Chief Technical Advisor ��������� Aid Effectiveness (I

United Nations Development Programme (Asia-Pacific Regional Centre)

Background UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks. The Effective Development Financing and Coordination (EDFC) II project aims to accelerate achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by increasing the availability, and ensuring the effective use, of diverse development finance. EDFC II follows the successful implementation of EDFC I, which was implemented from 2016 to 2019. In the evolving development cooperation landscape, EDFC II takes a more comprehensive view of development finance, looking beyond official development assistance (ODA).
EDFC II began in February 2020. It takes its lead from ��������� and is fully aligned with ��������� the Government-stated priorities, set out in the IDCP, 2019. EDFC is structured around two key objectives: (1) establish structures and build the capacity of Government to effectively mobilize and manage development finance; and (2) increase the availability and use of high-quality, comprehensive and timely development finance data.
Specific areas of work include: strengthening the national development financing architecture, including revitalizing the Government-led multi-stakeholder development dialogue platform; scaling up the use of non-ODA finance sources, including blended finance, south-south cooperation (SSC) and vertical funds; supporting Nepal���������s leadership role in financing and effectiveness global fora; and building core competencies of Government officials.The aims and assumptions of EDFC II remain equally essential in the COVID-19 context, the economic consequences of which threaten government revenu and highlight the importance of looking to new and innovative sources of financing and more efficient spending.
The Chief Techncial Advisor (CTA) will work under overall guidance of the Joint Secretary of the International Economic Cooperation Coordination Division (IECCD) of MOF, who serves as the National Project Director (NPD) for EDFC II. The CTA will work closely with the Under Secretary of IECCD, who serves as National Project Manager (NPM) of EDFC II. Duties and Responsibilities The incumbent will report to UNDP���������s Deputy Resident Representative (DRR) for administrative matters. However, he/she will report to the NPD, through the NPM, in project-related matters. The CTA will play a key role in providing substance guidance and support to the EDFC II project, as well as building and maintaining relationships with key project stakeholders. The main responsibilities of this position include:
Provide high-quality substantive support to the delivery of EDFC II project results
Provide substantive inpuDFC II project workplans, identifying priority issues and actions related to development financing and coordination; Conduct research and analysis on priority issues (e.g. ODA management, SSC, climate finance, private sector engagement) and use this to provide actionable recommendations to IECCD; Play a lead role in drafting the annual Development Cooperation Report (DCR) and other knowledge products/publications related to development financing and cooperation; Facilitate the continued strengthening of Nepal���������s Aid Management Information System (AMIS), as well as increased use of AMIS data; Provide technical support to the IECCD officiles for editing/proof-readings of reports, news letter and publications ; Provide technical support to enhance the capacity of IECCD officials and other Government officials;
Promote gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) objectives
Ensure GESI objectives are considered in all aspects of project planning, management and implementation, in line with UNDP policy; Provgh level advice to IECCD officials and other government officials on how to ensure that development finance can best support GESI objectives.
Building and maintaining relationships with key project stakeholders
Act as a focal point for the EDFC II project with key project stakeholders, namely the UK���������s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO); Provide project-related inputs to FCDO, as requested, including as related to monitoring the Evidence for Development (E4D) programme; Proactively seek and support collaboration across the UN Country Team on issues related to development financing and coordination; Support IECCD officials in their engagement with global fora, including the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC);
Support UNDP corporate processes
Provide substantive inputs to UNDP corporate planning processes, including Country Programme Document (CPD) development and others, as required; Provide project-reinputs to UNDP corporate reporting processes, including the Results-Oriented Annual Reporting (ROAR) exercise; Work with relevant UNDP colleagues to draft the annual progress reports for the EDFC II project; Participate in UNDP recruitment and procurement processes, as required;
Demonstrated ability to lead consultations with senior government officials and facilitate discussions among a wide group of stakeholders is required. Excellent writing skills, as demonstrated by previous research/analytical reports/policy notes on relevant topics.
Required Skills and Experience Education:
Master���������s degree in economics, international relations, public policy, social sciences or related discipline is required.
Minimum of 7 years of professional experience in sustainable development financing, effective development cooperation, public finance, private sector development, capacity building and advisory services is required. Demonstrated experience in supporting government agencies in the a development finance and coordination. Experience working with government on reforms to public and/or private financing policy. Familiarity with relevant global fora, including IATI and GPEDC. Previous work experience with UNDP / UN in similar functions. Excellent knowledge of data collection, analysis and statistical tools. Experience directly supporting national governments in designing, implementing and monitoring development interventions.
Language requirements:
Excellent verbal and written skills in English is required. Working knowledge of Nepali is an asset.
Travel requirement:
UNDP will cover the cost of travel of the individual to the duty station and their return to their home upon completion of their services. Travel costs are covered only if the function will be undertaken physically in the duty station and excludes working from home arrangements. Necessary duty travel is not expected at this time, but in case it is required, the full cost will be borne by UNDP.

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