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

Organization: United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

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’ lives.
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 financing;
  • Organization and facilitation of key programme activities related to
    capacity building and knowledge management;
  • Project management and resource mobilization.
Organization and
facilitation of key programme activities related to developing and financing
infrastructure projects:
  • 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 structuring;
  • 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
  • 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 partnerships;
  • Prepare and facilitate technical missions for project and pipeline
Organization and
facilitation of key programme activities, related to capacity building and
knowledge management:
  • Offer technical advice to the START Facility Manager and other START
    partners on key aspects of project development, structuring and financial
  • 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 evaluations;
  • 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 sectors;
  • 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
  • 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 placement should a Master’s
    degree in Finance/Accounting, Business Administration or Economics
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Finance/Accounting, Business
    Administration or Economics combined with CPA or equivalent and additional
    two years of relevant experience. 
  • Two years (4 years of relevant experience if combined with BA
    degree) of relevant experience in providing financial management advisory
  • Computer proficiency, including working knowledge of MS Office
    products, capacity in web-based management tools.
  • 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 satisfaction
  • Integrity and ability to work as a team
Communication: 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
Technical/Functional Competencies:
Time Management: Ability to work on multiple opportunities
across products and sectors while working to deadlines and managing time
Partnership and
  • 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
  • Demonstrates ability to engage across multiple stakeholders,
    including project sponsors, government partners and financial
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 finance. 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 2019
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