Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant - Public-Private Partnerships in support of Infrastructure Asset Management
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 08 October 2021 - 27 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Department of Economic and Social Affairs-165552-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

The consultant will be tasked with drafting a paper on LDC experiences in the design and implementation of local PPPS in support of IAM.

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

The consultant will be engaged from 8 November 2021 to 31 March 2022.

Duties and Responsibilities

The position is located in the International Tax and Development Cooperation Branch of the
Financing for Sustainable Development Office of the Department of Economic and Social
Affairs. The consultant reports to the Economic Affairs Officer, International Tax and
Development Cooperation Branch. The Branch work programme includes policy analysis and
support to intergovernmental processes and capacity building on tax, development
cooperation and other financing for development issues. The Branch carries out DESA's
capacity development programme on tax and other financing for development matters and
serves as Secretariat to both the United Nations Committee of Experts on International
Cooperation in Tax Matters and the Development Cooperation Forum. More information can
be found at: https://www.un.org/development/desa/en/about/desadivisions/
financingdevelopment.html.

Backlogs in capital investment schedules, fiscal constraints, complex legal frameworks and inadequate training on infrastructure asset management often undermine the efforts towards an effective mobilization of all necessary human, financial and technical resources when attempting to manage infrastructure facilities over their entire lifespan. As a result, some local governments in developing countries have begun looking into Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) as mechanisms to unlock new mechanisms of finance for local infrastructure investment. Previous studies focusing mostly on the national level have suggested that fiscal discipline, high revenue potential of public services, heightened levels of transparency and accountability, as well as contract security and existing fiscal space all serve as determinants for successful PPPs. However, local governments in developing countries often lack financial and human resources and precise guidance on how to develop and manage successful PPPs in support of sustainable infrastructure asset management (IAM). As a result, local governments engaging in PPPs as a new contract modality often worsen their vulnerability from being exposed to unexpected contractual and operational risks.

Consultancy requirements under this Terms of Reference are related to the United Nations Development Account project “Municipal asset management for sustainable development in selected Least Developed Countries in Africa and Asia”. Particularly, Activity A2.3: “Develop and publish training materials and policy recommendations that provide a generic framework for capacity development on municipal asset management for a wide range of LDCs. The materials will be developed by national and international consultants in close coordination with the implementing partners (UN-DESA, UNCDF and UN Habitat). Training material and tools will be made available online on the partners’ websites. Partners will also showcase the material in the context of high-level meetings on municipal finance and urban development, including through side events.”

By implementing the activities mentioned above, UN-DESA-FSDO will respond to a specific mandate by the General Assembly in its resolution 69/313 of 15 July 2015, Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, in which Member States, “commit to scaling up international cooperation to strengthen capacities of municipalities and other local authorities,” and, “to support cities and local authorities of developing countries, particularly in least developed countries and small island developing States.”

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, business administration, civil engineering or related field.
Experience: At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience, involving both analytical and policy development work on global issues related to sustainable development is required.
Familiarity with UN editorial guidelines is desirable.
Language: Excellent drafting and communications abilities in the English language is required.

Additional Information

Professionalism- Knowledge of the work of the UN and its specialized agencies.
Knowledge and understanding of sustainable development issues and infrastructure asset
management. Familiarity with UN editorial guidelines. Ability to communicate effectively both verbal and in writing in English. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating fender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

No Fee

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