Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
The objective of the Fund is to support the achievement of results consistent with the current and any future UNSDCF. It supports coherent resource mobilization, allocation and disbursement to under-funded cross-sectoral areas where the UN has a comparative advantage in implementing together.
The main focus of the Fund is the mobilization, financing coordination and co-financing of catalytic interventions in support of the SDGs. By catalytic is understood to be investments that aim at supporting strategic UNSDCF components, to fill strategic financial gaps when there are no other resources available, that unlock or allow key investments for SDGs, and /or financial resources that support innovative or high-risk approaches that other partners cannot support. The Fund supports partnerships and communications among all stakeholders involved in Malawi’s devel-opment initiatives led by the Government of Malawi. The initial duration of the Fund is five years – from December 2018 to December 2023.
The Fund is overseen by a Steering Committee, co-chaired by the Government’s Secretary to the Treasure and the United Nations Resident Coordinator. The Steering Committee defines the prior-ities of the Fund, depending on needs related to the SDGs agenda.
A Secretariat will be established, under the auspices of UNDP as per endorsement by the project steering committee, to facilitate the management of the Fund, entailing the following main tasks: 1) Advise the Steering Committee and the Operational Committee whenever on determining stra-tegic priorities and program/financial allocations; 2) Follow up the formulation and development of programmes/projects, providing feedback to proponent organizations in order to ensure con-sistency, quality and risk management, and supervising the application of Fund’s cross-cutting approaches before they are circulated to the Operational Committee; 3) Organize or facilitate calls for proposals and appraisal processes; 4) Monitor the balance of funding between Windows and report to the Steering Committee; 5) Consolidate monitoring and evaluating information from ap-proved programmes/projects, and periodically inform Fund stakeholders of progress in the imple-mentation; 6) Carry out the Fund’s knowledge analysis and management, including knowledge systematization, collection of good practices, lessons learned and proposed recommendations; 7) Support resource mobilization activities; and 8) fulfilling the secretariat function to the Steering Committee.
The Secretariat falls under the supervision of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Malawi and it sits in the RCO.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the lead and supervision of the Coordinator of the Funds’ Secretariat, the M&E and Gender Specialist will be responsible for leading the Fund’s Gender equality strategy, supporting monitor-ing and evaluation of projects, and for designing and implementing a knowledge management strategy focused on gender.
The Fund will prioritize interventions that include cross-cutting approaches that empower women and youth. These approaches will be incorporated and evaluated in each Programme according to the characteristics of each intervention. In the framework of the M&E strategy of the Fund, the Specialist must:
Gender Equality Strategy:
Based on the programmatic alignment of the Fund with the UNSDCF, all projects supported through Fund report to the results and objectives established there as framework. Specifically, the Fund will seek to allocate at least 30 percent of the funds to projects or activities that promote women's participation and empowerment, as well as gender equality. In the same way, the Fund will guarantee the follow-up to the incorporation of the gender approach throughout the implemen-tation of the projects as established in the Gender Marker. In the framework of this strategy the Specialist must:
Required Skills and Experience