Sunday, September 1, 2019

New Career Vacancy at UNDP - South Africa, Senior Investment Advisor

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Jobs27 | South Africa Jobs 2019
Jobs27 | South Africa Jobs 2019
New Job Opportunities at UNDP -  South Africa, 2019
Title Senior Investment Advisor 
Agency UNDP
Job ID 25693
Practice Area - Job Family Poverty Reduction
Vacancy End Date (Midnight New York, USA) 11/09/2019
Duty Station Pretoria, South Africa
Education & Work Experience I-Master's Level Degree - 10 year(s) experience
Grade P5
Vacancy Type FTA International
Posting Type External
Bureau Development Policy
Contract Duration 1 Year with possibility for extension

UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan.

Within the GPN, the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the 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 for UNDP corporate messages, represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogues, and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas. BPPS works closely with UNDP’s Crisis Bureau (CB) to support emergency and crisis response. BPPS ensures that issues of risk are fully integrated into UNDP’s development programmes. 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.
As part of the GPN, UNDP established the SDG Finance Sector Hub (FSH) to facilitate and support teams across the organization in scaling up their work on financing the SDGs.

The Senior Investment Advisor, based in Pretoria, is part of the BPPS and Global Policy Network. S/he will lead multidisciplinary teams of UNDP professionals including legal, environmental, social, and impact specialists. He/she will be expected to communicate an SDG oriented viewpoint of the economy and markets and perform qualitative and quantitative research on markets and potential investors. Under the overall supervision of RBA Senior Management and the Director of the Finance Sector Hub, the Senior Advisor will be responsible for identifying business opportunities; providing diligence advice to a range of investors across assets; actively managing SDG Investor Maps projects; and building relationships with global and regional private businesses, banking and multilateral partners and government officials to enhance the policy frameworks for SDG enabling investing, within the framework of UNDPs Finance Sector Hub strategic areas. The Senior Investment Advisor will work close with the Energy Advisor based also Pretoria, this co-location and close relationship is important to raise synergies with the energy work, as finance is an important factor for the growth of energy sector across Africa. and in close collaboration with the Energy Advisor based in the same duty station.

Duties and Responsibilities
The following will be the primary duties and responsibilities of the Senior Investment Advisor, BPPS:
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with institutional investors, banks, companies, development finance organizations, and local and national governments to identify SDG investment opportunity areas, enabling conditions, and investment opportunities.
  • Conduct foresight and proactively assess opportunities to develop a strong pipeline of SDG Investor Maps, that responds to regional and country level priorities, as per the SDG Impact methodology;
  • Within the framework of the Integrated National Financing Frameworks and investors demand, develop policy agenda to work with governments to generate the right enabling environment for inclusive and sustainable business models and SDG aligned investments;
  • Lead the formulation and structuring of SDG fund/investment facility strategies design of policy dialogues on SDG business models and enabling investment climate in close coordination with the Africa FSH country level work and connecting the Accelerator Labs country initiatives;
  • Contribute to the enhancement of SDG Finance and investment capacities to the Next Generation of RBA Senior Management, while supporting the practical leveraging and crowd in partnerships to collectively support UNDPs clients at country level – national governments - to address their SDG priorities.
  • Support local, regional and global investors interested in SDG aligned investments in Africa;
  • Lead and manage a cadre of investments advisors across the African continent;
  • Been an effective and collaborative member of the BPPS, Regional Bureau, Finance Sector Hub Teams and GPN

Project Management:
  • Defining the investment strategy for Africa, in coordination and in accordance with the UNDPs corporate offer, its key flagship initiatives and pilots and the FSH.
  • Recruit and manage a cadre of investments advisors across the region, these can be focus on multi countries, and/or sector specifics.
  • Lead cadre of investor advisors in supporting UNDP country offices in the development of SDG investors country mapping exercises, hosting investor convenings to build local networks between investors and enterprises, laying groundwork for potential matchmaking service/platform.
  • Leads on the design and delivery of policy dialogues organized in each country that undergoes a mapping exercise to improve environment for SDG enabling investment and inclusive and sustainable businesses models, both foreign and domestic.
  • Represents BPPS at relevant conferences and meetings, participating in panel discussions and advocacy campaigns.
  • Contributes to the overall BPPS and Finance Hub functioning, including influencing UNDP’s strategy in the SDG and impact management arena through continuous analysis, documentation, codification of results/lessons learned in collaboration with BCTA, UNSIF and other initiatives, while also leveraging the Financial Hub to ensure alignment and effective deployment of investment tools, particularly with the 3 upcoming flagship initiatives on public and private SDG finance, and thought leadership, and scale up its impact.

Investment opportunity development:
  • Oversee the contracting and lead the design of the country mapping methodology and implementation in UNDP countries.
  • Oversee the atomization of the global SDG Investor Maps methodology
  • Support regions and countries to develop and distribute market impact intelligence on the SDGs through local country offices, connecting the work with the Integrated National Financing Frameworks and the Accelerator Labs.
  • Support UNDP country offices in hosting investor convenings to build local networks between investors and enterprises, laying groundwork for potential matchmaking service/platform.
  • Design and facilitate policy dialogues in countries where the SDG Investor maps will be developed.
  • Coordinate, investor convenings, and policy dialogues to advance SDG investment maps and others opportunities.
  • Work with UNCDF, the Africa FSH structure and the relevant AfDB Innovation Training relevant staff in defining necessary training for UNDP CO staff on investment origination, innovative finance instruments.
  • Spearhead the use of UNDP’s new financial instruments (e.g guarantee, performance payment contract, convertible grants etc..) across Africa
  • In accordance with UNDP policies, rules and regulations contribute to the design blended financial instruments, including thematic bonds, development impact bonds, and technical assistance for private equity funds.

Knowledge Management:
  • Develop and share knowledge-based tools and guidance, from BPPS, the FSH, UNCDF, Africa development Bank among others to help influence and/or advance understanding of the financing the SDGs;
  • Develop and refine systems, in coordination with other UNDP initiatives, for data collection and sharing information among public and private sector partners.
  • Collect and analyze data on the private sector to make evidence-based decisions to better contribute to outcome level change and the overall impact of the Africa and Global Finance Sector Hub.
  • Analyze, interpret, and communicate industry market trends from a wide variety of internal and external sources to support decision making and provide business insight.
  • Contribute to an exchange of knowledge by collaborating with policy teams across GPN on knowledge-based tools and guidance to help influence/advance policy dialogue around impact measurement and management.
  • Support the capacity development of UNDP staff in application of tools and practices around impact management as part of the new UNDP private sector strategy and within the broader FSH strategic areas.
  • Actively and regularly engages with the Leadership of BPPS, RBA and the Finance Sector Hub to ensure that everyone’s work is informed by developments in the SDG finance arena.

Team Management & Communication:
  • In coordination with BPPS, RBA and the Finance Hub, lead external advocacy, fund raising, resource mobilization with donors.
  • Collaborate with and support the internal/external project team members with the achievements of all project objectives.
  • Participate in knowledge management and practice networks.
  • Represent BPPS, RBA and the FSH in events and forums
  • Manage, coach and support a cadre of investor advisers across the region.

Corporate competencies:
Ability to make new and useful ideas work.
Ability to persuade others to follow.
People Management:
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.

Advocacy & Activations:
Ability to design and implement strategic short/long term campaigns and carry out customized activations to highlight UNDP's position and support issue based advocacy.
Sustainable Development Goals:
Knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
Substantive Networking:
Ability to substantively engage and foster networks with academia, research institutions and think tanks.
Team Building:
Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of professionals towards common goals.
Collaboration & Partnerships:
Ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside (Programmes/Projects) or outside the organization 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.
Ability to effectively communicate intensions and requirements to internal and external stakeholders.

Required Skills and Experience

A Master's degree, preferably in business administration, international development, international affairs, development economics, or other relevant field, or extensive compensating experience in the area of sustainable finance and private sector development.
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  • At least 10 years of experience at a development finance institution, impact investing firm or similar entities within a mission-driven investing environment or in the public sectors (national or multilateral, including UN) in the area of sustainable finance and private sector development.
  • Proven track record and high level technical competency in the area of private sector in development and sustainable finance for the SDGs
  • Strong business development and client relationship skills and track record working with investors and the corporate sector and ability to identify potential business partners.
  • Excellent negotiating and communication skills and ability to mobilize support from a wide range of partners (public, private, academic, civil society, business community leaders.
  • Strong ability and proven experience in fundraising from private sector, foundations and governments for the initiatives in the area of private sector development and sustainable finance.
  • Strong credibility and understanding of financing, investor relations, banking sector, credit guarantees or other credit support including proven knowledge in marketing and productizing innovative financial instruments desired
  • Experience working on investment banking, private equity, impact investment is an asset.
  • Knowledge or experience in green finance, including climate finance, green bonds, relevant project finance, and impact investing preferred
  • Experience working in developing country settings and in particular in Africa.

Language Requirements:
Excellent knowledge of English, as well as writing, presentation and communication skills.
Fluency in other UN language is an asset, in particular French.
Other: Describe any additional qualifications:
Superior writing skills

Important information for US Permanent Residents ('Green Card' holders)
Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment.

UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

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