SDG Impact Specialist

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Office/Unit/Project Description

Anchored in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and committed to the principles of universality, equality and leaving no one behind, SDG Impact is a UNDP flagship initiative focused on supporting mobilization of private sector capital and investments in support of the SDGs. The vision of SDG Impact is “to contribute to a world where all private sector capital flows contribute to the SDGs”. It does so by providing investors, businesses and others with clarity, insights, tools and capacities required to authenticate their contributions to achieving the SDGs and to identify SDG investment opportunities in emerging economies and developing countries.

SDG Impact is a “start-up” which aims to develop and demonstrate a viable approach for UNDP to support countries to mobilize significant volumes of private sector investments for SDG achievement. The initiative emphasizes experimentation, innovation and partnerships as it focuses on developing prototype products and services that will be tested, refined and brought to the market in a relatively short time frame. SDG Impact provides services in three areas:

SDG Impact launched in 2018 as a flagship initiative of UNDP’s Finance Sector Hub focused on eliminating barriers to and driving integrity for SDG-enabling investment at scale. Increasingly, investors and business leaders see the SDGs as their guideposts for what it means to be sustainable, responsible, and inclusive – but, they do not know the most efficient nor effective way to allocate resources to achieve the SDGs. They lack the clarity, insights, tools, and capacities required to support and authenticate their contributions to achieving the SDGs. SDG Impact fills this gap and makes it easier for private sector investors to identify and strengthen their contributions to the SDGs through three pillars of work:

  • Impact Management: developing SDG Impact Standards for private equity funds, SDG bond issuers, and enterprises, an accompanying assurance framework, and robust impact measurement and management training.
  • Impact Intelligence: producing SDG Investor Maps to provide investors with country-level market intelligence that identifies Investment Opportunity Areas (IOAs) where local policy priorities, SDG-needs, and economic potential coalesce.

  • Impact Facilitation: convening investor forums to foster investor connections and partnerships, as well as public-private policy dialogues aimed at improving the environment for SDG-enabling investments. Additionally, an SDG Investment Platform is under development to bring SDG Investor Map data and other resources to the desktop, available to domestic and foreign investors as a public good to catalyze SDG-enabling investments.

In 2020, a year marked by unpredictability and disruption, SDG Impact navigated uncertain waters, proved the value and adaptability of its tools to new realities, and supported UNDP country offices and partners with increasingly in-demand tools and services. 2021 will be another significant year as SDG Impact moves beyond proof of concept to embedding streams of work and driving uptake and adoption of the tools created. This marks a shift from a start-up mindset, resourcing, and structure, to more mature operations. UNDP is seeking to bring on board an SDG Impact Specialist to support the team through this new phase of implementation.

Reaching the Asia Pacific region and ASEAN countries with SDG Impact products and services is a priority in 2021. Through its dedicated Steering Group members and experts based in the region, SDG Impact has built strong engagement from private sector and governments. There is a surge in demand for SDG Investor Maps from UNDP country offices in the region, as well as for guidance on applying the SDG Impact Standards, capacity building in leading impact measurement and management practice, and for forums to convene investors interested in impact and achieving the SDGs. To service this demand and break through the next frontier of awareness, adoption, and utilization of SDG Impact tools, SDG Impact and Temasek Trust have formulated a joint partnership and SDG impact is looking for a Specialist to fulfill this role, who will be based in Singapore.

Institutional Arrangement: The SDG Impact Specialist will work under the direct supervision of the SDG Impact Senior Specialist and in close collaboration with the other SDG Impact team members

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

The SDG Impact Specialist will be dedicated to supporting the Temasek Trust-SDG Impact partnership and lead the roll-out of SDG Impact workstreams in the ASEAN region. The contractor will work closely with Temasek Trust’s Centre for Impact Investing, UNDP Singapore, and UNDP SDG Impact – the latter will also provide thorough training and supervision to build long-term capacity in the region.

Partnership management:

  • Coordinate between Temasek Trust’s Centre for Impact Investing and SDG Impact to ensure the partnership and activities embody a collaborative spirit, allowing for the pooling of strengths and cross-leveraging of resources between the partners;
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of quarterly workplans, to be developed jointly by Temasek Trust and SDG Impact;
  • Work with the Centre to develop its capacity and position it as a knowledge hub for investors interested in impact investing and achieving the SDGs;
  • Produce monitoring and progress reports;
  • Produce knowledge and communications products as required.

    SDG Impact business plan implementation across three pillars:

  • Impact management:

    • Drive awareness, adoption and application of SDG Impact standards and tools in the region by developing networks, identifying, and engaging with key stakeholders and market movers;
    • Provide advocacy and communications support to drive adoption and awareness of the SDG Impact Standards;
    • Provide technical advice to funds, firms, enterprises, and governments on the SDG Impact Standards;
    • Support the piloting of Standards and/or assurance framework with local enterprises and/or investors;
    • Roll out IMM trainings to the ASEAN region to funds, firms, governments, and others.
  • Impact intelligence:
    • Support the production and dissemination of SDG Investor Maps in the region;
    • Drive awareness and use of the SDG Investor Platform.
  • Impact facilitation:
    • Organize investor convenings in ASEAN countries;
    • Keep abreast of the ASEAN investment landscape and information, data, resources, and investment opportunities to be uploaded to the SDG Investor Platform.


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


  • A Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Political and Economic Development, Development Studies, Development Finance, or related area is required.


  • A minimum of five years of professional work experience in sustainable development-related organizations or enterprises is required;
  • Understanding of and experience working with SDG financing, the financial sector, impact measurement and management, and/or private sector actors is required;
  • Demonstrated experience in resource mobilization, stakeholder engagement, project management, and programme development and implementation is desirable;
  • Understanding of and experience working with SDG Impact tools and services, including IMM, is an asset;
  • Experience working in developing countries is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of other UN languages is an asset.
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