a) UNDP will cover the cost of travel of the individual to the duty station, as well as their return to their home upon completion of their services. Travel costs are covered only in the event that the function will be undertaken physically in the duty station and excludes working from home arrangements.
b) Include any official travel expected to be associated with performing the functions.
UNDP Regional bureau for Asia Pacific’s SIDA-funded Governance of Climate Change Finance (GCCF) project housed in the Bangkok Regional Hub (BRH) currently covers Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Thailand, Tonga and Vanuatu. As domestically mobilized resources remain central to climate action the key focus of the project is to help these countries with effective and equity-driven allocation and utilization of public finance for climate action as well as the mobilization of innovative finance.1
The project has been working with the Ministries of Finance, and increasingly with planning and sector ministries as well, to put in place mechanisms to mainstream climate change into their annual and medium term budgets. Over the past five years there has been an increase in the interest and capacity of Ministries of Finance to respond to climate change as well as take more integrated approaches to the social, environmental and economic objectives of the 2030 Agenda. UNDP programme in Asia-Pacific have responded to this demand by supporting integration of climate change into public financial management systems, at both national and sub-national levels.
The GCCF is expected to evolve into Climate Finance Network (CFN) programme, which will build on the foundations created during the UNDP’s Governance of Climate Change Finance Programme (GCCF) and learnings from other initiatives as well, to provide support to deepen and widen climate finance reforms in the region and support engagement across the budget cycle to enhance impact. The programme will provide more in-dept technical support to Ministries of Finance and Planning, climate relevant sector Ministries and provincial government of the network counties to integrate climate change in the planning and budgeting systems. The countries which are expected to be included in the network are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tonga, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu and Vietnam.
In order to optimize the effectiveness of climate finance, the project is looking to deepen its engagement in terms of PFM reforms, support to sector ministries so that their budgets are more risk-informed and climate change and gender sensitive while connecting the dots to promote actions across interventions in the budgeting cycle, and stepping up support on the engagement with parliaments and civil society and private sector. Regional Public Finance Management Expert is expected to lead the project portfolio on public finance management and the fiscal reform in all targeted countries.
The Regional Public Financial Management consultant will work under the supervision of the BRH’s
Governance and Public Finance Specialist and SDG Finance and Policy Advisor and team lead.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
The scope of work for this assignment includes:
A. Technical Assistance to deepen support to mainstreaming climate in planning and budgeting systems
1) Technical advice to the sector ministries across different countries including but not limited to the Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Work in Cambodia and the Ministry of Finance in Indonesia to embed climate change in the annual budgets and medium term expenditure framework (MTEF). 2
2) Subject to country demand, help in refining the budget tagging systems at the national and sub national levels to enable the targeted countries to generate the aggregate data, with the classification type and the sectoral level climate relevant expenditure data as well as to able to present information on the outputs and outcomes of climate initiatives alongside information on tagged expenditures.3 There is need to include budget data on gender responsiveness and other markers as well.
3) While the focus remains on the scale and effectiveness of climate responsive expenditures, provide advisory support to countries with also assessing revenue side policy instruments, such as carbon pricing (taxes and incentives) where support is also provided by the project.
4) Support the climate and gender specialist in the team to assist countries like Bangladesh and Indonesia and others across the GCCF programme in defining climate change gender sensitive key performance indicators for translation of policy objectives to development budgets and subsequent monitoring of results. This will allow a more aggregate view of the impacts of climate expenditures on the ground.
5) Advisory support to Indonesia and Thailand on the development of Climate Change Financing
Frameworks (CCFF). Render support to Bangladesh on implementation of national and local CCFFs.
B. TA to strengthen linkages with NDCs
1. Technical advice to BRH and country offices in analysis of climate expenditures to show alignment of the climate budgets to respond to national climate policies and strategies, particularly the
Nationally Determined Contributions.
2. In liaison with Nature, Climate and Energy team in Bangkok Regional Hub, support the country
governments in using the domestic budgetary systems for realisation of NDCs through improved and targeted budget allocations and mechanisms to strengthen effective use of resources.
C. Capacity building, Knowledge exchange and products and contributions to priority global initiatives
1) Organize selected trainings for relevant government counterparts, sectoral ministries, and GCCF project and SDG finance teams on to address the climate finance needs and strengthen resource mobilization from both public and private finance.
2) Support the GCCF project team with knowledge sharing and regional guidance which could be a guidance note and/or a knowledge product, South- South and regional dialogues as well as in the context of UNDP’s technical engagement in support of initiatives such as the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action and the G20 working group on sustainable finance4. Contribute to progress reports and in development of briefs for the donors.
UN CORE VALUES AND COMPETENCIES
Professionalism: Shows pride in work and 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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients " and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Required Skills and Experience
Min. Academic Education
Advanced or Master degree in public administration, public finance, public policy, or related areas.
Min. years of relevant
At least 7 years of professional experience in the areas of public financial management and governance.
Minimum 7 years proven experience in policy analysis and public financial management, and advisory support to senior government stakeholders.
Minimum 3 years of experience working with Ministries of Finance and/or other relevant ministries.
Desired additional skills and competencies
Experiences of working in Asia-Pacific is an advantage, particularly in the countries covered by the project.
Experience working with UNDP or other UN family or an international organization is an asset
Required Language(s) (at working level)
Excellent written and spoken English skills.