Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant on Integrated National Financing Framework
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 12 January 2022 - 26 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-Department of Economic and Social Affairs-170342-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Result of Service

1. Identification of sectors and policy areas to focus on.
2. Finalised concept notes of additional guidance materials for shortlisted sectors and policy areas.
3. Drafting of additional guidance documents for shortlisted sectors and policy areas.

Work Location

Home-based. The consultant should be available for regular review meetings/teleconferences as needed.

Expected duration

The proposed contract will be from 1 February to 29 July 2022. With the possibility of extension.

Duties and Responsibilities

This position is located in the Policy Analysis and Development Branch of the Financing for Sustainable Development Office (FSDO) in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The incumbent will report to the Chief of the Policy Analysis and Development Branch. More information can be found at: https://www.un. org/development/desa/en/about/desa-divisions/financing-development.html.

In 2015, world leaders adopted the Addis Ababa Action Agenda at the United Nations’ Third International Conference on Financing for Development. As part of the Addis Agenda commitments, countries agreed to use Integrated National Financing Frameworks (INFFs) to support nationally owned sustainable development strategies. INFFs provide a framework for financing sustainable development objectives at the national level. In the spirit of the Addis Agenda, INFFs are holistic, bringing together different financing policy areas (public and private financing and macro-systemic issues), with a view to better align them with medium- and long-term national sustainable development priorities and the SDGs.

The underlying methodology of INFFs is comprised of an inception phase, and four building blocks: i) assessment and diagnostics (i.e., financing gaps, flows, risks, underlying obstacles); ii) a financing strategy; iii) monitoring and review systems; and iv) governance and coordination arrangements. Countries who want to use the INFF approach do not to start from scratch – almost all countries have policies, processes and institutional arrangements related to financing in place. An INFF does not seek to replace these. Rather, it builds on what is already in place, and seeks to align tools and processes, identify and close gaps, overcome incoherencies, exploit unused opportunities, and avoid fragmented decision-making.

While global guidance materials have been prepared to support the implementation of INFFs, there is high demand for additional guidance on their application to specific sectors/ thematic priorities. The Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) on Financing for Development, led by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), has developed global guidance materials for the inception phase and each of the four INFF building blocks. There has, however, been considerable and growing interest from countries to receive further guidance and support to design INFFs, including in relation to specific country groups (e.g., SIDS), sectors and cross-cutting priorities (e.g., climate), as well as financing policy areas (e.g., debt). This demand needs to be met with additional guidance materials, including tailored technical notes, illustrative examples and case studies.

The Financing for Sustainable Development Office (FSDO) of UNDESA is currently seeking the services of a consultant to support the preparation of additional guidance materials on INFFs. The objective of this assignment is to prepare technical guidance materials specifically focused on sectors/ financing policy areas identified as part of the IATF process. The consultant will lead on the preparation of general inputs that will serve to inform the decision about the specific sectors and financing policy areas to focus on, and manage the drafting process of the guidance documents for the shortlisted sectors/ financing policy areas, in close coordination with FSDO / DESA and the Inter-agency Task Force and relevant members of the Task Force. The aim of such material is to illustrate the relevance of the INFF approach to specific sectors/ financing policy areas, and how it can be used to further enhance the effectiveness of policy-making in these areas. The assignment will build on existing global guidance, helping bridge the gap between the current guidance and needs at the implementation level.

Under the supervision of the Chief of the Policy Analysis and Development Branch, this consultant will be responsible for the following work assignments:

I. Prepare inputs to guide identification of topics
Prepare and finalise inputs (such as background/concept notes) to guide the identification of specific economic sectors and/or financing policy areas for additional guidance material. These should include:
• if a sector: brief overview of characteristics of sector/policy area from context of different countries; how it is currently typically financed; what are key/ typical challenges in specific country contexts; etc.
• if a financing area: who are key actors, what are key characteristics, what are typically key contributions/challenges to / links to SDG financing; etc.
• if a country type: what are typical challenges in financing SDGs and climate action; key vulnerabilities and gaps, opportunities; etc.

II. Lead the conceptual development of the technical guidance documents for prioritized areas.

Tailoring the INFF global guidance to sector/policy area. For each building block work on the following:
• Overview of relevant policy frameworks/ strategic approaches, as well as tools offered by international community;
• Based on this overview, indicate elements that are in line with the INFF approach, and where there are typical gaps/ challenges in better ‘integration’;
• Identify opportunities for better integration through current policy frameworks/ approaches/ tools or additional elements.
• Case studies (practical illustrations of the INFF global guidance to sector/policy area/country type).

As part of this work, the consultant will lead the organization of a structured process of soliciting inputs and incorporating feedback from the IATF and other experts.

III. Draft 4 technical guidance documents for shortlisted financing sectors and policy areas.

The technical guidance documents should be no more than 15 pages, and should include the following:

• Brief overview of sector/ policy area/country type and SDG financing; Outline potential role of INFF in supporting sector/policy area/country type.
• Overview of the financing area/ sector/ country type (using illustrations where possible)
• ‘How to’ (tailoring the INFF global guidance to sector/policy area).
• Case studies (practical illustrations of the INFF global guidance to sector/policy area/country type).

Qualifications/special skills

Competency:
• Professionalism: Ability to apply economic theories and concepts in different sectors of economic and sustainable development. Ability to conduct independent research on economic topics, determine suitability, validity and accuracy of data provided by different sources. Shows skill in developing sources for data collection. 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 gender 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.
• Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Academic Qualifications:
• Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in development studies, international relations, economics, political science or other relevant academic discipline;

Experience:
• A minimum of seven (7) years of experience in financing policy and analysis, particularly in a development context;
• Experience in advising countries and developing guidance on integrated approaches to development financing desirable;
• Strong analytical and conceptual skills;
• Excellent drafting and communication abilities;

Language:
• Fluency in English.

No Fee

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