Programme Analyst on SDG Financing

Job Description
Title:Programme Analyst on SDG Financing
Job ID:21719
Practice Area – Job Family:Capacity Development – SDG FINANCING
Vacancy End Date:15/03/2019(Midnight New York, USA)
Duty Station:Beijing, China
Education & Work Experience:I-Master’s Level Degree – 2 year(s) experience
Languages:Required:Chinese, English
Vacancy Type:FTA Local
Posting Type:External
Bureau:Asia & the Pacific
Contract Duration:1 Year with possibility for extension

In China, UNDP works with the people and Government of China, and other partners to pursue equitable and sustainable human development both at home and overseas. We help China develop and implement policies, institutional capabilities and partnerships to achieve the sustainable development goals domestically, and to connect China’s experience to advance other developing countries for sustainable growth worldwide. We provide development advisory services and implement projects through innovation and applying our international experience and network.

Sustainable Development Unit, UNDP China Office works closely with Chinese government and leading national institutions on policy recommendations and implementation for poverty-related issues, social services and governance, environmental concerns, community-based disaster risk reduction and education. The Unit has been supporting China’s move towards multi-dimensional development planning to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and contributed to designing a new system measuring development progress.

SDGs are the most ambitious collective development endeavor attempted, requiring the world to equally ensure social governance, economic inclusion, and environmental protection by 2030. Financing the 2030 Agenda in developing countries is demanding up to $2.5 trillion annually. Since the adoption of the SDGs, there are major efforts on innovative development financing, including green finance, social bond, impact investment integrating the environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria etc.. China has made great efforts focused on green financing to address environmental protection and climate change, however, the vast potential on broader SDG financing is untapped and uncoordinated in China. This stems from conceptual unclarity on SDG financing; absence of collectively accepted standards for measuring the development impact on SDGs; and the proliferation of instruments that are using the social impact branding without proper verification.

UNDP is embarking on a programme to address this development challenge of lack of financing and incentive for financing for SDGs focused particularly on inequality, poverty and last mile issues, and SDG localization in China. The long-term objective is to develop the industry standard for the assessment, monitor compliance during issuance, and assess impact of the financing contributing to SDGs and report on impacts.

Achieving this objective entails the technical task of developing the standards and methodology for verification as well as the consensus building task of bringing together key stakeholders including development actors, financial regulatory and industry actors.Therefore, the programme would adopt a portoflio approach, which leads itself to build an alliance that would bring together the necessary stakeholders to work simultaneously on consensus building and technical aspects, feeding off each other.

To provide critical programme design and implementation support to the Sustainable Development Financing Programme, which sits under UNDP’s Sustainable Development Unit, the office is looking to hire a Programme Analyst for SDG Financing. Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Deputy Country Director or Assistant Country Director, the Programme Analyst is responsible for management of UNDP programme within the SDG financing areas. The Programme Analyst analyzes political, social and economic trends and leads formulation, management and evaluation of programme activities within his/her portfolio, provides policy advice services.

The Programme Analyst oversees and leads programme support staff, coordinates activities of the projects’ staff; works in close collaboration with the programme teams in the office, programme staff in other UN Agencies, UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub (BRH) and HQ staff and Government officials, technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UNDP programme implementation.

Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:

Developing a SDG financing portfolio
Implementation and management relevant projects SDG financing portfolio, including supervision of project staff
Creation of strategic partnerships and resource mobilization
Provision policy advice services to the Government and facilitation of knowledge building and management
Policy Research and Development of SDG financing
1. Ensures establishment and development of SDG financing portfolio focusing on achievement of the following results:

Thorough analysis and research of the financing context and entry points
Drafting and providing substantive inputs to Programme/Project Documents, AWP and other documents in the area of SDG financing.
Identification of areas for support, interventions, as well as opportunities for new project development;
Collaborates with colleagues in Bangkok Regional Hub (BRH) and HQ to apply new global and regional initiatives, polices and knowledge products.
Supervise project team staff and short-term consultants, in substantive issues.
2. Ensures effective implementation and management of the CO programme within the SDG financing areas focusing on quality assurance from formulation to implementation::

Effective application of RBM tools, establishment of management targets and monitoring achievement of results.
Coordination of programme implementation with the executing agencies and leads implementation of projects as needed
Initiation of a project, finalization of contribution agreement; determination of required revisions; coordination of the mandatory and budget re-phasing exercises, closure of projects through review; participation in recruitment processes for projects.
Financial and substantive monitoring and evaluation of the projects, identification of operational and financial problems, development of solutions
3. Ensures creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy in cooperation with Partnership Team   focusing on achievement of the following results

Development of partnerships with the UN Agencies, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society in the SDG financing areas based on strategic goals of UNDP, country needs and donors’ priorities.
Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for initiation of new projects, active contribution to the overall office effort in resource mobilization.
4. Ensures provision of top quality advisory services and facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:

Identification of sources of information related to SDG financing and localization assessments issues and initiatives. Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to such initiatives.
Development of policies and institutions that will address the SDG financing problems and needs in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners.
Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
Ensures that lessons learned from projects are captured and recorded into knowledge networks (within UNDP, inter-agency and with national and international partners).
5. Ensure Policy Research and Development and provide technical expertise and   analytical backstopping on SDG financing and other substantive issues focusing on achievement of the following results:

Provide technical inputs to the SDG Finance thematic group to strengthen the effective use of domestic finance for SDG localization action.
Provide technical assistance on the development of sustainability finance tools.
Undertake field visits, as needed, with relevant stakeholders and local authorities and to provide guidance, and further technical recommendations.
Prepare relevant materials for advocacy and outreach activities related to finance, public/private sector engagement in related domain.
Conduct data analysis to identify potential new research area on finance to achieve SDG, focusing on demands and gaps at the country level.
Impact of Results

The effective management of country programme within SDG financing areas will ensure timely, appropriate design, operation and programming of activities; efficient delivery of technical policy advisory services, creation of strategic partnerships as well as reaching resource mobilization targets.

IV. Competencies and Selection Criteria Description of Competency at Level Required

Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully

Ability to persuade others to follow

Level4: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others
People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Level4: Models independent thinking and action

Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Level4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis

Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services
Strategic Planning

Ability to make decisions that align with strategy, vision, and mission

Level 4: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships

Level 4: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Ability to productively share UNDP knowledge and activities (at UN and other venues)

Level 4: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Collaboration and Partnership

Ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside (Programmes/projects) or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support.  Sets overall direction for the formation and management of strategic relationships contributing to the overall positioning of UNDP

Level 4: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Political Economy Analysis

Knowledge of the interaction of political and economic processes in a society; including distribution of power and wealth between groups and individuals, and the processes that create, sustain and transform these relationships over time, and how these dynamics both affect, and are affected by, UNDP’s development support

Level4: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Influencing and Agenda Setting

Ability to plan and deliver communication initiatives that make an impact, persuades intended audiences, shapes perceptions of the UNDP and creates positive demand for UNDP’s value propositions

Level4: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Coordination provider-recipient

Ability to manage complex relationships through pathways of knowledge exchange, capacity development, funding relationships and strategic engagement

Level 4: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Required Skills and Experience

At least Master’s Degree in Socio-economics, sustainable development finance, political economics, developmental studies, or related studies.

Up to 2 years with Master’s degree of progressive professional experience in socio-economic development or related areas, and shall demonstrate familiarity with working knowledge of international organization including social safeguard policies;
Direct academic qualifications on aspects of SDG financing (inclusive finance, internet finance, SDG bonds etc.)  will be an added advantage.
Demonstrated skills and direct work experience with at least one or more of the following: participatory research methods (including observation, surveys); participatory poverty assessments; participatory monitoring and evaluation; and other related experiences and knowledge of social and environmental finance, inclusive finance, and impact finance.
Demonstrated analytical capacity, through written work, of in-depth knowledge of working with vulnerable groups.
Substantive knowledge of UNDP programming tools for planning, monitoring, and knowledge of the UNDP Practice Areas, particularly Social-economic development an advantage; Demonstrated knowledge of UN policies, procedures
Language Requirements:

Fluency in English and Chinese.
Working with private sector including financing institutions ( IFIs, commercial banks) will be an added advantage
Proven ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams; Enthusiasm for, and commitment to, poverty alleviation, social development and addressing the needs of the most vulnerable;
Full computer literacy, including proficiency with word-processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.

All female and male candidates are equally encouraged to apply.
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