Broker


Location : Luanda, ANGOLA
Application Deadline :01-Jun-10 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SC-10
Languages Required :
English   Portuguese

Background

THIS POST IS FOR NATIONALS OF ANGOLA OR FOREIGNERS WITH ANGOLAN RESIDENCY STATUS
The UNDP Growing Sustainable Business (GSB) initiative is a flagship initiative of the UNDP Private Sector Strategy that seeks to broker partnerships that are both commercially attractive and contribute to poverty reduction. By focusing on specific investment opportunities. The strategic goal of GSB is to promote inclusive market development that supports the integration of micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in labor intensive value chains and to catalyze investments and innovative business models and solutions for goods and services that benefit the poor.

The GSB initiative also adds value to private companies along three core areas: information; local relationships and facilitation with development funding. Revolving around the trust placed in UNDP, its country office network, its impartiality, and its unique ability to convene, facilitate, and create new partnerships, the GSB initiative stimulates market driven solutions to poverty through multi-stakeholder market and sub-sector alliances that lead to inclusive business models and contribute to inclusive markets development.
 
Worldwide the initiative is active in more than 19 countries and in over 70 projects with partners from the local and international private sector. The GSB initiative is now on the process of being launched in Angola.
Therefore, UNDP seeks to hire a qualified, resulted oriented and local based professional to initiative and provide effective the day to day project management and field coordination of the GSB initiative in Angola.
 
For more information on the GSB initiative worldwide please check at our website: www.undp.org/partners/business/gsb


Duties and Responsibilities


Under the overall responsibility of the Angola UNDP Country Office and the HQ Private Sector Development (PSD) Team, the Angola Country Broker is expected to:

1) Analyse the current Private Sector Development landscape in Angola in order to identify the potential for implementation of at least 4-5 projects within the GSB and the new UNDP Angola Private Sector Strategy selection criteria;

  • Impact on poverty reduction through new fresh ideas for strong inclusive market development  with inclusive economic diversification benefits
  • It is expected that the broker will engage in a detailed fact-finding, including a critical analysis of existing pipeline ideas and to assess the viability and timelines for potential GSB partnership projects. This will serve to define realistic expectations with regard to investments that can be initiated.
  • This will include a special focus on the needs for further TA and capital and a rapid market assessment (RMA) of the potential for partnerships to provide these.
2) Brokering new GSB partnerships:
  • Engage prioritized potential projects/companies in discussions and negotiations; present to target and intermediary organizations – this will likely include some research and customizing of materials for key meetings.
  • Follow up, monitoring, supplementary research and other actions required to pursue negotiations and bring companies into the GSB process (e.g. accepted by the relevant GSB steering committee);
  • Facilitate the preparations, effective organization and negotiation of Public Private Dialogues and Public Private Partnerships in target pro-poor markets and sectors;
  • Foster linkages and broker relationships between the private sector, government, civil society and local communities, donors, financing and technical partners.

3)  Operational Support for GSB:

  • Engage and sensitize all major stakeholders while establishing and maintaining close relationships with relevant companies, NGOs, business associations, donors, and UN agencies.
  • Establish and maintain the GSB project in the country of assignment, including organisation of relevant meetings and establishment of a Steering Committee, setting up project alliances, and provision of secretariat support.
  • Provide continuous support to GSB project alliances in terms of facilitation and provision of needed knowledge and administrative support.
  • Provide the day to day programmatic and operational management of GSB Angola Operations and collaborate with relevant supervision and reporting focal points;
  • Work closely with specialized international brokers which will provide both technical and sector and sub-sector strategic guidance in the preparation of full market assessment and development of multi-stakeholder engagements:
  • Ensure coordination and maximize synergies between GSB with other ongoing UNDP Angola and other donors PSD initiatives, such as AEP (Angola Enterprise Program), Entrepreneurship  Education Program, the MDG and Economic Unit and other UNDAF programming interventions with clear and significant private sector opportunities.
  • In addition, it is expected that the broker will assume the role of Special Advisor to UNDP Country Director on matters related to Private Sector Development.
4) Support UNDP Country Office in mobilizing resources for the GSB:
  • Support the UNDP Country Office efforts in mobilizing resources for the GSB project implementation and development;
  • Help the UNDP Country Office to define a business model to support the sustainability of the GSB operation post project intervention.
5) Reporting and Communications:
  • Regularly liaise with the GSB HQ-team, and other national GSB brokers in order to share lessons and resolve common challenges – it is expected that the broker will contribute to the intellectual development of the GSB project with new ideas/suggestions based on field experience.
  • Reporting: The broker will have a dual reporting relationship with:
    1)  Senior Management of UNDP Angola  Country Office
    2) The UNDP PSD HQ team leader
    Report on a quarterly basis on progress vis-à-vis a clear outline expected results and on general level, report on annual basis on work plans and elaborate yearly work plans for the Senior Management of the UNDP Angola CO.
  • Report to the local Project Board on a quarterly basis.
  • Preparation of various communication initiatives, including a GSB brochure, newsletter and input to the GSB website.
6) Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E):
  • Track progress of the M&E indicators defined for the GSB projects in the pipeline against development objectives, expected impact and project timelines in line with GSB operational tools and the new Private Sector Strategy.

7) Targets:
Within the first 4 months:

  • Detailed situation analysis, including assessment of investment opportunities on the basis of quantitative data, with the objective to define the scope for GSB to catalyze new pro-poor investments. This shall lead to the formulation of sound project selection criteria allowing the prioritization of partnership proposals.
  • Detailed Annual Work plan  with quantitative targets for the Project Outcomes and Outputs
  • Development of selection criteria: The analysis shall also serve to revise expectations and project targets as listed below and adjust if necessary.
  • Identification of 2 viable GSB project ideas with partners firmly committed to undertake investments within 9-12 months. Clear specification of requirements for these investments in terms of provision of capital and Technical Assistance.
  • Establishment of a Project Board 
Within the first 9 months: identification of 4  project proposals
 
Within 12 months: at least 2 GSB projects should start the implementation phase.


Competencies

  • Direct project management or related consulting experience with the private sector on issues of business strategy, operations or new business development.
  • Work experience with development agencies in market development projects such as supply/value chains, BOP investments, cluster development projects;
  • Knowledge of Angola economic development and diversification landscape particularly national policies and priority programs in agriculture and agro-industry, fishing, forestry as well as  informal sector, access to finance and entrepreneurship issues;
  • Previous working experience in the country/region and knowledge of the local business environment and organizations


Required Skills and Experience

  • MUST BE A NATIONAL OF ANGOLA OR FOREIGN NATIONAL WITH ANGOLAN RESIDENCY STATUS
  • Completed Master’s degree in a relevant field such as business, development economics, international relations, marketing, supply chain, agriculture or rural development;
  • Relevant work experience (at least 7 years); ideally significant business/private sector work experience in strategy/operations roles
  • Strong knowledge of the local socio-economic and cultural context in Angola, including opportunities for pro-poor job and income generation;
  • Ability to facilitate, convene and broker productive partnerships between government, private sector and local and international development partners;
  • Good understanding of the MDGs, development policies in general and pro-poor private sector  strategies;
  • Analytical understanding of “pro-poor” investments such as Inclusive Business Models, BOP and Strategic CSR;
  • Knowledge and Commitment to the roles and values of UNDP as well as the UN Global Compact;
  • Evidence of brokering, relationship building and management, sales and communication skills both in the context of PPP and Government  work;


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.

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