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  • Posted on: 29 April, 2015 Deadline: 7 May, 2015
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  • UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.
     
    Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.
     
    Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations.
     
    We employ more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.

    Finance Officer for Private Public Partnership

     

    Functional Responsibilities

    Purpose of the Assignment

    Under the direct supervision of the Sector Manager for Competitiveness and Business Development Programme Associate, the Finance Officer for Private Public Partnership will provide technical assistance to local self goverements (LSGs) to identify and develop PPP projects. During the identification phase, technical assistance will focus on the capacity building for all 34 LSGs while support for development phase will be provided only to LSGs that passed the pre selection process of the Public Call.

    The Finance Officer for Private Public Partnership will be responsible for:

    • Reviewing the draft Public Call for Proposals for provision of technical support for establishment of private public partnership and provide suggestions that could improve the suggested approach.
    • Developing presentation materials about financial aspects of PPP projects that will be used during four informative sessions. The objective of info sessions is to enhance knowledge and understanding of municipal leadership about PPP as model for financing needed services and improvements of the existing and construction of new utility or social infrastructure.
    • Developing training materials about financial aspects of PPP projects that will be used during four two-day workshops. The objective of the workshops are to increase knowledge of municipal management representatives regarding prioritisation of PPP projects, value for money analysis, economic-financial feasibility, project funding, risk sharing, project promotion and cooperation with private partners in PPP arrangements. The material shall be agreed and approved by Programme’s team and shall include, but not be limited to, power point presentations, agendas, handouts etc.
    • Participating with the Programme’s team in PPP information sessions and workshops and take a leading role in delivery of presentations and training regarding financial aspects of PPP.
    • Attend in the work of the Committee that will evaluate the projects for the first phase of the Call for PPP in the capacity of observer. The Finance Officer for Private Public Partnership will primarily contribute to assessment of the market potential and feasibility of the Project Concept Notes and supporting documents.
    • Providing technical support for preparation of financial and market analysis for the pre-selected projects and prepare the investment fact sheet for the purposes of project promotion at the investment conference that will be organised by the Programme.
    • Participating in the investment conference and provide advisory support to both the Programme and the pre-selected applicants.
    • Provide consultative services to the LSG regarding preparation of full application for the PPP Call, as requested.
    • Provide technical support to European PROGRES regarding all financial aspects of PPP activity, as requested.
    • Contribute to analysis and monitoring of developments regarding implementation of PPPs model in the European PROGRES area of responsibility.

    Methodology

    • The Finance Officer for Private Public Partnership will be responsible for conducting of assignment while the Programme Competitiveness Team, especially the Business Development Associate will provide guidance and support in terms of the overall organisation of info sessions and workshops and communication with the LSGs. The Finance Officer for Private Public Partnership will closely work and coordinate activities with the Legal Private Public Partnership Officer.
    • The consultancy consists of two phases 1) identification phase 2) development phase as described in the timeframe table. The level of Officer’s engagement in the development phase depends on the number and maturity of pre-selected, projects’ and availability of the financial analysis previously prepared by pre-selected applicants.

    Time framework

     

    • Provide recommendations for improvement of the Programme Public Call – up to 2 w/days until 30 May 2015
    • Conduct four information sessions and four two day workshops and take a leading role in delivery of presentations and training regarding financial aspects – up to 17 w/days until 20 June 2015
    • Evaluate the first phase of the Programme Call for Proposal – up to 4 w/days until 30 July 2015
    • Technical support to the pre-selected applicants related to preparation of financial and market analysis and preparation of investment fact sheet – up to 20 w/days until 30 August
    • Participate at Investment Conference – up to 2 w/days until 15 September 2015
    • Provide additional consultations and guidance to the pre-selected applicants regarding preparation of the full project proposals for the PPP Call, as requested – up to 5 w/days until 30 September 2015
    • Provide technical support to European PROGRES regarding all financial aspects of PPP activity, as requested – up to 4 w/days until 5 October 2015
    • Development of the Final consultancy report – 11 w/day until 5 October 2015

    * This is the maximum number of days and actual work will depend on the intensity of activities previously approved by the Programme staff authorised to supervise work

    Monitoring and progress controls

    • Materials (power point presentations, agendas and handouts) for the informative sessions and the workshop developed at least a week ahead of the events and are positively evaluated by the events’ participants. Materials shall be prepared in Serbian language.
    • Four presentations during informative sessions are held and assessed positively by the audience.
    • Four two-day workshops organised and implemented together with Programme’s team, positively assessed by the workshops’ participants. Workshop report containing frequently asked questions by the participants developed. The report should be prepared in English language.
    • Evaluation report for the first phase of the Programme Call for Proposal developed on English language.
    • Financial and market analysis and investment fact sheet prepared for the pre-selected projects in Serbian language.
    • Consultations and guidance for the pre-selected candidates provided. Report on interaction with the applicants developed in English language.
    • Final report developed and accepted by the Programme. The  report shall be prepared in English language

    Impartiality, independence and credibility

    • Finance Officer for Private Public Partnership should have no conflict of interest with any proposed phases. 

     

    Education/Experience/Language requirements
    Education
    • Master Degree in Economy
    • Bachelor’s degree combined with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the Master Degree requirement.
    Experience
    • Minimum two years of experience in development of Private Public Partnership model on municipal level and/or experience in development of related feasibility studies and market analysis is required.
    • Experience in capacity development and promotion of investment projects and cooperation with private partners is an asset.
    Language Requirements
    • Fluency in English is required
    • Fluency in Serbian is required

     

    Competencies
    • Good organisational and inter-personal skills.
    • Public speaking clear and focused, with ability to effectively communicate complex ideas to a non-specialist audience.
    • Formulates written information clearly and persuasively.
    • Accountability for management of time, establishing clear performance goals, standards, and responsibilities.
    • Builds strong relationships with clients.
    • Strong IT skills.
    • Drivers licence essential and ability to travel independently.

     

    Contract type, level and duration
    Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement (ICA)

    Contract level: Local ICA 8
    Contract duration: up to 55 working days in period from May to October 2015

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    Legal Officer for Private Public Partnership

     

    Functional Responsibilities

    Purpose of the Assignment

    Under the direct supervision of the Sector Manager for Competitiveness and Business Development Programme Associate, the Legal Officer for Private Public Partnership will provide technical assistance to local self goverements (LSGs) to identify and develop PPP projects. During the identification phase, technical assistance will focus on the capacity building for all 34 LSGs while support for development phase will be provided only to LSGs that passed the pre selection process of the Public Call.

    The Legal Officer for Private Public Partnership will be responsible for:

    • Reviewing the draft Public Call for Proposals for provision of technical support for establishment of private public partnership and provide suggestions that could improve the suggested approach.
    • Developing training materials about legal and governance aspects of public-private partnership projects that will be used during four two-day workshops. The objectives of the workshops are to increase knowledge of municipal management representatives regarding legal aspects, prioritisation and governance aspects of the PPP projects, risk sharing. The material shall be agreed and approved by Programme’s team and shall include, but not be limited to, power point presentations, agendas, handouts etc.
    • Participating with Programme’s team in PPP workshops and take a leading role in the delivery of presentations and training regarding legal and governance aspects of PPP projects.
    • Attend in the work of the Committee that will evaluate the projects for the first phase of the Call for PPP in the capacity of an observer. The Officers will assess legal and governance aspects of the Project Concept Notes and supporting documents.
    • Providing technical support related to the selection and preparation of legal PPP model and initial risk sharing for the pre-selected projects and prepare the investment fact sheet for the project promotion at the investment conference that will be organised by the Programme.
    • Participating in the investment conference and provide advisory support to both the Programme and the pre-selected applicants.
    • Provide consultative services to the LSG regarding preparation of full application for the PPP Call, as requested.
    • Provide technical support to European PROGRES regarding all legal aspects of PPP activity, as requested.
    • Contribute to analysis and monitoring of developments regarding implementation of PPPs model in the European PROGRES area of responsibility.

    Methodology

    • The Legal Officer for Private Public Partnership will be responsible for conducting of assignment while the Programme Competitiveness Team, especially the Business Development Associate will provide guidance and support in terms of the overall organisation of info sessions and workshops and communication with the LSGs. The Legal Officer for Private Public Partnership will closely work and coordinate activities with the Finance Officer for Private Public Partnership.
    • The consultancy consists of two phases 1) identification phase 2) development phase as described in the timeframe table. The level of Officer’s engagement in the development phase depends on the number and maturity of pre-selected, projects’ and availability of the analysis and documents previously prepared by pre-selected applicants.

    Time framework 

    • Provide recommendations for improvement of the Programme Public Call – up to 2 w/days until 30 May 2015
    • Conduct four two day workshops and take a leading role in delivery of presentations and training regarding legal aspects – up to 12 w/days until 20 June 2015
    • Evaluate the first phase of the Programme Call for Proposal – up to 4 w/days until 30 July 2015
    • Technical support to the pre-selected applicants related to preparation of legal PPP model and initial risk sharing for the pre-selected projects and preparation of investment fact sheet – up to 10 w/days until 30 August
    • Participate at Investment Conference – up to 2 w/days until 15 September 2015
    • Provide additional consultations and guidance to the pre-selected applicants, as requested – up to 5 w/days until 30 September 2015
    • Provide technical support to European PROGRES regarding all legal aspects of PPP activity, as requested – up to 4 w/days until 5 October 2015
    • Development of the Final consultancy report – 1 w/day until 5 October 2015

    * This is the maximum number of days, and actual work will depend on the intensity of the activities previously approved by the Programme staff authorised to supervise the work

    Monitoring and progress controls

    • Materials (power point presentations, agendas and handouts) for the workshop developed at least a week ahead of the events and are positively evaluated by the events’ participants. Materials shall be prepared in Serbian language.
    • Four two-day workshops organised and implemented together with Programme’s team, positively assessed by the workshops’ participants; workshop report containing frequently asked questions by the participants developed. The report should be prepared in English language.
    • Evaluation report for the first phase of the Programme Call for Proposal developed in English language.
    • Legal PPP model and initial risk sharing defined and investment fact sheet prepared for the pre-selected projects in Serbian language.
    • Consultations and guidance for the pre-selected candidates provided, report on interaction with the applicants developed in English language.
    • Final report developed and accepted by the Programme. The  report shall be prepared in English language.

    Impartiality, independence and credibility

    • Legal Officer for Private Public Partnership should have no conflict of interest with any proposed phases. 

     

    Education/Experience/Language requirements
    Education
    • Master Degree in Law.
    • Bachelor’s degree combined with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the Master Degree requirement.
    Experience
    • Minimum two years of experience in development of Private Public Partnership model on municipal level and/or experience in development of related feasibility studies and market analysis.
    • Experience in capacity development and registering municipal assets will be considered as advantage
    Language Requirements
    • Fluency in English is required
    • Fluency in Serbian is required

     

    Competencies
    • Serbian as the native language, fluency in English.
    • Excellent understanding of Serbian law system.
    • Good organisational and inter-personal skills.
    • Public speaking clear and focussed, with ability to effectively communicate complex ideas to a non-specialist audience.
    • Formulates written information clearly and persuasively.
    • Accountability for management of time, establishing clear performance goals, standards, and responsibilities.
    • Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors.
    • Strong IT skills.
    • Drivers licence essential and ability to travel independently.

     

    Contract type, level and duration
    Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement (ICA) 
    Contract level: Local ICA 8
    Contract duration: up to 40 working days in period from May to October 2015

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    Project Concept Development Expert

     

    Functional Responsibilities

    The principal component of the contract will be to assist UNDP in developing a project concept for the sustainable development and management of the natural resources in the greater Lake Tanganyika basin through the implementation of the Lake Tanganyika Strategic Action Programme and the Strategic Plan for the Lake Kivu-Rusisi River basin, using the Project Identification Form (PIF) template within the context of the relevant GEF-6 Strategic Objectives.

    A draft PIF should be ready for review by mid-June 2015.  A revised PIF will be produced after incorporating comments by mid-July 2015.

    Upon the finalization of PIF, the consultant is also required to draft a Project Initiation Document, following UNDP template, which will provide the details of the project development process, work plan and budget with TORs for major consultancies required attached as Annexes. 

    Specific responsibilities will include:

    Situation & barrier analysis (10 days):

    • Review and take stock of the extensive existing relevant information on the greater Lake Tanganyika basin (situation analysis).
    • Consult with LTA and its member states, ABAKIR and its member states, UNDP and other relevant partners to gather information about their past, ongoing and upcoming interventions/programmes/projects (baseline and co-financing information). 
    • Gather necessary background information(through desk review and interviews) to complete the situation and barrier analysis.

    Proposed interventions and project framework development (5 days):

    • Based on the situations and barrier analysis, develop a set of proposed interventions that are in line with UNDP’s comparative advantages and develop a project framework
    • Identify a few possible demonstration activities in consultation with the riparian states. 
    • Identification of co-financing/baseline projects and potential co-financing partners.

    Developing PIF (5 days)

    • Draft a project concept in the form of the latest GEF-6 PIF template.
    • Incorporate comments received from countries, LTA,ABAKIR, UNDP, identified experts, GEFSEC, and any other consultative meetings
    • Finalize PIF in close consultation with UNDP and the countries. 

    Developing PID (5 days)

    • Preparation of a Project Initiation Document, following UNDP template, which will provide the details of the project development process, work plan and budget with TORs for major consultancies required attached as Annexes.

    Total expected inputs = an estimated 25days

    All necessary templates and available background documents will be provided to the consultant.  

    When/if a duty travel is considered necessary during the assignment, costs for such travel will be financed separately after the authorization by the UNDP-GEF Regional Technical Advisor for Water and Ocean Governance for Eastern and Southern Africa. 

    Monitoring and Progress Controls

    The Consultant undertaking this work will liaise closely with the supervisor (UNDP GEF RTA for Water and Ocean Governance), LTA, national and regional stakeholders, and any other identified stakeholders as directed by the supervisor.

    Payments will be made against the technical clearance of the expected deliverables submitted by the consultant (see the payment schedule below).

    The consultancy will commence work on 15 May 2015(or as soon as the contract is signed) and continue until completion but no later than 31August 2015. The consultancy may be extended under mutual agreement between all parties if further work is required and this work would then be reimbursed under the same arrangements as defined above.

    The consultant is expected to deliver the following outputs at the specified timeline as follows:

    • Proposed interventions and a set of SAP demonstration options (a minimum of 2 demonstration options per country) by 1 June 2015
    • 1stDraft PIF by 15June 2015
    • Revised Draft PIF by 13 July 2015
    • Final PIF by 24 July 2015
    • PID by 31 August 2015

    Final Products

    • PIF, in the GEF-6latest template, outlining the proposed project concept including situation analysis, objective, expected outcomes and outputs, indicative indicators, and proposed outcome-based budget (including indicative co-financing figures)
    • PID, in the latest UNDP template, detailing the processes and required inputs to develop a full UNDP project document and CEO Endorsement Request, with work plan, budget and a set of TORs for major consultancy requirements.

     

    Education/Experience/Language requirements

    Post graduate degree in the environmental science, water resources management, marine science, social studies, policy analysis, or related field is required.

    The consultant should have a minimum of seven years of experience in the field of natural resources management.  A solid understanding of GEF IW Objectives, Strategic Programs and Monitoring indicators and systems is required. Extended experience in project development based on Logical Framework is also a requirement.

    Past experience in UNDP/GEF project development is highly desirable.  Demonstrated experience in working in the development countries, negotiation and consultations with governments, working on the donor funded projects are all expected from the selected consultant.

    Past experience in the greater Lake Tanganyika region is highly desirable. 

    Demonstrated analytical skills, clarify in writing, ability in translating abstract concepts into concrete actions/recommendations are all required. 

    English proficiency in writing is a requirement.  Spoken proficiency in French, Swahili or other local language used in the Greater Lake Tanganyika basin is considered as an advantage. 

     

    Contract type, level and duration
    Contract type: International ICA, lumpsum based on deliverables
    Contract level: IICA-3
    Contract duration: 4 months

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    Administrative Clerk

     

    Functional Responsibilities

     

    • Prepare and distribute minutes of meeting;
    • Establish proper filling system for project documents, and make sure all the documents are kept in files.
    • Responsible for all logistics arrangements for the workshops
    • Drafting letters and correspondences to stakeholders
    • Distribute and communicate messages between the PMO and technical committees.
    • Assist in typing documents
    • Filing and maintenance of project file structures
    • Assist in photocopying, scanning, and distributing documents
    • Support the PMO team in preparing for workshops and meetings
    • Typing project documents
    • Perform any other duties as required by the supervisor

    Monitoring and Progress Controls

    • To ensure smooth running of the project .Works with minimal amount of supervision.
    • Independently provides accurate results in the areas of work including administrative functions.
    Background Information - Jerusalem

    Jerusalem

    The UNOPS Jerusalem office opened in 2006 and now has sub-offices in East Jerusalem, Ramallah and Jericho. The portfolio includes infrastructure, procurement, human resources, capacity building, access coordination and security projects for partners and beneficiaries throughout the occupied Palestinian territory.

    Competencies
    • Reliable and able to work under pressure;
    • Good team player;
    • Capable of working in a multi-national/cultural environment;
    • Excellent communications skills;
    • Strong organizing ability
    • Flexibility;
    • Attention to details
    • Ability to work independently / under minimum supervision
    • Proactive
    Education/Experience/Language requirements
    Education:
    • Secondary Education. A Bachelor Degree preferably in Business Administration or other related field will be an advantage.
    Experience:
    • Minimum of 3 years of professional experience in administration and related functions.
    • Computer literate and familiar with Office applications (in particular, Word and Excel)
    • Previous experience in project administration, an asset;
    • Work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve project goals
    • Supportive and service oriented personality with commitment, efficiency and willingness to work in a highly motivated and fast-moving team;
    • Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with UNOPS rules and regulations; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments
    Language Requirements:
    • Excellent command of Arabic and English language (oral and written).
    Contract type, level and duration
    Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement
    Contract level: Local ICA Level 3
    Contract duration: Twelve months, the initial contract will be issued for three months
    Duty Station: Ramallah, with regular travel to Jerusalem

    Method of Application

    Interested and suitably qualified candidates should click on preferred job titles to apply online.

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