Director, Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD)

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The international community is on the verge of agreeing a new development framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) potentially provide a more transformative and wider agenda for development than the MDGs. It is clear that the SDGs will not be achieved by governments alone but rather by a large scale mobilization of all key societal stakeholders, including the private sector. The implementation of the SDGs depends on vibrant economic growth; however, it is well known that economic growth alone is not enough to eliminate poverty, reduce inequality and protect the environment. Therefore, there is a need to work with the private sector, governments, academia, philanthropy and civil society to develop and scale up business models and products, and policies and incentives that encourages and enables the private sector to better align its core operations with the SDGs, this way creating a more inclusive and sustainable growth agenda.

The Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has corporate responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan.  BPPS’s staff provides technical advice to Country Offices; advocates UNDP corporate messages, represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogue initiatives, South-South and Triangular cooperation initiatives and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas.  BPPS works closely with UNDP’s Crisis Response Unit (CRU) to support emergency and crisis response.  BPPS assists UNDP and partners to achieve higher quality development results through an integrated approach that links results based management and performance monitoring with more effective and new ways of working.  BPPS supports UNDP and partners to be more innovative, knowledge and data driven including in its programme support efforts.

The UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017 recognizes that the private sector is an essential actor in development and seeks to foster a growing partnership with corporations of all sizes, from large multinationals, to small and medium enterprises. UNDP also has a number of global programs that are implemented at the national level with guidance and technical support from the Private Sector and Foundations team (PSF).

In March 2011, the UNDP Administrator and Minister of Development (Government of Turkey) inaugurated the UNDP Istanbul International Centre for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD), established in partnership with the Government of Turkey. The Centre’s efforts will establish itself as a leading center of excellence on engaging the private sector in development globally and will also align and create synergies with the work of UNDP’s Private Sector and Foundations team, by focusing on the following objectives:

  • Support the development of inclusive markets and inclusive business models that engage poor people into value chains as producers, employees, consumers and entrepreneurs, with the end goal of poverty alleviation. This could be through creating opportunities and incentives for the private sector to invest in these global markets of the poor through:
    • Feasibility studies that identify such market opportunities;
    • Creation of project facilitation platforms with the private sector, investors and others in-country or through;
    • Creation/support for the implementation of environmental and social safeguards for private sector projects .
  • Creation of a demand driven set of tools and guidelines for engaging the private sector in development, in key markets that will be used as best practices guidelines.
  • Become a hub for programmatic private sector partnership for SDG implementation across UNDP, by designing, establishing and monitoring concrete global and national public private partnerships that creates results for development.
  • Establish IICPSD as a global Centre of excellence for dialogue on private sector development by convening business and supporting actors. This could especially have a focus on South-South dialogue;

These objectives will be achieved through action-oriented policy analysis, advocacy, public-private dialogues, media dialogues and management of partnerships to support programming. 
The Centre will act as an International Centre of Excellence and will have a global mandate in terms of its focus, work, collaboration and outreach.

The IICPSD is governed by an Executive Council (EC), in which Government of Turkey and UNDP are equally represented. The EC defines the long-term strategy for the IICPSD, and approves its annual work plan and budget. The IICPSD Director is accountable to the EC for the strategy and annual workplan, while his/her functional reporting on a daily basis is to UNDP BPPS Sustainable Development Cluster.
The Cluster on Sustainable Development focuses on integrating UNDP’s economic, social and environmental work into a coherent sustainable development policy and programming framework. It seeks to provide an integrated package of services covering all strands of sustainable development, including on integrated development planning and inclusive and sustainable growth, sustainable livelihoods and economic recovery in post crisis situations and natural capital and the environment. Within the auspices of the Post 2015 agenda, this Cluster’s work will address inter alia poverty, economic growth, private sector in development, employment and livelihoods, social inclusion and equality, recovery in post crisis countries, the management of mult-lateral environmental affairs, ecosystems and biodiversity, marine resources, extractive industries and chemicals.
In 2014, after a restructuring process, UNDP relocated its global PSF from New York to Istanbul, to become an integral part of IICPSD. The main reason is to maximize the synergies across UNDP’s complete private sector teams and work.
The Director of the IICPSD has the substantive technical knowledge required to engage the private sector in development, with an emphasis on private sector partnership, foundations and inclusive business. S/he is responsible for providing leadership and substantive direction to the IICPSD, as well for the overall management of staff.
The Director of the IICPSD has strong leadership skills, with private sector oriented thinking, a visionary perspective on development, an ability to inspire and innovate and a strong record in team building and collaboration. S/he must have a strong track record mobilizing large-scale funding and translating strategy into concrete results on the ground. The profile for this post demands strong advocacy and influence skills, analytical abilities and an ability to make strategic decisions while dealing with complexity.
S/he will have the following functions:

  • Policy Formulation and Development
  • Policy Advice and Programme Support Delivery
  • Overall Management and Resource Mobilization
  • Partnerships, Representation and Advocacy
  • Knowledge Management

By successfully delivering the above-mentioned functions and respective expected results, the IICPSD Director will contribute in turning the IICPSD into a globally recognized center of excellence for capacity development activities that harness Trilateral Development Cooperation and South-South Cooperation in the field of private sector in development.


Duties and Responsibilities

Policy Formulation and Development:

  • Provide guidance and support to UNDP senior staff and the IICPSD EC in its efforts to make the IICPSD a globally recognized partner of choice and thought leader for the private sector in development, in order to influence both public policy and development thinking on the one hand, and business practices on the other;
  • Develop high quality policy options, tools and guidelines to increase the private sector and foundations impact in development, including in conflict and early recovery contexts;
  • Build strategic service lines around training, research and capacity and develop flagship products for the Center and mobilize resources either through cost recovery/cost sharing or additional financial contribution to ensure financial sustainability of the Center.
  • Leverage IICPSD value added with the private sector by exploring various innovative opportunities and platforms, drive investment and private sector activities that results in an increase in the role of companies in development;
  • Build a South-South global constituency around private sector- development issues and strengthen linkages between Centre and other institutions to ensure the private sector is able to contribute more effectively to the SDGs
  • Develop the policy proposition for a better integration of the work of foundations with private sector, particularly corporate foundations;
  • Lead, with the Chief of Profession/Director of the Sustainable Development Cluster, UNDP corporate strategies, policies and procedures to better engage private sector in development, as well as foundations;
  • Contribute to external and internal networks that permit the effective implementation of strategies for building sustainable partnerships with new global development partners;

Policy Advice/ Programme Support Delivery:

  • Provide program support to the Regional Bureaux and Country Offices in the area of private sector in development and foundations, in both long-term development and conflict and early recovery contexts, as and when needed.
  • Establish clear internal communication around agreed corporate priorities as well as establishing mechanisms and tracking system to facilitate exchange of information and identification of synergies between IICPSD, the private sector and foundations;
  • Act as a resource person to ensure internal coherence in approaching the private sector and foundations at HQ, Regional and Country-levels;
  • Act as a resource person to ensure internal coherence in approaching foundations and the private sector at HQ, Regional and Country levels, working in particular with the Partnerships Team at BERA;
  • Establish and maintain regular forum with two-way feedback mechanism to ensure effective flow of information and communications regarding the dialogue with foundations and private sector across the organization for supporting CO work;

Overall Management and Resource Mobilization:

  • Develop, in close collaboration with EC members, the Sustainable Development Cluster and other parts of UNDP, as well as in collaboration with external partners, comprehensive annual work plans for the IICPSD, including the elements of the work plan that fall outside of the EC mandate;
  • Provide results based planning and performance tracking;
  • Prepare annual reports on the activities and results of the Centre for the EC;
  • Ensure that the IICPSD’s operations and management are in line with UNDP’s rules and regulations and follow the decisions of the EC;
  • Provide strategic direction to, and oversight of the activities of the Center, ensuring integrity and accountability of human resources, financial resources, administration, finance, IT, procurement, and security;
  • Financial management: Ensures the integrity of financial transactions, systems and reports by consistent application of rules and regulations.
  • Human Resources management: Ensures that systems are implemented to perform effective people management for organizational excellence, in accordance to UNDP rules.
  • Facilitate the environment, approve strategies and actively engage in resource mobilization of financial resources.
  • Explore opportunities with new and existing foundations for bringing financial resources to various development causes, particularly the SDGs;

Partnerships, Representation and Advocacy:

  • Identify, initiate and build new partnerships with the private sector in order to expand on current global initiatives and explore opportunities for leveraging financial resources from the private sector to support various development causes;
  • Develop networks of institutional partners (including universities, business intermediaries from the South and North, foundations, content providers) who would contribute to the activities of the Center.
  • Position IICPSD as a leading center of excellence through convening high-level private sector actors and stakeholders to drive agenda setting;
  • Mobilize, foster and strengthen strategic partnerships with the private sector and provide substantive inputs to those partnerships;
  • Develop strategic partnerships with Foundations, UN and other relevant bodies and provide substantive inputs to those partnerships;
  • Represent the Cluster in UNDP’s corporate discussions, in interagency coordination and in other fora to engage partners in advancing the Cluster’s strategic agenda; and
  • Advocate the importance of the private sector and foundations in the SDGs in various international fora.
  • Organize and participate in special events including symposiums and seminars to advocate corporate priorities and issues as well as enhance understanding of and support for IICPSD’s work regarding private sector in development, as well as foundations;
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with key policy makers and partners, including senior-level officials of the Government of Turkey and representatives of civil society organizations (CSOs), think-tanks and the academic community, private corporations, and the media to promote the work of the IICPSD;
  • Establish and maintain a regular forum with two-way feedback mechanism to ensure effective flow of information and communications regarding the dialogue with the private sector globally and across UNDP;
  • Develop and maintain UNDP’s relations with foundations by providing an engagement framework across the organization in approaching foundations based on sound knowledge about how foundations operate and their contribution to the SDGs;

Knowledge Management:

  • Ensure that knowledge creation generated by the Center is promoted and is integrated into UNDP’s activities;
  • Establish and manage UNDP global community of practice of private sector in development.



Core Competencies


  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work.


  • Ability to persuade others to follow.

People Management:

  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.


  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.


  • Ability to get things done.


Primary competencies

Inclusive Business:

  • Private sector oriented thinking with knowledge of inclusive business concepts, principles and issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations, covering the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.


  • Knowledge of the way foundations and philanthropy work, how it supports global development and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.

Project Management:

  • Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.


  • Ability to productively share UNDP knowledge and activities (at UN and other venues).


  • Ability to engage with other agencies and forge productive working relationships.

Resource Mobilization:

  • Ability to identify and organize programmes  and projects to implement solutions and generate resources.

Secondary competencies


  • Ability to advocate a point of view and influence others.

Knowledge Management:

  • Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge.

Trends and emerging areas analytics:

  • Ability to scan the horizon and identify approaches and initiatives to bring into policy and programme design.


Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree, preferably in international development, international affairs, law, business administration, development economics, or other relevant field.


  • A minimum of 15 years of experience in the field of development both the private (academia, non-governmental sector, corporate) and public (national or multilateral).
  • Experience working on private sector and foundations partnerships, working with multilaterals organizations a strong asset.
  • Experience working for UNDP desirable.
  • Fundraising experience from private sector and foundations

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in spoken and written English and another UN language.