Impact Investing Coordination Specialist - IPSA 10 - Office-based

Location : Istanbul, TURKEY
Application Deadline :24-May-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :IPSA (Regular)
Post Level :IPSA-10
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :12 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :12 months with possibility of extension

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


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Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.

A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.

Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.


Office/Unit/Project Description 

The Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD) is one of the five Global Policy Centers of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) mandated to leverage the role of the private sector in development. The Center aims at advocating and facilitating the contribution of the private sector to human development and inclusive growth through the following thematic priority areas:

  • Private Sector Engagement through South-South Cooperation for the SDGs;
  • Digital Transformation and Skills Development;
  • Impact investment; 
  • Private Sector Resilience and Crisis Response.

Furthermore, the Center supports and forms part of the UNDP’s Sustainable Finance Hub (SFH), an agile innovation platform launched in 2019, by leading UNDP’s strategic offer to partner and work with the private sector. This offer follows an inclusive business approach and is based on UNDP past and present experience of working with the private sector at Country Offices, Regional Bureaus (RBx) as well as, via existing global programmes.

Under its “Impact Investment” thematic area, the Center offers research, advocacy and multi-stakeholder partnership services to diversify sources of financing for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a focus on attracting private impact capital. The Center has been supporting UNDP Country Offices in Turkey, Ukraine, Morocco, Tunisia, Djibouti, Eswatini, Mauritius and Seychelles for SDG financing with knowledge products including impact investing ecosystem studies and SDG Investor Maps. Building upon its successful 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 and innovative financing mechanisms.

Please visit the IICPSD and SFH websites for more information.


Institutional Arrangement

  • The Impact Investing Coordination Specialist will work under the direct supervision of the the IICPSD’s Deputy Director and in close collaboration with other IICPSD and SFH team members.  
  • The incumbent will supervise locally recruited personnel within the IICPSD Impact Investing Portfolio.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

The Impact Investing Coordination Specialist will lead UNDP IICPSD’s impact investing portfolio, which includes both conventional and Islamic finance streams, for its strategic knowledge management objectives and will have a coordinating role, serving as primary focal point for internal and external partners, managing project activities on daily basis, as well as facilitating internal and external communications.

Technical Assistance and Knowledge Management

  • Coordinate and lead impact investing ecosystem studies and implementation of SDG Investor Maps across developing and the least developed countries.
  • Design and implement programmatic activities, including technical assistance support to UNDO COs and external stakeholders.
  • Organize and coordinate roundtable discussions, briefing sessions, conferences, workshops, national and international events.
  • Facilitate on-demand, real time knowledge sharing through webinars, and by connecting internal and external expertise and potential solution providers.
  • Contribute to the systematic capacity building of the impact investing team and relevant partners through introduction of innovation and best practices, access to knowledge and expertise and promotion of their application to projects and activities.
  • Provide substantive inputs to presentations, visibility activities, advocacy, and other project or activity related materials, etc.

Programme Coordination, Implementation and Monitoring

  • Prepare detailed work plans, schedule and budgets for impact investing technical assistance activities and update them on a regular basis.
  • Ensure pro-active follow-up on and effective day-to-day coordination and implementation of the impact investing activities.
  • Coordinate the development of technical inputs in support of planned activities in consultation with the CO teams as well as the respective Government entities, UN Agencies, and other partners.
  • Coordinate activities with HQ teams, RBx, COs and other regional agencies, and manage technical, logistical and administrative processes to ensure the achievement of technical assistance outputs.
  • Oversee finance, logistical, administrative arrangements, and technical assistance activity related procurement and HR procedures for impact investing activities.

Partnerships and Resource Mobilization

  • Coordinate partnership building and resource mobilization efforts, developing proposals and marketing materials and participating in relevant meetings, in line with the IICPSD’s Partnership and Resource Mobilization Strategy.
  • Ensure access to thought leaders and experts for the Country Offices to support technical assistance for impact investing and innovative approaches to financing the SDGs.
  • Build, nurture and maintain a network of knowledge and implementation partners on impact investing and SDG financing and support the implementation of regional partnership strategies with UN and external partner institutions, including governments, donors, IFIs, private sector, academia, NGOs, and CSOs.
  • Participate in relevant external meetings, including resource mobilization, partnership and advocacy activities with UN partners, permanent missions, and external stakeholders.

Perform other duties related to this assignment as may be required by the Supervisor. 



Achieve Results:

LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact

Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems

Learn Continuously:

LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences

Adapt with Agility:

LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands

Act with Determination:

LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results

Engage and Partner:

LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:

LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

UNDP People Management Competencies can be found in the dedicated site.


Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Thematic Area



Business Management


Project Management

Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals

2030 Agenda: Partnerships


SDG Finance

Knowledge and understanding of global partnership for effective development cooperation, inclusive markets/businesses and value chain development, Innovative Finance, philanthropy, public private partnerships

Business Management


Results-based Management

Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results

Partnership management

Private sector engagement

Ability to identify, conduct outreach, and manage relationships with the private sector

Partnership management

Relationship management

Ability to engage with a wide range of public and private partners, build, sustain and/or strengthen working relations, trust and mutual understanding

Required Skills and Experience

Min. Education requirements

  • Master's degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, Business Administration, International Development, Economics or other related field is required.

Min. years of relevant work experience

  • Minimum 5 (five) years of progressively responsible work experience in project management or programme coordination is required.

Required  skills

  • At least 3 years of track record experience in impact investing is required.  

Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section

  • Demonstrated experience in Islamic finance is desired.
  • Experience in the design of research and advocacy activities with the engagement of the private sector for development particularly in the developing and the least developed country contexts is desired.
  • Experience with UNDP impact investing products and tools such as research and analysis of the impact investing ecosystems and implementation of SDG Investor Maps is desired.
  • Previous work experience with UNDP / UN system is considered an advantage.

Required Language(s)

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required.

Professional Certificates

  • N/A

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