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.
The Partnerships, Policy and Communications Unit (PPCU) to which this post is assigned, leads and manages the organization’s relationship with its governing body, the Executive Board. To all these ends the Unit will lead the organization in the development and advancement of relevant strategies in engaging with this wide spectrum of partners that is achieved through wide internal and external consultative processes.
Job Context: The Partnership Development Specialist is an integral part of the Directorate/Partnerships Policy and Communications Unit 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.
Under the supervision of the Partnerships and Communications Advisor, P-5 the Partnerships Development Specialist, P-4 will work with the 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:
2. Support to mobilization of core and non-core resources:
Impact of Results:
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.
The position will enhance the institution-wide capacity to identify, pursue and capitalize on strategic partnerships and resource mobilization opportunities at global and country level and enhance UNCDF’s ability to raise sufficient levels of core and non-core resources. The position will also enhance UNCDF’s visibility, brand recognition and positioning among key development partners.
Level 5: Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them
Level 5: Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers
Level 5: Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others
Level 5: Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others
Level 5: Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions
Minimum Recruitment Qualifications of successful candidate:
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Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension
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