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Impact Investing Research Fellow Position at UNDP

Impact Investing Research Fellow Position at UNDP


The Research Fellow will conduct research on political, social, and economic trends in impact investing thematic area of the Center and participates in the formulation, management, and evaluation of knowledge management activities within ICPSD’s mandate to enhance the role of private sector in development.


Impact Investing Research Fellow Position at UNDP

As a major effort to finance SDGs and in order to streamline its financial and investment engagement, UNDP launched the Sustainable Finance Hub (SFH), a finance and innovation platform, that draws on a critical mass of UNDP expertise, initiatives, and partnerships to support the mobilization and leveraging of resources for the SDGs and lead the implementation of the new UNDP private sector strategy and other initiatives. The Hub is an integral part of both the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) and the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy (BERA), as well as part of the GPN. The Hub serves as a connector, broker and global coordinator among internal and external actors; curates and manages UNDP’s catalogue of service offers on SDG financing to governments, investors and companies, via the COs, to significantly enhance the scale and impact of UNDP’s work. 

Through SFH, UNDP Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (ICPSD) has a mandate to leverage the role of the private sector in development. ICPSD was established in Istanbul, Turkey on the basis of the Partnership Framework Agreement signed between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the UNDP in March 2011. The Center advocates and facilitates 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;

• Role of the Private Sector in Skills Development;

• Impact Investment;

• Private Sector Resilience and Crisis Response.

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 for SDG financing with knowledge products including impact investing ecosystem studies and SDG Investor Maps.

The Research Fellow will provide support to the abovementioned research and knowledge management activities of ICPSD in impact investing. The Research Fellow will conduct research on political, social, and economic trends in impact investing thematic area of the Center and participates in the formulation, management, and evaluation of knowledge management activities within ICPSD’s mandate to enhance the role of private sector in development.

Competencies

Competencies and attitude:

  • Interest and motivation in working in an international organization;
  • Good analytical skills in gathering and consolidating data and research for practical implementation;
  • Outgoing and initiative-taking person with a goal-oriented mind-set;
  • Communicates effectively when working in teams and independently;
  • Good in organizing and structuring various tasks and responsibilities;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Responds positively to feedback and differing points of view;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

Candidates must meet one of the following educational requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, business administration, international development, international relations, political science, or related field is required.
  • Master’s degree in economics, business administration, international relations, political science, or related field is an asset.

Experience:

  • Experience in qualitative and quantitative background analysis and research is an asset.
  • Familiarity with impact investing ecosystems and mechanisms is an asset

IT skills:

  • Knowledge and a proficient user of Microsoft Office productivity tools.
  • Experience in handling of web-based management systems (i.e. ERP, Atlas) is an asset.

Language skills:

  • Excellent written and oral English skills is a mandatory requirement.
  • Knowledge of additional UN language(s) is an advantage.

DEADLINE: 22 October 2023


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