Functions / Key Results Expected:
- Oversee the identification, selection and supervision of national consultants and experts, in close collaboration with the UNDP Country Office, Sr. Finance Expert and the Global BIOFIN Team and write/revise terms of reference for national BIOFIN team members;
- In consultation with the UNDP Country Office and Global BIOFIN Team and supported by the Sr. Finance Expert, elaborate/revise the work plan and budget and submit draft work plans / budgets timely for the bi-annual budget revision process (30 June and 31 December of each year);
- Supervise the work of national experts and institutions to ensure outputs are delivered on time, within the set budget, and to high quality standards; facilitate, guide and monitor the work of the national BIOFIN team;
- Oversee the work of the Project Assistant to ensure administrative requirements and budgets are managed and executed in a timely and appropriate manner and within UNDP and donor rules and regulations;
- Organise all relevant project workshops in a consultative manner, involving a wide variety of biodiversity finance stakeholders, including the government, private sector, NGOs, donors and academia;
- Discuss with the Ministries of Finance, Environment and other key stakeholders the establishment of a national Steering Committee and follow up on the formal establishment and regular convening of the Committee, undertake the same for any other proposed coordination mechanism, and write meeting reports to be shared with the UNDP CO and BIOFIN global;
- Ensure a timely identification of risks in implementation at the national level and communication to the global BIOFIN team;
- Organise bi-monthly meetings of the national team and monthly calls with the Technical Advisor from the global BIOFIN team. Ensure participation of national BIOFIN team members in regional technical calls.
- Signal any delays in national deliverables compared to the workplan to the Sr. Finance Expert, UNDP Country Office and
- the Global BIOFIN Team.
- Lead project monitoring, reporting and evaluation at national level, draft monthly and quarterly reports for review by the
- lead expert and submission to the global BIOFIN team.
- Develop workshop reports for the inception workshop and all technical workshops.
- Develop briefing notes, case studies, press releases, web articles and other media products as required.
- Write the section of the inception report on national implementation arrangements.
- Assist with research and write and edit sections of technical reports as required.
- Review all national level deliverables to ensure quality and consistency with the BIOFIN methodology
- Ensure Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) in each step of BIOFIN studies
- Manage the project budget, oversee procurement and accounting, together with the UNDP Country Office and the global BIOFIN Team.
- Ensure financial resources are disbursed on time to implementing partners.
- Maintain records of expenditures and collaborate in financial reporting.
- Key deliverables (products and processes):
- Detailed BIOFIN Work Plan and budget agreed by all major partners.
- National Steering/Advisory Committee formed and operational.
- All consultants and team members recruited and delivering to schedule, while working relations between team members are clarified and effective.
- Lines of communication and working methods agreed and functional.
- Reporting and updates provided to UNDP, government, BIOFIN, etc.
- Planned activities are carried out in line with timelines and required quality standards with GESI incorporation.
- All workshops organised in line with workplan and well documented.
- Inception Phase: Inception Workshop, Inception Report
- Policy and Institutional Review (I) Draft Report, (II) Initial and Final Workshops and workshop reports, (III) Final validated report.
- Biodiversity Expenditure Review (I) Draft Report, (II) Initial and Final Workshops and workshop reports, (III) Final validated report
- Financial Needs Assessment (I) Draft Report, (II) Initial and Final Workshops and workshop reports, (III) Final validated report
- Biodiversity Finance Plan (I) Draft Report, (II) Initial and Final Workshops and reports, (III) Final validated report
- Finance Solution Implementation (I) Engagement of additional consultants / service (II) Final report.
Ability to make new and useful ideas work
Level 5: Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them
Ability to persuade others to follow
Level 5: Plans and acts transparently, actively works to removes barriers
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
Level 5: Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
Level 5: Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
Level 5:Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions
- Ability to maintain overview in complex work situations, self-starter in supporting the coordinator in communicating and keeping timelines.
- Able to gather and process data and information.
- Excellent interpersonal skills to network among the national team and beyond to other national institutions.
- Writes clearly professional correspondence adequately.
- Highly organized person, sets priorities, produces quality outputs, meets deadlines and manages time efficiently.
- Shares knowledge and is willing to provide support to others who request advice or help.
- Works toward creative solutions by analysing problems carefully and logically.
- Maintains professional relationships with supervisors, co-workers and clients.
- Completion of Master’s Degree in Environment/Natural Resource Management, Biodiversity, Economics/Finance or any other related field.
- At least 7 years of experience, preferably in the implementation of environment/biodiversity/finance projects;
- Experience in collaborating with international and national experts and institutions;
- Exposure to environmental issues or biodiversity is desirable;
- Prior work experience with UNDP projects would be an asset.
- Good command of English is desirable
- Knowledge of local languages will be considered as an advantage.