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Partnerships Development Senior Officer (PPP and Financing for Development in Infrastructure), Multiple positions

Home Based - May require travel

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Remote | Home Based - May require travel
  • Grade: Junior level - IICA-1, International Individual Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Economics
    • Banking and Finance
    • Infrastructure and Urban-Rural development
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Public, Private Partnership
  • Closing Date: Closed
Job categories Energy, Engineering, Finance, Project Management, Partnerships
Vacancy code VA/2023/B5512/26014
Level ICS-9
Department/office AR, EAPMCO, Philippines
Duty station Home based
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-1
Duration Retainer contract from the start to 31 Dec 2023. Renewable, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.
Application period 12-May-2023 to 01-Jun-2023
Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of Country Manager-Philippines, the incumbent will be part of the current technical team, composed of lawyers, economists, and engineers, that is providing technical assistance. The incumbent will support knowledge management on PPP and Infrastructure Finance to UNOPS partners and associates, providing specialized advice on financial and economic models and contractual models. 

Within the context above, the specific scope of the tasks to be performed by the consultant are: 

1. Public-Private Partnerships and Infrastructure Finance for Development (FfD) and programme development planning.
  • Support the development of a comprehensive partnership and programme development plan in line with the project scope and with UNOPS Strategic Plan and Regional Strategies. This  includes project partners context country context, analysis of the regional and national development and humanitarian landscape, identification of main partners concerns, regulatory and legal framework, strategic positioning of UNOPS in the potential operational niches identified in PPPs and Infrastructure Financing for Development, as well as grow a pipeline opportunities for countries in scope of the UNOPS Multi-Country or Country Office. Ensure that the plan reflects in-house capacity, typology of projects and the internal tools and knowledge resources. 
  • Examine risks and opportunities presented by the strategic positioning of the Multi Country / Country office with the specific partners and propose appropriate responses to ensure sustainable growth.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with relevant FfD personnel, liaison and HQ level, as well as Project Managers and project personnel of the country offices covered by the office, to ensure aligned and coherent interactions with partners.
2. Develop opportunities:
  • Based on own understanding of PPP, IF and FfD environment, Monitor and evaluate humanitarian and development trends and needs to identify areas of collaboration within UNOPS mandate and existing capacity. 
  • Research events, publications and announcements, to track and screen opportunities for possible UNOPS interventions and identify trends that will drive FfD opportunities. 
  • Provide feedback to UNOPS and Regional Office on the development of framework partnership agreements in FfD that can increase opportunities at local the regional levels.
  • Contribute to the identification, design, formulation and negotiation of new projects and programs in FfD and draft concept notes and project document briefs for discussion with partners.
  • Create and maintain oneUNOPS opportunities and engagement functionalities in alignment with UNOPS corporate guidelines. 
  • Coordinate legal and regulatory technical and financial requirements, and support the negotiation of proposals to close new project opportunities.
  • Support the development of drafts agreements and/or contractual documents required for the signature and implementation of new projects.
  • Understand and clearly explain UNOPS pricing policy to partners.
  • Contribute to the diversification of the Multi Country / Country Office in line with UNOPS strategic and Regional objectives in FfD. 
  • In coordination with the Communications and Reporting personnel, when available, gather review content for communications and outreach materials for any countries managed within the scope of the UNOPS office or by the FfD team lead.
3. Representation and inter-agency partnerships: 
  • Support in defining and building the relationship plan with FfD partners as well as with the regulators and follow-up on possible opportunities with said entities, understanding their context and limitations well.
  • Support the Establishment and further development of partnerships related to FfD with UN agencies, international organizations, governments, foundations, international NGOs and private sector organizations to diversify project opportunities within the Multi Country / Country Office or FfD team.
  • Undertake advocacy, public information and communication activities in collaboration with the Communications Officer, when required.
  • On behalf of the (Multi) Country Office Director and/or PM of FfD lead, participate in and report on the relevant inter-agency, donor and government coordination meetings including addressing project development issues in consultation with UNOPS project managers and technical experts when required. Take part in UN common planning and programming processes, including strategic country analysis, UNDAF, response plans, etc.
  • Build a network of key FfD partners, keeping abreast of evolving trends (social, economic, and political), including the application of innovation to project and partnership development.
4. Project Management and Financial Analysis: 
  • Provide support to Project Managers in the management of the projects including support in any compliance and control area as per UNOPS procedures and policies. The Senior Officer may be appointed to support a Project Manager or may manage level 1 projects (i.e. small or less complex PPP technical assistance projects).
  • 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;
  • Perform or support 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;
  • Perform other analysis such as capital asset pricing, define and recommend on 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.);
  • Propose and support compensation models and define strategies for compensation models such as availability payments and other mechanisms used in PPP and concessions;
  • Review and analyze financial statements and perform other financial analysis as necessary for the project;
  • Coordinate with other specialists on task distribution, preparation and integration of reports, review reports and edit for presentation to stakeholders. Prepare and deliver presentations.

Monitoring and evaluation of functions: 

The performance of the functions performed by the Partnerships Development Senior Officer will be monitored and evaluated by the FfD Lead or Project Manager and with technical coordination with the responsible team, based on the following products: 

  • The reports of activities and products that the Partnerships Development Senior Officer must prepare and present.
  • The follow-up instances that the Project Manager holds with the Partnerships Development Senior Officer and/or the work teams.
  • The results of the coordination instances with the associates.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Advanced University Degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in business administration, finance, economics, engineering, law, International development or related fields is required.
  • First-level university degree (Bachelor's or equivalent) with additional two (2) years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree in the relevant field.
  • Minimum two (2) years of work experience in a related role or working with PPP projects, infrastructure finance, or regulation is required.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of government regulations related to PPP projects and to infrastructure financial regulations and practices at international and or national levels is  preferred.
  • Experience leading high-level public relations, such as developing high-level networks with the public-private sector is an asset.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English is preferred.
  • Ability to establish and nurture beneficial partnerships with key government stakeholders is an advantage.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in oral and written English is required.
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