Project Finance Associate - Combatting Illegal Wildlife Trade (CIWT)

UNDP, Jakarta, Indonesia

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource MobilizationFinance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
17th July, 2020


Job Description

Background

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The hunting and distribution of protected wildlife still takes place in all regions of Indonesia every year. This can be seen from the high number of wildlife crimes. In 2017 it reached more than 140 arrests of perpetrators of illegal hunting and distribution. Tigers, elephants, rhinos, primates, birds, fish, and reptiles of various types become commercial commodities for perpetrators. It is estimated that Indonesia losses IDR 9 trillion per year caused by wildlife trade. The trade of protected wildlife includes living animals, body parts and its products. The number of protected wildlife hunting and distribution is still high due to the high demand at the local, national and international markets. Usually, the wild animals are traded to be used as pet animals, traditional medicines, food ingredients, ceremonial or religious media, jewelry, or ornaments.

The other reason that wildlife trade is still happening also because the risks received by the perpetrators are still lower than the profits earned (high profit and low risk). The penalties received by the perpetrators do not cause a deterrent effect so that the recidivism rate (the perpetrators who repeat their actions after receiving imprisonment) reaches more than 20%, especially for perpetrators of high-value wildlife hunting and trafficking, such as pangolin and tigers. To expedite this illegal business, various modus operandi is developed by the perpetrators to avoid detection and law enforcement.

Conventional mode where sellers and buyers meet directly, or either using intermediaries, and even online trading mode can be easily found these days. The interrupted communication system is the modus developed by drug traffickers, and it is also applied in the case of wildlife, making it difficult to the law enforcement officials to find the key actors of the hunting and distribution of wildlife. The government has tried to prevent pre-emptively, preventively and repressively, but the occurrence of violations of protected wildlife is still happening.
Currently the apparatus's detection capability has increased. This is proven by the number of arrests reaching hundreds every year since 2016. Even so, the practices of illegal hunting and trading are still often occurred because the intensity of crime is still greater compared to the law enforcement efforts that have been done. Efforts against illegal trading to protect wildlife still face challenges in several ways, such as; limited ability of law enforcement officials in investigation; the lack of understanding of the prosecutors and judges in the issue of conservation of protected animals so that existing penalties have not given a deterrent effect on the perpetrators; the loopholes that hinder the effectiveness of law enforcement processes; the cooperation and coordination between law enforcement is not optimal; lack of public participation in monitoring and providing support to law enforcement officials in handling cases; customary law in the community about the use of animals; and also the lack of cooperation with other countries to tackle transnational crime.

This position of Project Finance Associate is located primarily in project Combatting Illegal Wildlife Trade (CIWT) under the overall guidance of National Project Manager (NPM) in the Project Management Unit (PMU). S/He can supervise clerical and support staff of the Project Management Unit. The incumbent will coordinate with various units to support the highly complex project on finance, procurement, HR, communication and project administration.

Duties and Responsibilities

Support the project team to ensure effective project planning, budgeting and implementation focusing on achievement of the following results

  • Coordination of project planning and preparation work for, typically, a large and highly complex component of the project initiatives;
  • Analysis, researches, summary and presentation of basic information/data on specific project and related topics;
  • Preparation for project documents and submission to relevant parties for approval by relevant parties
  • Implementation of project standard operating procedures in line with the government and UNDP’s regulations;

Support to the effective reporting on progress of project implementation

  • Preparation and analysis of project workplan and budget proposals; provides assistance in the interpretation of budget guidelines; reviews and coordinates submissions of work proposal and budget estimation, ensuring requisite information is included and justified in terms of proposed activities; propose adjustments as necessary; prepares reports and ensures that outputs/services are properly categorized.
  • Preparation of results oriented progress reports, in line with the monitoring and reporting guidelines and presents it to the project assurance team on a timely manner;
  • Preparation of data for monitoring of projects ; categorization, updating, tracking and analysing data related to projects, e.g. accounting records, outputs, resources utilized, deviations/revisions, etc.; carries out periodic status reviews
  • Identification of issues and initiates requisite follow-up actions
  • Preparation of reports on budget revisions, expenditures and obligations, verification availability of funds;
  • Preparation for financial authorizations for expenditures to be approved and documentation in prevailing budget system;
  • Preparation of annual and quarterly work plans as well as project board meetings, audit, operational and financial closure of a medium size project.

Provides administrative support to the Project Management Unit focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Provision of guidance to implementing partner and serves as focal point for coordination, monitoring and expedition of project implementation activities, involving extensive liaison with a diverse organisational units to initiate requests,
  • Preparation of standard terms of reference against project objectives, obtained necessary clearances, process and follow-up on administrative actions and provision of solutions to the issues related to project implementation, e.g. recruitment and appointment of personnel, travel arrangements, training/study tours, authorization of payments, disbursement of funds, procurement of equipment and services, security compliance, etc.
  • As focal point for responding to the complex information requests and inquiries; review and establishment of filling management system; organization of meetings, workshops; monitoring of implementation of various routine administrative tasks.
  • Preparation of draft correspondence on complex budget-related issues, periodic reports, briefing notes, graphic and statistical summaries, accounting spreadsheets, etc.
  • Supervision of project support assistant, clerical level.

Support strategic partnerships and support to the implementation of resource mobilization focusing on the following results

  • Updated database of the relevant public and development partners private sector, civil society and other stakeholders who are counterparts for the project;
  • Establishment of filing management for internal databases; updated statistical tables, graphic content, and other background materials/notes to facilitate audit and other reviews. Finalization and publication of multiple languages report as a tool to communicate results, deepen stakeholder knowledge and buy-in to the project, and resource mobilization for the project,
  • in coordination with UNDP’s Communication unit and other relevant counterpart communications department drafts project summaries, coordinates with editor, translation services, etc. on
  • Preparation of draft correspondence and communications related to all aspects of programme/project administration, including work plan and budgets, revisions and other related issues, as well as prepares project’s contributions for a variety of periodic reports

Supports knowledge building and knowledge sharing focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Organization of trainings for the operations/ projects staff.
  • Synthesis of lessons learned and best practices in project management support function
  • Contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.

The incumbent of the position should avoid any kind of discriminatory behavior including gender discrimination and ensure that

  • Human rights and gender equality is prioritized as an ethical principle within all actions;
  • Activities are designed and implemented in accordance with “Social and Environmental Standards of UNDP”;
  • Any kind of diversities based on ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, class, gender are respected within all implementations including data production;
  • Differentiated needs of women and men are considered;
  • Inclusive approach is reflected within all actions and implementations, in that sense an enabling and accessible setup in various senses such as disability gender language barrier is created;
  • Necessary arrangements to provide gender parity within all committees, meetings, trainings etc. introduced.

Competencies

Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
  • Self-development, initiative-taking
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work ,including working in teams and empowering project staff to create an enabling gender equality environment on non-hierarchical bases.
  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively including communication skills to exchange information, and key ideas in a manner that engages the audience and helps others to understand and retain messages about gender equality and parity
  • Creating synergies through self-control
  • Managing conflict , including conflict resolving skills to manage gender barriers and gender blind behaviors within the project and with partners
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member.
  • Informed and transparent decision making

Functional Competencies:

  • Results-Based Programme Development and Management
  • Contributing to results through provision of information
  • Provides information and documentation on specific stages of projects/programme implementation
  • Provides background information to identify opportunities for project development and helps drafting proposals
  • Building Strategic Partnerships
  • Maintaining information and databases
  • Analyzes general information and selects materials in support of partnership building initiatives
  • Maintains databases of donor information
  • Tracks and reports on mobilized resources
  • Innovation and Marketing New Approaches
  • Implementing processes and uses products
  • Documents and tracks innovative strategies/best practices/new approaches
  • Responds positively to new approaches
  • Resource Mobilization
  • Providing information for resource mobilization strategies
  • Maintains information/databases on potential and actual donors
  • Maintains database of project files
  • Provides data and information needed for preparation of project documents
  • Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
  • Basic research and analysis
  • Researches best practices and poses new, more effective ways of doing things
  • Promotes knowledge management on gender equality issues

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise

Fundamental knowledge of processes, methods and procedures

  • Understands the main processes and methods of work regarding to the position
  • Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks
  • Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning
  • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments
  • Demonstrates in-depth understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools, and utilizes these regularly in work assignments
  • Theoretical and/or practical knowledge of gender equality and women’s empowerment in development programming

Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals
Research and analysis

  • Identifies relevant information for advocacy for UNDP’s goals for a variety of audiences

Client Orientation

Maintains effective client relationships

  • Reports to internal and external clients in a timely and appropriate fashion
  • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines
  • Responds to client needs promptly

Required Skills and Experience

Education:*

  • Bachelor degree in in Accounting, Finance, Business, Public Administration, or other relevant fields of study would be desirable, but it is not a requirement.

Experience:*

  • Minimum 4 years of professional experience, for candidates with Bachelor Degree and 6 years for candidates with Diploma Degree

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is an absolute necessity;
  • Fluency in written and spoken Bahasa Indonesia is required.

Other Requirements:

  • Demonstrated strong familiarity with UNDP development projects in Indonesia is an advantage
  • Knowledge of and experience in supporting administration of Environmental project will be highly desirable.
  • Strong knowledge and solid experience in coordination of project management support are essential as well as ability to draft high quality correspondence on budget-related issues, briefing notes, graphic and statistical summaries, accounting spreadsheets, etc
  • Good inter-personal and team building skills.
  • Full time availability for project management support duties is essential.
  • Familiar with Government and UN/UNDP procedures would be desirable
  • Advance computer skills required, knowledge of spreadsheet and Good computer skills required, knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages
  • Experience in handling of web based management systems would be highly desirable.

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 Indonesia 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 Indonesia at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and education requirements

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