UNCDF makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 least developed countries.
With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.
UNCDF’s financing models work through two channels: financial inclusion that expands the opportunities for individuals, households, and small businesses to participate in the local economy, providing them with the tools they need to climb out of poverty and manage their financial lives; and by showing how localized investments — through fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance — can drive public and private funding that underpins local economic expansion and sustainable development.
By strengthening how finance works for poor people at the household, small enterprise, and local infrastructure levels, UNCDF contributes to SDG 1 on eradicating poverty and SDG 17 on the means of implementation.
By identifying those market segments where innovative financing models can have transformational impact in helping to reach the last mile and address exclusion and inequalities of access, UNCDF contributes to a number of different SDGs.
The UN Joint Programme on Local Governance and Decentralized Service Delivery in Somalia (UN JPLG) is a five-year joint programme comprising of ILO, UNCDF, UNDP, UN-HABITAT and UNICEF.
Local Investments for Transformation (LIFT) in Somalia project is aligned with JPLG in programming, objectives and focus areas, specifically supporting UNCDF interventions that complement JPLG.
The Programme’s overall goal is “creating an enabling environment for improved service delivery and greater stability, through improved legal, policy and system frameworks – building the knowledge of those working in and with local governments.”
JPLG commenced in April 2008 and has now entered its third phase (2018-2023). It expanded geographically with average annual work-plans and budgets of USD 25 – 32M / year.
JPLG works with the Federal Government of Somalia, the Governments of Puntland, Somaliland, South West, Jubbaland, HirShabelle, Galmudug, local governments, communities and non-state actors.
Under the JPLG/LIFT projects, UNCDF among others is specifically responsible for providing technical assistance fiscal decentralization, local revenue mobilization and implementation of a discretionary Local Development Fund(LDF) modality for enhancing locally prioritized service delivery and enhancing capacities for sub-national Public Financial Management (PFM)
UNCDF supports the review and development of policy, legal and regulatory frameworks for fiscal decentralization and local revenue mobilization including innovative approaches for resource mobilization that leverage the private sector, diaspora and financial institutions.
UNCDF also focuses on drafting proposals for upgrading the Inter-Governmental Fiscal Transfer(IGFT) systems in Puntland and Somaliland and preparing the design for a state-level IGFT system for the new Federal Member States(FMS).
In coordination with Somali government counterparts, UNCDF will also support design and establishment of Local Government Finance Commissions in Puntland and Somaliland; drafting and validating of financing strategies and a dedicated financing vehicle for Mogadishu; development of Capital Investment Plans (CIP) and LG Financing Strategies; and research on a mobile platform for diaspora funds mobilization.
Within this context, UNCDF seeks to hire a Programme Finance Analyst, (NOB) who will report to UNCDF Chief Technical Advisor (CTA), also based in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Programme Finance Analyst is responsible for ensuring effective programme and financial management of UNCDF and for supporting the planning, budgeting, reporting on and monitoring of the UNCDF programme activities.
The incumbent will also lead the administration functions. The Programme Finance Analyst will also support the CTA, and work very closely with the Programme and finance staff based in Somalia field locations, to manage the monitoring of programme activities as well as financial reporting to the donors and HQ.
The incumbent is expected to work with minimum supervision and able to carry out delegated donor liaison roles, including support to resource mobilization on a autonomous basis.
Required Skills and Experience: