|Location :||New York (possible relocation to Dakar, Johannesburg, or Bangkok), UNITED STATES OF AMERICA|
|Application Deadline :||10-Apr-11|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||P-5|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 Year|
|Expected Duration of Assignment||2 Years|
|UNCDF is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s 49 least developed countries. It creates new opportunities for poor people and their communities by increasing access to microfinance and investment capital. UNCDF programmes help to empower women, and are designed to catalyze larger investment flows from the private sector, national govern-ments and development partners, for maximum impact toward the Millennium Development Goals. |
UNCDF has evolved considerably in the past five years, doubling its number of programme countries (to 40+) and annual revenues, and substantially increasing its number of strategic partnerships. It has also enhanced its engagement in development policy and advocacy, including by hosting and participating in high-level events and dialogues, and through a stepped up series of knowledge products. UNCDF’s Corporate Management Plan 2010 – 13 identifies “policy and advocacy” as complementary to its programmatic interventions, and central to its positioning and partnership strategies. The Financial Inclusion Practice Area’s Business Plan 2011 – 2013 and the Local Development Practice Area’s draft Strategy 2011-2013 have “policy and advocacy” as central pillars.
UNCDF also recognizes that, as a decentralized agency with considerable technical expertise in microfinance and local development, effective internal knowledge management is vital for achieving its programmatic, policy and advocacy objectives. In order to be truly effective, UNCDF must become a “learning organization”. To this end it has recently approved a new corporate strategy on Knowledge Management (2010), and a new corporate policy on document management (2010). The Knowledge Management strategy recommended strengthening corporate Knowledge Management capacity. In 2011 UNCDF will launch a new Intranet that will be central to its knowledge management efforts.
Against this larger background, in 2010 UNCDF’s Financial Inclusion Practice Area created a full- +time “Policy Advisor” position (P5) and 50% of a full time “Knowledge Management” position (P4), both of which are now operational. To further enhance the effort and help ensure overall coherence in this growing area, UNCDF intends to create a new position called “Advisor (Knowledge, Policy and Advocacy” charged with:
The key responsibilities of this position are:
The position will be based at UNCDF headquarters in New York, with the possibility of eventual relocation to one of UNCDF’s regional offices (Dakar, Johannesburg or Bangkok) at a later date.
Post Category: Development Project Funded (DPF), Non-Rotational
Duties and Responsibilities
|1. UNCDF’s corporate knowledge management, policy and advocacy undertakings (i.e. both Inclusive Finance and Local Development) are strategic, coherent, cost effective, and aligned with corporate priorities. |
As knowledge latent within the organization is activated, and as UNCDF’s current and planned policy and advocacy activities achieve greater coherence and strategic relevance:
-UNCDF will function more effectively internally;
-UNCDF will be positioned more strongly externally.
As this happens, the overall impact of UNCDF’s work will increase because:
-UNCDF’s advocacy voice on reducing poverty and accelerating achievement of the MDGs in the LDCs will become louder;
-UNCDF’s technical expertise in inclusive finance and local development will gain wider currency;
- UNCDF’s prospects for strategic partnerships and resource mobilization will increase.
Required Skills and Experience