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Governance and Public Finance Specialist

UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Bangkok, Thailand

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of key functions:

UNDP BRH will hire a Governance and Public Finance Specialist, who will work together with specialists in Public Financial Management, Climate Change, Gender and Poverty, and Governance to provide technical expertise required to implement the programme.

The Governance and Public Finance Specialist will work under the supervision of the Governance, Climate Change Finance and Development Effectiveness Advisor in the Bangkok Regional Hub, who in turn reports to the Governance and Peacebuilding (GP) Regional Team Leader and Environment and Energy Group (EEG) Practice Team leader on the climate governance work programme. The specialist will work closely with the programme advisory team including a climate change and environment advisor and local governance specialist as well as other UNDP BRH EEG practice and GP practice team members who also work on climate change.

The Governance and Public Finance Specialist will work alongside national team of consultants/project staff including other Public Finance, Governance, Climate Change and Gender and Poverty Specialists. His/her main focus will be to support the delivery the DFID supported Strengthening the Governance of Climate Change Finance to benefit the poor and vulnerable programme.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Governance and Public Finance Specialist will provide substantive and administrative support to the Governance of Climate Finance Cross-Practice Team and will report to the Governance of Climate Change Finance and Development Effectiveness Advisor. The key activities are as follows:

Key Results

Climate Change is integrated into budget formulation at national and subnational levels

  • Review of budget formulation processes in beneficiary countries to identify a longer term road map for systematic integration of climate change analysis within the budget formulation process;
  • Supervise the technical assistance of regional, international, and national consultants in working with government officials and stakeholders to develop and implement a Climate Change Financing Framework for government;
  • Lead and ensures the development of State of Climate Finance Reports for countries and at the regional level;
  • Deliver on-the-job training to key government officials, and work with them to implement climate change analysis as part of the formulation of priority budget documents;

Provide support and advice to the development of policy briefs in priority areas which demonstrate the links between climate change and major national and sub-national budgeting and fiscal policy concerns.

  • Provide advice to institutions to track and report on climate change expenditure as part of the budget process at national and sub-national levels;
  • Ensures the development of systems that can assist in tracking climate change related expenditures through integration of Climate Change coding in the government budget/expenditure management systems (FMIS);
  • Develop activities to support a further institutionalization of climate change expenditure reporting with the Ministry of Finance-led budget expenditure reporting process. He/she will support the development of financial statements and analytical reports on CC related expenditure/performance;
  • Build CSOs capacity to analyze and appraise climate change related expenditures and produce briefs and reports that can inform future budget formulations;
  • Support the capacity building of parliamentarians and the relevant committees helping them to ask questions that ensure that key schemes and allocations take the climate change dimension into account during the budget sessions.

Gender and poverty dimensions are wholly integrated in budget formulation, tracking and reporting of climate change expenditures

  • Integrate the gender dimension in all knowledge products at country and regional level;
  • Integrate the poverty dimension in all knowledge products at country and regional level.

Knowledge effectively shared within and across countries as well as with key international policy processes related to climate finance

  • Provide overview and technical expertise with a focus on public finance issues in reviewing regional knowledge products which synthesize country analysis produced.

Impact of Results

Ultimately the work in the areas mentioned in section III will have the long-term impact of supporting countries of the region in to more effectively govern their response to climate change with a particular focus on the transparent and accountable delivery of climate change finance. Climate change finance, in particular, is a high-profile area of support for the United Nations and one in which the combination of expertise from governance and public finance is critically important for the UN´s credibility and for the achievement of an adequate climate change response nationally, regionally and globally.

Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrate the integrity and fairness by modeling UN/UNDP value’s and ethical standard;
  • Promote the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Display culture, gender, religious, race, nationality and age sensitivities and adaptability.

Technical/Functional Competencies:

  • Management and Leadership;
  • Good managerial and leading skills;
  • Demonstrate strong coordination skill;
  • Consistently approaches to work with energy and a positive and constructive attitude.

Communication

  • Good communication skill both in writing and oral including networking and interpersonal skills;
  • Proven ability to persuade and influence others to cooperate.

Client Orientation

  • Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion;
  • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines;
  • Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients;
  • Proven ability to build strong relations with partners, clients for positive feed back.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Economics or another international development related area.

Experience:

  • At least 7 years of progressive experience in support country process of governance reform including public financial management and institutional reform;
  • Proven experience in providing advice on public finance/institutional reform to senior policy makers and practitioners in governments of developing countries a must, and experience in Asia an advantage;
  • Experience in working on climate change and climate change finance is an asset;
  • Work experience in promoting transparency and accountability for government policy and programming;
  • Experience in programmes/projects management including technical, administrative and financial management;
  • Experience working in the international organization or UN family is an advantage;
  • Full computer literacy in internet searching and Microsoft Office programmes i.e. MS-Word, MS-Excel and MS-Power Point. Website management experience is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in English with advanced command of speaking and writing. Fluency in other languages spoken in the region is an asset.

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