National Consultant to Conduct the Development Finance Assessment at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

National Consultant to Conduct the Development Finance Assessment at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

The United Nations Development Programme works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

The Development Finance Team of Experts will lead efforts to assist the government to undertake the Development Finance Assessment and be responsible for related analysis, capacity development of key ministry and policy makers on policy recommendations that emerge from the accompanying Integrated National Financing Framework roadmap.

National Consultant to Conduct the Development Finance Assessment

Job Type                     Contract

Qualification              BSC/BA/HND,

Experience:                5 Years

Location                     Abuja

Job Unit                     Finance

Job Description

The objective of this technical assistance (TA) is to deliver a Development Finance Assessment Report that would lead the way – through a proposed roadmap – for the establishment of an Integration National Financing Framework at national level.

The Team of Experts will comprise a Team Leader (International) and two additional experts, one of which focusing on issues of public finance and the other on broader private finance (investment). The Team Leader of the Nigeria DFA will have overall responsibility for ensuring that the DFA process and DFA report reflects the 2019 DFA Guidebook. The team will have responsibility for delivering specific aspects of the Nigeria DFA, as outlined below, and under the overall guidance of the Team Leader.

Under the supervision of UNDP RR, the Senior Economic Advisor, the Africa Finance Sector Hub, Delegation of the EU to Nigeria, in close partnership with the oversight team led by the key ministry (Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning), the team of experts will support the Development Finance Assessment process, analysis and follow-up actions for financing solutions for Nigeria.

  • Map the financing landscape covering all types of finance.
  • Assess government’s existing financing strategies, policies and institutional structures to establish a baseline for the building blocks of an INFF building on the existing i-SDG modeling tool and the current government structures at national, but also state level, for the SDG implementation.
  • Assess risks and identify policy, institutional and capacity binding constraints that could hinder the DFA/INFF process.??
  • Build capacity of key ministry and the policy makers on recommendations that emerge from the accompanying Integrated National Financing Framework roadmap
  • Propose an implementation roadmap for establishing an INFF, including areas where Integrated Financing Solutions can support DFA follow-up

A DFA helps Nigerian government to understand and adapt its policies, institutions and strategies for the financing challenges they will face in realizing results across the economic, environmental and social dimensions of the 2030 Agenda. It supports government to establish and strengthen an integrated national financing framework. The analysis for the DFA is guided by an analytical framework composed of five dimensions based on the following logic:

  • Understanding the landscape of public and private finance is critical for an effective integrated approach to financing the SDGs. The first dimension of the DFA assesses financing trends – the context, trajectories and availability of all resources in relation to the scale of investments and services required to achieve the SDGs. It looks at available information on the costs or implied financing needs of the SDGs or national plan, though the DFA itself does not undertake a costing exercise.
  • It then looks at the foundations of governments’ systems for financing. Integrated planning and financing connect development aspirations with the policies required to realize them. An integrated approach implies complex decision-making processes underpinned by strong leadership and an institutional architecture that breaks down intra-governmental silos and promotes policy alignment and coordination among themselves and with non-state partners.
  • In order to operationalize such an integrated approach to financing, a number of interlinked dimensions are needed. Public–private collaboration, including a policy environment that promotes not just growth in investment by private sector and other actors but also sustainable, inclusive growth, is important.
  • Strong systems for monitoring and review that track financing and monitor progress towards SDG outcomes are needed to inform ongoing finance policymaking.
  • Finally, transparency and accountability between actors, through mechanisms such as parliamentary oversight, participatory policymaking and development effectiveness and coordination mechanisms, are important for the purposes of scrutiny and to help ensure efficiency in resource use.

The DFA analyses these dimensions, considering key aspects of each and using them to build a picture about a government’s approach towards integrated financing for sustainable development. It highlights the strengths of current systems and identifies opportunities to further enhance the ability for government and its partners to finance sustainable development. These form the basis of the DFA roadmap. Further details can be found in the DFA guidebook.

Responsibilities:

The team of experts will drive the process under the guidance of the Nigeria oversight team, Nigeria UNDP country office, Delegation of the EU to Nigeria and Africa Finance Sector Hub advisor, including but not limited to the following activities throughout the various phases of the DFA process:

Research phase

  • Compile and analyze data and policy literature to build an understanding of financing trends and the current policy and institutional landscape, following the DFA analytical framework
  • Oversee national consultant in data collection, analysis and outreach to national stakeholders
  • Actively participate in planning for the research mission with the country office, including determining the schedule and objectives for collection of data/information and engaging the participation of key stakeholders in the process
  • Undertake research mission to (i) collect data and information, (ii) engage key stakeholders in the DFA process and (iii) share, socialize and refine initial emerging findings and ideas for recommendations to be developed
  • Lead technical discussions at a multi-stakeholder consultation workshop
  • Engage closely with the oversight team to ensure the process remains in line with their guidance and objectives for the proces
  • Prepare first draft DFA report

Consultation phase

  • Engage in substantive dialogue with the oversight team and other key stakeholders to refine the draft report
  • Develop draft DFA roadmap
  • Engage in dialogue around the DFA roadmap to refine recommendations, clarify responsibilities and build buy-in
  • Undertake second mission including validation workshops: (i) with the oversight team, (ii) with the wider group of stakeholders engaged in the DFA process
  • Finalize the DFA report and roadmap under the guidance of the oversight team
  • Draft / feed into terms of references for priority recommendations to be taken forward and implemented in follow up to the DFA

Launch

  • Support launch as required (e.g. preparation of presentations).

Please see the DFA process module in the DFA guidebook for further details on the DFA process.

Expected Outputs/Deliverables for the Team of Experts

  • Inception scoping and preparation for 1st mission
  • 1st mission, including consultation workshop
  • First draft report
  • 2nd mission, including validation workshops
  • Final draft report including roadmap

Review and Approvals will be Required by the Economic advisor

Institutional Arrangement

The Team of consultants will work under the close guidance of the UNDP Country Office (CO), Delegation of the EU to Nigeria and the Africa Finance Sector Hub throughout the assignment period.

Duration of the Work

The expected duration of this assignment is 40 working days starting from 16th March 2020 and planned to be completed by 11th May 2020. The timeframe and expected deliverables are shown in the table under section D above.

Duty Station

The selected team of consultant will be home based with an anticipated two missions to Nigeria.

Qualifications of the Successful Team of Experts

The team will include a team leader and two experts who collectively demonstrate expertise as required for the DFA including:

  • Public finance management with a particular focus on outcome-based resource mobilization strategies
  • Policy and Planning with a particular focus on poverty and environment
  • Results based management
  • Private sector development and Public Private Partnerships
  • Municipal finance
  • International Finance
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Requirements

Education:

  • Minimum Master’s degree or equivalent advanced degree in economics, public finance, public policy and administration, development studies or related field;

Work Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant professional work experience with track record of research analysis;
  • Research and data collection experience in the areas of public finance, budget review and public expenditure management (PER, PEFA, MDGs Assessments) are required;
  • Experience in public finance management, tad administration, debt management and innovative development financing;
  • Advanced quantitative and econometric skills and experience with related data analysis tools are an advantage;
  • Previous work experience with UNDP, European Union and other donor agencies is an asset.

Language

  • Excellent written and spoken English.

Selection Criteria 

  • Educational Qualifications (15 Marks)
  • Professional Qualifications and Certifications (15 Marks)
  • Proven and experience/satisfactorily implementation of similar assignment in the past (70 Marks)

Competencies

  • Possess excellent analytical and writing skills.
  • Good knowledge of economic and development cooperation issues in Nigeria, including development finance challenges, development effectiveness and related fields;
  • Knowledge of Public finance; Policy and Planning with a particular focus on poverty and environment; Results Based Management; Private sector development and Public Private Partnerships; Municipal finance;
  • Extensive knowledge of data collection, analysis and statistics tools;
  • Ability to conduct interviews, including with senior Government officials and other stakeholders;
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Deadline: February 19, 2020

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