Mozambique nationals: Environmental Finance Expert

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Maputo, Mozambique
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)

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Background

 

 

National governments have demonstrated clear commitment to fulfil their mandates for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use in ways compatible with national development goals, and to identify a diverse range of financing solutions for biodiversity management. UNDP believes a transformation is needed in the way biodiversity finance is planned and managed to unlock the resources required to meet the Aichi Targets defined in the CBD’s Strategic Plan 2011-2020 in a manner that promotes sustainable development and the eradication of poverty.

The global Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) is managed by UNDP, in partnership with the European Commission and the Governments of Germany, Switzerland, Norway and Flanders. The $29 million initiative was launched in October 2012, set to run until the end of 2018, with further support being sought to extend it. An additional $3.1 million in finance is provided through several GEF-financed UNDP-managed projects working in participating countries to support governments to revise National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans and to implement specific financing solutions.

Guided by a global steering committee representing its partners, BIOFIN aims to develop a methodology for quantifying the biodiversity finance gap at national level, for improving cost-effectiveness through mainstreaming of biodiversity into national development and sectoral planning, and for developing comprehensive national finance plans. BIOFIN will thus provide a framework for undertaking “bottom-up” analyses and resource mobilization strategies, embedded in a transformative process led by national stakeholders, aimed at allowing countries to implement their NBSAPs and achieve national biodiversity targets. BIOFIN will feed into the development of NBSAPs, while the NBSAP projects in turn will provide a platform for integration into decision-making processes.

Based on the above, UNDP Mozambique is seeking for an Environmental Finance Expert, who under the supervision of the Project Team Leader, will be based in Maputo at the Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development (MITADER) – National Directorate for Environment (DINAB). 

 

Duties and Responsibilities

 

Policy and Institutional Review

  • Carry out an inventory of existing Biodiversity Financing Mechanisms in the country;
  • Carry out a review of existing economic valuation studies relevant to the BIOFIN process.

Biodiversity Expenditure Review

  • Collect data for and carry out a desk review to map existing studies/information/databases on biodiversity expenditures, including an overview of earlier environmental expenditure reviews;
  • Develop a proposed national definition for “biodiversity expenditures”, based on the BIOFIN methodology;
  • Develop a work plan for the Biodiversity Expenditure Review for discussion with the national BIOFIN team and BIOFIN Global Senior Technical Advisor;
  • Determine a target list of organizations to include in the analysis based on the PIR work;
  • Establish a system to tag biodiversity expenses into categories (Aichi, BIOFIN, NBSAP themes, etc.) and a system of coefficients / attribution to estimate contribution of mixed actions towards biodiversity;
  • Gather data from the targeted organizations and conduct the expenditure review on budgets and expenditures dating back to 2006 (if possible) to the most recent complete year.  Follow BIOFIN Workbook for guidance (includes sources of funding, subsidies, and biodiversity based revenues);
  • Develop tools or use the BIOFIN excel tool and analyse the total biodiversity-related expenditures filtered by major strategy groups using BIOFIN taxonomy (or national categories such as NBSAP);
  • Coordinate the compilation of relevant data and liaise with relevant Ministries and partners as required and complete all BIOFIN data entry sheets for the BER;
  • Organise bilateral consultation meetings/interviews/discussions with national level stakeholders to define then validate the attribution of biodiversity significance in all relevant expenditures;
  • Applying budget projections and other assumptions, estimate future funding baseline under a “Business-As-Usual Scenario”: an analysis of projected estimated funding in the future;
  • Based on international best practises and the BIOFIN Workbook, develop and implement a specific strategy for data collection of the private sector and organise dedicated consultation meetings with private sector stakeholders (e.g. chamber of commerce, multinationals) on tracking biodiversity expenditures;
  • Based on results from the research, analysis and the national consultation workshop, develop the draft BIOFIN Biodiversity Expenditure Review for review by the national BIOFIN team and global BIOFIN Senior Technical Advisor;
  • Develop the final Biodiversity Expenditure Review for review by the national BIOFIN team and global BIOIFN Senior Advisor and present at the validation workshop.

Biodiversity Finance Needs Assessment (FNA)

  • Review the BIOFIN Workbook methodology, examples from other BIOFIN countries, the latest NBSAP and the 5th National Biodiversity Report to develop an initial work plan and outline for the FNA;
  • Consult with the NBSAP team and government entities responsible for NBSAP implementation to obtain background information about NBSAP activities and government budgeting processes;
  • Work with the Project Team Leader to review the scope of the NBSAP, its alignment with other national policies, and identify policy areas and activities that are not covered by the existing NBSAP;
  • Review the activities listed in the NBSAP and other key strategic documents to assess if they are detailed and quantified enough for their budgets to be estimated in detail.  If not, work with the NBSAP team and other relevant stakeholders to define clearly the NBSAP actions so that they can be budgeted;
  • Compile relevant data and liaise with relevant Ministries and partners as required and organise a national consultation workshop to define the finance needs of all major biodiversity programmes;
  • Develop detailed calculations and complete all datasheets related to the national biodiversity finance needs;
  • Organize a workshop to validate the cost assumptions and models and refine the analysis through additional meetings as needed;
  • Compare the results of the BER future projections with the FNA in as great as detail as the categories allow and produce an estimate of the financing gap;
  • Develop a draft report for the Biodiversity Finance Needs Assessment for discussion at the validation workshop and review by the national and global BIOFIN teams;
  • Produce the final report of the Biodiversity Finance Needs Assessment.

Biodiversity Finance Plan

  • Support the Project Team Leader in the conception and preparation of the BFP;
  • Conduct detailed feasibility analyses on a range of financing mechanisms depending on knowledge and experience.

Project Outreach and Communication

  • Preparation of workshops, meetings, networking and presentations as required, to complete the Biodiversity Expenditure Review and engage stakeholders;
  • Train at least 30 national level stakeholders on the basics concepts of expenditure reviews and work to develop the capacity of direct government counterparts;
  • Provide substantive comments and feedback on how to improve the BIOFIN methodology.

Knowledge Management and Reporting

  • Document decisions and assumptions made while completing the Biodiversity Expenditure Review and the Biodiversity Finance Needs Assessment;
  • Document lessons learned from conducting the BIOFIN project ranging from institutional considerations to technical issues;
  • Prepare reports and case studies, as required, for submission to global meetings (e.g. CBD COP).

 

Competencies

 

  • Strong analytical, writing and communication skills.
  • Ability to prepare publications, reports and presentations.
  • Ability to work with a multidisciplinary and multicultural team.
  • Strong motivation and ability to work and deliver under short deadlines.
  • Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to critical feedback.
  • Able to work independently with little or no supervision.
  • Familiarity with government strongly desired.

 

Required Skills and Experience

 

Education

  • Advanced Degree (Masters or higher) in finance, economics, business management or a closely related field, or equivalent relevant work experience, preferably with an environment / biodiversity focus.

Experience

  • Over 10 years of experience, preferably in environmental finance, accounting, economics, management or related field.
  • Experience in collaborating with international and national experts and institutions.
  • Exposure to environmental issues or biodiversity desirable.
  • Sound understanding of key software packages (MS Office)
  • Previous experience with expenditure reviews would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of English is an asset.

 

Disclaimer

 

Female candidates and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Only pre-selected candidates will be contacted.