Chief Technical Specialist at UNCDF

Chief Technical Specialist, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Vacancy Type: FTA Local

Posting Type: External

Bureau: UNCDF

Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension

Education & Work Experience: I-Master’s Level Degree – 7 year(s) experience


Under the supervision of the UNCDF Regional Inclusive Finance Unit based in Johannesburg, and the administrative supervision of the UNDP Ethiopia Country Director, the Chief Technical Specialist:

provides technical assistance to the Financial Inclusion Programme Inception Phase and conducts related operations; Provides support to the implementation of the MAP diagnostic process.;
leads the finalization of the full-fledged Financial Inclusion document (beyond the present inception phase) in close coordination with the GoE as well as UNDP and the other UN agencies;
provides further support/advice to various structures, such as the supported Financial Service Providers (FSPs), the Secretariat supporting the programme’s investment committee; the National Bank of Ethiopia; the Federal Coop Agency, MoFED and MOWCYA, the Professional Association of MFIs, banks and insurers; private sector actors, the UNDP Office and other relevant stakeholders;
develops partnerships with donors and other investors and contributes to resource mobilization;
provides advocacy for the programme with Government and other relevant agencies.
At the country level, the Specialist supervises the management team and provides technical support to the UNDP Country Office. S/he receives technical and policy guidance from UNCDF’s Regional Office.

S/he also receives support and guidance from the Regional Office, including on disbursements, financial and performance management, organizational issues, business development, resource mobilization strategies and related tools. The Specialist acts as a technical advisor to UNDP in the field of inclusive finance and works in partnership with other organizations of the UN System for policy advice and knowledge management and sharing.

The Specialist shall work in close collaboration with UNDP and ensure that inclusive finance activities are reflected in annual work plans according to the objectives of the Support Programme to the National Financial Inclusion. S/he develops strong partnerships with other development partners (including the World Bank, DFID, KFW, the Italian Cooperation, etc.) through promoting the comparative advantages of UNCDF and UNDP, especially in the field of financial inclusion, with a view to enhancing opportunities for mobilizing resources for non-core activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Chief Technical Specialist:

Provides technical assistance to the Programme, conducts related operations, and plays the role of a technical assistant;
Leads the finalization of the full-fledged FI program document, in close coordination with the GoE, UNDP and other UN agencies;
Provides further support/advice to various structures, such as the supported Financial Service Providers (FSPs), the Secretariat supporting the programme’s investment committee, the National Bank of Ethiopia, the Professional Association of MFIs, FCA, private sector actors, and the UNDP Office;
Provides support in the development and use of business development strategies and tools, and in the collection of information to build and develop strategic partnerships, enhance business opportunities and resource mobilization for inclusive finance in Ethiopia;
Provides management of knowledge for the development of financial inclusion;
Provides support to the efforts of the UNCDF Regional Unit for Southern and Eastern Africa regarding the development of the Organization and its initiatives in general;
Contributes to UNCDF’s regional financial inclusion strategy development and knowledge management.

Corporate Competencies:

Demonstrates integrity and fairness by modelling UN values and ethical standards;
Displays cultural and gender sensitivity and adaptability;
Treats all people fairly and without favouritism;
Shows strong corporate commitment;
Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNCDF and UNDP.
Functional Competencies:

Demonstrates strong technical knowledge in field of Inclusive Finance;
Proven practical knowledge of Inclusive Finance especially as applied in the context of LDCs, in Africa and Ethiopia; in particular understanding of the Ethiopian financial sector, government policy and macro-economic issues;
Familiarity with UNDP and UN system and role of key institutions in the field of Inclusive Finance. Knowledge of UNDP field level organization;
Comprehensive understanding of the project management cycle and managing for results;
Knowledge of programme framework;
Knowledge of Atlas at the required level for this position.

Focuses on impact and results for client;
Takes initiative and calculated risks;
Builds trust in interactions with others;
Leads team creatively and effectively, and resolves conflicts;
Displays positive attitude;
Takes decisions.
Managing Relationships:

Builds strong client relationships;
Builds strong relationships with partners;
Communicates clearly and convincingly.
Task Management:

Provides quality outputs in a timely manner;
Analyses problems carefully and logically, leading to fact-based and practical recommendations.
Managing Complexity:

Manages projects effectively;
Supports development of clear Unit strategy;
Develops innovative solutions.
Building and Sharing Knowledge:

Shares knowledge and experience with colleagues;
Actively builds deep knowledge in Inclusive Finance area;
Makes valuable practice contributions in Inclusive Finance;
Promotes knowledge management in the Unit/Office.
Learning and People Development:

Provides constructive coaching and feedback;
Promotes learning environment in Unit/Office.
Required Skills and Experience


Master’s degree in economics, finance, business administration, law or related field.

A minimum 7 years’ experience in Financial Inclusion in progressively more responsible positions in microfinance and inclusive finance, with proven experience in Africa. Success in building strong partnerships and mobilizing resources.
Language Requirements:

Fluency in both written and spoken English. Fluency in the national language is advantageous.
Important applicant information

All posts in the GS categories are subject to local recruitment.

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Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

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Languages – Desirable: Amharic

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