Location: London, UK
Duration: 2 year – fixed term non-renewable
Closing Date: 11 May 2012
The Special Advisory Services Division (SASD) is a major development co-operation instrument of the Commonwealth Secretariat, supporting the development efforts of member countries through technical assistance and capacity building. A significant part of the Division’s work is of a consultancy and advisory nature, delivered through a combination of in-house and external expertise. The Division has four sections: the Economic and Legal Section, the Debt Management Section, the Trade Section and the Enterprise and Agriculture Section.
The Debt Management Section (DMS) provides an integrated package of assistance in debt management, focusing on improving institutional arrangements; the legal framework; developing and implementing debt management policy and strategy and debt market development; development of world-leading computer software such as the Commonwealth Secretariat Debt Recording and Management System (CS-DRMS) and soon to be released, Public Debt Analytical Tool (PDAT). DMS also assists in intensive capacity building, including training on various aspects of debt management and the use of its debt management systems.
In addition to providing the above regular services to member countries, the DMS is taking additional responsibilities that will include working closely with the World Bank and other development partners under the Bank’s Debt Management Facility (DMF) created to help build debt management capacity and institutions in Low Income Countries (LICs) so that the countries can build on the gains made through the Heavily Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) and Multilateral Debt Relief Initiatives (MDRI) initiatives. It is in that regard that ComSec seeks to engage the services of an experienced debt management expert to adequately cater for the increase in demand for our advisory support and capacity building services, particularly the implementation of the Debt Management Facility (DMF) initiative of the World Bank.
Working closely with the DMS and World Bank DMF team, you will manage and implement a portfolio of debt management projects designed to strengthen debt management capacity in member countries through advisory support and capacity building initiatives. To that end you will be expected to undertake the following: assist member countries formulate sound policies and strategies for debt management and the development of domestic debt markets; assist governments put in place sound legal and institutional frameworks for debt management; assist the countries build local technical capacity to sustain compliance with the recommended debt management practices. In addition, you will be required to closely work with the DMS team comprising economists and IT professionals for enhancing the analytical features in the CS-DRMS system towards supporting effective and sound debt management practices.
The post-holder will be required to:
- Public debt policy including debt management strategy formulation and implementation especially on market borrowings;
- Risk management frameworks and methodologies of public debt and fixed income markets analysis;
- Expertise on institutional arrangements, governance framework and legal framework on debt management;
- Market knowledge related to development of domestic debt market and functioning of international capital markets.