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: savings-led 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. UNCDF financing models are applied in thematic areas where addressing barriers to finance at the local level can have a transformational effect for poor and excluded people and communities.
By strengthening how finance works for poor people at the household, small enterprise, and local infrastructure levels, UNCDF contributes to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 1 on eradicating poverty with a focus on reaching the last mile and addressing exclusion and inequalities of access. At the same time, UNCDF deploys its capital finance mandate in line with SDG 17 on the means of implementation, to unlock public and private finance for the poor at the local level. By identifying those market segments where innovative financing models can have transformational impact in helping to reach the last mile, UNCDF contributes to a number of different SDGs and currently to 28 of 169 targets.
Job Context: The Partnership Development Specialist is an integral part of the Directorate/Partnerships Policy and Communications Unit (PPCU) supporting the whole of UNCDF’s outreach work. The PPCU works to increase core funding; ensure that UNCDF has access to predictable un-earmarked programme resources; support non-core fund-raising efforts at the country, regional and global levels; develop new partnerships and products; and achieve ambitious leveraging targets in line with stated corporate targets of un-earmarked to earmarked to domestic resources.
The Partnerships Development Specialist, P-4 will work under the supervision of Partnerships and Communications Advisor, P-5 and in close collaboration with UNCDF Directorate, the Strategic Policy Advisor and the Practice Directors (and their staff at HQ, regional and country levels) on the development of innovative financing solutions and vehicles, on cultivating relationships with a wide range of constituencies with a view to strengthen UNCDF’s resource mobilization base including traditional and non-traditional donors, UNDP, other agency partners, bi-lateral, multilateral, private sector, domestic resources etc. performing the functions as outlined below.
The work of the Partnership Development Specialist has a significant impact on the ability of the Teams, Units and Practices to make informed decisions affecting the work of UNCDF. She/he will develop a close collaboration with other colleagues from PPCU, PMSU, Practice Areas, and Management Support Unit in UNCDF. The Policy Specialist, IGP will endeavor to develop and manage a network with colleagues from UNDP, other UN Agencies, IFIs, private sector and civil society.
Summary of key functions:
- Strategic advocacy and partnership development;
- Support to mobilization of core and non-core resources;
- Effective Internal and External Donor Relations;
- Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing;
- Support for creation of new innovative finance vehicles and instruments.
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