effective donor and IFI relations. 
  • Serve as secretariat for inter-bureau coordination on the implementation of the IFI Strategy and development of the DFI strategy. 
  • Develop IFI, DFI and Islamic finance partner-specific action plans as needed. 
  • Monitor follow-up actions related to the implementation of the IFI Partnership strategy, including managing ongoing and new mapping initiatives, in particular to support crisis response; and reporting to corporate efforts (including Annual Business Plans, Integrated Work Plans and Resource Mobilization Strategies.) 
3. Contribute to the strategic communication of IFI partnerships results, and develop related materials for internal and external partners: 
  • Update the IFI intranet resource centre, the IFI Toolkit, and the COVID database and dashboard as needed. 
  • Liaise with UNDP corporate communications team to update UNDP’s website pages on IFIs. 
  • Support the development and dissemination of new e-learning tools. 
  • Support editing, translation, printing and dissemination of publications, online and audio-visual materials. 
  • Support the preparation of visuals, flyers and other outreach materials for programme activities. 
  • Research and compile media updates and news on IFIs, and post them on the enterprise social networking platform. 
  • Maintain and update the database of relevant media and communications partners and the communications calendar. 
  • Draft social media messages (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn).
  • Update all IFI online platforms for internal and external audiences and help to grow UNDP’s Community of Practice.
4. Support Partnership Development and Management 
  • Support the development of key bilateral partner engagement strategies and action plans; setting priorities, goals, and key performance indicators (KPIs) for each partner in his/her portfolio; 
  • Track and analyze performance of assigned partners against key targets and KPIs, flagging opportunities and challenges for senior management attention; 
  • Provide inputs to partner analysis and funding trends, including those specific to COVID-19 funding, to inform prioritization of actions to maximize resource mobilization opportunities; 
  • Contribute to the development of outreach materials for communication, with country/regional level partnership/resource mobilisation officers, where appropriate; 
 

Competencies

Core Competencies

  • 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 - Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
  • Delivery - Ability to get things done

Technical/Functional Competencies

Primary

  • Written communication - Superior written communication skills, including the ability to write in a clear, simple, concise way for non-technical external audiences.
  • Visual communication - Superior computer skills and ability to produce compelling visual information including infographics
  • Knowledge Management - Ability to efficiently research, analyse and share information and knowledge
  • Organizational skills - Ability for problem-solving, multi-tasking, meeting deadlines and working under pressure

Secondary

  • Specialized background knowledge - Sound understanding of global and donor specific development, economic, and political issues
  • Teamwork - Ability to engage with other units/teams and forge productive working relationships Ability to work as part of a team in a constantly evolving work environment

Required Skills and Experience

Education (please attach a copy of the diploma)
  • Master’s  Degree in international affairs, economics, development studies or a related area 
Experience:
  • Minimum 2 years of paid and relevant experience in development, international relations, social science, economics, communications, or related field.
  • Experience in development and/or funding sectors
  • Knowledge of and/or professional experience in data analysis and funding projections is highly desirable 
  • Professional experience within the United Nations System is desirable
  • Understanding of political, social and economic research tools and instruments

Nationality:

  • Under the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme framework, the following position is open only to nationals of the Republic of Korea (ROK). 
  • Please attach a copy of the applicant’s Resident Register 
Language Requirements:
  • Full proficiency in Korean and English:
  • Applicants should submit a minimum of (1) I BT TOEFL score of 100 (or PBT TOEFL 600 and above) or (2) NEW TEPS score of 430 or IELTS 7 or (4) TOEIC 900 
  • TOEFL ‘MyBest Scores’ will not be accepted
  • Working knowledge of at least one other UN language is desirable.
Age of applicant:
  • The applicant should be not older than 32 years of age as of 31st December of 2021 (Born after Jan. 1 1989 (The maximum age limit for those who served in the military will be extended accordingly)
  • Male applicants should complete the Korean military service or be exempted (To be discharged from military service in the year of the application may apply)

Military Service (only for male applicants):

Please attach a certificate of completed Korean Military Service. The maximum age limit for those who served in the military will be extended* in accordance with the Support for Discharged Soldiers Act and the military service law. Age limit for male candidates who have completed the service:

  • less than one year will be extended for one year;
  • one year above and two years under will be extended for two years;
  • two years or more will be extended for three years.

Only for low-income applicants:

  • Please attach a scanned copy of applicant’s certificate of National Basic Livelihood Security Recipients issued in Korean and its unofficial English translation.

Disability inclusion:

  • Please attach a scanned copy of applicant’s certificate of person with disability issued in Korean and its unofficial English translation.
Other desirable skills or experience:
  • Experience in the use of a business intelligence tool, developing presentation materials with visuals, and mastery of Excel are highly desirable.
For more information about the JPO Programme, please see: https://www.jposc.undp.org/content/jposc/en/home.html
 

Disclaimer

Important information for US Permanent Residents ('Green Card' holders)

Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment. 

UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

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