UN Offices

Programme Associate

UN Offices

Job Description

United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 least developed countries. With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development. UNCDF’s financing models work through two channels: financial inclusion that expands the opportunities for individuals, households, and small businesses to participate in the local economy, providing them with the tools they need to climb out of poverty and manage their financial lives; and by showing how localized investments—through fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance—can drive public and private funding that underpins local economic expansion and sustainable development. By strengthening how finance works for poor people at the household, small enterprise, and local infrastructure levels, UNCDF contributes to SDG 1 on eradicating poverty and SDG 17 on the means of implementation. By identifying those market segments where innovative financing models can have transformational impact in helping to reach the last mile and address exclusion and inequalities of access, UNCDF contributes to SDGs 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 13, and emphasizes the deployment of sustainable public and private financial models that leverage in follow-on domestic and international investment. The Strategic Framework foresees in particular the need for the public and private spheres to come together around a more action-oriented agenda to make finance work for the LDCs, particularly in the first 10 years of Agenda 2030 to ensure that graduating LDCs have access to sustainable finance models that are SDG-positive. The SF also foresees a stronger inter-agency offer for UNCDF, to assist the whole of the UN to lift its approach to public/private finance in pursuit of SDG achievement at country level. Approximately US$1.7 trillion flows from the developed world to the developing world from a diversified set of actors and with equally distinct motivations, ranging from purely philanthropic to market-rate return on investments. By being innovative in the way development assistance is deployed it can have the potential to extend the reach and effectiveness of the aid through for example the complementary deployment of private capital i.e. by blending public and private funds for enhanced development results. The development assistance then has the potential to expand the pool of foreign and domestic capital available for economic development for e.g. small and medium enterprises, Agriculture, infrastructure and key public services. UNCDF can use a combination of grant, reimbursable grant, loans, guarantees and/or technical assistance to support early stage businesses, SMEs, projects, microfinance institutions and municipal investments. Up till today UNCDF’s use of loans and guarantees is growing and there is now an ambition to make better use of these financial instruments and the last year has seen a steep increase in the issuance of loans and guarantees. UNCDF works to provide Access to Finance by using a range of financial products is available to all segments of society, at a reasonable cost, and on a sustainable basis. UNCDF has also seen a strong increase in demand for its services with regard to financial instruments from other UN agencies, not least UNDP, and UNCDF is now building a service function to be able to respond to this demand. Another workstream is to set up a joint fund with a third-party fund manager to attract other type of capital to UNCDF’s pipeline of projects. It will require some active structuring with the use of guarantees and loans. The Programme Associate, G6 LDC Investment Platform will be working under the supervision and guidance of the Director for LDCIP, D-1, provides a wide range of Programme Support services, for smooth implementation and management of LDCIPs operational responsibilities with focus on the in areas of finance & budget management, administrative and logistical support and information delivery. The Programme Associate is expected to work in close collaboration with the entire LDCIP team, comprised of Director and four 4 Investment Specialists. The role is based in UNCDF New York Headquarters and is a local General-Service recruitment, in accordance with the UN Staff rules and regulations. Duties and Responsibilities Summary of key functions: Under the supervision of the Director of Least Development Countries Investment Platform (LDCIP) , the Programme Associate G6 will provide a wide range of administrative and finance support services, and ensure full compliance with LDCIP specific regulations, most notably the Loan and Guarantee Policy, as well as ensuring compliance with UNDP/UNCDF programme policies and procedures and UNCDF Operations Manual. The detailed roles and responsibilities are outlined below:
  • Provides effective finance support to the loan and guarantee operations

  • Provide administrative support to the LDCIP team

  • Support in creation & management of strategic partnerships & knowledge building and knowledge sharing

  1. Provides effective finance support to the loan and guarantee operations

  • Assist the LDCIP to achieve operational excellence through effective and efficient portfolio management, including management of loan contracts, monitoring of disbursements and payments, recording of the flows and drafting financial reports.

  • Assist in the implementation of the new Financial Instrument Management System

  • Support the LDC Investment platform in maintaining a repository of executed documents

  • Initiation of a project, entering project into Atlas, preparation of required budget revisions.

  • Follow up on conditions precedents, covenants, performance indicators/success criteria, targets and milestones, preparation of reports.

  • Assist in preparation and conduct of audit and implementation of audit recommendations.

  1. Provide administrative support to the LDCIP team

  • Assist the Director of LDCIP in managing the LDCIP team budget and payments in line with rules, regulations and policies

  • Prepare expense report and file all supporting documents; follow up reconciliation of travel and expense report

  • Maintenance of the internal expenditures control system which ensures that vouchers processed are matched and completed, transactions are correctly recorded and posted in Atlas

  • Responsible for creation of requisitions in Atlas, approval and budget check process for requisitions

  • Follow up and review invoice from vendors according to the contracts, ensuring compliance.

  • Create receipt, compile all supporting documents, and submit payment requests to the finance unit

  • Assist in preparation and submission of quarterly travel plan, prepare adhoc travel request and exception requests; prepare flight reservation, visa application, Security Clearance, conference registration for the LDCIP team

  • Assist in various LDCIP events in terms of event logistical support;

  • Complete procurement and finalize the agreement with vendors and follow up invoices.

  1. Support in creation of strategic partnerships and facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing

  • Analysis of information on donors, preparation of donor’s profile and database, establishment of contacts with donor counterparts.

  • Track and reporting on mobilized resources per respective donor

  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and Communities of Practice

Competencies Core Compentencies
  • 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 while exercising good judgement

Functional/Technical Competencies
  • Technical Knowledge

  • Results Based Programme Development and Management

  • Knowledge Management

  • Office Administration/Project Management Skills

  • Coordinations/Logistics

Required Skills and Experience Education:
  • Secondary Education, preferably with specialized certification in Accounting and Finance.

  • First University Degree in Business or Public Administration, Economics, Political or Social Sciences or related fields would be highly desirable, but it is not a requirement.

Work Experience:
  • Minimum six 6 years of progressively responsible administrative or programme experience is required at the national or international level.

  • Candidates having Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, will require a minimum of three 3 years of relevant work experience.

  • Specialized training in office management and administration is highly desirable.

  • Experience with a UN organization/agency is desirable.

  • Experience with ERP system such as ATLAS and UNDP Procurement Processes, Porgrammes & Policies etc is highly desired, but not a requirement.

  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web based Management Systems.

  • Fluency in written and spoken English required;

  • Knowledge of another UN language esp. French is considered desireable.

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