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Project Finance Specialist - Green Commodities Programme (GCP)

Posted on August 20, 2018 by UNDP

Deadline for registration: August 23, 2018

Background In 2009, UNDP launched the Green Commodities Programme (GCP) to improve the economic, social and environmental performance of agricultural and marine commodity sectors. The program now works in 11 countries addressing the sustainability challenges of 7 commodities – palm oil, cocoa, coffee, pineapple, fisheries, soy and beef.

In 2014, to support learning, knowledge sharing, collective action, global replication and the upscaling of successful practices across countries and commodities, the GCP established a community of practice, today known as the Green Commodities Community (GCC).

In 2017, the GCP started leading the implementation of the GEF-funded Good Growth Partnership (GGP) carried out in collaboration with Conservation International, the International Finance Corporation, UN Environment, the World Wildlife Fund and the governments of Indonesia, Paraguay, Brazil and Liberia.

The GGP is advancing an integrated “supply chain” approach to tackling the underlying root causes of deforestation from beef, oil palm, and soy, which together account for nearly 70% of deforestation globally. To reduce or take deforestation out of these commodity supply chains, production has to come from areas that do not contribute to further clearance of natural forests.

The GGP provides support to commodities’ production, generates responsible demand, supports enabling financial transactions and fosters adaptive management and learning through Production and Adaptive Management and Learning child projects.

  • The objective of the Production child project is to encourage sustainable practices for oil palm and beef production while conserving forests and safeguarding the rights of smallholder farmers and forest-dependent communities.
  • The objective of the Adaptive Management and Learning (A&L) child project is to effectively leverage demand, transactions and support to production to ensure successful implementation of the GGP as a whole. Committed to connect a larger pool of practitioners, the Green Commodity Community (GCC) will expand to include participants from the GGP in 2018 and also welcome other targeted initiatives and projects.

Under the supervision of the GCP Global Head and the GGP Global Project Manager, the Project Finance Specialist will be responsible for the financial management of GCP activities in order to achieve the programme´s results and in compliance with UNDP rules and regulations.

Duties and Responsibilities

Financial management at global level and country level:

  • Full compliance with UN/UNDP rules and regulations and other relevant policies on financial recording/reporting system and follow-up on audit recommendations; implementation of effective internal controls, proper functioning of a client-oriented financial resources management system.
  • Implementation of efficient financial procedures, ensuring that projects utilize the available financial resources in an efficient and transparent manner, and that all financial activities are carried out on schedule and within budget to achieve project outputs.
  • Support to entry of data of new grants into Atlas in the form of Annual Work Plans (AWPs), monitoring of their status.
  • Support project management in performing budget cycle: planning, preparation, revisions, and budget execution. This includes: Support the preparation of the annual work plans and help senior management with the estimation of resources needed at Global and country level.
  • Prepare annual budgets to be presented to the GCP Global Head and GGP Global Manager. Perform budget revisions as required.
  • Provision of inputs and financial analysis for project implementation and decision making with emphasis in HR budget analysis, communications, travel budgets, other.
  • Prepare the integrated 4-year financial plan updates of the GCP, GGP A&L, and GGP Production Projects
  • Prepare delivery rate reports by projects and outputs.
  • Support the update of information in the Corporate Planning System and Atlas Project Management Module.
  • Support consultants with financial information for donor reporting.
  • Support the QA assessment of projects with supporting information to the M&E team.
  • Support audit processes for assigned programme and projects.
  • Presentation of information for formulation of country projects work plans, budgets, proposals on implementation arrangements and execution modalities.
  • Support country teams on budget revisions and adequate upload of finance information in the Atlas Project Management Module.
  • Provision of guidance to the executing agencies on routine implementation of projects, tracking use of financial resources.
  • Accuracy verification of Combined Delivery Reports on a quarterly and yearly basis. Conduct monthly oversight of expenditures with country teams.
  • Provision of information for the audit of projects and implementation of audit recommendations.
  • Implementation of the control mechanism for development projects through monitoring of budgets preparation and modifications
  • Tracking and reporting on mobilized resources.
  • Preparation of reports

Accounting and administrative support:

  • Proper control of the supporting documents for payments and financial reports.
  • Maintenance of internal expenditures control system which ensures that transactions are correctly recorded and posted in Atlas.
  • Tracking and reporting of mobilized resources
  • Timely corrective actions on erroneous data in Atlas. Preparation of financial reports as required.
  • Follow-up with partners on contributions.
  • Provide chartfields for payments of DPC, travel, others.
  • Support any other operational activity as needed


Corporate Competences:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN´s valued and ethical standards
  • Promote the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Treats people fairly without favoritism

Technical Skills:

  • Demonstrated ability in the financial and operational management of projects and liasing and cooperating with governments officials, NGO´s, donors, etc.
  • Maintaining information and databases
  • Fundamental knowledge of processes, methods and procedures.

Funtional Competencies:

  • Well organized
  • Solution oriented and analytical
  • Self-motivated and able to work under pressure
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to establish effective working relations in a multicultural team environment
  • Promoting team work
  • Client oriented

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master in Finance, Accounting, Business, Public Administration, or related fields is a mandatory requirement


  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible financial management experience is required.
  • Experience in Project management is desirable.
  • Experience in handling of web-based management systems. Experience in ATLAS is an advantage.
  • Previous experience working in UNDP projects is considered an asset
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and advance knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages


  • Fluency in English and Spanish, both written and verbal


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