Technical Specialist of the Least Developed Countries Investment Platform (LDCIP)

UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)
New York
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Duties and Responsibilities:

The Technical Specialist P-4 (contractual relationships) is focused on supporting UNCDF’s growing investment operations, and in particular the preparation and execution of financial transactions from a contractual standpoint. Each investment transaction is underpinned by the negotiation and execution of contractual agreements with the recipients of finance. These transactions need to be managed by a specialist who understands the contractual implications of specific financial instruments, such as loans and guarantees. In addition to loan and guarantee transactions, new emerging development finance initiatives may require the establishment of specific memorandums of understanding, letters of intent, or other types of contractual arrangements to memorialize partnerships and collaborations with third-party stakeholders in lawful terms. UNCDF already manages two joint initiatives with third-party fund managers, Bamboo Capital Partners and Meridiam with hierarchy of contractual documents that need management. There may also be work reviewing and assessing the compatibility of capital market products by entities that wish to partner with UNCDF in its operations. In above tasks the role and scope of the Specialist is to promote and advocate UNCDFs business interest. Any issue in the above categories which in any way is connected to the UNCDF’s status as an international organization and legal framework will be handled by UNDP’s legal office. The Technical Specialist P-4 UNCDF will liaise with the Office of Legal Support, UNDP, for all such legal aspects.

Summary of key functions:

Support on the contractual relationships in relation to financial transactions and initiatives, including with fund managers, asset managers, and third-party stakeholders related to UNCDF’s investment mandate and operations.
Liaise with the Office of Legal Support, UNDP, with respect to all legal matters related to or arising from the incumbent’s work, including but not limited to UNCDF’s status as an international organization and its legal framework.
Advocacy and knowledge management of contractual relationship experiences as they relate to investments, financial structuring and business advisory support.

Additional Information

Required Skills and Experience

A Postgraduate or an advanced degree in law (Master of Laws (LL.M) and/or Juris Doctor (J.D.)), as well as admission to the bar of a Member State or equivalent qualification to practice law in a Member State.

Required Experience & Technical Competency Profile

A minimum of 7 years of experience in the practice of law with a reputable law firm, financial institution or an international financial organization is required. Legal experience as a practicing lawyer in the legal department of a development finance institution, multilateral development bank or impact investment firm with proven technical competence and experience in lending and/or guarantee operations is a requirement;
Solid understanding of private debt, private equity, fixed income and/or project finance transaction structuring solutions is a distinct advantage, as well as experience in executing innovative investment product solutions within multilateral institutions is a requirement;
Practical experience in the operations of fund formation, investment management and/or structured finance is desirable;
Experience from a public sector legal frameworks and/or the legal institutional arrangements of a United Nations organization is desirable.
Further, the interested applicants should be able to demonstrate:

Active interest in investing in developing countries and a minimum understanding of emerging market environments;
Ability to work in a multicultural environment, with a willingness to travel.


Full working proficiency in English is required
Working proficiency in French will be considered an asset. Knowledge of any other local/regional languages knowledge will be considered an asset.