Associate; Youth Engagement and Events

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The UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development (the ‘Global Centre’) aims to identify, co-design and share innovative and technological solutions for sustainable development. We aim to catalyse new insights, partnerships and action on the ground in the countries where UNDP works. Our initial areas of focus are: Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainable Finance, and Smart Cities and Digitalisation.

The Global Centre is a joint initiative of the Singapore Government and UNDP, currently being led by a small team that is focused on programme and partnership development – both with the public and private sector in Singapore and international partners (including the above UNDP network). Singapore Government partners include the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE), the Public Service Division, and the Economic Development Board (EDB).

The Youth Co:Lab is a signature event co-created by the Regional Youth Programme on Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship supported by UNDP’s Regional Hub in Bangkok, and the Citi Foundation in 2017. The Programme aims to establish a common agenda for countries in the Asia-Pacific region to empower and invest in youth to accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Together with UNDP’s partnership network in the public and private sectors, it is hoped that young people could utilise their skills and connections to take the lead in finding and developing innovative solutions aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

From its inception in 2017, the Youth Co:Lab has already scaled to 21 countries and territories in the region, including: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.

The Singapore edition of the Youth Co:Lab will be organised by the GCTISD with support of UNDP’s Regional Youth Programme and Citi Foundation (regional headquarters in Singapore) to create a platform for youth to co-design and develop the next generation of solutions which could be prototyped, scaled and implemented in developing country contexts. Overall, Youth Co:Lab will support youth and other stakeholders to:

  • Strengthen the ecosystem through building partnerships amongst young entrepreneurs, social innovators with leaders and experts in the fields of business, development, finance, technology and innovation
  • Build the capacity of young entrepreneurs and social innovators in creating solutions which could be scaled to developing countries for sustainable development

In 2019, a five year partnership has been established with the National Youth Council in Singapore and the flagship programme – Youth Action Challenge has been initiated.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Youth Engagement and Events Associate will work with the Programme Lead and support all the activities of the Youth Co:Lab project in Singapore. The Associate is expected to perform the following duties:

Supporting Programme Coordination

  • Conduct background research on policies, strategies and priorities related to social entrepreneurship, innovation and youth development
  • Draft background notes, briefing materials and speeches for GCTISD speakers and programme lead, as required
  • Manage the data and information on the programme. Track the key data points and deliverables.
  • Create the drafts of regular reporting to both the management at the GCTISD, the Bangkok Regional Hub as well as to the partners.
  • Support the organisation of other related activities and events as applicable

    Supporting Partnerships

  • Manage and maintain the database of potential partners for the event and follow-up support

  • Support in delivering the partnership strategy as laid out and agreed.
  • Identify local partner(s) in the field of social entrepreneurship, social innovation and youth-development in Singapore for the execution of the project
  • Manage all logistics related to the various partners – potential and existing.
  • Manage any volunteers and vendors for the purpose of marketing, design, comms, etc.
  • Prepare fundraising collaterals and communication materials

    Event Management

  • Support with the operations including invitations, registrations, speaker preparations, venue / platform management, feedback and more.

  • Provide and coordinate project related administrative and on-site logistics support
  • Act as focal point for speakers, participants and partners
  • Prepare draft outreach/communication materials (PPTs, brochures) for the project
  • Drafting of report / event documentation

    Research and thought leadership

  • Conduct periodic secondary and primary research to understand the evolution of the youth social entrepreneurship ecosystem.

  • Identify and articulate patterns and trends, nationally, regionally as well as globally.
  • Support in building the thought leadership positioning for the Youth Co:Lab in Singapore and the region.
  • Support in creating long form research pieces and content based on the know-how collected.

Supporting other marketing and communications at the Global Centre

  • Support with ideation as well as execution of the social media and content strategy alongside the programme lead.
  • Offer extended support to the UNDP Global Centre for any specific tasks on research writing and communications.
  • Create draft reports of the marketing and communication to share internally and externally with stakeholders.

Key Deliverables

The associate is expected to support the programme lead with successfully achieving the below key deliverables:

  • Prepare detailed concept note, workplan and budget
  • Secure partner(s) to co-organise Youth Co:Lab in Singapore
  • Establish the brand awareness, thought leadership and ecosystem building efforts.
  • Secure funding to support the implementation of the Youth Co:Lab and follow-up support to the winning teams
  • Build and maintain network with funding and implementing partners, as well as other stakeholders from the social enterprise, innovation and youth ecosystems
  • Prepare progress reports and financial reports

Institutional Arrangement

The Associate will report to the Programme Lead – Youth Engagement and Events and the Global Centre in Singapore.

The present ToR may be subject to modification, without changing the overall objective and the scope of work on the basis of mutual consultations. UNDP will hold the copyright of the assignment deliverables.

Duration of the Assignment, Duty Station and Expected Place of Travel

Contract duration: 230 days over 12 months

Duty station: Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development (GCTISD), Singapore

Travel: The consultant may be required to attend events relevant to the project in Singapore and overseas. Travel expenses, to be covered by the project, shall be agreed prior to travel.



Ethics and Values:

  • Demonstrates commitment to the UN’s values and ethical standards
  • Demonstrates and promotes the highest standard of integrity, impartiality, fairness and incorruptibility in all matters affecting his/her work and status.

Organisational Awareness:

  • Promotes the mission, vision and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment understands the structure and hierarchy of UN/UNDP, process flows throughout the organization, products and services, their measures of effectiveness, and perceptions of clients;
  • Excellent knowledge of development issues and internationally-agreed development goals;

Working in Teams:

  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work;
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues inside UN/UNDP as well as its partners and other stakeholders to pursue common goals.
  • Ability to work at ease in a multicultural setting.

Communicating Information and Ideas:

  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively;
  • Delivers verbal/written information in a timely, clear, organized and easily understood manner;
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to listen and take direction and leadership from others.

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Learning:

  • Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s Degree in international development, business administration, international relations, innovation, entrepreneurship or related fields.



  • At least 2 years of relevant international work experience in the field of social entrepreneurship, innovation and / or experience working in a start-up.
  • Experience working with internal and external stakeholders and with people at C-Suite levels.
  • Demonstrated experience showing independent working on projects and job roles.
  • Experience in conceptualising and creating marketing collateral, research reports, impact report as well as internal reports.
  • Has experience planning and organising events at a large scale.
  • Experience in international organisations and demonstrated understanding of the start-up and/or innovation ecosystem globally.
  • Committed to and extremely passionate about social entrepreneurship and creating long-term impact for stakeholders.
  • Very comfortable with learning new skills and technology and utilising for project support.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and liaison skills


  • Has set up or worked in a start-up environment.
  • Has worked on youth engagement projects.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English (required);
  • Working knowledge of another UN language (desirable);
  • Working knowledge of other local and regional languages (desirable).

Important Note:

The Contractor is required to have the aforementioned professional and technical qualifications**. Only the applicants who hold these qualifications** will be shortlisted and contacted.

Evaluation process:

Applicants are reviewed based on Required Skills and Experience stated above and based on the technical evaluation criteria outlined below. Applicants will be evaluated based on cumulative scoring. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Being responsive/compliant/acceptable; and
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation where technical criteria weigh 70% and Financial criteria/ Proposal weighs 30%.

Technical evaluation - Total 70% (70 points):

The technical evaluation will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Criteria 1: Relevance of educational background (5 points)
  • Criteria 2: Regional or international work experience in the social entrepreneurship, innovation, investment fields. (25 points)
  • Criteria 3: Experience and knowledge of accelerators, VC/PE investment funds, analysis of their business and impact performance (20 points)
  • Criteria 4: Experience with the UN (10 points)
  • Criteria 5: Experience in writing and communication including research reports, internal reports, brand collateral, long form articles, and such with submitted samples. (10 points)

Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (49 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (70 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.

Financial evaluation - Total 30% (30 points)

The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:

p = y (µ/z), where

  • p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
  • y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal
  • µ = price of the lowest priced proposal
  • z = price of the proposal being evaluated

Contract Award

Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into a contract with UNDP.

Payment Modality

  • Payment to the individual consultant will be made based on the actual number of days worked, deliverables accepted and upon certification of satisfactory completion by the manager;
  • The workweek will be based on 35 hours, i.e. on a 7-hour working day, with core hours being between 9h00 and 18h00 daily.


Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:


1. Financial proposal and availability form: Offeror's Letter to UNDP

2. Personal CV including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references

General Conditions of Contract is available here: GENERAL CONDITIONS OF CONTRACT

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