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United Nations recruiting Private Sector Analyst

Geneva, Switzerland, 07 December 2015

Duties and Responsibilities

Building on the common programmatic objectives of strengthening the economic self-reliance of displaced populations and host community members and promoting gender-responsive approaches to natural resource management, this consultancy will generate concrete entry points for joined up action to increase the economic self-reliance of displaced women by linking their small and medium enterprises into the value chains of larger companies in the specific countries, programmes and industry/natural resource sectors identified during the Solutions Alliance Business Consultation held in December 2015.

This Consultancy is based on the following assumptions:

  • SMEs will become more established, will expand their business, become more competitive and create more jobs if they gain access to value chains of larger companies. Gaining access to value chains of larger companies also bring host of business opportunities – access to new niche markets, possibility to exploit economies of scale, increased volume of transactions and technological advances;

  • Women-owned SMEs in fragile and developing countries are often in the informal sector and may not be able to reach growth potential if not incentivized. Legal and institutional barriers that affect men and women differently. There is an untapped potential of women entrepreneurs;

  • Working with more established, larger companies is considered nowadays as the most promising way to upgrade SMEs in fragile and development contexts. It is now understood that the initial idea of building value chains bottom up is difficult if not impossible to realize in face of the many established global value chains and their coordination by lead firms. In fact linking local producers to existing value chains in coordination with lead companies may be the only realistic option.

Under the overall supervision of the Geneva-based BBPS Policy Specialist – Partnerships, Reintegration and Livelihoods, and working in close collaboration with the Gender & Knowledge Management Consultant, the Private Sector Analyst Consultant will collect, consolidate and analyse existing data on:

  • Supply chains of larger enterprises where women-owned SMEs are concentrated or have potential to access and increase direct and indirect involvement in national and international markets;

  • Business matchmaking services and mentoring programmes geared for women-owned SMEs;

  • Financial products targeted at entrepreneurs where risk capital is lacking, including those designed specifically to support women- owned SMEs (cash flow loans, loan guarantees, loans based on customer contracts);

  • Foreign direct investment and remittances /diaspora investment initiatives operating as a vehicle for SMEs to access international markets;

  • Public private partnerships established to help SMEs operate internationally;

  • Any other tools and resources on economic empowerment that could benefit women-owned enterprises.

The Consultant will consolidate the data and resulting analysis in the following deliverables with particular focus on opportunities for women local producers/women owned SMEs:

  • Mapping/assessment of at least 8 value chains in promising industry/natural resource sectors in  4-5 countries, including ‘vertical linkages’ (sourcing, production, marketing aspects; from informal networks, domestic producers,  processors, finishing/packaging, export, importers/buying agents, international retailers /larger companies, consumers) and to the extent possible also horizontal linkages (job creation potential, financial services, environmental and social impacts);

  • Consolidated list/description of potential projects/initiatives by United Nations and/or partners that could benefit from sustainable value chain development/linkages with larger companies in identified/selected countries;

  • Catalog of different global and/or country-based initiatives and types of collaboration between governments, international agencies and the private sector useful for supporting linkages between local producers/SMEs and larger companies (PPPs, diaspora investment initiatives, etc.);

  • Good practices examples  on how women displaced by conflict have established viable enterprises, well-connected to value chains of larger companies despite gender barriers  as well as  gender-sensitive approaches to promoting women’s roles in value chains,  access to  finance, training and markets. This will be crucial to make the case on the important role of women-owned enterprises in development solutions for displacement and the specificities involved in making them better connected to value chains of larger companies.

 Provision of monitoring and progress controls:

  • The Policy Specialist, Partnerships, Reintegration and Livelihoods will conduct weekly discussions with the Consultant to provide all necessary guidance for the completion of the tasks;

  • Approval of deliverables and accompanying products will be done by the Policy Specialist.

Submission Deadline:  13 December 2015

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