National Consultant (Maldivian) - Private Sector Engagement

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ADVERT - (TOR/2022/05) National Consultant- Private Sector Engagement

Background and rationale:

The UNICEF Maldives Country Office (MCO) engages in strategic and high-level advocacy to achieve results for children in the Maldives, especially the most vulnerable. The new 5-year country programme (2022 – 2026) has been developed and includes private sector engagement as a strategy to achieve results for children. With one of the world’s most established tourism industries, the Maldives is host to multi-national corporations from the hotel industry, some of whom are already working actively in key areas such as climate change adaptation in communities and skills building of adolescents and youth to meet the needs of the hospitality sector.

The MCO has been engaging with business entities on a case-by-case basis. Companies were approached focusing on the specific agenda at hand, mainly around the thematic area of skills and employability or environment. In addition to this, an Investment Case for climate, and a ‘Private Sector Engagement Strategy’ (December 2021) have been developed. Potential private sector agencies in Maldives have been mapped, and discussions have been initiated with interested agencies. The Private Sector Engagement Strategy focuses on engaging the private sector on climate change and disaster risk reduction. This will be a key priority and focus on this consultancy.

To take this momentum generated with the private sector forward, MCO is seeking to recruit a national consultant to engage with private sector partners and to implement the Private Sector Engagement Strategy in the Maldives.

Objectives and Scope of Work:

UNICEF Maldives is looking for a national consultant to support UNICEF’s engagement with the private sector to achieve results for children. The main objectives are:

To implement the ‘Private Sector Engagement Strategy for the Maldives’, including but not limited to:

  • To steward partnerships and implement partnership agreements
  • To expand private sector engagements and partnerships in the Maldives
  • To strengthen communication about UNICEF’s work with private sector, as well as internal knowledge management, information sharing and capacity building
  • To build relationships with other UNICEF offices, including National Committees

Duty station: Maldives, Male (Work from home, or based in the office)

Supervisor: UNICEF Representative or any assigned staff member of MCO. The consultant will also work in close collaboration with the Climate Change Manager as well as the Regional Office Corporate Alliances Specialist.

Major Tasks to be accomplished:

Major tasks

Key Deliverables

Support the stewardship of partnerships and implement partnership agreements

  1. Implement partnership agreements
  2. Build and foster existing partnerships with business
  3. Provide opportunities for visibility and recognition of the partner
  4. Report and monitor progress
  5. Assist in the preparation of reports and communication materials for UNICEF purposes and corporate partners

Meetings, calls and feedback from existing partners

Report about progress and results of partnerships

Event and communication on identified shared areas to advance children’s rights

Expand private sector engagements and partnerships, where relevant and strategic

  1. Research, assess and monitor the market to identify opportunities for new corporate and multi-stakeholder partnerships and support expansion of partnerships with various companies and business associations/ networks in accordance with UNICEF Maldives programme priorities and relevant policies and guidelines
  2. Maintain up to date information on corporate partners and keep corporate partner profiles updated
  3. Communicate periodically with private sector, identify opportunities to engage with them in consultation with management and programme teams
  4. Support the coordination of relevant events with the private sector
  5. Contribute to the development of prospective corporate partnerships till final approval, including attending both internal and external meetings, development of partner agreements, pitching documents
  6. Ensure compliance and accountability with UNICEF’s policies and procedures on private sector engagement, partnerships, and resource mobilization - by acquiring and sharing knowledge on UNICEF’s policies

Formal meetings (Introductory and follow-up) with three private sector agencies per month

Quarterly updated partner data sheet

Monthly communication to all private sector agencies

Two country level events

Strengthen communication about UNICEF’s work with private sector, as well as internal knowledge management and information sharing

Five good practices documented

Communication assets developed

Opportunities identified

  1. Identify and document good practices of business engaging in promoting children’s rights nationally
  2. Develop training materials for training activities and revise them periodically for improvements and updates.
  3. Provide updates to UNICEF Country Office, Regional Office and relevant teams at HQ on opportunities, issues and progress on a regular basis
  4. Support communications team to improve communications for partnerships

To build relationships with other UNICEF offices, including National Committees

  1. Review priorities for National committees and PFP and provide content and relevant proposals for their markets
  2. Provide timely feedback
  3. Coordinate with RO, HQ and National Committees to increase support for Maldives’ work with the private sector

Meetings, calls, responses and opportunities provided

Estimated duration of the contract: 15 February 2022– 31 December 2022 (10.5 months)

Official travel involved: The consultant will be expected to travel to various islands across the country as per the need.

Qualifications or specialized knowledge and/or experience required:

A. Education:

  • Advanced degree in a relevant field such as Business Administration, Economics, Political Science

B. Work Experience:

  • A minimum of 10 years of work experience in a private sector environment
  • Proven experience in Corporate Social Responsibility, including management of projects and partnerships
  • Experience in facilitating consultations with the business sector and government representatives and other stakeholders
  • Above average writing and communication/presentation skills
  • Experience working with the United Nations will be an asset

C. Additional Skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills
  • Understanding or interest in climate change and/or employability agenda will be a definite asset

D. Functional Competencies

  • Builds and maintains partnerships
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness
  • Innovates and embraces change
  • Drive to achieve results for impact
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity
  • Thinks and acts strategically
  • Works collaboratively with others

E. Language Proficiency:

  • Fluent in English and Divehi, both spoken and written

Payment Schedule: Monthly payment on submission of a monthly report based on specific deliverables as listed in this TOR. Also, note that UNICEF does not make advance payment and UNICEF is exempted from paying VAT and any other forms of taxes.

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Application Deadline: 19th February 2022, 06:00pm (Maldives Time) Extended until 1st March 2022, 06:00pm (Maldives Time)

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