Investment Appraisal Specialist for Climate Change
The Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has corporate responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. BPPS’s staff provides technical advice to Country Offices, advocates UNDP corporate messages, represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogue initiatives, South-South and Triangular cooperation initiatives, and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas. BPPS works closely with UNDP’s Crisis Bureau to support emergency and crisis response. BPPS assists UNDP and partners to achieve higher quality development results through an integrated approach that links results-based management and performance monitoring with more effective and new ways of working. BPPS supports UNDP and partners to be more innovative, knowledge, and data driven including in its programme support efforts.
UNDP-GEF staff assist partner countries to develop and implement programmes and projects that combine and sequence resources from a wide range of global environment and climate funds, financial mechanisms, and instruments including, but not limited to: the GEF managed family of vertical funds such as the Global Environment Facility Trust Fund, the Special Climate Change Fund and the Least Developed Countries Fund, the Adaptation Fund, the Green Climate Fund, as well as, a variety of multilateral, bilateral, national, sub-national and private sector sources.
Staff are organized into thematic teams of technical specialists led by Principal or Senior Technical Advisors (PTAs/STAs). Each team leader supports, guides, and supervises a team of Region-based Technical Advisors (RTAs) and Specialists (RTSs). RTAs and RTSs work in close collaboration with other technical specialists at both global and regional levels. While RTAs and RTSs have global responsibilities in their area of specialized technical expertise, they are deployed from Regional Hubs, normally close to the countries to which they provide most support, and have a secondary line of reporting to the Regional Team Leaders on the countries they support.
The Investment Appraisal Specialist for Climate Change works under the overall supervision of the UNDP-GEF Principle Technical Advisor on Climate Change Adaptation and Global Lead on Green Climate Fund Programming. The Investment Appraisal Specialist will be part of the UNDP-GEF team located in UNDP’s Regional Hub in Bangkok, Thailand supporting Regional Technical Advisors/Specialists, country offices globally, and is expected to travel frequently. Technical Specialists may be periodically redeployed, in accordance with capability, consent, and due process, to a different regional hub as needed.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Investment Appraisal Specialist for Climate Change is primarily responsible for providing high quality technical policy, programming, implementation support and oversight, and knowledge and capacity development services to Regional Technical Advisors and Specialists programming GCF resources located in various UNDP Regional Hubs and UNDP country offices. Secondary clients might include other UN agencies, governments and inter-governmental organizations, NGO’s, donors, and the like. Specific results are expected in the areas of:
Innovation, Strategic Leadership, Dialogue and Advocacy (10%)
- Provide support to establishing and maintaining a strategic understanding of, and engagement with, the substantive technical issues, institutions, and processes, including establishing contact and developing strategic partnerships with other agencies, donors, NGO’s, the private sector, scientific institutions and the like;
- Formulating and structuring of fund/investment facility strategies in support of key UNDP/GCF priorities. The overarching focus is on the intersection between environmental and social priorities, and private-sector/ investment-led strategies to address the challenges;
- Contributing to identification, development, and implementation of new strategic programming opportunities and partnerships in the area of climate change adaptation, green, low-emission and climate resilient development, and resilient economic development and sustainable livelihood;
- Participating in global retreats, focal area retreats, regional strategic planning, pipeline management exercises, etc.;
- Participating in cross-substantive area technical dialogue, common strategic visioning, mainstreaming, programming, and other collaboration within the regional team;
- Assist in keeping the Regional Team informed of trends and issues with respect to the substantive technical area.
Key result: New strategic opportunities for UNDP are realized. UNDP’s technical focus is leading edge and innovative. UNDP has strong partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders. UNDP has a trusted leadership role in the technical area of expertise.
Programming and Management (30%)
- Supporting the development of strategic policy and guidance for strengthening UNDP Country Offices with climate change adaptation, green, low-emission and climate resilient development, resilient economic development and sustainable livelihood, and green climate fund project design and implementation including alignment with national priorities;
- Supporting country or regional ‘due diligence’ on proposed investment strategies, or with a view to formulating such strategies from scratch. Provide advise on the structuring of bespoke private-sector interventions at the corporate or aggregated level (i.e. pooled investment vehicles);
- Develop a comprehensive mapping of potential private sector partners, reaching out to charitable trusts, philanthropic foundations, and international companies with a particular focus in the banking sector, researching their interest for developmental initiatives and potential for collaboration with UNDP.
- Analyze the risk and opportunities related to the use of different private sector partnership tools (charity, non-financial products, product development, etc.) that could support the achievement of UNDP’s development results, in accordance with UNDP due diligence policy and provide suggestions on innovative financing structure;
- Assisting the development of, and advocacy for, specific policy analysis and development tools and guidance in support of programming and finance for climate change adaptation and mitigation;
- Supporting the establishment of a trusted leadership role for UNDP-GEF within the region;
- Helping to ensure that strategies and projects are aligned to country outcomes and UNDP corporate environment results in internal UNDP project tracking systems (e.g. ERBM);
- Supporting the RCU to internalize lessons from evaluations in programming in the region.
Key result: Portfolio of programmes/projects managed efficiently and effectively. UNDP recognized as providing outstanding programme and project oversight and supervision support.
Programming and Resource Mobilization (25%)
- Pro-actively monitoring and follow up on the established partnerships with a view to secure their success and future scale-up, including by linking with and supporting relevant UNDP teams for the proper implementation of the agreed partnerships;
- Supporting the coordination of design, preparation, submission and approval of project proposals and requests for project development financing;
- Support the liaison with potential (co)financing agencies and institutions.
Key result: Resources are mobilized in support of developing country clients as a consequence of the identification, development, and funding of high technical quality and results-based programmes and projects in line with country priorities and UNDP strategic priorities
Development Impact (20%)
- Evaluate the current revenue and cost model of the current environmental financing projects. Research best industry practice and provide suggestions on improvement of the current operating model;
- Supporting UNDP country offices in the supervision, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, troubleshooting and adaptive management of approved projects, including preparing and reviewing annual reports and work plans;
- Functioning as surge capacity to COs, supporting Environmental Focal Points with urgent, pressing, complex and /or specific tasks in the context of climate change adaptation and mitigation, as needed.
Key result: UNDP programmes and projects consistently deliver high quality, high impact development results.
Learning, Knowledge Management and Self Development (15%)
- Evaluating, capturing, codifying, synthesizing lessons and stimulating the uptake of best practices and knowledge, including the investment/private-sector perspective and other knowledge materials;
- Assisting with the design and delivery of technical trainings at regional Community of Practice meetings;
- Preparing and delivering training courses, as needed;
- Developing knowledge products of relevance to UNDP-GEF’s support to countries on low emission climate resilient development in the area of climate change adaptation/mitigation;
- Developing and carrying out a personal learning plan (5%).
Key result: UNDP recognized as a learning and knowledge management organization.
- Ability to make new and useful ideas work.
- Ability to persuade others to follow.
- Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.
- Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.
- Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.
- Knowledge of environment issues, concept and principles and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
Climate Change Adaptation/Mitigation
- Knowledge of climate change adaptation and mitigation concepts, principles and policies and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations. Ability to provide guidance on climate change adaptation and mitigation.
- Knowledge of economics concepts, principles and policies and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
- Knowledge of development planning processes and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
Program Planning and Design
- Develop programmes through a process.
- Ability to identify and organize programmes and projects to implement solutions and generate resources.
Results Based Management
- Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable results.
Advocacy and Representation
- Ability to productively share UNDP knowledge and activities (at UN and other venues).
Monitoring and Evaluation
- Knowledge of methodologies, tools, systems and apply practical experience in planning, monitoring, evaluating and reporting.
- Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge.
- Ability to plan, organize, motivate, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals. Ability to guide the design and implementation of multi-sectoral and sectoral programmes and projects at different scales.
Collaboration and Partnership
- Ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside (programmes/ projects) or outside the organization and across a wide range of disciplines who can provide information, assistance, and support. Sets overall direction for the formation and management of strategic relationships contributing to the overall positioning of UNDP.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s degree in environmental economics, development economics, commerce, or engineering, with proven track record in corporate finance, business development and private sector engagement
- Minimum of 5 years’ experience working with financial analysis, financial modeling and performance evaluation for investment or development projects;
- Demonstrated experience with conducting detailed reviews of project and programmes for/at various vertical funds;
- Previous experience with transaction due diligence, credit appraisal and financial modeling is required at the national or international level;
- Demonstrated facilitation and coordination skills;
- Full computer literacy;
- Demonstrated working experience with UN agencies, or international organizations to develop projects in climate change or closely related areas;
- Excellent knowledge of the English language, with exceptional writing, presentation and communication skills;
- Competency in other UN languages is an asset.
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