Private Sector Development Specialist

Location : Port Moresby, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Application Deadline :22-Jun-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :IPSA (Regular)
Post Level :IPSA-10
Languages Required :
Expected Duration of Assignment :1 year with the 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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Office/Unit/Project Description

UNDP’s Private Sector Development and Partnership Strategy aims to assist countries to align private sector activities and investments with the 2030 Agenda by influencing investors and businesses of all sizes to embed the SDGs into their decision making and practices. This includes supporting governments to establish enabling policy and regulatory environments while facilitating multi-stakeholder partnerships.

The Private Sector in Papua New Guinea is playing an increasingly important role in shaping public dialogue and policy settings on a range of social and economic issues. While the economy is heavily dependent on extractive royalties and a growing agricultural sector, the contribution of the informal economy is significantly characterised by micro, small and medium enterprises, many of which are run by women and have become particularly important during the COVID-19 pandemic.

UNDP’s Country Office to Papua New Guinea has enjoyed a strong relationship with the private sector. The Country Office is now seeking to deepen its engagement with the sector as its establishes a number of programmes that will support women’s enterprises in Port Moresby and Lae under the Rapid Response Facility, and a second project that supports youth through innovation hubs in Bougainville that will create opportunities to foster start-ups and connect young entrepreneurs to private investment.


Institutional Arrangement

The Adviser will report to the Assistant Resident Representative and sit within the Country Office’s Governance portfolio of activities.  



a) 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.

b) Incumbent is expected to travel to other provinces frequently.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Private Sector Development specialist is expected to perform the following::

  • Provide administrative and financial oversight of the RRF and Bougainville post referendum project respectively.
  • Ensure quality standards and met and results are delivered as part of a broader portfolio team. Build and manage relationships with various actors across the private sector, including but not limited to, chambers of commerce, business councils and business leaders.
  • Identify new opportunities to cultivate high value partnerships nationally and assist in brokering deals between private sector partners and UNDP.
  • Deliver critical analysis on key issues facing UNDP in building relationships with private sector partners.
  • Support the Country Office to work across teams to synthesize a coherent approach to engaging with private sector partners to access advice and expertise, particularly in support of improved development outcomes.
  • Work in close consultation with the Communication’s team to develop new strategies for attracting the private sector, and to develop key communication products for expanding partnerships with the private sector.
  • Develop strategies to support the private sector better align its investments in a manner that supports the delivery of the SDGs, including but not limited to social impact bonds, blended financing and innovative financial instruments.




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 or advanced degree in finance, economics, commerce, law, development studies or a related field

Min. years of relevant Work experience

 At least 5 years of working experience in working with private sector partners to support broader socio-economic impacts and results.

Required  skills and competencies

  • Experience in working with private sector partners to support broader socio-economic impacts and results.

Desired additional skills and competencies

  • Experience in Papua New Guinea and/or South-East Asia.
  • Demonstrated strategic analysis on ways of working better with the private sector.
  • Project and/or programme management experience, particularly in a developing country context.
  • A demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, and with influence, both in writing and orally.

Required Language(s) (at working level)

Proficiency in spoken and written English.

Professional Certificates


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