Job Opening

Posting Title: Junior Finance Consultant
Department/Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station: NAIROBI
Posting Period: 27 December 2021 - 05 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Human Settlements Programme-171082-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Provides well researched and sound analysis of issues and developments affecting programme/project development and implementation. Provides thorough, well-reasoned written contributions helping cities develop practical, feasible approaches to implementing urban planning interventions through direct planning support; Effectively, and in a timely manner, liaises and interacts with colleagues and concerned parties internally and externally.

Work Location

Home based

Expected duration

6 months

Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements.

This position is located at the Cities Investment Facility (CIF), in the Office of the Executive Director. The Junior Finance Consultant will report to the Acting Chief, Office of the Executive Director. This role involves overall coordination, programme management and substantive integration of UN-Habitat operational and normative activities, with the work of external private and commercial investors.

Within delegated authority, the Junior Finance Consultant will be responsible for the following duties:

• Works with key clients to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects, etc. with an eye towards the Cities Investment Facility.
• Develop a business engagement, financial advisory and Cities Investment Facility.
• Develop relevant sustainable finance and investment documents and reports; identify problems and issues to be addressed and recommend corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; identify and track follow-up actions.
•Provide outputs relating to business strategy and engagement, private sector investment and financing strategies.
•Establish long-term partnerships between UN-Habitat and key sustainable finance advisors, investors and financiers.
• Draft background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications in preparation of various written outputs.
•Undertake outreach activities; participate in the development of training workshops, seminars, etc.; participate in and make presentations on assigned topics/activities.
•Participate in field missions, including provision of substantive input, data collection, etc.
•Prepare budget funding (programme/project and submission of progress reports etc.). Prepare related documents/reports (work programme, programme budget, etc.).
•Integrate across outputs, and quality control, in collaboration with all activity coordinators.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Business development, engagement and strategizing
Excellent writing skills in English. Knowledge of another UN language is desirable.
Research and analytical skills combined with good manipulation of data and ability to synthetize complex concepts and information is required.
Academic Qualifications: Minimum first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in sustainable urban planning, urban governance, or related field development studies, geography, management, economics that is relevant for sustainable urban development and advising on urban planning frameworks and institutions is required..
Experience: 2-year relevant experience in sustainability, finance or commercial investment, with a proven track record in sustainability analysis is required. It would be preferable if the candidate demonstrates relevant knowledge of project finance at the urban and regional level.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. Fluency (both oral and written) in English is required; knowledge of another UN official language is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language (such as Chinese) is an advantage.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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