Position: Aid Effectiveness Specialist
Job ID: 26090
Duty Station: Kathmandu, Nepal
Vacancy Type: FTA International
Posting Type: External
Bureau: Asia & the Pacific
Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension
The overarching long term goal of the Effective Development Financing and Coordination project (EDFC 2016 – 2020) is to further enhance the capacity of the Ministry of Finance, International Economic Cooperation and Coordination Division (IECCD) and counterparts with a strengthened enabling environment to effectively and efficiently plan, manage and coordinate Official Development Assistance. Building on the achievements of the existing Developing Capacities for Effective Aid Management and Coordination project Phase 1 (2009 – 2015) Institutional capacity development of IECCD is the core strategy for evidence-based analysis and effective coordination with development partners, line ministries and other development stakeholders.
The project focuses on establishing and strengthening coordination structures in line with the Development Cooperation Policy 2014. The project will help streamline IECCD standard operating procedures translating global policies and practices on ODA management into a single national system. The project will also enhance the analytical capacity of IECCD and other line ministries for the better alignment and prioritization of ODA with national development priorities.
The objectives of the project are:
1. Strengthened GoN management and coordination capacity of ODA. (in particular within MOF IECCD)
2. Strengthened and developed capacity of key development stakeholders in the management, coordination and implementation of ODA through robust institutionalized mechanisms and analytical capacity.
3. Improved capacity in the area of ODA transparency and M&E of ODA activities for GoN MOF IECCD stakeholders.
Under the overall guidance of Joint Secretary Of IECCD and National Project Director of EDFC, the Aid Effectiveness Specialist will work very closely with National Project Manager and the EDFC project in close coordination with Assistant Country Director and the Program Analyst of UNDP’s Poverty and Inclusion Unit. S/he will provide policy advice, capacity development services and management support to IECCD on all aspects of the implementation of the Project. He/she shall provide capacity development support to IECCD and line ministries to ensure effective government ownership of national development programs to advance the achievement of national development goals and SDGs. In addition, the incumbent will facilitate partnerships between the government, development partners and national stakeholders to enhance development cooperation management and partnerships based on established global principles (e.g. The Paris Declaration, Accra and Busan) adapted to the Nepal context.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:
• Capacity development and organizational management systems;
• Partnership and networking that promote development results;
• Development of national systems to support core reforms;
• Promote and prioritize gender and social inclusion considerations in all areas of project activities in line with the UNDP Country Office policy on gender and social inclusion.
1. Capacity development and organizational management systems
• Advise and assist IECCD in developing and implementing a comprehensive capacity development program to strengthen MOF capacity to take full ownership and leadership of ODA resource mobilization and management functions;
• Provide capacity development support to Government of Nepal on strategic policy and management issues in the area of development cooperation to improve aid effectiveness, partnership, mutual accountability for results, and coordination of core reforms and mainstreaming of cross-cutting issues;
• Further develop and implement information and knowledge management systems, including the AMIS AMP, web-based learning tools and information services for use across GON in managing development cooperation, strengthening multi-stakeholder partnerships, mutual accountability and results-based sector programmes;
• Guide the production and implementation of GON policy on South-South cooperation and development cooperation relationships with regional partners and countries of the South;
• Advise IECCD in managing programmatic and operational aspects of the Project with a view to progressively integrating all program functions into IECCD systems;
• Serve as mentor for project and IECCD staff with a view to promoting sustainable policy and managerial capacity;
• Support in facilitating capacity building activities within Nepal and internationally for IECCD.
2. Partnership and networking that promote development results
• Advise and assist the IECCD in the preparation, dissemination and sharing of key GON policy documents to strengthen GON policy dialogue with external development partners and national stakeholders including Parliament, the private sector and civil society;
• Facilitate the sector/ technical working groups under the NPPR, including in its work to promote SWAPs, the use of national systems and capacity to promote results-based partnerships across GON;
• Support the GON participation in regional and international meetings related to development cooperation and aid management;
• Support UNDP and MOF for resource mobilization for the project.
3. Development of national systems to support core reforms
• Lead the capacity development effort of GON, in line with core reforms, to strengthen national systems such that they promote the integration of external resources into these systems;
• Identification and support in implementation of pilots to develop diagnostic tools and implement pilot programmes in line ministries consistent with core reforms;
• Ensure that the project prioritizes gender and social inclusion considerations, both in terms of mainstreaming gender and social inclusion and setting specific programme targets where appropriate.
4. Promote and prioritize gender and social inclusion considerations in all areas of project activities in line with the UNDP Country Office policy on gender and social inclusion
• Ensure gender and social inclusion is integrated in all capacity development activities;
• Advise suitable strategies to ensure that development cooperation contributes to gender equality and social inclusion;
• Ensure that Aid Management Information System produces disagreed data to capture gender and social inclusion.
• Innovation (Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert):
Ability to make new and useful ideas work
• Leadership (Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
Ability to persuade others to follow
• People Management (Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
• Communication (Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
• Delivery (Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
Ability to get things done
• Advocacy/Advancing a Policy-Oriented Agenda(Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
• Results-Based Programme Development and Management (Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
• Building Strategic Partnerships (Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
• Resource Mobilization (Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
• Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing (Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
• Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise (Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
• Client Orientation (Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
• Gender and Social Inclusion Sensitivity (Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)
• Required Skills and Experience
• Completion of Master’s Degree (PhD preferred) in Economics, Political Science, Social Science, Development or a related field
• Minimum of 7 years’ of experience with a specific focus on Development Financing, ODA Management, Aid Effectiveness, Aid Management Information Systems implementation, ODA Project Implementation and Capacity Development;
• Previous experience working within Government institutions responsible for ODA Management and coordination with a capacity development focus;
• Experience working on and managing UNDP projects an advantage;
• Experience in coordination associated with emergency response an asset;
• In-country and or regional experience an asset.
• Demonstrated excellent command of spoken and written English;
• Working language is English, Knowledge of Nepali an asset;
• Excellent communication and drafting skills required.
Last date to apply: 2 October 2019