Green Growth Expert – IPSA 9

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Office/Unit/Project Description

The UNDP Nordic Representation Office (NRO), which is one of seven representational offices in BERA, plays a critical role in managing and further expanding UNDP’s important partnerships with the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden). UNDP NRO is responsible for building strong relationships with strategic audiences in the Nordic countries to ensure strong core contributions to the organization and promote new collaborations in areas of mutual interest. UNDP’s cooperation with the private sector is a significant component of NRO’s work. The Private Sector Team works strategically to build up partnerships with companies, financial institutions, business networks, and other actors who want to work towards reaching UNDP’s goals and the SDGs.

The Green Growth and Jobs Accelerator Project (GGJAP) is a result of NRO’s ongoing work with the private sector. The GGJAP is a project of UNDP in partnership with the Danish-Arab Partnership Programme (DAPP) Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs’, delivering on the Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship objective of the DAPP. The GGJAP will be implemented in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan.

The objective of the GGJAP is to support established entrepreneurs and SMEs, of which a proportion will be youth-led, to accelerate green growth in their businesses and through this, support the local transition to a green and sustainable economy, and enable green jobs for youth. The support for the SMEs will be provided by the Country Office (CO) GGJAP staff in collaboration with consulting firms under the overall project management of the GGJAP team in the Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS) with technical support from the GGJAP NRO team.

The Green Growth Expert will work under the supervision of the NRO GGJAP Private Sector Partnership Specialist. The Green Growth Expert will also work closely with a Liaison and Communication Support, and Admin and Planning Support, the Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS) GGJAP team, as well as with the GGJAP Country Office teams in the four DAPP countries.
The Green Growth Expert will be responsible for the delivery of tasks from NRO to GGJAP on the technical elements of the project. This includes ensuring delivery from the consultants and close collaboration on project development with the consultants focusing on quality assurance.  

Duties and Responsibilities
The Green Growth Expert will take lead on the development of the Toolbox and Blueprint for GGJAP, in collaboration with the consultancy firm and the COs, on the basis of pre-existing work from previous UNDP Accelerator Programmes to ensure the tools and approaches fit the project and contexts. The Green Growth Expert will also provide on-going support to UNDP colleagues in RBAS and COs on the accelerators and the direct interactions with the SMEs.

The Green Growth Expert will manage the technical interfaces with the consultants on tasks such as developing initial analyses, recruitment strategies, development of process tools, and so on. As such, the Green Growth Expert will function as a bridge between the Consultancy firm and UNDP with regards to the technical aspects of the GGJAP. The Green Growth Expert will be responsible for ensuring smooth collaboration as well as timely and quality deliveries of the targets in the project phases throughout the project.

Specific duties and responsibilities include: 
  1. Technical assistance
  • Lead on technical dialogue in development of:
      • Initial analysis
      • Diagnostic tool in collaboration with consultants
      • Toolbox and Blueprint in collaboration consultants
      • green growth business instruments for Accelerators
  • Lead on developing and adapting the approach and methodology of the Accelerator
  • Support on general quality assurance on the technical side
  • Provide technical guidance on Accelerator methodology, Toolbox, and Blueprint to COs and consultants working on the GGJAP in the four DAPP countries
  • Lead on dialogue and collaborate with consultants on sector and sub-sector focus analysis  with contribution from CO level and RBAS Hub. From that, the diagnostics tool for selection of SMEs will be developed
  • Support identification of MNCs who can partner with the GGJAP and identify potential suppliers (local SMEs from four DAPP countries) and include those relevant in the GGJAP
  • Provide direct guidance to consultants on CO level when needed; could relate to a specific SME relationship, application of Toolbox, reporting on results, green growth business case etc.
  • Participate in virtual sessions with consultants, COs, RBAS, and SMEs to be informed about progress and to support
  • Lead on organising joint sessions for SMEs on base course and IMM in collaboration with COs and RBAS Inclusive Growth Team
  • Bring in representatives from relevant Nordic and global business innovation ecosystems for expert sparring with companies based on individual company needs
  • Support development of the Green Growth Community and follow up on platform development, features, coordination with COs etc.
  • Support development of UNDP Impact Venture Accelerator Platform, including trouble-shooting, testing, and ensuring that platform is developed with necessary features to underscore work with GGJAP
  1. Project support
  • NRO’s Central Project Group representative and driver of day-to-day implementation and management of technical project activities along with RBAS
  • Support Private Sector Partnership Specialist in participating in DAPP Board meetings
    • Support Private Sector Partnership Specialist in participating in DAPP Secretariate meetings
    • Prepare meetings with Project Owners and Project Committee
    • Support on track-keeping of donor fund releases and ensure timely requests for future funds
    • Support on general quality assurance on the technical side

C. Monitoring and evaluation

  • Assist monitoring and evaluation provided by RBAS M&E Expert
  • Assist risk reporting from COs, aggregated by RBAS and reported to DAPP by NRO
  • Assist yearly narrative progress
  • Assist yearly financial report including an annual certified financial statement
  • Monitoring KPIs as part of procurement strategy of consultants hired 
    D. Coordination
  • Support preparation of and take part in weekly check-ins with UNDP NRO and RBAS
  • Support preparation of and take part in fortnightly learning sessions with UNDP NRO, RBAS, and other COs focusing on SME progress, methodology/tools application, and other items relevant to the project
  • Support RBAS with planning and administration of GGJAP and its Accelerator processes, learning component, and finance component where neede         
  1. Communication
  • Co-develop communications plan with RBAS GGJAP Communication Associate
  • Support and provide input to work of NRO GGJAP Liaison and Communication Support
  • Oversee output from NRO GGJAP Liaison and Communication Support
   Institutional ArrangementThe incumbent of this post will report directly to the Private Sector Analyst (Private Sector Partnership Specialist of the Green Growth and Jobs Accelerator).


Achieve Results:

LEVEL 2: Scale up solutions and simplifies processes, balances speed and accuracy in doing work

Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 2: Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking

Learn Continuously:

LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning

Adapt with Agility:

LEVEL 2: Adapt processes/approaches to new situations, involve others in change process

Act with Determination:

LEVEL 2: Able to persevere and deal with multiple sources of pressure simultaneously

Engage and Partner:

LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:

LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making

People Management (Insert below standard sentence if the position has direct reports.)

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies (insert up to 7 competencies)

Thematic Area



Business Direction & Strategy

Effective Decision Making

Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority, area of expertise and resources

Business Development

Knowledge Generation

Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need

Business Development

UNDP Representation

Ability to represent UNDP and productively share UNDP knowledge and activities; advocate for UNDP, its values, mission and work with various constituencies

Business Management

Results-based Management

Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results

Business Management


Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience

Business Management

Digital Awareness and Literacy

Ability and inclination to rapidly adopt new technologies, either through skilfully grasping their usage or through understanding their impact and empowering others to use them as needed

Business Management


Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and programme performance and results

Required Skills and Experience

Min. Education requirements

  • Master degree in business administration, communication, marketing or related disciplines. Bachelors Degree with additional two years of experience can be accepted in lieu of Master’s degree.

Min. years of relevant work experience

  • A minimum of 2 years experience with Master degree or minimum 4 years of experience with Bachelors degree in the field of in business administration, communication, marketing or a related field or equivalent professional experience

Required  skills

  • Project management and project development
  • Private sector consulting on sustainability and green growth
  • Stakeholder management
  • Experience with managing complex projects

Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section

  • UN(DP) experience
  • Excellent administrative and computer skills, including Microsoft Office, and knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages is desirable
  • Previous experience in working in the intersection between business development and sustainability
  • Previous experience in consultancy working with SMEs or larger corporations is desirable
  • Previous experience with a multilateral or international organization is desirable
  • Knowledge of Impact Measurement and Management (IMM);
  • Knowledge of the MENA region
  • Familiarity with the UN system and/or international development
  • Working knowledge of French or Arabic is an asset

Required Language(s)

Fluency in English is required

Fluency in Danish is an advantage

Working knowledge of French or Arabic is an advantage

Professional Certificates


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