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In the Pacific, UNDP provides regional and country support to 10 countries (Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu) and regional support to five countries (Cook Islands, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Tokelau), together with a total population of 2.4 million. Effective Governance Inclusive Growth Resilience and Sustainable Development
The financing needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will greatly surpass all current development finance flows but can also be raised from the large... amounts of (mostly private) investable resources available globally. Domestic public resources, even in low-income countries, can be increased and spending optimized. Financing solutions provide strategies and means to effectively unlock and direct these sources of finance toward realizing the SDGs.
Mobilizing adequate financing for sustainable development will be a challenge for all countries, but will be particularly difficult for Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) where financing needs for sustainable, climate-sensitive development are estimated to be among the highest in the world when measured as a proportion of national output. For this reason, UNDP and its partners meet with significant demand for guidance on identifying and operationalizing financing solutions across many sectors and thematic areas. This includes but is not limited to demand for support to build a more integrated approach to financing national development plans and support graduation processes for Pacific LDCs. UNDP currently supports various Pacific Countries (PIC) to formulate and operationalize integrated, costed financing strategies that bring together the policies and instruments through which governments govern public and private financing. These financing instruments include innovative instruments, such as blue bonds, and will provide a stronger basis for prioritizing and implementing policy changes and reforms that will help to mobilize new resources to support the delivery of national plans in meeting the 2030 agenda as well as to support transitioning out of the LDC status.
Given this growing demand for its services to support the financing of the SDGs in the Pacific region, UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji is looking to increase its capacity and establish a new dedicated SDG Finance project management unit which will be responsible for the management of the various projects related to the financing of the SDGs that are currently implemented by the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji. Under the guidance and direct supervision of the SDG Finance Specialist, the Manager of the SDG Finance Unit, the Project Manager is in charge of the implementation of two initiatives in the SDG Finance portfolio; Building Back Blue, which is supporting the Government of Fiji to issue a Blue Bond Investing in Coral Reefs and the Blue Economy in Fiji, which seeks to mobilize private and public investment capital for initiatives that have a positive impact on coral reefs and the communities that rely on them
Duties and Responsibilities
Ensuring Effective Project Management Of The Assigned Projects By Maintaining The Delivery Of Appropriate Technical, Operational, Financial And Administrative Outputs, While Tracking The Projects Progress Through Monitoring, Evaluation And Reporting Managing and coordinating the implementation of the respective activities based on the relevant project documents, including, as needed, supervision and guidance of other project staff, consultants and experts with a view to achieving project results; Developing comprehensive/detailed project work-plans that include all project activities and roles and responsibilities of the stakeholders and setting-out corresponding milestones; Monitoring the progress of implementation of project activities and key event schedules observing the work-plans and set deadlines including monitoring of the financial resources and accounting to ensure accuracy and reliability of financial reports; Mobilizing goods and services to support project activities, including drafting TORs and works/product requirements and specifications; Coordinate activities with UNDP Finance Sector Hub, UNDP Regional Office in Bangkok, UNCDF Pacific Office, and other regional agencies, and manage technical, logistical and administrative processes to ensure the achievement of Project Outputs; Managing and monitoring project risks initially identified, submitting information on the new risks and possible mitigating measures to the Project Board for consideration and updating the status of these risks by maintaining a Project Risk Log; Assuming responsibilities in line with the office Internal Control Framework and act as a `first authority` for Project transactions; Ensuring adherence of project activities to the existing financial, procurement and administrative processes that are in line with prevailing UNDP rules and regulations and, at the same time, observing the project timelines; Preparing project progress reports (progress against planned activities, update on risks issues, expenditures) and ensuring timely submission of the reports to the relevant instances, such as the project boards and relevant donors; Managing project tracking in ATLAS in accordance with UNDP procedures; Managing the transfer of project deliverables to national beneficiaries and other project stakeholders.
Maintaining collaborative working relationships among key project partners and projects donors, through effective communication, consultation and reporting: Maintaining strong relationships with the implementing partners, and other relevant partners and donors; Maintaining regular coordination and quality assurance of expert inputs and products as well as among project partners to ensure coherence and complementarity of project activities; Identifying opportunities for deepening the cooperation and recommending adequate approaches to dealing with different stakeholders based on information on all relevant stakeholders gathered during projects implementation; Maintaining regular communication on relevant project issues with the local and international counterparties, consultants and experts and ensuring quality and timely delivery of all agreed outputs; Maintaining effective linkages with current and potential donors; Submitting reports to UNDP, partners and donors in a quality and timely manner.
Aligning The Project With UN Values And UNDP Priorities Ensure the principles of gender equality, democratic governance, social inclusion and disaster resilience are effectively reflected in all project activities; Ensure that gender equality is pursued in all project activities and reflected in work plans, budgets, reports, researches, analyses and, where specifically relevant, analyzed in detail; Ensure that accessibility for persons with disabilities is reflected in all project activities; Consult regularly with other UNDP projects and programs on related activities where synergies are possible; Strive to engage groups and communities in project activities that affect them; Communicate project goals and activities clearly to both stakeholders and the wider public.
Support Implementation Of Project Visibility And Knowledge Management Activities Contributes to the systematic capacity building of the project management team and counterparts through introduction of innovation and best practices, access to knowledge and expertise and promotion of their application to project implementation; Support the Manager SDG Finance Unit, M&E and Communications colleagues in capturing and disseminations of lessons learnt during project implementation; Actively engage and promote teamwork, information sharing and collaboration within the project team and between project partners; Provide substantive inputs to presentations, visibility activities, advocacy, and other project-related materials, etc.
Competencies Core Innovation Ability to make new and useful ideas work Level 5: Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them Leadership Ability to persuade others to follow Level 5: Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers People Management Ability to improve performance and satisfaction Level 5: Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others Communication Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform Level 5: Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others Delivery 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 Technical/Functional Strategic Planning Ability to make decisions that align with strategy, vision, and mission Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise Results-based Management Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable results Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise Monitoring and Evaluation Knowledge of methodologies, tools, systems and apply practical experience in planning, monitoring, evaluating and reporting and ability to apply to practical situations Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise Risk Assessment / Management Knowledge of risk assessment methodologies and abilty to determine degree of risk and apply to strategic and/or practical situation Ability to identify and prioritize risks, and organize action around mitigating them Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise Quality Assurance Ability to perform administrative and procedural activities to ensure that quality requirements and goals are fulfilled Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
Required Skills And Experience Education: A minimum of 7 years (5 years for candidates with a masters degree) of relevant professional experience in the areas of Macro Economics, Fiscal and/or Monetary Policy, accounting, development financing (preferably climate financing), social policy, public policy, development studies or a related area. Experience: Experience in project management, programme/project coordination and monitoring and/or provision of advisory services or similar; Good knowledge of the policies and institutional frameworks relevant to the environmental protection, nature protection and/or climate change; Good knowledge of the structure, practices and rules and procedures governing local government and municipal work is an asset; Demonstrated experience in liaising and co-operating with government officials, municipal authorities, academic institutions, NGOs and the private sector; Excellent communications, report writing and analytical skills. Language Requirements: Proficiency in English. Working knowledge of other UN language desirable
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