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Advocacy and Government Component Coordinator, SC (Strengthening SME Business Membership Organizations)
|Location :||Kyiv, UKRAINE|
|Application Deadline :||31-Aug-15 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Service Contract|
|Post Level :||SB-4|
|Languages Required :|
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.
Ukraine is a country with a very challenging business environment, especially for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Around 10% of GDP is produced by SMEs, whereas in developed market economies this figure exceeds 50%. There are excessive regulations and inconsistencies in the norms and requirements governing the SMEs. Ukraine has also a negative track record in permits giving and licensing processes which are overall non transparent and prone to corruption practices.
The voice of SMEs asking for a simplification of business regulations and, in general, a better business climate is not heard, partially because of the weak institutional capacity of structures that are called to represent their interests.
Therefore, the Project aims to accelerate the development of the SMEs sector in Ukraine by strengthening the capacities of the Business Membership Organizations (BMOs) that will contribute to the reinforcement of a much needed dialogue between the private and public sectors. BMOs generally refer to organizations with companies or individual entrepreneurs as members and include business associations, chambers of commerce, federations of business associations, employers’ clubs, and so on. To be a strong and reputable representative of the private sector to the public sector, BMOs must be able to advocate member interests and concerns; be strong organizations with proper governance structures; and respond to member needs by delivering high quality and affordable services and information.
The Project is to design and deliver a tailored capacity development programme to selected BMOs throughout Ukraine to help improve their institutional/organizational/financial capacities to represent interests of the private sector and facilitate a more active, responsive, professional and policy-oriented dialogue between public and private sectors.
The Project is expected to positively impact on the ability of BMOs to attract members, promote constructive cooperation with governmental structures and to contribute to policy development leading to SMEs sector growth. Increased membership of BMOs coupled with higher institutional effectiveness, resulting from the support received from the Project will contribute to the financial sustainability of BMOs and spur mobilization of the entrepreneurs, therefore strengthening the ‘collective voice’ of business.
The Project will be implemented through four interconnected components dealing with the BMOs’ capacities building, good governance, improvement and expansion of services provision, advocacy and effective cooperation with the government at all levels.
To this end UNDP Ukraine invites applications from highly qualified and experienced Ukrainian professionals for the post of the Advocacy and Government Component Coordinator who will be responsible for implementation of respective project activities.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager, Advocacy and Government Component Coordinator will coordinate the implementation of Project’s activities aimed at strengthening advocacy and intermediary capacity of BMOs, ability to formulate policy proposals, and development of the cooperation framework with the key governmental actors in order to reinforce the public-private dialogue and enable the involvement of the private sector to the decision making process.
Specifically, s/he will perform the following key tasks:
Strengthening advocacy and intermediary capacity of the selected BMOs for the benefit of SMEs
Strengthening government’s capacity to constructively engage with the private sector and support effective dialogue
Provide support for efficient and effective implementation of project activities and delivery of project results:
Measurable outputs of the work assignment:
Performance Indicators for evaluation of results:
Required Skills and Experience
This is a locally recruited position and no expatriation benefits will apply.
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