UN START Facility Manager Employment Opportunity – United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

Job Title:     START Facility Manager
Organization: United
Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: National
Programme Manager
Post Level: NOC
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.
About START:
The START funding facility is
designed to support the implementation of DINU food security and nutrition
component, in particular Activity 1.2.2, which aims at providing seed capital
to incubation projects along agricultural value chain as part of its overall
objective to increase local production of diversified food. The Facility is
intended to offer access to affordable medium-term finance for agricultural
value adding projects in Northern Uganda through provision of Business
Development Services and seed capital in the form of loans, grants and reimbursable
grants. The medium to long-term development objective will be to stimulate
pro-poor economic growth in northern Uganda, better retain the economic
benefits of agriculture in the North, and improve local food systems and food
security. The secondary medium-term objective will be to transform the Facility
into a sustainable and adequately capitalized loan/grant facility providing
technical assistance and seed capital to small and medium-sized value adding
agribusinesses in Northern Uganda with the further intention to scale up its
operation and coverage nationally.
START is structured as a
blended facility providing a customized mix of Business Development Services,
project development and structuring services, and financial products.
Accordingly, the START has three lines of business managed by the three
participating institutions respectively, the Private Sector Foundation of
Uganda (PSFU), UNCDF and the Uganda Development Bank Limited (UDBL). In
addition to managing the line of business that provides project preparation and
development services, UNCDF will be responsible for the overall administration
of the Facility. To perform this function, UNCDF is looking for a dynamic,
experienced and forward-looking manager for the START Facility. 
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Ensures the strategic management of the Facility focusing on
achievement of the following results:
  • Ensure continued alignment of the
    Facility operation in terms of the policies and approach with the national
    objectives, relevant policies and strategies as well as with the DINU
    programmatic objectives and relevant interventions across all three areas;
  • Ensure that project objectives and
    activities are well coordinated with, and complement, the activities and
    operations of other agencies, facilities and funds that support
    agricultural development and finance in Northern Uganda;
  • Ensure coherence between the Facility
    partners (PSFU and UDB) and delivery towards the stated common objectives.
  • Provide technical advice on strategies,
    policies and plans affecting Facility operations, delivery, knowledge and
    learning services;
  • Establish collaborative arrangements
    with other potential partners and appropriate operational partnership
  • Constant monitoring and analysis of the
    operating environment, quick readjustment of the operations, advice on
    legal considerations and risk assessment;
  • In charge of monitoring and analysis of
    key developments in the country that are likely to impact on the Facility
Ensures effective and accurate overall management of the Facility
focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Prepare and submit for approval the
    Facility’s annual plans and budgets.
  • Manage the overall Facility governance
    and implementation mechanisms including organizing the review and approval
    meetings, field visits, and other specific activities of the Management
    Board, Project Preparation Facility, Grant Approval Committee, Credit
    Approval Committee and other entities formally established by the
  • Serves as the Secretary to the START
    Management Board, organizes regular Board meetings and keeps the records
    of the Board’s procedures.
  • Prepare and issue in a timely manner the
    memoranda of understanding, letters of agreement with the partners and
    other legal instruments to enable their engagement and implementation of
    the activities for which they are responsible;
  • Ensure timely financial transfers to the
    Facility’s lines of business;
  • Prepare and issue, in consultation with
    the other partners, calls for proposals and the criteria applied for
    project selection;
  • Ensure timely publication and public
    access to all relevant information pertaining to the Facility operation,
    including information on selected beneficiaries and annual progress
  • Prepare inputs concerning START
    operations to the DINU quarterly and annual reports in accordance with the
    EU and other donor requirements as well as standalone narrative and
    financial reports on START operations to the START Management Board,
    European Union as well as other possible partners/donors;
  • Participate in communication and media
    activities; ensure the Facility web-site updates; coordinate distribution
    of the project related information;
  • Ensure visibility of the Donor and
    Implementing Partners in all project outputs.
Ensures effective quality assurance of the Facility’s operation
focusing on the achievement of the following results:
  • Establish an effective tracking system
    and database for the Facility-supported projects to reflect their
    financial and physical progress throughout their life cycle from the
    submission of proposals, to implementation, and evaluation to
    documentation and closure in compliance with EU and UNCDF M&E
  • Ensure strict adherence and compliance
    of all operations and activities with the Facility rules and procedures,
    including the financial and other requirements for the size and nature of
    the eligible projects, and the type of support and individual
    disbursements per project;
  • Collect regular (quarterly and annual)
    narrative and financial reports from the implementing partners (PSFU and
    UDB) for submission to the START Management Board and DINU Programme
    Manager as part of the programme overall monitoring arrangements;
  • Design, in cooperation with the START
    partners, general key performance indicators for the Facility, assign
    distinct performance measures, and ensure their continuous monitoring and
    timely corrective measures in the case of deviation;
  • Develop in collaboration with the
    partners and implement START monitoring and evaluation plan, compliance
    and accordingly utilize the findings as to justify adjustment of the funds
    disbursement schedules and to introduce corrective measures in the case of
  • Regularly update the risk log for the
    Facility and conduct appropriate budget and operation risk management,
    mitigation and responses.
  • Analyze and monitor the financial
    situation, present forecasts for the Facility, and monitor for unusual
    activities and transactions;
  • Support the design, preparation and
    implementation of regular independent audits of the Facility; prepare
    management responses and follow up on the audit recommendations as
  • Organize field verification and
    inspection visits by the START Management Board, partners, government
    officials and other stakeholders.
Establishes and maintains strategic partnerships and implements
the resource mobilization strategy for the Facility focusing on the achievement
of the following results:
  • Establish and maintain dialogue with
    government officials, NGOs, partners, donors and communities to provide
    knowledge and understanding, ensuring accurate interpretation of the
    Facility’s objectives;
  • Identify areas of cooperation and
    coordination with other government and non-government partners, financial
    institutions, development agencies as well as UN agencies for the
    implementation of joint activities related to the Facility;
  • Render support in resource mobilization
    efforts for the Programme.
  • Prepare and implement the strategy and
    action plan for transforming START into a sustainable and adequately capitalized
    investment facility providing technical assistance and seed capital to
    small and medium-sized value adding agribusinesses.
Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and management,
focusing on the achievement of the following results:
  • Formulate and implement START Visibility
    Plan to capture the management of the funds as well as the projects being
    implemented for the purpose of Facility visibility and lessons learnt and,
    in this regard, periodically publish knowledge products in the START website
    and other media;
  • Assist in documenting START good
    practices and lessons learnt.
  • 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 the Facility and UNCDF in
    meetings relating to the Facility;
  • Contribute to UNCDF cross-practice
    synergies with the development finance interventions at country level.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United
    Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) Programme Manager – DINU
    employment opportunity should a Master’s degree or equivalent in Finance,
    Business Administration, Economics, Public Administration or other related
  • A minimum of five years of relevant
    experience at the national or international level in providing financial
    management, investment services and/or funds management advisory services;
  • Previous experience in managing staff
    and operational systems in accordance with international procedures and
    standards and establishing interrelationships with international
    organizations and national governments in the area of governance and
  • Experience in Least Developed Countries,
    particularly in Uganda and East Africa;
  • Knowledge and experience of UNCDF and UN
    system policies and programming is desirable.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in
    the design, implementation and management of funding facilities providing
    integrated business development and financial services.
  • Experience in providing project
    development and investment advisory services to small and medium
    enterprises, particularly in the agricultural sector.
  • In-depth knowledge of the subject-matter
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of
    more advanced aspects of primary area of specialization as well as the
    fundamental concepts of related disciplines;
  • Serves as internal consultant in the
    area of expertise and shares knowledge with staff;
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in
    area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop
    him/herself professionally;
  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of
    information technology and applies it in work assignments;
  • Demonstrates comprehensive understanding
    and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools and
    utilizes these regularly in work assignments;
Personal Competencies:
  • Advocacy/Advancing
    a policy-oriented agenda: 
    Analysis and creation of messages and strategies. Uses the
    opportunity to bring forward and disseminate materials for advocacy work
  • Results-Based
    Programme Development and Management: 
    Contributes into results through primary research and analysis.
    Assesses project performance to identify success factors and incorporates
    best practices into project work; researches linkages across programme
    activities to identify critical points of integration; monitors 
        specific stages of projects/programme implementation
  • Building
    strategic partnerships:
    • Identifying and building partnerships;
      identifies needs and interventions for capacity building counterparts,
      clients and potential partners; displays initiative, sets challenging
      outputs for him/herself and willingly accepts new work assignments; takes
      responsibility for achieving agreed outputs within set deadlines and
      strives until successful outputs are achieved; innovation and marketing
      new approaches.
    • Developing new approaches, looks at
      experience critically, drawing lessons, and building them into the design
      of the new approaches; identifies new approaches and promotes their use
      in other situations; documents successes and uses them to project a
      positive image; creates an environment that fosters innovation and
      innovative thinking; makes the case for innovative ideas from the team
      with own supervisor.
  • Promoting
    organizational learning and knowledge sharing:
     Developing tools and mechanisms.
    Makes the case for innovative ideas documenting successes and building
    them into the design of new approaches; identifies new approaches and
    strategies that promote the use of tools and mechanisms.
  • Client
    to positive outcomes for the client; anticipates client needs; works
    towards creating an enabling environment for a smooth relationship between
    the clients and service provider, demonstrates understanding of client’s
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: 14th March 2018
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