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UN Programme Analyst - Investment Job Opportunities - United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

Organization: United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Global Programme Manager

About US:
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.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: Under the guidance and supervision of the Global Programme Manager, Local Investment Finance Expertise Facility (LIFE) and with secondary guidance from the START Facility Manager, the Investment Officer will perform the following tasks which are grouped into three functional areas:
Organization and facilitation of key programme activities related to project development and project financing;
  • Organization and facilitation of key programme activities related to capacity building and knowledge management;
  • Project management and resource mobilization.
Organization and facilitation of key programme activities related to developing and financing infrastructure projects:
  • Prepare eligibility and screening criteria and develop calls for proposals for START
  • Provide implementation support for the process of identifying, developing, and financing SME value addition projects in agriculture in accordance with the START rules and procedures;
  • Interact with local stakeholders during project identification, development and financing (government officials, private sector banks, project sponsors, development partners, etc);
  • Provide directly and facilitate provision of support services to project sponsors identified in close cooperation with PSFU.  This includes feasibility studies, business plans, financial analysis, market assessment, financial advisory services and project finance transaction structuring;
  • Ensure financing by the START Facility for eligible projects. This includes application of credit enhancement measures, such as equity top-ups and contracts guarantees, preparation of the Bank Info Memorandum and loan applications for START and proposals for grant/loan restructuring;       
  • Support the establishment of co-financing relationships with local and international financial institutions, nurture relationships and manage activities needed to secure co-financing of START projects;
  • Facilitate the required technical studies under guidance 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 and structures, including the preparation of and participation in discussions and negotiations with banks, investors and other stakeholders;
  • Participate in activities to promote START activities resulting in a project pipeline and/or strategic partnerships;
  • Prepare and facilitate technical missions for project and pipeline development.
Organization and facilitation of key programme activities, related to capacity building and knowledge management:
  • Offer technical advice to the START Facility Manager and other START partners on key aspects of project development, structuring and financial closure;
  • Provide support for the START capacity building and training programme, ensuring programme knowledge generation and dissemination, including support to the development of START tools and toolkits, case studies, briefs, research documents, and client impact evaluations;
  • Support and ensure the implementation of the START 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 START regionally and nationally, building the capacity of local stakeholders in the public and private sectors;
  • Develop and implement tools and programmes for knowledge building, transfer and sharing.
Project Management & Resource Mobilization:
  • Ensure the delivery of the key results on time and to budget as assigned;
  • Support timely planning, budgeting and reporting of the START facility in accordance with the guidelines of the Implementing Partner, UNCDF and EU;
  • Maintain an effective and efficient project monitoring system providing regular feedback on the project performance and to update regularly risk and issue logs;
  • Support the National Programme Manager and the START Facility Manager to mobilize additional resources and ensure its financial and institutional sustainability.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) Programme Analyst – Investment job opportunity should a Master’s degree in Finance/Accounting, Business Administration or Economics
  • The applicant must also hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Finance/Accounting, Business Administration or Economics combined with CPA or equivalent and additional two years of relevant experience. 
  • At least two years (4 years of relevant experience if combined with BA degree) of relevant experience in providing financial management advisory services.
  • Computer proficiency, including working knowledge of MS Office products, capacity in web-based management tools.

Personal Competencies:
Innovation:
  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work
  • Ability to work independently and be creative and innovative
Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow
People Management:
  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
  • Integrity and ability to work as a team
Communication:
  • Good listener with demonstrated ability to present and win support for ideas as well as make effective and timely decisions;
Delivery: Ability to get things done
Time Management:
  • Ability to work on multiple opportunities across products and sectors while working to deadlines and managing time effectively.
Partnership and networking:
  • Ability to build the relations and to develop a network of relevant external contacts, as well as internally across different teams.
  • Ability to build partnerships and deliver results that meet the needs and long-term interest of clients within and outside the institution;
  • Demonstrates ability to engage across multiple stakeholders, including project sponsors, government partners and financial institutions;
Analytical and research skills:
  • Including the ability to analyze company reports, sector data, economics and relevant political events
  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments;
Financial analysis:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of private equity/venture investments, credit and risk assessment, with solid financial modelling and risk assessment skills.  Project financing experience in the private sector is a plus;
  • Demonstrated experience in preliminary evaluation of project proposals for assessing their feasibility for private sector funding and/or technical support. This involves the secondary screening of project applications, carrying out of desk reviews and evaluation of feasibility studies, preparing evaluation notes for presentation to the Management Team to determine a project’s suitability for inclusion in the pipeline, and preparing more detailed project concept notes to obtain clearance for full appraisal or fact-finding field trips;
  • Expert knowledge of private sector finance.
  • Development finance knowledge is a plus;
  • Demonstrated knowledge in preparation of project financial analysis and creation/evaluation of advanced and complex MS Excel spreadsheet financial models;

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: 7th February 2018


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