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Under the current innovative efforts of the SDG Partnership Platform at the UN in Kenya – building upon the groundbreaking experience of the SDG Philanthropy Platform in Kenya in creation of pathways for private sector, philanthropy and civil society engagements beyond the UNDAF into the new UNSDCF 2022-26 and its SDG implementation processes. The broadening and deepening of UN and other stakeholder financing engagements and collaborations especially with private sector and philanthropy has become a critical priority and opportunity for UN in Kenya. The SDG Philanthropy Platform has been a global initiative that connects foundations and philanthropists with knowledge and networks that can deepen collaboration, leverage resources and sustain impact. The SDG Philanthropy Platform in Kenya, as the first country launch globally, is a unique player combining deep understanding of government and philanthropy, access to various data sources, and use of robust networks to provide the tools, and guidance needed to co-create and scale promising solutions. This led to the expansion into the SDG partnership Platform, launched by the Government of Kenya with UN Kenya support at the UNGA 2017. It has since demonstrated a unique ability to convene, connect and catalyse SDG Partnerships, Financing and Investments to support the aspirations of UN Kenya as it negotiates the evolution of financing flows as an emerging MIC to transit from SDG Funding to Financing as advocated by the UN Secretary General. Whilst the work of the private sector and foundations likely already covers most of the areas encompassed by the SDGs, engaging with these key stakeholders to unlock a broader range and larger quantum of financing can facilitate innovations in terms of existing work and provide new opportunities to more effectively invest in transformative projects that are SDG aligned. This increases appeal to the enlightened self-interest of all sectors in terms of shared value to converge and collaborate their investments and intellectual and implementation capacities. It is equally opportune to use this expertise to guide UN agencies in Kenya and their National and County Government counterparts to deepen their understanding on creating the enabling environment of the right conditions, stewardship and incentives for attracting and de-risking private and philanthropic capital flows for development.
The Platform has gained strong visibility and positions in Kenya and more broadly across Africa and globally on its unique role in forging multistakeholder partnerships between philanthropic organizations, private sector, the United Nations and other development partners, governments, and civil society – including social enterprises – to achieving our collective SDG aspirations. 7 UN teams across Africa have expressed interest to emulate and adapt this Platform model with support from the Coordinator in their own contexts following a DCO facilitated Africa wide workshop help in Nairobi recently. The Platform shows high potential and promise to strongly support the new Strategic Enabler and through it the Strategic priorities of People & Peace and Planet & Prosperity that comprise the recently approved UNSDCF 2022-2026 for Kenya.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the overall supervision of the UN RC, and direct liaison with the Head of RCO, the Senior Advisor will oversee the effective coordination and implementation of the new expanded and successful SDG Partnership Platform (comprising of approximately 5-6 staff members including UNV/IUNV) that will support the new UNSDCF in Kenya. She/he will also coordinate linkages between the Platform and SDG stakeholders in Kenya across diverse sectors including the private sector and philanthropy project to drive strategic complementarity and support for the UNSDCF principle of “Delivering as One.” She/he will also support the expansion of the Platform’s MPTF to become an SDG Kenya MPTF to underwrite the entire UNSDCF with new windows for earmarking donor funds created under the leadership of the UNCT Kenya led by the UN Resident Coordinator. She/he will also lead on multistakeholder Platforms and Network of strategic value co-created with the private sector and philanthropy including blended financing providers. Overall, as Senior Adviser, She/he will advise the UNRC on broader engagements and partnerships with multistakeholders with a particular focus on Private sector and Philanthropy as the context for the UN in Kenya evolves.
Key duties and accountabilities include:
Take the conceptualization and design of the SDG Partnership Platform 2.0 in Kenya to the next level to accelerate SDG partnerships, investments and financing in Kenya in support of the new UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework 2022-2026:
Lead the positioning, partnership cultivation, engagements and negotiations for financial resource mobilization and in-kind and intellectual contributions to continue to operationalize, expand and sustain the SDG Partnership Platform:
Support the UN RCO and UN Kenya on pathways and approaches for deeper engagement with private sector and philanthropy to accelerate SDG implementation in Kenya:
Lead, coordinate and advise on strengthening the UN Resident Coordinator Office function on promoting SDG financing, investments and collaborative action including an impact financing Task Force across multi-stakeholder platforms and initiatives:
Strengthen and expand SDG ecosystem joint platforms and networks with private sector, philanthropy and other multistakeholders to continue positioning the SDG Partnership Platform, RCO and UN Kenya within the broader ecosystem for funding and financing of the SDGs:
People Management Competencies:
Cross-Functional & Technical Competencies:
Business Direction & Strategy: Strategic Thinking
Business Direction & Strategy: Entrepreneurial Thinking
Business Direction & Strategy: Negotiation and Influence
Business Development: Portfolio Management
Business Direction & Strategy: Integration within the UN
Business Management: Partnerships management
Experience, Knowledge, and Skills:
Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.
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