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:
These objectives will be achieved through action-oriented policy analysis, advocacy, public-private dialogues, media dialogues and management of partnerships to support programming.
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.
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:
Policy Advice/ Programme Support Delivery:
Overall Management and Resource Mobilization:
Partnerships, Representation and Advocacy:
Trends and emerging areas analytics:
Required Skills and Experience