Project Management Consultant, Home based

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Home-based

Closing date: Monday, 14 September 2020

Project Management Consultant

Advertised on behalf of : Location : Home Based (Asia Region) with travel to countries in Asia

Application Deadline : 14-Sep-20 (Midnight New York, USA)

Type of Contract : Individual Contract

Post Level : National Consultant

Languages Required : English

Duration of Initial Contract : 12 months

Background

UNCDF is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s 47 Least Developed Countries (LDC). UNCDF uses its capital mandate to support LDCs pursue inclusive growth. UNCDF also promotes financial inclusion through digital financial services (DFS), as a key enabler of poverty reduction and inclusive growth; and it demonstrates how localizing finance outside the capital cities can accelerate growth in local economies, promote sustainable and climate-resilient infrastructure development, and empower local communities. Using capital grants, loans and credit enhancements, UNCDF tests financial models in inclusive finance and local development finance; ‚de-risks‘ the local investment space; and provides proofs of concept, paving the way for larger and more risk-averse investors.

Recently, UNCDF has formulated its strategy ‚ Leaving no one behind in the digital era‘ based on over a decade of experience in digital finance in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. UNCDF recognizes that reaching the full potential of digital financial inclusion in support of the Sustainable Development Goals aligns with the vision of promoting digital economies that leave no one behind. The vision of UNCDF is to empower millions of people by 2024 to use services daily that leverage innovation and technology and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. Please refer to the link for further information: https://www.uncdf.org/article/4931/global-strategy-leaving-no-one-behind-in-the-digital-era.

As part of the strategy, UNCDF has been shaping its work on Innovations globally which is now extending into the emerging topics and building new programming in emerging markets. With the extended body of work specially in emerging geographies like Malaysia, China, India, Singapore, Philippines, among others and in core LDCs.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Project Management Consultant would work with the Global Innovation Manager with the oversight and tracking of projects and activities. He/She would be liaising closely with country programme teams and other teams to document the donor/UNCDF milestones, keep track of achievements of these milestones, track and update project activities in line with the work-plans, support in the process of project development processes that include RFA, etc. and work on providing update for donor reports, etc.

Analysing and updating portfolio (2020-2021)

Reviewing the project design, quality assurance and project monitoring guidelines for UNCDF´s investments

Support the 2021 planning exercise of the Innovations and Emerging Areas project

To meet the above objectives the consultant would undertake the following activities and complete the deliverables. The activities below have been outlined based on some of the broader outcomes that have been outlined above and are only representative and could be more than that.

Month

Category

Activities

Deliverables

# Days (est.)

%

1

Analysing and updating portfolio

Mapping ongoing projects under the current Innovations projects portfolio (updated under Asana project management (PM) system), assessing the status of existing and planned projects.

Updated Asana System and other tools with milestones, activities, dates, etc.

8

10

Analysing and updating portfolio

Reporting project risks and deviations. Update tracking tools and inform reporting team when relevant action is needed.

Health check reports on project risks and deviations

5

Support the Existing Donor Reporting

Compiling country and global information for 6-weekly reporting under i3 Programme

Compilation of Information - Word/PPT

4

Support the Partnership and/or Procurement Process

Support on organizing/reviewing the partnership and/or procurement pipeline and instrument (RFA, TOR, RFI, etc.)

List of engagement - PPT

3

2

Reviewing the project design, quality assurance and project monitoring guidelines for UNCDF´s investments

Organize training with the team on work planning, project management, etc.

New training provided to project team - PPT

4

7.5

Analysing and updating portfolio

Mapping ongoing projects under the current Innovations projects portfolio (updated under Asana PM system), assessing the status of existing and planned projects.

Updated Asana System and other tools with milestones, activities, dates, etc.

3

Analysing and updating portfolio

Reporting project risks and deviations. Update tracking tools and inform reporting team when relevant action is needed.

Health check reports on project risks and deviations

3

Reviewing the project design, quality assurance and project monitoring guidelines for UNCDF´s investments

Supporting the country teams in the design and appraisal of new projects in the pipeline (at least 6 projects).

One project design document and appraisals reviewed

2

Support the Partnership and/or Procurement Process

Support on organizing/reviewing the partnership and/or procurement pipeline and instrument (RFA, TOR, RFI, etc.)

List of engagement - PPT

3

3

Analysing and updating portfolio (2020-2021)

Updating relevant project information with programme teams in the field including updated pipeline and contract tracker.

Project portfolio status report including recommendations for 2021 plan - Word/PPT

4

11.5

Analysing and updating portfolio

Mapping ongoing projects under the current Innovations projects portfolio (updated under Asana PM system), assessing the status of existing and planned projects.

Updated Asana System and other tools with milestones, activities, dates, etc.

3

Analysing and updating portfolio

Reporting project risks and deviations. Update tracking tools and inform reporting team when relevant action is needed.

Health check reports on project risks and deviations

4

Support the Existing Donor Reporting

Compiling country and global information for 6-weekly reporting under i3 Programme

Compilation of Information - Word/PPT

4

Support the Existing Donor Reporting

Compiling country and global information for Semi-Annual report under i3 Programme

Compilation of Information - Word/PPT

4

Provide support to advisory governance

Support the project team in preparation of Strategic Advisory Board (SAB) Meetings

Report for SAB

4

4

Analysing and updating portfolio

Mapping ongoing projects under the current Innovations projects portfolio (updated under Asana PM system), assessing the status of existing and planned projects.

Updated Asana System and other tools with milestones, activities, dates, etc.

3

9.5

Analysing and updating portfolio

Reporting project risks and deviations. Update tracking tools and inform reporting team when relevant action is needed.

Health check reports on project risks and deviations

4

Support the 2021 planning exercise of the Innovations and Emerging Areas project

Organize the 2021 work planning exercise and consolidating country and global work plans for 2021

Country and global work plans for 2021

10

Reviewing the project design, quality assurance and project monitoring guidelines for the portfolio

Review of existing project design and quality assurance guidelines. Analysing their adequacy to the context of the innovative solutions approach.

Report on existing project design and quality assurance guidelines - Word/PPT

2

5

Support the Existing Donor Reporting

Compiling country and global information for 6-weekly reporting under i3 Programme and other Donors

Compilation of Information - Word/PPT

4

8

Analysing and updating portfolio

Mapping ongoing projects under the current Innovations projects portfolio (updated under Asana PM system), assessing the status of existing and planned projects.

Updated Asana System and other tools with milestones, activities, dates, etc.

3

Analysing and updating portfolio

Reporting project risks and deviations. Update tracking tools and inform reporting team when relevant action is needed.

Health check reports on project risks and deviations

4

Reviewing the project design, quality assurance and project monitoring guidelines for UNCDF´s investments

Supporting the country teams in the design and appraisal of new projects in the pipeline. (At least 6 projects).

One project design document and appraisals reviewed

2

Support the Partnership and/or Procurement Process

Support on organizing/reviewing the partnership and/or procurement pipeline and instrument (RFA, TOR, RFI, etc.)

List of engagement - PPT

3

6

Analysing and updating portfolio

Mapping ongoing projects under the current Innovations projects portfolio (updated under Asana PM system), assessing the status of existing and planned projects.

Updated Asana System and other tools with milestones, activities, dates, etc.

3

3.5

Analysing and updating portfolio

Reporting project risks and deviations. Update tracking tools and inform reporting team when relevant action is needed.

Health check reports on project risks and deviations

4

7

Support the Existing Donor Reporting

Compiling country and global information for 6-weekly reporting for different donors

Compilation of Information - Word/PPT

4

7.5

Analysing and updating portfolio

Mapping ongoing projects under the current Innovations projects portfolio (updated under Asana PM system), assessing the status of existing and planned projects.

Updated Asana System and other tools with milestones, activities, dates, etc.

3

Analysing and updating portfolio

Reporting project risks and deviations. Update tracking tools and inform reporting team when relevant action is needed.

Health check reports on project risks and deviations

4

Support the Partnership and/or Procurement Process

Support on organizing/reviewing the partnership and/or procurement pipeline and instrument (RFA, TOR, RFI, etc.)

List of engagement - PPT

4

8

Reviewing the project design, quality assurance and project monitoring guidelines for UNCDF´s investments

Organize training with the team on work planning, project management, etc.

New training provided to project team - PPT

3

8.5

Analysing and updating portfolio

Mapping ongoing projects under the current Innovations projects portfolio (updated under Asana PM system), assessing the status of existing and planned projects.

Updated Asana System and other tools with milestones, activities, dates, etc.

3

Analysing and updating portfolio

Reporting project risks and deviations. Update tracking tools and inform reporting team when relevant action is needed.

Health check reports on project risks and deviations

5

Reviewing the project design, quality assurance and project monitoring guidelines for UNCDF´s investments

Supporting the country teams in the design and appraisal of new projects in the pipeline. (At least 6 projects).

One project design document and appraisals reviewed

2

Support the Existing Donor Reporting