Project Manager on Inclusive Insurance and Risk Financing, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Uzbekistan

City: Tashkent

Office: UNDP Tashkent

Closing date: Saturday, 14 May 2022

Job Identification : 3512

Locations : Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Posting Date : 04/29/2022, 02:46 PM

Apply Before : 05/14/2022, 03:59 AM

Degree Level : Advanced/Postgraduate Degree

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UNDP

Grade : NB4

Vacancy Type : National Personnel Service Agreement

Practice Area : Inclusive Growth

Bureau : Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS

Contract Duration : 6 Months

Education & Work Experience : Master’s Degree - 2 year(s) experience OR Bachelor’s Degree - 4 year(s) experience

Required Languages : English, Uzbek and Russian

Vacancy Timeline

2 Weeks

Mobility required/no mobility

no mobility required

Job Description

Background

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.

Uzbekistan has embarked on an ambitious reform agenda, with considerable attention being paid to the development of medium- and long-term development vision. In 2022 Uzbekistan adopted the Government Development Strategy for 2022-2026 (the "GDS"), which sets out a comprehensive agenda covering institutional and administrative, judicial, economic, social reforms, economic development and enhanced partnership and regional cooperation comprised with 94 Goals. The GDS is supported by state programmes, approved annually, which set out the main activities to be implemented, funding amount, sources of financing, and expected results.

In line with the Government reform agenda and intention to strengthen the insurance system in the country as well as in the light of the growing risks and weakening resilience, UNDP is scaling its support to the Government.

On September 27, 2021, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced a new flagship initiative the Insurance and Risk Finance Facility (IRFF), within its Sustainable Finance Sector Hub. The Facility intends to strengthen the protection of vulnerable communities from socio-economic, climate and health- related disasters, by significantly increasing the role of insurance and risk financing in development. UNDP will work towards developing and delivering insurance solutions together with countries and communities, as well as collaborating with partners to transform insurance markets through enhancing legislation, regulation and institutional capacity.

Beyond transferring risk, the Facility will leverage the expertise and capacity of the insurance industry to reduce risks, by focusing on integrating this expertise into development frameworks and financing. UNDP will work to build insurance markets in developing countries through legislative and regulatory reform alongside institutional capacity development. This work will be supported by investment in advocacy, training and education, as well as collaboration with industry partners on the development of insurance products tailored to new markets and new clients.

The UNDP Uzbekistan Country Office seeks to engage the services of a National Project Manager who will support the Inclusive Growth Cluster in the Day-to-Day administration and management of the insurance/risk finance portfolio in the country as well as provide dedicated support (both technical and logistical) through the life of the Programme. The Project Manager will work closely with national stakeholders and lead the planning, implementation monitoring, evaluation and reporting. He/She will ensure implementation mechanisms such as technical working group are established and met regularly and that all planned activities are organized in a timely manner and that they meet expected quality standards. He/She will work with the IDF on the introduction of innovative financing solutions in the country.

Duties and Responsibilities

Project Manager on Inclusive insurance and Risk Financing will work under the direct supervision of the UNDP Inclusive Growth Cluster Leader. Project Manage on Inclusive insurance and Risk Financing will ensure smooth and timely delivery of operations in accordance with annual and quarterly work plans formulated between UNDP Uzbekistan and Insurance and Risk Finance Facility through performing the following duties and responsibilities

Project Planning and Management

Oversee the identification, selection and supervision of national consultants and experts, in close consultation with the UNDP Country Office and the IRFF Regional Advisor.

In consultation with the UNDP Country Office and Global IRFF Team S/he will undertake the work- planning process. Shall ensure that the work plan and a fully costed budget are prepared in accordance with POPP/PPM Guidelines.

Supervise the work of national experts and coordinate with institutions to ensure outputs are delivered on time, within the set budget, and to high-quality standards.

Liaise with the Finance team to ensure administrative requirements and budgets are managed and executed in a timely and appropriate manner and within UNDP and donor rules and regulations.

Organize all relevant project workshops in a consultative manner, involving a wide variety of Insurance and Risk Finance stakeholders, including the government, private sector, NGOs, donors and academia.

Ensure timely identification of risks in implementation at the national level and communication to the UNDP SMT and the global IRFF team.

Organize regular meetings with the Technical Advisors and Regional Specialist from the global IRFF team.

Support in resource mobilization efforts and project development

Project Administration

Timely and efficient projects administration according to plans and UNDP procedures:

Prepare all payment requests, financial record-keeping and preparation of financial reports required in line with both the National Implementation and Direct Implementation financial rules and procedures;
Maintain the budget and expenditure of projects within a portfolio, including formulation, revisions, and record-keeping in ATLAS, monthly status reports, and reporting and liaising with the UNDP on budget matters;
Support updated project information in ATLAS;
Support project audit and facilitate the access by auditors to project documentation, personnel, and institutions involved in the project;
Support organization of HACT assurance activities, including spot checks and programme visits;
Regularly advise Implementing Partners or Responsible Partners on HACT related issues;
Initiate procurement actions for ICs, goods, works and services according to procurement plans;
Compile supporting documents for procurement processes and ensures that supporting documents are complete;
Create e-requisitions in ATLAS to initiate procurement processes, ensures the accuracy of the COA of the e-req;
Facilitate the periodic asset, inventory and supplies verification.

Reporting/Communication/M&E

Signal any delays in national deliverables compared to the workplan to the UNDP Country Office and the Global IRFF Team.

Lead project monitoring, reporting and evaluation at the national level, draft monthly and quarterly reports for review by the UNDP CO and submission to the global IRFF team.

Update Country Risk Log and monitor UNDP SES Requirements

Prepare quarterly and Annual Progress Reports

Develop workshop reports for the inception workshop and all technical workshops.

Develop briefing notes, case studies, press releases, web articles and other media products as required.

Assist with research and write and edit sections of technical reports as required.

Review all national level deliverables to ensure quality and consistency with the IRFF methodology.

Institutional Arrangement

The Project Manager will work under the direct supervision and guidance of the UNDP Inclusive Growth Cluster Lead. The Project Manager works in close collaboration with the national partners, project teams, operations, and Programme’s staff in the UNDP CO to exchange information and ensure consistent service delivery, and undertake day-to-day responsibility for operational and thematic support services for the satisfactory achievement of the assigned tasks.

Competencies

Core Competencies

Achieve Results: LEVEL 2: Scale up solutions and simplifies processes, balances speed and accuracy in doing work

Think Innovatively: LEVEL 2: Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking

Learn Continuously: LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning

Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 2: Adapt processes/approaches to new situations, involve others in change process

Act with Determination: LEVEL 2: Able to persevere and deal with multiple sources of pressure simultaneously

Engage and Partner: LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making

People Management Competencies

UNDP People Management Competencies can be found in the dedicated site.

Cross-Functional Competencies

Strategic thinking: Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP’s objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities; linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions. Ability to leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends; to demonstrate foresight in order to model what future developments and possible ways forward look like for UNDP.

Project Management: Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results.

Monitoring: Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and programme performance and results

Technical competencies

SDG Finance

Ability to develop policy product that envisages financial inclusion for all.

Ability to formulate coherent integrated risk financing facility in the context of the country

Ability to promote insurance for development

Ability to provide full-scale assistance in developing insurance products.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

Master’s degree or equivalent in any of the following areas: business administration, economics and/or project management in the sphere of socio-economic development

Bachelor’s degree with additional 2 years of extensive relevant working experience will be given due consideration in lieu of Master’s degree

Experience:

Minimum 2 years (with Master’s) or 4 years (with Bachelor) of experience in business administration, economics, business management, insurance, international relations or other related fields

Proven experience with the advanced methods and methodologies of designing and implementing insurance market programmes

Languages:

Fluency in English, proficiency in Uzbek and Russian languages

Skills:

Sound comprehension of insurance markets and insurance policies, so as approaches and standards

Strong knowledge of the current insurance market situation and challenges in Uzbekistan

Strong communication skills, client orientation, ability to work in a team;
Ability to promote a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the team through leadership and personal example;
Knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling web-based management systems

The following documents shall be required from the applicants:

a. Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.

b. A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.

c. Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.

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