The history of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan is well documented, not least in the various reform plans developed over the past 15 years. FATA’s unique constitutional history, conflict and an enduring lack of interest in development of successive governments have contributed, over time, to a worsening of human and economic development status relative to the rest of the country. Starting 2008, increased militancy in the region saw over 300,000 families displaced from their homes and communities. The human cost of these has been immense: currently, FATA has an annual growth rate of 2.19%, a National Multi-Dimensional Poverty Index of 19.7%, adult literacy rate of 33.3% (compared to 58% for Pakistan) and head count poverty rate of 52.3%.
As the return process concludes, FATA’s weak economy and high levels of unemployment remain one of the main factors of instability in the region. Revitalising livelihoods, providing for local economic recovery and creating jobs and inclusive growth for the long-term, is one of UNDP’s key priorities in FATA over the next two years.
The Enterprise Development Specialist position is placed at the head of the Economic Development Component of the UNDP FATA Economic Revitalisation Programme (FERP). S/he will work under the direct supervision of the FATA Transition and Recovery Programme (FTRP) Manager ensuring implementation of Economic Development component and providing creative responses to emerging challenges and opportunities. S/he will act as a liaison with national and local authorities, humanitarian and development stakeholders, and implementing partners. S/he will also support the Programme Manager and the Programme Specialist on donor coordination, joint planning and coordination with UN agencies to ensure coordination of recovery and development work in FATA. Furthermore, the incumbent will be personally responsible for the implementation of number of key activities in support of entrepreneurship and private sector development/engagement in FATA.
Summary of key functions:
The Enterprise Development Specialist will work under the guidance and overall supervision of the FTRP Programme Manager and in collaboration with project team members, and implementing partners. S/he will be responsible for the day-to day management of the Economic Development component of the FERP as well as for the design and management of the innovative business grants activities and for establishing links with and facilitating FATA entrepreneurs’ access to microfinance institutions.
Specific functions include the following:
- Ensure implementation of the Economic Development component activities under FERP and act as focal point internally and externally for all Economic Development activities led by UNDP under FTRP;
- Develop action plan on engaging with micro-finance institutions and existing businesses for enterprise promotion which encourages the resource poor existing and emerging entrepreneurs, (engaging women and people with special needs should be a priority) by applying value chain and market linkage approaches.
- Provide technical advice on how to support micro, small enterprises (MSEs), conduct relevant studies and define methods and mechanisms;
- Support stakeholder coordination; as needed provision of top quality technical and policy advice services to the FATA Secretariat and facilitation of knowledge-building, knowledge-sharing and management;
- Ensure development of the programme, oversight of all activities conducted under the programme and perform other duties as required.
1. Ensure implementation of the Economic Development component activities under FTRP and act as focal point internally and externally for all Economic Development activities led by UNDP under the FTRP;
- Support the Programme Manager in the identification of possible entry points for expansion / scale up of the project activities;
- Prepare a strategy document for promoting enterprise and business development through grants, innovation and by linking micro-finance to the existing or emerging entrepreneurs
- Plan the activities of the Economic Development Unit in the form of Project Annual Work Plans in coordination with the project team and partners;
- Manage staff and resources to implement the programme activities and produce results in accordance with the approved Annual Work Plan(s);
- Ensure transparent and accountable resources’ use and monitor financial resources and accounting to ensure accuracy and reliability of financial reports;
- Prepare regular progress, quarterly and final reports (progress against planned activities, lessons learnt, update on risks and Issues, expenditures..etc);
- Ensure effective coordination with the M&E team of the programme and use of the M&E generated reports for improving programme’s effectiveness, efficiency and value for money;
- Follow up on audit recommendations as needed;
- Support the preparation of high quality communication products for UNDP management, government counterparts and donors.
- Support the preparation of donor’s meetings and visits while coordinating and following on security advices.
2. Develop action plan on engaging with micro-finance institutions and existing businesses for enterprise promotion which encourages the resource poor existing and emerging entrepreneurs, (engaging women and people with special needs should be a priority) by applying value chain and market linkage approaches.
- Design a competitive initiative to provide FATA entrepreneurs with business support grants aiming at financing particularly innovative ideas. Support the project in setting the criteria of the youth’s beneficiaries, and implementing partners;
- Design and manage the innovation grants activities and liaise with micro-finance institutions to support FATA entrepreneurs’ access to credit;
- Ability to integrate gender and social inclusion issues in all aspects of work;
- Ensure the production of clear and targeted promotional material related to innovation grants while taking into consideration the context of FATA;
- Supervise implementing partner(s) of the innovation initiative including the institution of mentoring and follow-up mechanisms.
- Flag the successes and the challenges of the activities to the programme management, M&E and the Communications Specialists;
- Liaise with the relevant micro-finance entities and stakeholders from the public and the private sectors, including business incubators;
- Support the linkage of the entrepreneurs’ beneficiaries of the project with the private sector and business mentors and microfinance institutions;
- Design success criteria for the innovation fund report accordingly.
3. Provide technical advice on how to support micro and small enterprises (MSEs), engage private sector in FATA, conduct relevant studies/assessments and define methods and approaches
- Identify successful examples of small enterprises from different areas of Pakistan and the region, and draw lessons on policy reform to support MSE development in FATA;
- Where possible, adapt policies, approaches, and models from various disciplines to existing realities and emerging needs in FATA including translating practice principles into effective programme interventions in the field
- Lead the necessary assessments of the current situation of the MSEs and the private sectors in FATA with focus on identifying barriers, opportunities and propose recommendation and possible scenarios for revival and engagement;
- Study and analyse best international and national practices to support the development of MSEs and the private sector while considering FATA special context;
- Devise a sustainable strategy for MSEs in FATA;
- Explore the implementation of PPPs and value chains for commodities with great potential to create sustainable jobs;
- Support the communication officer in devising targeted messages to promote the engagement of the private sector in FATA;
4. Support stakeholder coordination; as needed provision of top quality technical and policy advice services to the FATA Secretariat and facilitation of knowledge-building, knowledge-sharing and management;
- Assist the FTRP Programme Manager to support to Government-led donors’ coordination mechanisms for FATA (including the organization of regular coordination meetings and updates with the UN Agencies, IFI’s, government institutions, bilateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society etc.);
- Support the strengthening of UN/UNDP relations with government counterparts and key stakeholders in order to build entry points and partnerships;
- Create and maintain existing networks with local key players working on recovery related issues both at governmental and non-governmental levels;
- Provide, as needed, quality technical and policy advice services to the FATA Secretariat ion issues related area-based economic development, private sector engagement within the context of FATA;
- Develops of knowledge management products to showcase best practices in FATA recovery process.
- Identify, develop and maintain strategic partnerships with relevant stakeholders including government/authorities, private sector, bi-lateral and multi-lateral institutions, CSOs amongst others
5. Ensure development of the programme, oversight of all activities conducted under the programme and perform other duties as required.
- Facilitate and conduct strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation;
- Formulate work plans, effectively supervise team, and conduct thorough quality control;
- Ensure production of quality results;
- Perform any other duties as requested.
Impact of Results
The key results have an impact on the overall performance of the FATA Transition and Recovery Programme and specifically the USAID-funded Economic Revitalisation programme in terms of efficient implementation, timely delivery of the outputs and effective monitoring of the project activities.
- Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards. Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Builds strong relationships with FATA Secretariat and other stakeholders including donors, and has the capacity to interact with senior officials and influence senior decision makers;
- Focuses on impact and results, responds positively to critical feedback and provide critical feedback when required;
- Applies sound judgment in the context of assignments given, and work under pressure. Shows persistence and remains calm in stressful situations. Shows pride in work and achievements, demonstrates professional competence and mastery of the subject matter;
- Develops clear goals that are consistent with the terms defined here. Identifies priority activities and assignments, and adjusts them as required. Allocates appropriate time and resources for completing work by foreseeing risks and developing contingency plans accordingly. Monitors and adjusts plans as necessary, and uses time effectively;
- Takes ownership of responsibilities and honors commitments. Delivers assigned tasks within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules. Responds positively to feedback and different points of view and takes personal responsibility for his/her shortcomings;
- Listens and communicates clearly, and works effectively with peers and partners to positively impact performance;
- Shows very good conflict resolution skills
- Actively promotes learning and knowledge sharing.
- Expertise in UN’s development and humanitarian activities, particularly in the context of FATA.
- Strong project management skills;
- Good understanding of livelihoods approaches in a crisis/post crisis setting;
- Excellent partnership building, communication and management skills to work with the local actors, communities, NGOs, and development partners;
- Should have skills on communication, facilitation and dialogue; strong capacity to work in a multi-partnerships environment involving all key stakeholders in a common platform.
- Good team builder and network professional;
- Informed and transparent decision making.
Master Degree in Economics, Accounting, Development Studies or related field
Minimum of 5 years of experience with business development (special focus on micro-businesses, youth development, or entrepreneurship is required); recognized experience in grant management; Extensive knowledge in the area of economic growth; Professional experience with UN agencies would be an asset; Good IT literacy, i.e. MS. Word, MS Power point and MS Excel
Fluency in English and Urdu (written and spoken) is required. Working knowledge of Pashto is an asset.
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