The Stabilisation and Development Programme (SDP) was launched in May 2015 to complement the efforts of the Government of Pakistan in enabling the safe and voluntary return of Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) to their areas of origin, with a focus on relief, recovery and sustainable peace. SDP was initially designed to support the FATA Sustainable Return and Rehabilitation Strategy (SRRS). Following the merger into KP, the programme has re-aligned its priorities with the Tribal Decade Strategy (2020-2030) and supports the Government’s policies aiming at development and growth of the Newly Merged Districts (NMDs) of KP.
SDP is oriented around four main goals: engaging communities to promote social cohesion and participate actively in the rehabilitation process; improving economic development opportunities for communities; improving access to basic services including education; and promoting economic and social empowerment of women.
The funding of the programme was secured over the years with partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Government of the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), European Union (EU), the Government of Japan, Global Affairs Canada and the United Nations Central Emergency Response Funds (CERF).
Over the last four years, SDP has assisted more than 800,000 individuals. In response to the evolving environment, the programme has transitioned from relief and recovery efforts to sustainable economic development. It has shown discernible signs of communities adopting positive coping mechanisms while re-establishing their families in their returning areas. Through SDP UNDP aims to support the Government in fostering a stable environment in the NMDs, where the people are resilient, have improved access to basic services, livelihood sources and economic opportunities thereby contributing to their overall development and stability.
The Enterprise Development Officer will work under the overall supervision of the Enterprise Development Specialist in the implementation of the economic development component and in particular the linkages to microfinance institutions, and incubation grants. S/he will act as a liaison with national and local authorities, humanitarian and development stakeholders, and will be responsible for managing implementing partners/contracts associated with the activities assigned to her/him.
Summary of key functions:
The Enterprise Development Officer will work in collaboration with the project team and implementing partners. S/he will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the enterprise development activities under the economic development component of the SDP.
Specific responsibilities include the following:
- Coordinate enterprise development activities including business development, promotion of local businesses led by women entrepreneurs, innovation, and inclusion of micro-finance;
- Contribute to the programme team’s work on the timely and effective management and implementation of the project’s enterprise development activities;
- Identify donors, private sector and Government needs for future funding and develop partnerships in coordination with the programme team, the Enterprise Development Specialist and the Programme Manager;
- Contribute to the preparation of high-quality progress reports, updates and communication products for UNDP management, Government counterparts and donors.
- Perform any other duties as requested.
Coordinate enterprise development activities including business development, promotion of local businesses led by women entrepreneurs, innovation, and inclusion of micro-finance:
- Analyse existing markets and potential for business development in the newly merged districts through literature review, stakeholder meetings and field visits;
- With overall guidance from the Enterprise Development Specialist, identify entrepreneurs for business development training and grants; innovative entrepreneurs, and determine the multiplier effects on the local economy;
- Promote the concept of innovation in businesses and support innovative entrepreneurs by identifying and organising appropriate skills training;
- Coordinate and liaise with relevant micro-finance institutions, Government departments and NGOs for extending the availability of micro-finance in the merged districts;
- Liaise with relevant actors for the financial inclusion of beneficiaries, linking them with micro-finance institutions and training as relevant;
- Advocate and create awareness amongst the local regarding the use of micro-finance and mobile banking for various business transactions;
- Promote local businesses led by women entrepreneurs through close coordination with UNDP partners, social welfare department and local authorities;
- Responsible for smooth implementation of the activities and for providing the required relevant information to the monitoring unit for the effective compilation of results;
- Ensures effective and timely coordination with Government stakeholders and project partners to ensure smooth implementation of project activities.
Contribute to the programme team’s work on the timely and effective management and implementation of the project’s Enterprise Development activities:
- Oversee the contracting process of implementing partners, including the budget, work plans and capacity assessments, according to UNDP rules and regulations;
- Prepare and process project agreements and amendments, in coordination with relevant units (i.e. procurement unit);
- Conduct spot checks and field visits to project location sites;
- Ensure accuracy and completion of documents, verification and certification of the designated officials;
- Ensure accuracy of record, timely submission of documents to SDP operations and finance team and follow-up on payments to partners and disbursement to beneficiaries.
Identify donors, private sector and Government needs for future funding and develop partnerships in coordination with the programme team and the Programme Manager:
- Development of partnerships with the UN Agencies, IFI’s, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society in the specific thematic areas based on strategic goals of UNDP, country needs and donors’ priorities;
- Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for initiation of new projects, active contribution to the overall office effort in resource mobilization;
- Develop partnership plan to establish parentship with leading private sector companies and firms. Identify potential funding under corporate responsibility to establish private sector in newly merged districts and neighbouring districts.
Contribute to the preparation of high-quality progress reports, updates and communication products for UNDP management, Government counterparts and donors:
- Contribute to timely communication and outreach, in close coordination with the Communications Officer, through social media, success stories, blogs and press releases;
The incumbent of the position will uphold the non-discriminatory behavior and ensure that:
- Human rights and gender equality is prioritized as an ethical principle within all actions;
- Activities are designed and implemented in accordance with “Social and Environmental Standards of UNDP”;
- Any kind of diversities based on ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, class, gender are respected within all implementations including data production;
- Differentiated needs of women and men are considered;
- Inclusive approach is reflected within all actions and implementations, in that sense an enabling and accessible setup in various senses such as disability gender language barrier is created;
- Necessary arrangements to provide gender parity within all committees, meetings, trainings, etc
Perform any other duties as requested.
Impact of Results:
The key results have an impact on the overall performance of the SDP economic development activities and success in the implementation of the programme’s economic revitalization strategies.
The key results have an impact on the design, programming and implementation of the innovation grants, and microfinance support activities.
Advocacy/Advancing a Policy-Oriented Agenda
Level 1.2: preparing information for advocacy
- Identifies and communicates relevant information for a variety of audiences for advocating UNDP’s mandate
- Maintains a functioning network of contacts with a variety of stakeholders to promote a better understanding of UNDP’s mandate and to support advocacy efforts
Building Strategic Partnerships
Level 1.2: Maintaining a network of contacts
- Maintains an established network of contacts for general information sharing and to remain up-to-date on partnership related issues
- Analyzes and selects materials for strengthening strategic alliances with partners and stakeholders
- Establishes and nurtures positive communication with partners
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Level 1.2: Basic research and analysis
- Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things
- Documents and analyses innovative strategies and new approaches
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
Level 1.2: Fundamental knowledge of own discipline
- Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical specialty relating to the position
- Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks
- Analyzes the requirements and synthesizes proposals
- Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning
- Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments
Creating Visibility for UNDP/Supporting UNDP’s Capacity to Advocate
Level 1.2: Research and data analysis
- Maintains networks and knowledge assets for use in visibility and image activities
- Makes recommendations on the design and delivery of image activities
Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals
Level 1.2.: Preparing information for global advocacy
- Identifies and communicates relevant information for advocacy for UNDP’s goals for a variety of audiences
- Maintains a functioning network of contacts in the media and civil society, to promote a better understanding of UNDP’s mandate and to support advocacy efforts
Conceptual Innovation in the Provision of Technical Expertise
Level 1.2: Research and analysis
- Keeps updated in his/her area of substantive expertise
- Analyses ongoing trends, evolving needs, and emerging issues to identify appropriate responses for capacity building
Level 1.2: Establishing effective client relationships
- Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion
- Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines
- Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients
Generates commitment, excitement, and excellence in others:
- Creates new opportunities for the team, not just self to learn and take on new responsibilities
- Actively shares knowledge
Communication and Relationship Management:
Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis
- Communicates ideas and positions with command and confidence
- Finds common ground to solve problems
Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully:
- Critically assesses established methods
- Contributes to prototyping, piloting, and evaluating lessons/feedback
Models independent thinking and action:
- Demonstrates behaviors of teamwork, collaboration, knowledge sharing, maintaining relationships
Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services
- Embraces complex challenges and opportunities for getting work done
- Ability to embrace challenges with minimal supervision
- Works to develop organizational awareness of UNDP’s approach to client service delivery and integrity and accountability
Displays gender sensitivity and promotes gender equality in all aspects of work
- Knowledge of systems for gender mainstreaming and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situation
- Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy /practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services and innovative solutions.
Masters Degree in Economics, Public Policy, Business Administration, Development Studies or related field
A minimum of 02 years of experience with business development (special focus on micro-businesses, youth development, incubation/innovation, value chain or entrepreneurship is desirable); recognized experience in grant management; good knowledge in the area of business development; professional experience with UN agencies would be an asset; good IT literacy, i.e. MS. Word, MS Powerpoint and MS Excel.
Fluency in English and Urdu (written and spoken) is required. Working knowledge of Pashto is an asset.
HEC attested degrees are a prerequisite for employment at UNDP. During the recruitment process candidates may be required to present HEC attested degrees.
Foreign Qualified Candidates: Foreign degree holders shall be required to(i) Present a verification/certification letter from the university verifying the degree & student enrollment, orii) Foreign degree Equivalence Letter from HEC.
UNDP provides the Equal Opportunity for all equally qualified male & female including the physically challenged candidates, female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply (local and internal VA)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) does not charge fee at any stage of the recruitment process including application, interviews, selection or induction etc. Moreover, UNDP does not concern itself with any information on the applicants bank accounts
"UNDP has zero tolerance towards Sexual Harassment (SH) and Sexual Exploitation & Abuse (SEA)”.
Contract Duration: 01 Year