|The Bureau for Development Policy (BDP) is UNDP’s policy Bureau and backbone of the global practices. BDP has a key role to play in helping country offices to accelerate human development through strengthening the practice areas within UNDP’s programmes. BDP supports the development and design of projects that are responsive, effective and contribute to the national-level policies and results. Driven by demand, BDP provides the tools, analysis and capacities that country offices need to make a real difference in UNDP’s practice areas. |
BDP support of UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2008-2011 and its 6 thematic areas (Poverty Reduction, Governance, Environment and Energy, HIV/AIDS, Capacity Development, and Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment) together with the regionalization process require it to support a strong and vibrant practice architecture which can ensure that UNDP, at all levels, benefits from consistent and coherent policy direction, rigorous quality standards and valuable service platforms.
HIV/AIDS is one of UNDP’s top corporate priorities. In the past several years, UNDP’s contribution to the global effort to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS has greatly intensified, focusing on the governance challenge of planning and implementing a truly multi-sectoral and society-wide response to the epidemic.
One central aspect of UNDP’s work is to help countries develop capacity to access and absorb international funding from a wide variety of sources, as well as build capacity for strategic planning and results-based implementation of national and local-level HIV/AIDS plans (“Making the Money Work”). In a number of countries, UNDP is helping to formulate fundable HIV/AIDS plans to organize roundtable meetings where resource needs are discussed and donor pledges are made. UNDP also helps strengthen financial and managerial capacity of national AIDS programmes, stronger inter-ministerial coordination, and mechanisms for effective and decentralized channeling of funding. This work is of crucial importance in creating an environment in which mechanisms such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria can succeed.
In late 2002, UNDP began its partnership with the Global Fund. Since its inception, the UNDP-Global Fund partnership has grown significantly from managing a single USD 6.7 million Global Fund grant in Haiti in 2002 to currently being Principal Recipient (PR) in 27 countries for 60 grants totaling over USD 1.1 billion. . Pursuant to its agreement with the Global Fund, UNDP is appointed as the Principal Recipient in exceptional circumstances, generally in countries with low capacities, weak systems and/or poor accountability. However, with the exception UNDP as PR in donor-constrained countries, UNDP is meant to build the capacity of local entities to assume the role of PR in the future.
In its role as PR, UNDP is responsible for the financial and programmatic management of the grant, as well as the procurement of health and non-health products. In all cases, the implementation of the grants must be done in accordance with UNDP policies and procedures as well as the policies and guidelines of the Global Fund.
In addition, UNDP provides capacity support to a number of governments who are managing Global Fund grants directly. In the last few years, UNDP has expanded this capacity development role and is presently providing technical support in an additional 4 countries in the areas of project planning, sub-grant and contract administration, financial administration, procurement, and monitoring and evaluation.
Given the importance of the partnership with the Global Fund, UNDP continues to strive towards providing high value-added services to governments and the Global Fund, both in its role as the PR, and, increasingly, as a significant technical partner to governments implementing Global Fund grants.
Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Cluster Leader (Geneva), the Policy Specialist will be working as part of a team responsible for the strategic relationship with the Global Fund and strategic support to the Cluster Director in managing direct UNDP-Global Fund relations.
Duties and Responsibilities
|The Policy Specialist will be responsible for providing technical advice and support on areas covered under the UNDP–Global Fund Partnership. Reporting to the Cluster Leader (Geneva). |
In particular, the candidate will be responsible for:
Knowledge Management serves to document lessons and good practices derived from different countries and regions; to strengthen the relevance of policies, analytical frameworks, practical guidance, and knowledge tools; and to disseminate products developed by the HIV/AIDS Group. The main priorities within this area include:
Required Skills and Experience
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Policy Specialist, GFATM