Duties and Responsibilities
The position is located in the International Tax and Development Cooperation Branch of the Financing for Sustainable Development Office of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The consultant reports to the Economic Affairs Officer, International Tax and Development Cooperation Branch. The Branch work programme includes policy analysis and support to intergovernmental processes and capacity building on tax, development cooperation and other financing for development issues. The Branch carries out DESA's capacity development programme on tax and other financing for development matters and serves as Secretariat to both the United Nations Committee of Experts on International Governments around the world are exploring innovative financing mechanisms to fill infrastructure financing gaps in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Often, such efforts do not budget for the financial, human and material resources needed to manage infrastructure assets over their entire lifespans. Far-sighted infrastructure investment strategies look beyond the initial acts of acquisition or construction. Contrary to common belief, the actual construction or acquisition cost of an infrastructure asset only accounts for 15-30 percent of overall expenditures. In contrast, 70-85 percent of the costs of an asset are incurred after it is bought or built. Consequently, a more holistic Infrastructure Finance approach that accounts for the financial, human and material resources needed throughout an asset’s life cycle will strengthen the sustainability of public investments.
Consultancy requirements under this Terms of Reference are related to the United Nations Development Account project “Municipal asset management for sustainable development in selected Least Developed Countries in Africa and Asia”, in particular Activity A2.3: “Develop and publish training materials and policy recommendations that provide a generic framework for capacity development on municipal asset management for a wide range of LDCs. The materials will be developed by national and international consultants in close coordination with the implementing partners (UN-DESA, UNCDF and UN Habitat). Training material and tools will be made available online on the partners’ websites. Partners will also showcase the material in the context of high-level meetings on municipal finance and urban development, including through side events.”
By implementing the activities mentioned above, UN-DESA-FSDO will respond to a specific mandate by the General Assembly in its resolution 69/313 of 15 July 2015, Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, in which Member States “commit to scaling up international cooperation to strengthen capacities of municipalities and other local authorities”, as well as “to support cities and local authorities of developing countries, particularly in least developed countries and small island developing States.”
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