National Accounts 2008 Specialist – Kuwait

The Central Statistics Bureau (CSB) is seeking to recruit a specialist in national accounts to support the Department of Economic Statistics, National Accounts Unit, in developing national accounts in current and constant prices, in accordance with recommendations and suggestions of the National Accounts System (2008). The Specialist will also, focus on capacity building and transfer of Knowledge to National Accounts Unit at CSB. The consultancy will also contribute to the following:

KNDP objectives:

Continue with the development of tools, methodologies, and resources of statistical work on the national level:

  • Complete modernization programs at the Central Statistics Bureau (CSB), including the development of institutional and ICT infrastructure, develop information systems, indicators and database, models, and statistical surveys and transform into the registeredcensus, and develop economic research.
  • Training and Development of national human resources in statistics, allowing to fulfill qualitative and quantitative needs from specialized national cadres in statistics and census.

The assignment will also contribute to the following ICDI/KNDP project outputs

  • Output:Enhanced institutional and human capacities of the CSB for evidence-based plans and policies on sustainable development;
  • Activity Result:Improved capacityand statistical quality management
  • Indicator:Number of analyses conducted using SAM with 2008-2013 data

Under the direct supervision of Assistant Undersecretary for Statistical Affairs Sector and close coordination with the UNDP Project officer, the National Account Specialist will provide support for developing and improving National Account 2008 and contribute to the development of annual action plan following up on its implementation linking in the NMRDP and CSB’s strategic objectives. The consultant will be focusing on achievement of the following results:

Assess the current state and identify the gaps to implement National Account System (2008).

Develop a roadmap for the implementation of the National Accounts System (2008):

  • Upgrade and enhance the National Accounts for the State of Kuwait based on the system of Nationals Account 2008.
  • Provide practical recommendations for CSB on all technical reports and documents related to the National Accounts and assist CSB to enhance the development of the National Accounts 2008.

Provide technical advisory and support for Economics Statistics Department and National Accounts team.

  • Provide technical assistance to National Accounts Unit, in the field of basic accounts, institutional accounts and quarterly accounts in current and constant prices.
  • Technical expertise on how to overcome the missing data and define the appropriate data sources.
  • Technical expertise provided for the upgrading and periodically publishing bulletins on the national account

Conduct capacity building and needs assessment for Economics Statistics Department and National Accounts team. 

  • Based on thorough assessment, identify the coaching and training needs related to national accounts of the Economics Statistics Department and develop a training plan to address them;
  • Developing a training plan for Economics Statistics Department on National Account 2008.
  • Provide coaching and on-the-job-training for staff at the Economics Statistics Department to enable them to implement their role in relation to economics statistics and national accounts.
  • Present monthly reports to the CSB and UNDP Project officer highlighting key deliverables and achievements with recommendations for the way forward
  • Prepare technical reports and technical notes and materials for technical workshops and conferences.

Functional competencies:

Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing

  • Makes a case for innovative ideas documenting successes and building them into the design of new approaches;
  • Identifies new approaches and strategies that promote the use of tools and mechanisms;
  • Develops and/or participates in the development of tools and mechanisms, including identifying new approaches to promote individual and organizational learning and knowledge sharing using formal and informal methodologies.
  • Promotes knowledge sharing.

Promoting organizational change and development 

  • Performs appropriate work analysis and assists in the redesign to establish clear standards for implementation;
  • Develops communications and programs to assist business units in their adaptation to changing the environment.

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise

  • Understands more advanced aspects of primary area of specialization as well as the fundamental concepts of related disciplines;
  • Continues to seek new and improved methods and systems for accomplishing the work of the unit;
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop him/herself professionally;
  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments.

Core Competencies:

  • Promoting ethics and integrity, creating organizational precedents;
  • Building staff competence and creating an environment of creativity and innovation;
  • Building and promoting effective teams;
  • Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication;
  • Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning. Endorsing learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member;
  • Fair and transparent decision-making and calculated risk-taking.

I. Academic Qualifications:

  • Minimum requirement is a Masters’ degree in  Economics, Statistics, Accounting, or other related fields. A PhD is an advantage.

II. Years of experience:

  • Minimum of 20 years of proven experience at the national or international level in providing advisory services in National Account in general.
  • Has proven experience working on National Account System 2008 in particular.
  • Experience in a governmental statistical institution is an advantage.
  • Experience in using statistical computer programs and excellent computer skills with MS. Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Knowledge and familiarity with of the economic and social situation in Kuwait is an asset.
  • UN experience is an advantage;

III. Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in oral and written English is a must. Arabic is desirable.

Application closing date: 3 August 2019 (Midnight New York, USA)

Pacific Development Finance Specialist – Suva

The Pacific Development Specialist (consultant) will provide technical support to countries, draft guidance for Ministries of Finance and Planning, facilitate dialogue and evidence building at country level on integrated approaches to financing, and support the UNDP regional teams on financing SDGs in their design of services for Pacific governments.

Scope of Work

Under the overall guidance of the Development Economist at the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji, the specialist will:

Provide substantive capacity to support UNDP and partner governments in DFA follow-up and taking forward priority DFA recommendations, including:

  • Developing practical development finance roadmaps and strategies (including integrated financing frameworks where appropriate), overall or sector-specific, in partnership with governments (primarily MOFs) and other relevant development partners; includes advising on dialogue mechanisms for financing development which support strategy design and implementation;
  • Support improved alignment between planning and budgeting processes. Specific activities would be in response to partner government demand, but could include supporting development of strategic planning guidelines for ministries and provincial governments, developing approaches for review of draft budgets for alignment with national plans, or supporting development of budget proposals by sub-national governments;
  • Support national and, as appropriate, regional mechanisms to track implementation and financing of national and regional development strategies;
  • Developing new frameworks and policies around different types of finance (e.g., remittances, SDG bonds, etc.) at country level;
  • Supporting capacity development in partner governments to better address development financing needs.

Identifying and pursuing opportunities within UNDP’s existing portfolio in the Pacific to take forward thinking and service offers in SDG financing, potentially including:

  • Integrating DFA findings and analysis into the Pacific Floating Budget Office initiative to support improved scrutiny of government budgets;
  • Working with the Pacific Risk Governance Programme to integrate adequate consideration of risk into development financing strategies and processes;
  • Working with UNDP’s private sector engagement initiatives to develop approaches for greater private sector engagement in the SDGs.

Support development of initiatives to address identified development finance needs, including:

  • Initiatives to more efficiently mobilize private sector engagement in the sustainable development agenda and improve alignment of investment decisions;
  • Initiatives to make the most effective use of emerging opportunities to engage with non-traditional partners, including South-South Cooperation and private philanthropy;
  • Initiatives to improve collection and collection of data to provide decision makers with a more comprehensive understanding of development finance flows and support more evidence-based policymaking;
  • Supporting thematic analyses of public sector spending, for example through a gender lens;
  • Supporting the development of dialogue platforms as a space for evidence-based decision making across ministries, and with non-government stakeholders (private sector, CSOs) on SDG financing;
  • Supporting linkages and knowledge exchange with the Bangkok Regional Hub to facilitate South-South learning and knowledge exchange.

Contribute to regional UNDP work to strengthen SDG implementation and financing strategies at country level, with specific attention to country monitoring of development effectiveness principles and interaction of flows both domestic and international, public and private; specifically linking the work on effective development cooperation and aid effectiveness to wider financing for development discussions.

The Specialist (consultant) will function as an integral part of the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji team, and is expected to flexibly respond to demands and opportunities to support countries’ development finance needs over the course of the consultancy.

Institutional Arrangement

  • The specialist will work under the supervision of the UNDP Development Economist, with guidance from the Development Finance Advisor and Team in the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub.
  • The specialist will work in close collaboration with the Inclusive Growth Team at the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji, the UNDP Multi-Country Office in Samoa, and the UNDP Country Office in the Solomon Islands.
  • The specialist will work in partnership with Pacific Island Country governments and regional organizations on an on-demand basis.

Supervision/Reporting

  • On a day-to-day basis, the consultant would report to the UNDP Development Economist at the Pacific Office in Fiji.
  • Outputs produced by the consultant would also require certification by the Project Manager for the Asia-Pacific Development Effectiveness project, based at the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub.

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrate integrity and ethical standards;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism;
  • Promote the vision, mission and strategic goal of UN

Functional Competencies:

  • Effective team player, with good communication, diplomatic and inter-personal skills;
  • Has ability to communicate clearly and present coherent and well-founded arguments;
  • Demonstrates openness to change, responds positively to feedback and different point of view;
  • Excellent communication skills including presentations, networking and interpersonal skills;
  • Has ability to synthesize large amounts of information into succinct written reports;
  • Proven experience in writing, editing and proof reading; Strong analytical skills.

Language requirements:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

Education

  • Relevant degree or advanced degree in economics, public finance, public policy and administration, international relations, development studies or related field.

Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant professional work experience with track record of research analysis;
  • Research experience in the areas of development finance, budget review and public expenditure review are required;
  • Previous work on Development Finance issues in the Pacific sub-region an advantage;
  • Proven knowledge of the concept of Integrated National Finance Frameworks (INFF) and their adaptation at the country level will be considered a significant asset;
  • Familiarity with UNDP’s DFA methodology and Financing Solutions toolkit as well as wider financing services considered an asset;
  • Experience in country-level work rooted in public policy reforms in close collaboration with government;
  • Excellent writing skills required, as demonstrated by previous research/analytical reports on relevant topics;
  • Ability to lead consultations with senior Government officials required;
  • Sound grasp of substantive policy issues in the public finance field;
  • Excellent knowledge of data collection, analysis and statistics tool are essential;
  • Advanced quantitative and econometric skills and experience with related data analysis tools are an advantage.

Application closing date: 31 July 2019 (Midnight New York, USA)

 

Finance Associate – Buenos Aires

Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Director of Financial Management  in Headquarters (HQ) in coordination with the Regional Office Finance Specialist and the daily supervision of the Country Representative,  the Finance Associate is responsible for the execution of a wide range of financial services and administrative processes in the Country Office (CO), ensuring timeliness, efficiency and transparent use of financial resources and delivery of services in accordance with organizational financial rules, regulations, policies, procedures and approved allocations. The Finance Associate promotes a client-oriented approach consistent with UN Women rules and regulations, standard practices and guidelines.

The Finance Associate works in close collaboration with the Programme and Operations Team as well as with the Operations and Programme teams in UN Women Regional Office and HQ for solving complex finance-related issues and information delivery.

1. Implement financial strategies, in full compliance of UN Women rules, regulations, policies, and recording and reporting systems

  • Perform duties in full compliance with UN Women financial regulations and rules, policies and standard operating procedures, including internal controls;
  • Review and verify financial transactions, activities, and documentation; taking corrective actions as needed and reporting any unusual activities;
  • Monitor financial exceptions reports for unusual activities or transaction, investigate anomalies and report to the supervisor conclusions and/or present recommendations for actions/decisions;
  • Draft reports on financial status, procedures, exchange rates, costs and expenditures;
  • Follow-up on audit recommendations to monitor implementation of corrective actions;
  • Collect, verify and present information and data for use in the planning of financial resources and the formulation of the Country Office (CO) programme work plans, budgets, proposals on implementation arrangements and execution modalities;
  • Provide assistance in Annual Work Plan entry in Results Management System (RMS) as required.
  • Provide advice and recommend solutions to a wide range of financial issues;
  • Monitor the proper functioning of the financial resources management system for office and programmatic budgets and resources;
  • Implement cost saving and reduction strategies;

2. Prepare and administer CO budgets in full compliance of UN Women rules, regulations, policies, and recording and reporting systems

  • Formulate the budget, control allotments, monitor expenditures, and prepare revisions according to the needs of the CO;
  • Track the appropriate and timely use of financial resources;
  • Prepare cost recovery documents or bills for the services provided by UN Women to other programmes or organizations;
  • Create projects in Atlas, prepare budget revisions, revise project awards and status; and determine unutilized funds;
  • Implement and maintain control mechanism for development projects through monitoring budgets preparation and modifications and budgetary status;
  • Maintain internal expenditure control system;
  • Undertake corrective actions on un-posted vouchers, including vouchers with budget check errors, match exceptions and unapproved vouchers. Respond to RO /HQ requests to resolve financial data issues;
  • Prepare VAT reimbursements with adequate documentation support;
  • Input data in Atlas and monitor status. Keep stakeholders and clients informed for timely action and/or decisions;
  • Manage petty cash fund, cash impress level.

3. Provide finance support to the Programme and Operations team

  • Review accounts receivables for UN Women projects and follow-up with project managers and finance section at regional office and/or headquarters on contributions, deposits creation in Atlas and their application to AR pending items;
  • Prepare PO and non-PO vouchers for development projects;
  • Record and post transactions in Atlas, process payroll, travel claims, MPOs, and other entitlements;
  • Monitor the setup of budgets in ATLAS to ensure they are in accordance with budgets agreed with donors and are input into ATLAS at the detailed Activity ID level;
  • Monitor each month over-expenditure of budgets and follow up with Budget Owner;
  • Monitor regularly transactions posted to projects ensuring actual expenditure has been recorded against correct budget category and activity, take timely corrective actions as required;
  • Monitor proper follow up of advances to implementing partners, review their financial reports together with project managers;
  • Monitor the financial status and under the guidance of the Regional Office Finance Specialist implement control mechanisms for management/development projects;
  • Monitor and proper follow up of all the financial items in Month-end and Year-end closure instructions status and under the guidance of the Regional Office Finance Specialist, take correction actions as required;
  • Keep stakeholders and clients informed for timely actions/decisions and review status reports for quality control;
  • Provide information inputs to financial reports for Regional Office, HQ Finance and stakeholders;
  • Associate revenue and expenditure in commitment control for non-core projects;
  • Provide inputs and take necessary actions to facilitate timely financial project closure;
  • Support financial donor reporting by providing timely information and taking necessary actions as required by UN Women Virtual Global Service Centre for financial donor reporting.

4. Provide administrative support to Resource Mobilization

  • Compile and process information from donors, CO, and programme team, as inputs to various databases and documents.
  • Prepare drafts for cost sharing agreements including conditions of contributions within resource mobilization efforts, adhering to standard agreements where possible.
  • Follow up on contributions within the CO resource mobilization efforts.

5. Facilitate knowledge building and knowledge sharing

  • Conduct training and/or helping organize training events and activities; as well as participate in trainings;
  • Collect and compile lessons learned and best practices in financial management and services. Disseminate to clients and stakeholders as appropriate to build capacity and knowledge;
  • Contribute to financial business operational practices and management innovations.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Application closing date: 26 July 2019

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Finance Assistant – Antananarivo

Application closing date: 4 July 2019 

Background

Under the supervision of the Financial Analyst, the incumbent is in charge of the regular accounting tasks (accounting and various analyzes, budget monitoring, bank reconciliations, preparation of payroll). He is also in charge of the payments of the other Agencies of the United Nations System as well as the common services of the United Nations System.

He / She assists the Financial Analyst to discuss with the staff of the section and the UN Agencies, expenditure authorizations, explains the financial rules and procedures of the UNDP.

He / she must work closely with operations, programs and projects teams.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. For all clients he / she is responsible for, he / she must:

  • Check the accounting documents and proceed to the payment of suppliers, Individual Contract contracts;
  • Prepare internal and out-of-country mission expenses as well as accessories (terminal dues, reimbursement F10 and other travel items);
  • Manage the cash flow and propose the level of bailout of periodic bank accounts;
  • Save bank deposits.

2. In collaboration with the projects / programs, ensure that budget lines are allocated for each position in Atlas;

3. Analyze all transactions in ATLAS (transactions performed by finance, projects and agencies);

4. Proceed with the execution of the pay cycle, the finalization and issuance of checks as well as bank transfers;

5. Prepare the first payrolls;

6. Ensure the correct classification and accessibility of the accounting documents in accordance with the rules and procedures in force;

7. Assist the audit missions in the collection of financial information and the production of replies to the requests of the auditors;

8. Actively participate in closing accounts, obtain accounting information and make them available;

9. Prepare cost recovery invoices for services provided by UNDP to other Agencies and implement cost recovery monitoring in liaison with the Agencies with respect to its portfolio of activities;

10. Contribute to the maintenance of Dashboard finances;

11. Respect segregation of duties in accordance with the Internal Control in force;

12. Share with colleagues a summary of lessons learned and best practices in Finance;

13. Make quality contributions in knowledge networks and specialized circles;

14. Perform all other duties of other Finance Unit colleagues in case of absence;

15. Perform other assigned duties.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree + a certificate in finance, accounting, or management.
  • Obtaining a certificate in Accounting and Finance from UNDP is required (EPSI)

Experience:

  • 5 years of experience in the field of accounting, finance and budget;
  • Experience in the use of computers and office software (MS Word, Excel, etc.), and good knowledge of spreadsheets, experience of accounting software;
  • Good command of French

Stop TB Partnership –TB Financing Advisor, Kazakhstan

Application closing date: 20 July 2019

Background Information – Job-specific

UNOPS hosts the Stop Tuberculosis Partnership (STBP) Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. The vision of the STBP is to realize the goal of elimination of tuberculosis (TB) as a public health problem and, ultimately, to obtain a world free of TB by ensuring that every TB patient has access to effective diagnosis, treatment and cure; stopping transmission of TB; reducing the inequitable social and economic toll of TB; and developing and implementing new preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic tools and strategies. The STBP is uniquely positioned to support the development and further implementation by partners of the Global Plan to End TB, acting as a coordinator and catalyst for the broad range of partners engaged in the fight against TB.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National TB Program (NTP) of Kazakhstan are implementing important transformations in the TB care delivery system in order to expand people-centered approaches, improve the service performance and increase efficiency. While the Government is committed to allocate substantial financial resources for TB prevention and care, the ongoing structural reforms in the health care system, in particular, implementation of the mandatory health insurance, require further improvements in the financial planning, allocation and provider payment mechanisms, in order to ensure efficient and high-quality TB services.

Upon the request of the NTP and with funding and technical support from the United States’ Agency for International Development (USAID), the Stop TB Partnership will employ an in-country Advisor in Kazakhstan, who will work in the area of TB financing, allocation and provider payment mechanisms.

Functional Responsibilities

The objectives of the USAID-funded technical assistance project in Kazakhstan are to: support the NTP in the expansion of DR-TB interventions; identify programmatic gaps and assist in bridging them through the provision of coordinated technical expertise; improve effectiveness and coordination in the implementation of the Global Fund grants; and facilitate resource mobilization for TB control.

Under the guidance of UNOPS / STBP’s Team Leader, Country and Community Support for Impact, and in close coordination with USAID, the Advisor will provide strategic guidance and technical support to the NTP in the implementation of innovative approaches, regulations and practices related to financing, allocation and provider payment mechanisms in TB care. The Advisor will also support the NTP in identifying key programmatic gaps that require additional technical support and in ensuring the effective and coordinated implementation of the relevant components of the Global Fund TB project.

The Advisor will undertake the following functions:

  • Inform the NTP and partner agencies working in TB field on the up-to-date evidence, innovations and international best practices in health financing, allocation and provider payments; and provide other relevant capacity building support as required.
  • Support the NTP in mapping the key systemic challenges and programmatic gaps in the provision of patient-centered TB care, related to financial arrangements, service delivery systems and health system resources. In collaboration with USAID and other partners, identify the ways for bridging these gaps through provision of additional technical expertise in priority areas.
  • Provide strategic advice and technical expertise in the design and implementation of new approaches and compensation schemes for provider payments for TB and Drug Resistant TB cases in line with the criteria set by the Mandatory Health Insurance Fund;
  • Lead and coordinate the development of diagnosis-related groups (DRGs) for different categories of TB cases treated, including cost recovery modeling and forecasting for medical facilities at different levels of care;
  • Provide technical support for piloting the new mechanisms, including those for outpatient treatment and case management of TB and DR-TB patients;
  • Advise on upgrading the management information system to accommodate for the new financing and allocation mechanisms in TB services with appropriate linkages to programmatic performance and quality improvement;
  • Guide the NTP in monitoring and evaluation of the innovative interventions, documenting and disseminating the good practices and lessons learned;
  • Facilitate effective communication on and coordination of the health system strengthening interventions for TB across the national stakeholders and international partners: USAID and its subcontractors, the Global
  • Fund, WHO, the World Bank and others.

Communication, Coordination and Reporting

The primary point of contact for the Advisor in the country will be the Director of the National Scientific Center for Phthisiopulmonology (NSCP) in Almaty. The Advisor shall work in close cooperation with and receive support from her/his point of contact, other officers of the NTP and the STBP’s resident TB Advisor in Kazakhstan, as well as USAID TB team officers at the Regional Mission in Almaty and in Washington. The Advisor shall develop written plans of activities with specific deliverables in cooperation with the national counterparts and above officers.

The duty station for the assignment is Almaty, Kazakhstan. In agreement with the NTP, the Advisor will be based at the NSCP. She/he will undertake duty travel in-country and abroad, as required.

The Advisor shall participate in regular coordination meetings with the project partners and conference calls with participation of STBP’s CCS4i Regional Advisor in Geneva, TB Advisor in Kazakhstan and USAID. The Advisor shall produce monthly activity reports and submit them to STBP and USAID.

Education / Experience / Language requirements

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in economics, finance, Business Administration, Management, public health or similar field.

Experience

  • A minimum of seven years of progressive work experience in one or more of the following fields: health financing, health system policy and regulations, health services organization and management. Track record of economic analyses in health care, development and implementation of payment schemes and mechanisms for health care provider institutions.
  • Experience in implementation of health insurance is highly desirable.
  • Experience working with disease control programs, in particular in financial aspects of TB programs, in Eastern European and Central Asian countries is a strong asset.
  • Proven networking capacity with important stakeholders at the national level and international organizations is an asset.

Languages

Proficiency in Russian; working knowledge of English (minimum at intermediate level). Knowledge of Kazakh language is an asset.

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