Individual Consultant - Private Sector Partnership Specialist

Organisation:  UNDP

Apply By:  19 Aug . 2018

Location:  Bengaluru(Karnataka)

Individual Consultant - Private Sector Partnership Specialist
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“Creating Employment and Entrepreneurship Opportunities for Women in India” (Disha) is a multi-year partnership project between United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and India Development Foundation (IDF), supported by IKEA Foundation. Project Disha aims to reach out and enable one million underprivileged women in India through training, employment and entrepreneurship skills development, as well as development of a new model of public private collaboration that can be adapted and replicated across India

Disha project is implementing a series of pilots in the skills-to-job vertical with the aim to build the capacity of young girls and women from the marginalised communities so that they are employable by meeting the requirements of the employer. In this regard, integrated pilots are being designed and implemented with the aims to impart skill training and provide for employment opportunities for women in industries/corporate sector. Strengthening public-private sector engagement to ensure sustainability of the models in jobs, is an integral part of the Disha project.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Delineate the strategic role of private sector partnerships at national and state levels in UNDP Disha project;
  • Develop and help implement UNDP Disha project’s strategy making the business case for a closer private sector engagement focussing on both partnerships in CSR and core businesses;
  • Support UNDP’s Disha project advocacy efforts on CSR and engagement with the private sector on Disha programme priority areas;  
  • Scan the environment for private sector partnership opportunities using partner specific analysis, needs and comparative strengths;
  • Assist in resource mobilization by preparing the background analysis, partner consultations, and high-level meetings to facilitate a closer cooperation with the private sector;
  • Facilitate outreach and partnership development in identified sectors and programme areas and work with the programme units to formalize subsequent project proposals;
  • Identify suitable partnership instruments and operational modalities for engagement with the private sector within the existing laws and regulatory framework;
  • Use UNDP standard due diligence and risk assessment tools while formalizing the project engagement with the private sector;
  • Take the lead in establishing and maintaining strategic contacts and association with relevant partners, follow-up proactively on engagement ideas and work closely with UNDP Programme Units;
  • Map and track Disha project’s need for potential private sector engagement initiatives and CSR activities aligned with overall private sector engagement plan;
  • Provide regular technical support, information and expert guidance to Disha project State Offices on engagement with the private sector and CSR;
  • Work closely with the Communications team for appropriate messaging for Disha project engagement with the private sector.

Required Skills and Experience

Required Experiences, Competencies and Skills   

  • Applicants shall demonstrate sufficient capacities to carryout activities to a high standard. The successful applicants will have:
  • At least a Master’s Degree in social science, development studies, business management or a relevant field;
  • At least 8 years of work experience in private sector companies, with exposure to CSR
  • Strong private sector contacts, across different sectors, and business type (SMEs, MNCs etc.);
  • Experience in engaging with senior management at private corporates;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, networking and managerial capacity;
  • Ability to multitask and monitor several projects on a daily basis;
  • Ability to take initiative to develop new strategies;
  • Excellent inter-personal and technical communication (oral, written and visual) skills with high level English language writing skills are essential;




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