Status: Full time
Based in: Mexico City
The DAI Mexico Portfolio
In Mexico, DAI is implementing, among other, the following programmes which are being funded by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO):
The Mexico Energy Programme (MEP)
The objective of the Energy Strand is to support Mexico’s efforts to increase productivity and reduce poverty by addressing key market failures in the energy sector. The Strand aims to support the consolidation of a solid and stable energy market that drives economic growth as well as increase access to energy services through lower electricity prices and creating formal employment opportunities to reduce poverty levels. The Strand aims to do this by matching UK capabilities with the identified market failures through capacity building and sharing best practice within the workforce, businesses and regulatory institutions. The Strand’s planned Interventions aim to deliver more productive and resilient men and women, businesses and government officials that support Mexico’s transition to a low carbon economy.
The Mexico Financial Services Programme (MFS)
The objective of the Financial Services Strand is to create a more inclusive and competitive financial services sector, accessible to all segments of Mexican society and new market entrants. The Strand will increase the depth, coverage and efficiency of financial services in order to support a reduction in poverty, increase productivity and promote long-term social and economic development. The Strand aims to do this by matching the identified market failures with specific UK capabilities to build capacity and share best practice within the public and private sectors.
The Agile Programming Fund (APF)
The APF is understood as an opportunity for complementing the mainstream Prosperity Fund Energy Programme to support the creation and development of the energy sector driving economic growth and deriving tangible benefits for the poor men and women in Mexico.
The Energy Agile Programming Fund (APF) envisions three discrete types of funding: (a) Quick Engagement to fund activities such as rapid support to energy regulators and local government institutions, expert visits from UK at the request of key stakeholders and government institutions, support in the organization of critical events for the agenda of the Programme. (b) “Programmatic”: for opportunities identified and scoped in the Energy Strand Programme, there will be specific budget lines allocated for these signed-off projects; and (c) Investment and Innovation”: to ensure there are Joint Venture partnerships with UK companies; trade facilitation and knowledge exchanges. Targeted for very specific activities.
The Financial Services Agile Programming Fund (FS-APF) is a financial vehicle that will allow that each programme has, to undertake activities that support their overall goals. It is primarily aimed to support:
- Complementary financial services initiatives that contribute towards the overall goals of the strand but are not covered directly by any of the three Interventions but have relevance with Mexican Government priorities in financial services.
- Initiatives that allow to maintain relevance with GOM Priorities, including innovative initiatives that allow us to pilot activities that can be scaled up in future years and extend geographical outreach or scope related with other areas.
The APF Manager will exercise a crucial role in helping drive demand for the APF across the Energy and Financial Services Programmes, ensuring clear communication and dissemination of information between possible APF stakeholders. The APF Manager will help orchestrate demand for the APF through raising awareness around the potential functions of the fund, helping align evolving ideas, challenges, and priorities with the appropriate investment.
Responsibilities will include:
- Responsible for the management and administration of all Agile Programming Fund subcontracts, resources and expenses of the APF fund, expense reporting and burn-rate, as well as monitoring and follow up of objectives established under the different components.
- Collaborate with the technical offices to identify potential ideas for sourcing
- Collaborate with the technical offices to develop concept notes
- Perform internal pre-screening from the existing pool of proposals from partners and technical offices
- Review proposals received from external organizations.
- Conduct comprehensive screening process once detailed proposals are received
- Preparation and / or revision of terms of reference and scope of work for approval.
- If needed, participate in meetings with stakeholders related to the proposals
- If needed, Plan, develop, and coordinate publication and execution of Request for Proposals and Quotations.
- Schedule meetings with the BEMC and the other strands managing APF to discuss the pre-selected proposals and identify possible APF intervention areas
- Carry out the process of evaluation and selection of proposals based on pre-defined selection criteria, the established timeframes and APF guidelines.
- Preparation of minutes and internal memos derived from the evaluation and selection of proposals.
- Conduct or coordinate the vetting/due diligence process for proposal organizations.
- Prepare all the information required for agreements with partners.
- Maintain informed the all the strands of the funding decisions, to identify potential areas of collaboration.
- Preparation of contract and all necessary documentation to establish a relationship with organizations. and maintenance of updated APF files.
- If necessary, coordinate with DAI/E any APF contract modifications.
- Supervise and coordinate technical and administrative execution of APF projects.
- Monitor the implementation and development of activities ensuring deliverable compliance
- Review, prepare and follow up with DAI/E up the payment process upon compliance with deliverables.
- Review and update the resource pool tracker.
- Participate in meetings with project organizations to conduct orientation and follow up sessions.
- Maintain informed the programmes team members of any actions related to the management of the APF project, such as identification of new opportunities for future funding windows.
- Minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience and a bachelor’s degree or 3 years of experience and a master’s degree. A technical background in Energy is desirable.
- Experience providing administrative and management support to international donor- funded projects
- Excellent organization communication, proactive and able to work under pressure meeting tight deadlines.
- A team player with a positive “can do” attitude that reflects DAI’s core principals of integrity, responsibility, excellence and global citizenship
- Able to be flexible, versatile and tolerant in a changing work environment, whilst maintaining effectiveness
- Numerate with a high level of attention to detail
- Excellent communications and writing skills, able to interact with multidisciplinary teams and stakeholders from different sectors
- Advanced level of MS Office
- Fluency in English and Spanish (written and spoken)
- Availability to take on this assignment in a short notice
Reporting and support
The APF Manager will be supported, and line managed by the Deputy Team Leader of the Energy Programme, and will receive directions from the Deputy Team Leader of the Financial Services Programme.
Please note that all profiles are indicative only and therefore subject to change.
Closing date for this role is 25th March