United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Project Analyst (Impact Investing)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

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UNDP will cover the cost of travel of the individual to the duty station, as well as their return to their home upon completion of their services. Travel costs are covered only in the event that the function will be undertaken physically in the duty station and excludes working from home arrangements.

Cost of other travel, as deemed necessary by UNDP  while performing the outlined functions, shall be at UNDP’s expense and in accordance with the applicable UNDP travel policy.

Office/Unit/Project Description

The Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD) is one of the five global thematic centers of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) mandated to leverage the role of the private sector in development. The Center supports the UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) by leading UNDP’s strategic offer to partner and work with the private sector. Under its impact investment thematic area, the Center offers research, advocacy and multi-stakeholder partnership services to diversify sources of SDG financing with a focus on attracting private impact capital.

Impact investing is an emerging model to scale up social and environmental impact alongside generating financial returns. Building upon its successful previous work in this area, IICPSD is redesigning its impact investing portfolio vertically and horizontally by expanding the geographic coverage and the scope of the services including the intelligence activities for the SDG-aligned investment opportunities. IICPSD ’s impact investing portfolio is built on two workstreams: conventional finance and Islamic finance aiming to leverage the UNDP’s 6 signature solutions for development challenges showcasing the potential of impact creating investment opportunities for funding the SDGs.

The Project Analyst will provide content and partnership building and Project Management Support in the design and implementation of projects, production of reports and knowledge management activities of IICPSD in impact investing area which includes both conventional and Islamic finance dimensions; toolkit and training development for initiatives of the Center, cooperation, technical advisory and implementation assistance offered to other UNDP units, including COs and RBx. The Project Analyst will promote organization’s capacity as a reliable partner with national as well as international counterparts, ensure Coordination of sectoral activities with broader country/regional/global programmes, advocate on behalf of organization’s goals.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Project Analyst will be responsible for the performance of  the following  functions and duties:
  1. Supporitng the effective implementation of the IICPSD programme and strategy in impact investing thematic area;
  2. Contributing towards the formulation, management and evaluation of knowledge management activities within IICPSD’s impact investing thematic area;
  3. Supporting the development of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy;
  4. Provision of  advisory support services to the relevant stakeholders and facilitation of knowledge building and management;
  5. Technical supervision and leading of knowledge management support staff as well as technical consultants;
  6. Supporting UNDP’s positioning as a reliable partner vis-a-vis national  and international counterparts as well as ensuinge coordination of sectoral activities with broader country/regional/global programmes;
  7. Performing other assignments related to this position as may be required by the Supervisor.
For more information on UNDP IICPSD Impact Investing Activities, please visit  http://www.iicpsd.undp.org and http://www.undp.org/privatesector.

Institutional Arrangment

The Project Analyst will carry out relevant duties under the guidance and direct supervision of the IICPSD Deputy Director.



Professionalism:  Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Communication:Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients " and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Required Skills and Experience

Min. Academic Education

  • Master's degree in social sciences, international relations, political science, business Administration, international development, economic development or related field is required
Min. years of relevant Work experience

  • Minimum 1 (one) year of professional work experience in project coordination, supporting private sector engagement and partnership development with the international development organizations including experience on impact investing Analysis is required.
Required  skills

  • Practical experience with designing  research  tools such as  questionnaires, in-depth interviews, etc. and training materials  in impact investing is  required;
  • Proven experience in research and analysis of the impact investing ecosystem and financial tools as well as their relevance to the sustainable development is  required;
  • Advanced level in using computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) is required.
Desired additional skills

  • Three (3) years of professional work experience in project coordination,supporting private sector engagement and partnership development with the international development organizations is a strong asset.
  • Experience in organization of events, conferences etc. is an asset;
  • Experience in Islamic finance  is an asset;
  • Experience in handling of web-based Management Systems is highly desirable;
  • Previous  experience with the UN / UNDP  is considered a distinct advantage.
Required Language(s) (at working level)

  • Fluency in  written and spoken English is required
Professional Certificates

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