Fresher UN Career Jobs – Investment Officer/Finance Specialist at United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

Organization: United Nations
Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Post Level: NOB-ICS9
Reports to: Operations
About UNDP:
The United
Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) is the UN’s capital investment agency
for the world’s least developed countries. It creates new opportunities for
poor people and their communities by increasing access to microfinance and
investment capital.  UNCDF focuses on Africa
and the poorest countries of Asia and the Pacific, with a special commitment to
countries emerging from conflict or crisis. 
It provides seed capital – grants and loans – and technical support to
help microfinance institutions reach more poor households and small businesses,
and local governments finance the capital investments – water systems, feeder
roads, schools, irrigation schemes – that will improve poor peoples’ lives.
The Local
Development Finance Initiative (LFI) is a global programme of UNCDF designed to
unlock financial sectors to finance small and medium-sized infrastructure
projects that are needed to accelerate local economic development and private
sector development.
Job Summary: The LFI Investment
Officer/Finance Specialist will work towards the implementation and attainment
of the targets of the LFI-U Programme, focusing on the following result areas:
Organization and facilitation of key programme
activities related to project development and project financing in Uganda.
Organization and facilitation of key programme
activities related to capacity building and knowledge management.
Project management and resource mobilization.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Organization and facilitation of key programme activities related to developing
and financing infrastructure projects (60%)
Provide implementation support for the process of
identifying, developing, and financing small scale infrastructure projects to
be financed through PPP, project finance and SME finance. Projects identified
must comply with UNCDF criteria for support to local economic developments.
Engage with local stakeholders during project
identification, development and financing (central and local government
officials, private sector banks, project sponsors, development partners, etc.).
Project sponsors can include local governments and other local institutions
Provide directly and facilitate provision of support
services to project sponsors identified. 
This includes feasibility studies, business plans, financial analysis,
market assessment, financial advisory services and project finance transaction
The incumbent will also support the establishment of
co-financing relationships with local and international financial institutions,
nurture relationships and manage activities needed to secure co-financing of
LFI projects.  
Actively facilitate the required technical studies
under guidance of the Global LFI Secretariat by engaging the project sponsors,
consultants, local authorities and communities as appropriate, including the development
of TORs that reflect project finance requirements and support of the
procurement processes.
Identify alternative financing sources, including
the preparation of and participation in discussions and negotiations with
banks, investors and other stakeholders.
Participate in activities to promote LFI’s
activities resulting in a project pipeline and/or strategic partnerships.
Prepare and facilitate technical missions for
projects and pipeline development.
Work closely with teams from UNCDF local development
finance projects responsible for measurement of transformative impact of
investment projects, including in climate change, food security, women’s
economic empowerment and local economic development. Exchange data and
information to ensure that selected projects meet the criteria for
transformational impact on local development in addition to financial criteria.
Organization and facilitation of key programme activities, related to capacity
building and knowledge management (25%):
Provide timely support for the LFI capacity building
and training programme, ensuring programme knowledge generation and
dissemination, including support to the development of LFI tools and toolkits,
case studies, briefs, research documents, and client impact evaluations.
Support and ensure timely delivery of LFI training
Support and ensure the implementation of the LFI
stakeholder mobilization and communication plan and organise and coordinate
outreach activities with a variety of stakeholders.
Provide specialist input to and ensure application
of the processes and tools to facilitate the transfer of knowledge, training,
and scaling up of LFI nationally, building the capacity of local stakeholders
in the public and private sectors.
Project Management & Resource Mobilization (15%)
The incumbent will also support efforts of UNCDF to
mobilize additional resources locally for LFI.
Ensure the delivery of the key results on time and
to budget as assigned by the CTA.
Responsible for planning, budgeting and reporting in
accordance with the guidelines of the Implementing Partner, UNCDF and Global
LFI Secretariat.
Exercise financial management of the project,
including timely submission of requests for disbursement of funds and other
Establish and maintain an effective and efficient
project monitoring system providing regular feedback on the project performance
and to update regularly risk and issue logs.
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidates for the United Nations UNCDF Investment
Officer/Finance Specialist should possess a Master’s Degree in Business
Administration, Finance, Banking or related areas, plus preferably a Bachelor
Degree in Engineering, Finance or Economics.
At least two years of relevant experience.
Expert knowledge of private sector finance.
Development finance knowledge is a plus.
Significant experience in private equity/venture
capital investments and or operations; credit and risk assessment skills; and
project financing experience in the private sector is a plus. 
Proven experience in project proposals evaluation
and assessment of feasibility for private sector funding. This involves the
initial screening of project application package, desk review and evaluation of
financials and business plans, preparing evaluation notes for presentation to
the Management Team to determine a project’s suitability for investment, and
detailed project concept notes to obtain clearance for full appraisal or
fact-finding field trips.
Demonstrated experience in; carrying out independent
research on the investment climate, project sponsors, management, economic,
financial, marketing, technical, environmental and legal aspects of the
Proven ability to engage across multiple
stakeholders, including project sponsors, government partners and financial
Applies a broad knowledge of best management
Stays abreast with new developments in development
finance and seeks to develop him/herself personally.
Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information
technology and applies it in work assignments.
Demonstrated ability to communicate in English
Demonstrated experience in preparation of project
financial analysis and creation/evaluation of advanced and complex Ms Excel
financial models.
Personal Competencies:
Managing complex projects and processes, with strong
organizational and communication skills.
Developing programme activities, planning events,
preparing presentations, and conducting training events.
Promoting ethics and integrity, creating
organizational precedents.
Building support and political acumen.
Building staff competence, creating an environment
of creativity and innovation
Ability to work and excel in a small team
Creating and promoting enabling environment for open
Sharing knowledge across the organization and
building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning.
Fair and transparent decision-making, and calculated
Strategic Partnerships
Makes effective use of UNCDF’s resources and
comparative advantage to strengthen partnerships.
Creates networks and promotes initiatives with
partner organizations.
Strong networking capabilities and ability to
associate him/herself with a range of actors (including policy makers,
regulators, FSPs and donors) with a view to building relations and facilitating
Resource mobilization experience and record of
success in reporting to and managing donor grants and reporting mechanisms.
and Marketing New Approaches
Creates an environment that fosters innovation and
innovative thinking.
Conceptualizes more effective approaches to
programme development and implementation and to mobilizing and using resources.
Anticipates constraints in the delivery of services
and identifies solutions or alternatives.
Proactively identifies, develops and discusses
solutions for internal and external clients, and persuades management to
undertake new projects or services.
Advises and develops strategic and operational
solutions with clients that add value to UNCDF programmes and operations.
committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and
culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with
disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated
with the strictest confidence.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates who so desire to join the United Nations
Capital Development Fund, UNCDF, in the aforementioned capacity should endeavor
to Apply Online by Clicking on the link below. Please further review job
requirements and if competent Click Apply Now.
Deadline: 2nd October 2015
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