The UN Capital Development Fund makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 46 least developed countries (LDCs). 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 three channels: (1) inclusive digital economies, which connects individuals, households, and small businesses with financial eco-systems that catalyze participation in the local economy, and provide tools to climb out of poverty and manage financial lives; (2) local development finance, which drives structural transformation of localities through policy and regulatory reform, fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and project finance to unlock capital flows to the local level, combined local economic expansion and sustainable development; and (3) investment finance, which provides catalytic financial structuring, de-risking, and capital deployment to drive SDG impact and domestic resource mobilization.
UNCDF’s Local Development Finance Practice (LD) aims to be center of excellence and innovative fund for local government finance and local economic development finance in the world’s 46 LDCs. LD promotes and supports transformative investments through local governments and domestic financial institutions (banks, pension funds) in LDCs by piloting and scaling up innovative financing mechanisms and policies in the public and private sectors. UNCDF’s work in Local Development Finance is best understood as an appreciation that the local dimension to development is essential for least developed countries (and least developed regions in all developing countries) to transform their economies and societies into an inclusive, diverse and sustainable system for human realization and planetary health. Local development is clearly defined not just as a local initiative, because everything happens somewhere, but as an initiative that draws from local assets to add value that is inclusively shared locally: infrastructure, services, value chains and environmental value – in other words an initiative with transformative impact.
Under the framework of the UNCDF Municipal Investment Finance programme, LD has partnered with the European Union to launch a new 4-year programme called Smart Green ASEAN Cities Programme (SG-ACP). The programme will support the ASEAN Member States on a city, national, and regional level to deal with urban environmental and climate change and related governance issues, focusing on smart solutions enabled by the use of appropriate technologies. The support will target facilitating policies and access to public and private funds and facilitating cooperation between cities within the ASEAN, as well as among ASEAN and European cities, and the sharing of European experiences. The programme also includes close links to the Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility, particularly with respect to sourcing, design and impact measurement of investments and with respect to synergies between public funds for climate related investments and revenue generating projects.
The overall objective is to promote a more sustainable urbanisation in ASEAN cities while reducing its environmental footprint and improving the quality of life for citizens. The programme outcome is that green and smart city solutions are adopted in ASEAN.
Three outputs are expected from this programme:
- Output 1: Enhanced design, planning and implementation of green and smart city solutions in selected cities;
- Output 2: Strengthened national capacity for green and smart city development through EU-ASEAN experience sharing;
- Output 3: Increased exchange of good smart and environmental city management practices from the EU and within ASEAN.
- The programme stakeholders include the European Union Delegation to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam, the ASEAN Secretariat, the ASEAN Working Group on Environmentally Sustainable Cities (AWGESC), Ministries of the ASEAN Member States, cities and local governments in the ASEAN region, Global Fund for Cities Development (FMDV), private sector, local authority associations and civil society organizations.
- In this context, UNCDF is seeking a Programme Manager (Smart Green ASEAN Cities Programme ), based in Jakarta, Indonesia to contribute to the effective delivery of the Programme’s activities and to expand the scope and scale of UNCDF’s local development finance work in the ASEAN region. The Programme Manager will report to the LD Asia Team Leader/Coordinator and is expected to work in close collaboration with MIF Global Programme Manager and other Local Development Finance leadership colleagues across the regions and at the Headquarters level.
- This new fixed-term managerial role is based in Jakarta, Indonesia.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Duties and Responsibilities
Working under the guidance and supervision of the LD Asia Team Leader, Coordinator P-5 based in Bangkok Thailand, the Programme Manager (Smart Green ASEAN Cities Programme) will perform the following tasks which are grouped into five functional areas:
- Ensures the strategic direction of Smart Green ASEAN Cities Programme (SG-ACP) focusing on achievement of the following results:
- Provide advice on strategies, policies and plans affecting project operations, delivery, knowledge and learning services;
- Establish collaborative arrangements with project potential partners and appropriate operational partnership arrangements;
- Constant monitoring and analysis of the operating environment, quick readjustment of the operations, advice on legal considerations and risk assessment;
- Monitoring and analysis of key developments in the country that are likely to impact on Project intervention areas, identification of development needs and potential solutions relevant to project activities;
- Ensure that project objectives and activities are well coordinated with plans and activities of the other government and non-government partners participating in the programme.
Ensures effective and accurate overall management of the Smart Green ASEAN Cities Programme (SG-ACP) focusing on achievement of the following results:
- Effectively manage the project team, ensure proper training, guidance and coaching opportunities for all personnel;
- Implement the project activities in accordance with UNCDF financial Rules and Regulations and the Internal Control Framework;
- Manage day-to-day administrative matters for the project with the support from the programme administrative staff;
- Create systems of effective financial, administrative and logistical processes to enable implementation of project activities;
- Co-ordinate procurement of goods and services using UNCDF policies and procedures and support services provided by UNDP Country Office mainly on procurement;
- Ensure full transparency and access to information about Project activities;
- Participate in communication and media activities; ensure project web-site updates; coordinate distribution of the project related information;
- Ensure visibility of the Donor and Implementing Partners in all project outputs.
Ensures efficient support to tasks related to advocacy, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and representation focusing on achievement of the following results:
- Supports gathering of data/information for project monitoring and evaluation processes ensuring compliance with EU and UNCDF M&E requirements in reporting on project results and progress towards outcomes;
- Ensure proper monitoring and evaluation procedures are instituted in all project activities;
- Ensure proper monitoring of project progress against annual and quarterly work plans and budgets;
- Coordinate and oversee the preparation of the substantive and operational reports from the projects;
- Develop annual workplans, budgets draft report and other document for the management and reporting of project activities;
- Manage the accurate and timely reporting on the progress of the project with a specific focus on the activities and funds utilized;
- Ensure that reports are provided to donors according to UNCDF’s contractual obligation;
- Monitor project inventory, attendance records, filing system;
- Assure correct personnel management and procurement of goods and services;
- Manage the Mid-term and final evaluation of the project and dissemination of the results;
- Co-ordinate project missions by UNCDF, funding partners and other relevant stakeholders.
Establishes and maintains strategic partnerships and implements the resource mobilization strategy for the project focusing on the achievement of the following results:
- Establishes and maintains dialogue with government officials, NGOs, partners, donors and communities to provide knowledge and understanding, ensuring accurate interpretation of the project’s mission;
- Identify areas of cooperation and coordination with other UN agencies for the implementation of joint activities related to the Smart Green ASEAN Cities Programme (SG-ACP);
- Identify opportunities for the implementation of the Smart Green ASEAN Cities Programme (SG-ACP) making specific recommendations on actions needed;
- Support resource mobilization efforts including design and negotiation of complementary initiatives to the Smart Green ASEAN Cities Programme (SG-ACP)
- Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and management, focusing on the achievement of the following results:
- Prepare knowledge products, related to the thematic areas under the Smart Green ASEAN Cities Programme (SG-ACP);
- Facilitate learning and experience sharing for government officials, private sector representatives, local community leaders and experts;
- Contribute to national, corporate and global knowledge networks;
- Represent UNCDF in meetings that are relevant to the project;
- Contribute to synergies with the development finance interventions at country level.
- 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
- Technical Expertise
- Project Management
- Client & Stakeholder Relationship Management
- Results-Based Programme Development and Management
- Building strategic partnerships
- Promoting Organizational learning and knowledge sharing
REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
- Master’s degree or equivalent in Development Studies, Economics, Public Administration, Political/Social Science or other development-related field.
- Minimum 7 seven years of relevant experience at the national and international level in the UN and/or international organizations in the area of advising and managing integrated governance and development projects with a focus on local government, climate change and the design and implementation of finance mechanisms in the public and private sector;
- Experience in managing staff, budgets, and operational systems in accordance with the EU/UN procedures and standards and establishing interrelationships with international organization and national governments in the area of governance and development.
- Experience in Least Developed Countries, particularly in the ASEAN region.
- Knowledge and experience of UNDP/UNCDF and UN system policies and programming is desirable;
- Experience in design and implementation of performance based grant systems and procedures;
- Experience in municipal finance, project finance and local capital investment planning, programming, financing and impact monitoring – especially in the ASEAN context.
- Knowledge of UNDP financial/accounting systems and regulations is an asset.
- Full fluency in written and spoken English is required.