Programme Manager

Business Call to Action (BCtA)/UNDP
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Ozgur Nurdan Soydan,

Launched at the United Nations in 2008, the Business Call to Action (BCtA) is a unique multilateral alliance that challenges companies to advance core business activities that are inclusive of poor populations and contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Business Call to Action (BCtA) is a global corporate leadership platform, with over 100 member companies that are incorporating inclusive business approaches in their operations to help advance the SDGs. As innovators in this space, BCtA member companies are advancing the inclusive business agenda by creating novel business models, sharing lessons learned, and forging partnerships to improve scale and increase development impact.

Worldwide, over 130 companies have responded to BCtA by making commitments to improve the lives and livelihoods of millions through commercially-viable business ventures that engage low-income people as consumers, producers, suppliers, and distributors of goods and services.

The BCtA global leadership platform is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, UK Department for International Development, US Agency for International Development, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Finland, and the United Nations Development Programme, in collaboration with leading global institutions, such as the United Nations Global Compact. The BCtA is hosted by the United Nations Development Programme.

As part of BCtA’s mission, the Programme Manager will be responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient execution of the new strategy for the second phase of the operation of the BCtA as a multilateral based public- private advocacy platform and positioning within the global inclusive business landscape. The Programme Manager will be responsible for the execution and operation of the BCtA presented in the approved business plan/project document for the second phase of the Alliance including human resources management and procurement, drafting the annual workplan and reports and overseeing the management of funds and budget. He/She will be responsible for managing the governance of the BCtA including stakeholder engagement of existing alliance founders and partners and forging of new partnerships both at the global and country level. Furthermore, the Programme Manager will be chiefly responsible for the main activity of BCtA; mobilizing inclusive business commitments from leading private sector companies, including high-profile multinationals, large domestic corporations and innovative small and medium enterprises and  facilitating linkages between existing members and stakeholders involved in the Alliance. Finally, he/she will be also responsible for mobilizing resources for the third phase of BCtA from 2017 onwards.

III. Duties and Responsibilities
The Programme Manager will report overall to the Director, Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development, with a matrix reporting to the Global Programme Advisor-Private Sector for technical oversight and will be responsible for the following key functions:

•       Design and implement a strategy for 2017 onwards based on discussions and guidance from the Donor Steering Committee
•       Mobilize resources for the above strategy
•       Oversee the production of results from BCtA’s Impact Measurement Service which provides mobile enabled data collection tools to 23+ of BCtA companies
•       Design and implement a targeted corporate outreach strategy working closely with the outreach team, including identifying global, regional and national companies, which have inclusive businesses that meet BCtA membership criteria and engage managers in such companies that results in submitting and filling out applications for the BCtA membership platform and successful approval as members.
•       Ensure that the BCtA Alliance achieves and maintains a well-established public profile as a global mechanism for encouraging, supporting and disseminating the results of company initiatives which successfully contribute to significant progress towards achieving the SDGs. With an emphasis on the new impact measurement tool.
•       Manage the Secretariat staff so as to ensure the implementation of the BCtA’s activity plan within schedule and budget.
•       Liaise with the relevant staff of the BCtA founders to ensure that the Alliance maintains their commitment and support.
•       Liaise with the senior management of interested and participating companies to ensure that the Alliance’s objectives, procedures, benefits for and requirements from companies are well understood and that the participation of companies is facilitated through a client-oriented approach.
•       Ensure the effective implementation of the overall BCtA monitoring and evaluation system so as to enable the Secretariat and Steering Committee to understand the BCtA’s performance and to plan and manage its improvement.

Impact of Results:
•       Key Result 1: Increase number of companies with inclusive business commitments with a target of 180 distinct companies who have made a commitment to BCtA by 2016. (New targets to be established from 2017 onwards.)
•       Key Result 2: Oversee the collection of data and dissemination of results from BCtA’s Impact Measurement Service.
•       Key Result 3: Effective management of multi-stakeholder governance of the Alliance including both the Donor Steering Committee and the Programme Partner Committee and engagement of both funding and non-funding partners in this process.
•       Key Result 4: Provide the overall direction, implementation and strategic management of the programme including human resource management of the Secretariat staff, management of overall budget and expenditures, procurement, and relationship with UNDP as host of the Secretariat.
•       Key Result 5: Global advocacy and positioning of BCtA in the global business and development landscape, including high level representation of the Alliance.

IV. Competencies and Selection Criteria
Description of Competency at Level Required
(For more comprehensive descriptions please see the competency inventory)

Corporate competences:
•       Commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values. Including good understanding of UNDP processes and culture, which facilitates the operationalization of the secretariat workplan.
•       Sensitivity to cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age differences.

Functional competencies:
•       Strong analytical and advocacy skills in private sector and development, with emphasis on inclusive business.
•       Expertise in inclusive business models, inclusive market development, and business sustainability issues to engage private sector companies in job creation and income generation projects that contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.
•       Knowledge of private sector and pro-poor market development; Strong knowledge and familiarity with inclusive business initiatives.
•       Clear understanding of the business drivers of companies operating in developing countries.
•       Strong knowledge and familiarity with inclusive business initiatives. (Prefer someone with existing company contacts or the ability to quickly establish relations at companies.)
•       Knowledge and familiarity with value chain innovation and technology innovation to promote inclusive business
•       Skill in identifying companies with inclusive business initiatives and ability to employ a creative, persistent and practical approach to company outreach.
•       Knowledge of international donors, association, NGOs and other actors including impact investing working in the private sector in developing countries to promote inclusive business.
•       Research and publications record on inclusive markets.
•       Excellent analytical, problem solving, and critical and creative thinking skills; a proactive approach to solving problems.
•       Strong communication and presentation skills (written and spoken).
•       Success managing large projects with multiple stakeholders, prioritizing simultaneous projects, and meeting deadlines.
•       Strong in external relationship building.

•       Ability to take initiative to move complex processes forward to achieve articulated results; work at varying levels and on different initiatives simultaneously (personal organization and ability for multi-tasking).
•       Strong interpersonal, communication and advocacy skills.
•       Demonstrable ability to function in a team environment and lead teams.
•       Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback.

Education:      Advanced University Degree (Master\’s) in Business Administration, International Relations, Economic Development or related field.

Experience:     •       Minimum seven (7) years of relevant experience combined experience in the private sector and/or in the development sector in the area of inclusive business
•       Experience in management of multi-stakeholder initiatives in the area of business and development
•       Successful track record of advocacy engagement and technical support with companies with existing inclusive business initiatives and the ecosystem of support initiatives in the area of inclusive business
•       Familiarity with UN and multilateral/bilateral agencies and their work in inclusive business
•       Track record of high quality publications
•       Experience   establishing working relationships with   company executives as well as professionals working in the area of business and development

Language Requirements:  Fluent in English (written and spoken) and additional languages besides English a plus.