UNCDF makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 least developed countries. With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development. UNCDF’s financing models work through two channels: financial inclusion that expands the opportunities for individuals, households, and small businesses to participate in the local economy, providing them with the tools they need to climb out of poverty and manage their financial lives; and by showing how localized investments — through fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance — can drive public and private funding that underpins local economic expansion and sustainable development. By strengthening how finance works for poor people at the household, small enterprise, and local infrastructure levels, UNCDF contributes to SDG 1 on eradicating poverty and SDG 17 on the means of implementation. By identifying those market segments where innovative financing models can have transformational impact in helping to reach the last mile and address exclusion and inequalities of access, UNCDF contributes to a number of different SDGs.
UNCDF’s Local Development Finance Practice aims to be a centre of excellence and innovative fund for local government finance and local capital investment finance in the world’s 47 least developed countries**.** We passionately believe that fiscal decentralization and more accessible capital finance for local governments and local economies accelerates structural transformation and sustainable equitable development in least developed countries. We bring this expertise to address the challenge of local development together with partners, including our UNCDF colleagues from other technical areas.
UNCDF has developed expertise and a portfolio of programmes addressing the issue of local resilience called the Local Resilience Programme (LRP), with a focus on building resilience to climate change, environmental sustainability and food security through local governments and mechanisms for local government finance. The centerpiece of the Local Resilience Programme is the Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL). In line with the recommendations of the Mid Term Review of the LoCAL facility the LRP consolidates the LoCAL mechanism itself and more recent work in the field of land restoration, municipal finance, urban resilience, coastal resilience and food security. It includes investments funded with local public finance and investments that have a blended finance component.
The Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL) is a mechanism to integrate climate change into local authorities’ planning and budgeting through the regular intergovernmental fiscal transfer system using performance based grants in a participatory and gender sensitive manner, increase awareness and capacities to respond to climate change at the local level including through ecosystem based solutions, and increase the quality and number of local investments that address climate change. LoCAL combines performance-based climate resilience grants (PBCRGs), which ensure programming and verification of change expenditures at the local level, with technical and capacity-building support. It uses the grants and demonstration effect to trigger further flows for local climate action including global climate finance and national fiscal transfers. LoCAL also aims to support private finance for small and medium businesses and municipal finance and public-private partnerships. LoCAL is currently active in 14 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. LoCAL operates a “quadruple check” methodology and measurement process for proven climate adaptation.
The recent mid-term evaluation of the LoCAL mechanism has called for LoCAL to expand its proven methodology, accelerating support to adaptation in urban areas, adaptation in coastal areas and private sector adaptation. The Mid Term Review also called upon LoCAL to improve its monitoring and impact measurement systems to enable the LoCAL mechanism and associated methodologies to become fully embedded in the global climate adaptation response. Finally, the Mid Term Review recommended that LoCAL deepen its connections with other UNCDF programmes on working on blended finance for resilience including:
Municipal Investment Finance (MIF) programme which promotes the objectives of the UNCDF for a financial ecosystem conducive to municipal finance and local government finance. The MIF programme supports local governments to structure revenue generating investments with measurable development impact. It also supports the regulatory reform required to boost local government fiscal space accompanied by autonomy to implement the full range of municipal finance instruments. LoCAL will develop synergies with MIF to produce a mechanism for urban climate resilience using blended finance.
Local Finance Initiative (LFI) programme which promotes the structuring of private and public private investments that drive structural transformation and accelerates the implementation of the SDGs. These investments are in sectors or geographic regions largely ignored by mainstream financial providers. The investments are targeted towards catalytic interventions that will have a transformative effect on local economies. LoCAL will develop mechanisms to apply its climate adaptation analysis approach to attract private finance for revenue generating activities that boost local resilience.
To implement the Mid Term Review recommendations and the decisions of the LoCAL board which endorsed these recommendations, LoCAL has created two new posts - the Local Resilience Programme Global Manager and the Local Resilience Programme Deputy Global Manager. These posts will combine the responsibilities of managing the LoCAL programme implementation with tasks of consolidating and expanding UNCDF’s resilience work and developing the technical, institutional and funding partnerships to take it forwards.
The Local Resilience Programme Global Manager, P-5 will oversee the LoCAL mechanism and work closely with the other UNCDF programmes to implement the Mid Term Review recommendations, piloting new global investment mechanisms for building resilience at the local level leveraging UNCDF’s expertise in Municipal Finance, Local Government Finance and Local Economic Development Finance. This will require work with partners, such as IFIs and global climate adaptation and mitigation institutions.
The Local Resilience Programme Global Manager will supervise the Deputy Global Manager. The roles of Global Manager and Deputy Global Manager will provide programme leadership and ensure the effective management of the LoCAL mechanism through intergovernmental fiscal transfers and performance-based climate resilient grants. This will include supporting its rollout and expansion to 20 countries, ensuring that the local “quadruple check” system is properly implemented, securing funding for LoCAL phases I, II and III in each country. Together, the Global Manager and the Deputy Global Manager will work closely with the existing partners of the local mechanism to strengthen the quality and reputation of the LoCAL process and secure its place as an international standard.
The overall objective of the Global Manager and Deputy Global Manager posts is to promote resilient communities and local economies by increasing investment in climate change, environmental sustainability and food security at the local level in target countries, thereby contributing to the achievement of SDG 1, SDG2, SDG 11 and SDG 13 and country specific Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the UNFCCC Paris Agreement, as well as SDG targets and commitments to the UNCCD and its Land Degradation Neutrality Fund and UNCBD.
To achieve this the role of local authorities in addressing climate change, environmental sustainability and local resilience must be increasingly recognised at global and national levels and the LoCAL mechanism and its associated methodologies must become standard internationally recognised country-based frameworks for strengthening climate and environmental resilience at the local level, through a process of climate risk assessment, prioritization of adaptation measures within local planning processes and investment menus, and implementation and impact assessment of measures. The LoCAL mechanism provides trusted quality assurance and institutional embeddedness for local governments and local actors implementing climate resilience measures within the architecture of global and national climate finance.
This objective is achieved by applying the UNCDF Local Development Finance theory of change to bring about structural reforms to local public and private finance mechanisms and businesses models in developing countries. The Local Development Finance theory of change and indicators are included in annex.
The Global Manager of Local Resilience Programme reports to the Director of Local Development Finance at UNCDF and serves as Secretary to the Board of the Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility. This role is a development project position funded through the LoCAL programme and other UNCDF Local Development Finance initiatives in local resilience.
Important: This position of Global Programme Manager, LRP P5 may be located in Bangkok, Thailand or Kampala, Uganda based on programmatic needs so applicants need to indicate their location preference clearly in the job application.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:
The key function of the Local Resilience Programme Global Manager will be to transform the LoCAL programme into a broader programme for local resilience that contributes to the Theory of Change and results measurement framework of the Local Development Finance practice at UNCDF. This will require implementing the recommendations of the LoCAL Mid Term Review in line with the UNCDF Management Response to that review. These functions include:
- Oversee the strengthening and expansion of the LoCAL “quadruple check” method to become a standard and country based methodology for assessing climate resilience for private sector, municipal, coastal and local government investments.
- Design and manage the implementation of an expansion of the LoCAL methodology to include municipal blended finance investments and adapt the PBCRG mechanism accordingly.
- Design and manage the implementation of an expansion of the LoCAL methodology to include private sector adaptation and mitigation investments in sectors such as clean energy, agricultural production, forestry management, waste management and water management.
- Design and manage the implementation of an expansion of the LoCAL methodology to include public investments, private investments and blended finance for coastal protection and coastal resilience.
- Build partnerships and promote advocacy, knowledge management and learning about the results of the LoCAL mechanism and the effectiveness of its tools (quadruple check, PBCRG, blended finance etc).
Detailed Roles and Responsibilities
- Overall oversight and management of the LoCAL programme and its partnerships:
The Global Programme Manager (LRP) will, in close coordination with the LRP Deputy Global Manager, P4 undertake the following:
- Coordinate and facilitate the identification of candidate countries, oversee pre-scoping and scoping exercises and oversee the expansion strategy of LoCAL, ensuring that the expansion is in line with strategic resource mobilization targets for phases I, II and III
- Oversee the redesign of LoCAL programmes as they move from phase I to phase II to phase III.
- Oversee the institutional embedding of LoCAL phase III into each countries NDC targets, national institutions and climate adaptation strategy.
- Coordinate and lead partnership building and resource mobilization to support LoCAL expansion within participating countries and in new countries in close coordination with UNCDF country team
Liaise closely with the UNCDF Regional Technical Advisors to ensure adequate coordination, synergies and collaboration with other UNCDF programmes.
Oversee strengthening and expansion of quadruple check:
Oversee and provide quality assurance to the LoCAL Performance Based Grant mechanism that is supported by the Deputy Global Manager.
Oversee and coordinate the inclusion of the LoCAL mechanism as part of the implementation of the Paris Agreement and other relevant agreements in collaboration with climate adaptation and mitigation institutions including UNFCCC, UNCCD, IPCC, GCF and other relevant organizations.
Contribute to conferences, events, meetings, knowledge products about the LoCAL mechanism.
Design and manage the implementation of municipal / urban LoCAL
Oversee the modification of the LoCAL PBCRG to enable its application to urban and municipal climate resilience including through blended finance models.
In collaboration with the UNCDF Municipal Investment Finance programme manager, coordinate the design of a blended finance impact measurement method that applies the LoCAL quadruple check as part of its methodology and liaise with relevant institutions to support the application of this impact measurement to PPPs and other municipal finance investments as part of UNCDF’s municipal finance portfolio.
In collaboration with the UNCDF Municipal Investment Finance programme manager, coordinate the design of a Green Municipal Bond certification that applies the LoCAL quadruple check as part of its methodology and liaise with relevant institutions to support the issuance and financing of Green Municipal Bonds as part of UNCDF’s municipal finance portfolio.
Oversee and coordinate the rollout of LoCAL as a mechanism to accelerate the financing of climate resilient infrastructure in developing country cities.
Design and manage the implementation of private sector LoCAL
Oversee the modification of the LoCAL PBCRG to enable its application to private sector climate resilience including through SME finance, project finance and blended finance models.
In collaboration with the UNCDF regional technical advisors and other relevant institutions, coordinate the design of a private sector impact measurement method that applies the LoCAL quadruple check as part of its methodology and liaise with relevant institutions to support the application of this impact measurement to private sector financed investments as part of UNCDF’s local development finance portfolio.
In collaboration with the African Development Bank and other partners, oversee the design and rollout of mechanisms the accelerate the funding of local private sector adaptation and mitigation in developing countries.
In collaboration with the Local Finance Initiative and the Local Development Finance transaction support and pipeline management team, oversee the design, testing and rollout of private sector financing for climate adaptation and mitigation through SMEs.
Design and manage the implementation of coastal LoCAL
Oversee the modification of the LoCAL PBCRG to enable its application to coastal climate resilience including through intergovernmental fiscal transfers, municipal finance, SME finance, project finance and blended finance models.
In collaboration with the UNCDF regional technical advisors and other relevant institutions, coordinate the design of a coastal impact measurement method that applies the LoCAL quadruple check as part of its methodology and liaise with relevant institutions to support the application of this impact measurement to coastal climate resilient investments as part of UNCDF’s local development finance portfolio.
In collaboration with the partners oversee the design and rollout of mechanisms the accelerate the funding of local coastal sector adaptation and mitigation in developing countries.
Secure a stable resource base for Local Reslience Programme activities
The position incumbent, working in coordination with the LRP Deputy Global Manager:
- Develop and implement strategies to mobilize additional resources based on LoCAL resource requirements and new opportunities;
- Monitor country level and regional level opportunities for LoCAL resource mobilization;
- Contribute to the efforts of the UNCDF LDF Director and Deputy Director, UNCDF Partnerships and Communications Unit to mobilize additional resources for LoCAL and other corporate initiatives that include LoCAL;
- Ensure the financial sustainability of the LoCAL Phase III countries by working with governments, partners and climate finance institutions on funding strategies for each Phase III country.
- In collaboration with the Local Development Finance team, ensure the stability of the LoCAL mechanism by securing long term funding and hosting arrangements
In collaboration with the Local Development Finance team, ensure the financial stability of other Local Resilience Programme activities.
Build partnerships and promote advocacy, knowledge management and learning about LoCAL
Maintain and develop partnerships with the partner international, scientific and technical institutions that contribute to the implementation of the LoCAL mechanism in collaboration with the Deputy Global Manager including:
Coordinate and liaise with UNFCCC NAP unit to align the LRP programme with NAP Global Agenda
Coordinate with other global institutions such as WMO, KEI, WRI, and other related institutions to support LDC capacity in resilience.
Explore and manage the UNCDF partnership with global knowledge sharing platforms in the area of resilience and subnational government such as the partnership with GCECA and other capacity building/training providers such as The Hague Academy and other training institution to improve the local government capacity in LDCs and targeted developing countries.
Represent UNCDF at national, regional and global events such as UNFCCC COP, UNCCD COP, NAP Expo, Adaptation Futures and another relevant event.
Coordinate and liaise with Green Climate Fund Secretariat to support LDCs access to Green Climate Fund (GCF) through direct access modalities.
Develop and manage the partnership with GCF Multilateral accredited entities such as AfDB, BOAD, UNDP, UNEP and other multilateral entities to support LDCs to access the GCF through multilateral entities.
Liaise closely with potential local implementation partners including local focal points for international development actors, local governmental ministries, local governmental affiliates, among others
Explore opportunities with potential donors to fully support the Global Secretariat and expansion of the LRP programme.
Impact of Results:
Results of the work will have a significant impact on:
- Effective management of the LoCAL programme and related UNCDF initiatives aimed at climate resilience, adaptation and food security.
- Implementation of strategic directions to ensure climate resilience extends to urban and coastal areas.
- Reinforced partnerships with UNCDF LDF programmes including Municipal Investment Programme and the Local Finance Initiative
- Establishing the lead position of UNCDF among development partners involved in the financing of local resilience through local governments
- Strengthening the capabilities of local governments to build climate and local resilience;
- Ensuring programme outputs and good human and financial resources management are directed at achieving the intended results of the programme.
- The position is renewable upon availability of funds and satisfactory performance.