UN Programme Analyst – Investment Job Opportunities – United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

Organization: United
Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Global
Programme Manager
About US:
United Nations Capital
Development Fund (UNCDF) is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s
least developed countries. It creates new opportunities for poor people and
their communities by increasing access to microfinance and investment
capital.  UNCDF focuses on Africa and the poorest countries of Asia and
the Pacific, with a special commitment to countries emerging from conflict or
crisis.  It provides seed capital – grants and loans – and technical
support to help microfinance institutions reach more poor households and small
businesses, and local governments finance the capital investments – water systems,
feeder roads, schools, irrigation schemes – that will improve poor peoples’
Key Duties and Responsibilities: Under the guidance and supervision of the Global Programme Manager, Local
Investment Finance Expertise Facility (LIFE) and with secondary guidance from
the START Facility Manager, the Investment Officer will perform the following
tasks which are grouped into three functional areas:
Organization and facilitation
of key programme activities related to project development and project
  • Organization and facilitation of key
    programme activities related to capacity building and knowledge
  • Project management and resource
Organization and facilitation
of key programme activities related to developing and financing infrastructure
  • Prepare eligibility and screening
    criteria and develop calls for proposals for START
  • Provide implementation support for the
    process of identifying, developing, and financing SME value addition
    projects in agriculture in accordance with the START rules and procedures;
  • Interact with local stakeholders during
    project identification, development and financing (government officials,
    private sector banks, project sponsors, development partners, etc);
  • Provide directly and facilitate
    provision of support services to project sponsors identified in close
    cooperation with PSFU.  This
    includes feasibility studies, business plans, financial analysis, market
    assessment, financial advisory services and project finance transaction
  • Ensure financing by the START Facility
    for eligible projects. This includes application of credit enhancement
    measures, such as equity top-ups and contracts guarantees, preparation of
    the Bank Info Memorandum and loan applications for START and proposals for
    grant/loan restructuring;       
  • Support the establishment of
    co-financing relationships with local and international financial
    institutions, nurture relationships and manage activities needed to secure
    co-financing of START projects;
  • Facilitate the required technical
    studies under guidance by engaging the project sponsors, consultants,
    local authorities and communities as appropriate, including the
    development of TORs that reflect project finance requirements and support
    of the procurement processes;
  • Identify alternative financing sources
    and structures, including the preparation of and participation in
    discussions and negotiations with banks, investors and other stakeholders;
  • Participate in activities to promote
    START activities resulting in a project pipeline and/or strategic
  • Prepare and facilitate technical
    missions for project and pipeline development.
Organization and facilitation
of key programme activities, related to capacity building and knowledge
  • Offer technical advice to the START
    Facility Manager and other START partners on key aspects of project
    development, structuring and financial closure;
  • Provide support for the START capacity
    building and training programme, ensuring programme knowledge generation
    and dissemination, including support to the development of START tools and
    toolkits, case studies, briefs, research documents, and client impact
  • Support and ensure the implementation of
    the START stakeholder mobilization and communication plan and organise and
    coordinate outreach activities with a variety of stakeholders;
  • Provide specialist input to and ensure
    application of the processes and tools to facilitate the transfer of
    knowledge, training, and scaling up of START regionally and nationally,
    building the capacity of local stakeholders in the public and private
  • Develop and implement tools and
    programmes for knowledge building, transfer and sharing.
Project Management &
Resource Mobilization:
  • Ensure the delivery of the key results
    on time and to budget as assigned;
  • Support timely planning, budgeting and
    reporting of the START facility in accordance with the guidelines of the
    Implementing Partner, UNCDF and EU;
  • Maintain an effective and efficient
    project monitoring system providing regular feedback on the project
    performance and to update regularly risk and issue logs;
  • Support the National Programme Manager
    and the START Facility Manager to mobilize additional resources and ensure
    its financial and institutional sustainability.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United
    Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) Programme Analyst – Investment job
    opportunity should a Master’s degree in Finance/Accounting, Business
    Administration or Economics
  • The applicant must also hold a Bachelor’s
    degree or equivalent in Finance/Accounting, Business Administration or
    Economics combined with CPA or equivalent and additional two years of
    relevant experience. 
  • At least two years (4 years of relevant
    experience if combined with BA degree) of relevant experience in providing
    financial management advisory services.
  • Computer proficiency, including working
    knowledge of MS Office products, capacity in web-based management tools.
Personal Competencies:
  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work
  • Ability to work independently and be
    creative and innovative
Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow
People Management:
  • Ability to improve performance and
  • Integrity and ability to work as a team
  • Good listener with demonstrated ability
    to present and win support for ideas as well as make effective and timely
Delivery: Ability to get things done
Time Management:
  • Ability to work on multiple
    opportunities across products and sectors while working to deadlines and
    managing time effectively.
Partnership and networking:
  • Ability to build the relations and to
    develop a network of relevant external contacts, as well as internally
    across different teams.
  • Ability to build partnerships and
    deliver results that meet the needs and long-term interest of clients
    within and outside the institution;
  • Demonstrates ability to engage across
    multiple stakeholders, including project sponsors, government partners and
    financial institutions;
Analytical and research skills:
  • Including the ability to analyze company
    reports, sector data, economics and relevant political events
  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of
    information technology and applies it in work assignments;
Financial analysis:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of private
    equity/venture investments, credit and risk assessment, with solid
    financial modelling and risk assessment skills.  Project financing experience in the
    private sector is a plus;
  • Demonstrated experience in preliminary
    evaluation of project proposals for assessing their feasibility for
    private sector funding and/or technical support. This involves the
    secondary screening of project applications, carrying out of desk reviews
    and evaluation of feasibility studies, preparing evaluation notes for
    presentation to the Management Team to determine a project’s suitability
    for inclusion in the pipeline, and preparing more detailed project concept
    notes to obtain clearance for full appraisal or fact-finding field trips;
  • Expert knowledge of private sector
  • Development finance knowledge is a plus;
  • Demonstrated knowledge in preparation of
    project financial analysis and creation/evaluation of advanced and complex
    MS Excel spreadsheet financial models;
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates who so desire to join the United Nations Capital
Development Fund (UNCDF) in the aforementioned capacity should endeavor to
Apply Online by Clicking on the link below. Please further review job
requirements and if competent Click Apply Now.
Deadline: 7th February 2018

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