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  • Posted: Oct 28, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
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  • The United Nations Office for Project Services is an operational arm of the United Nations, dedicated to implementing projects for the United Nations System, international financial institutions, governments and other partners in the aid world.
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    Country Fund Portfolio Specialist

    Role of the Country Fund Portfolio Specialist

    Reporting to the Country Fund Portfolio Manager, the Country Fund Portfolio Specialist is responsible for supporting the implementation of SHF’s funding application and programme cycle, including allocation and implementation oversight in the portfolio of assigned countries.

    The Country Fund Portfolio Specialist delivers timely integrated, proactive support, identifies risk and elevates where necessary, to secure countries’ access to, and effective/efficient use of, SHF resources to achieve tangible results.

    Functional Responsibilities

    • Funding application

    Within the portfolio of assigned countries:

    • Coordinate the compilation and analysis of complex data and qualitative information as required to support eligibility and prioritisation determinations per the SHF policy.
    • Draft relevant communications to countries, for example regarding eligibility status, allocation, and transition.
    • Prepare materials required (including managing appropriate translations) for SHF eligible countries to submit clear applications in line with SHF strategy and policies.
    • Manage timely responses to questions submitted by applicants regarding the funding process by liaising as needed across SHFteams.
    • Ensure the timely compilation of all materials, including the SHF eligibility list for publication on the SHF website.
    • Ensure relevant sections of the SHF website are up to date with the most current information for stakeholders on all aspects of the SHF funding processes.
    • Prepare relevant communications to national governments regarding co-financing and leveraging requirements.
    • Monitor and provide solutions for resolving SHF funding/co-financing issues arising on a country-by-country basis, escalating where required.
    • Track co-financing requirements for clear and transparent documentation.
    • Responsible for risk identification, manage through implementation of the SHF risk register(s) and manage or elevate appropriately.
    • Prepare and maintain country records, status and progress trackers, including for audit but also for decision making purposes.
    • Support to Independent Review Team (IRT)
    • Act as the focal point for preparing documentation required for IRT review processes for countries within the assigned portfolio, including applicant materials.
    • Lead on t documentation of IRT funding recommendations related to countries within the assigned portfolio.
    • Grant management

    Within the portfolio of assigned countries:

    • Provide technical advice with the delivery of all SHF pre-financing activities in eligible countries leading to the development of high quality investment cases and bankable projects.
    • Facilitate, coordinate and support all steps of the SHF funding process for grants and other types of investments (application, funding decision, disbursement, monitoring, renewal).
    • Coordinate and ensure the development of high quality and country-specific grant documents.
    • Deliver efficient and proactive coordination of all SHF processes with a country, including clear and comprehensive communications consistent with SHF strategy and policies.
    • Review and analyse key documentation from countries or partners; ensuring compliance with policies, requirements, agreed timelines, formats and quality standards.
    • Manage systems for maintaining organized documentation of all country correspondence.
    • Work in collaboration with the Finance Unit to advise on disbursements to SHF recipients.
    • Knowledge management, partnerships and innovation
    • Act as the focal point for capturing feedback and ensuring that lessons learned across countries, technical partners and other teams inform updated application materials.
    • T Represent SHF in dialogue with relevant finance and development partners in the region, including the African Development Bank, financing organizations and UN agencies, for the purpose of gathering intelligence and establishing partnerships.
    • Manage the development and introduction of innovation to ensure SHF is continually incorporating best practice approaches.

    This position is expected to travel frequently around the region and occasionally outside the region.

    Education:

    • Education

    Advanced university degree preferably in Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences, Social Sciences or other relevant field is required.

    A bachelor's degree with a combination of two additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the master's degree.

    • Experience

    Minimum of five years of progressively responsible investment structuring/fund management experience is required.

    Experience of managing government and donor relations and investor engagement while working for an international organization or related experience is required.

    Experience In Grant Management Is Required.

    Prior experience in supporting or managing implementation of multi-donor supported projects would be a strong asset.

    • Language Full working knowledge of English is essential.

    Knowledge of another official UNOPS language, particularly French, is an asset

    Additional Considerations

    Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time Applications ...

    • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
    • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
    • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
    • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
    • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
    • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
    • This position is expected to travel frequently around the region and occasionally outside the region.
    • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

    It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.

    Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

    Experience:

    • Education

    Advanced university degree preferably in Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences, Social Sciences or other relevant field is required.

    A bachelor's degree with a combination of two additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the master's degree.

    • Experience

    Minimum of five years of progressively responsible investment structuring/fund management experience is required.

    Experience of managing government and donor relations and investor engagement while working for an international organization or related experience is required.

    Experience In Grant Management Is Required.

    Prior experience in supporting or managing implementation of multi-donor supported projects would be a strong asset.

    • Language Full working knowledge of English is essential.

    Knowledge of another official UNOPS language, particularly French, is an asset

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    Country Analyst

    Reporting to the Head of Country Fund Portfolio and maintaining collaboration with Resource Mobilization and the Country Fund Portfolio teams, the Country Analyst will conduct in-depth research and provide technical input to inform selection of countries in the SHF portfolio, the progression of countries throughout the SHF engagement process, compelling presentation of new data on the sanitation economy, hygiene and menstrual health, identification of projects for SHF investments and investor engagement.

    Research to inform SHF country selection:

    • Research, review, collate and analyse data for SHF eligible countries on investment readiness (including political will, sector, and related sectors (health, education, finance, gender etc.) performance, partner and financing activity, fragility, risks and opportunities); translate and organise into usable reference material to to inform decisions on country prioritisation and country allocations.
    • Prepare regular reports on investment readiness for decision making on country selection and allocations by SHF management and Board.

    Research to inform country investment cases:

    • Analyse and package for inclusion in country investment cases new information on the sanitation, hygiene and menstrual health economies, generated for SHF by technical partners.
    • Research, review, collate and analyse data for countries in the SHF portfolio to identify investable/bankable projects, convert project objectives into metrics, identify partners and delivery mechanisms and determine financing needs.
    • Collaborate with country stakeholders and SHF Technical Advisory Services to feed information on bankable projects and the sanitation economy into country investment cases.

    Research on investor engagement:

    • Support the structuring of investment opportunities by estimating financial returns, analysing risks and determining potential role of SHF in making projects attractive to investors.
    • Review collate and analyse data on potential investors for selected bankable projects to inform SHF investor engagement.
    • Draft and finalize talking points, including for the Directorate, and contribute to the drafting and development of documents, articles, and publications.

    Monitoring and Progress Controls

    The work of the Country Analyst will contribute to specific deliverables including:

    • country prioritization and determination of country allocations,
    • creation of new information on the size and type of opportunities that exist in the sanitation and MHH economy in SHF priority countries
    • identification and preparation of bankable projects and country investment cases
    • creation of new investment opportunities in sanitation, hygiene and MHH in SHF priority countries; and
    • a detailed ongoing catalogue/database of identified entry points for SHF engagement with potential investors.

    Education:

    • Education

    A master’s degree in political science, international development, social sciences, environment related sciences, water and sanitation engineering, economics, business is required.

    • Work Experience

    Minimum 2 years post master's applied research in either academia, the private sector or development sector agencies, including at least 1 years exposure to social impact investing.

    Experience in collating and analyzing complex information and preparing concise reports for decision makers is desirable.

        

    • Language

    Fluency in English and French (i.e. writing, reading and speaking) is required.

    Additional Considerations

    Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time Applications ...

    • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
    • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
    • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
    • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
    • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
    • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
    • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

    It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.

    Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

    IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT APPLICANTS SUBMIT A ONE-PAGE COVER LETTER INDICATING THEIR MOTIVATION AND FIT FOR THE POSITION.

    Experience:

    • Education

    A master’s degree in political science, international development, social sciences, environment related sciences, water and sanitation engineering, economics, business is required.

    • Work Experience

    Minimum 2 years post master's applied research in either academia, the private sector or development sector agencies, including at least 1 years exposure to social impact investing.

    Experience in collating and analyzing complex information and preparing concise reports for decision makers is desirable.

    • Language

    Fluency in English and French (i.e. writing, reading and speaking) is required.

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