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Prosper With Purpose Report and Communication Lead
Procurement Process :IC - Individual contractor
Office :UNDP Country Office - JORDAN
Deadline :09-May-21
Posted on :27-Apr-21
Reference Number :77915
Link to Atlas Project :
00064437 - Development Effectivness
Documents :
Terms of reference
procurement notice
Letter of interest - financial template
Personal History Form
Terms and conditions of IC
Overview :

To apply, kindly read the procurement notice, attach the following documents and submit through the following email:

  1.  CV with at least three references;
  2. Technical proposal (to showcase requested experience and competencies); and
  3.  Financial proposal as in  the attached template.

no later than 9 May 2021  with subject: “Prosper With Purpose Report and Communication Lead ".

Any request for clarification must be sent in writing, or by standard electronic communication to the above e-mail indicated above. UNDP will respond in writing or by standard electronic mail and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all consultants.

Securing the resources needed to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) remains a major challenge, with developing countries facing a financing gap estimated between US$2.5-3 trillion per year  The main financing gaps are related to infrastructure (energy, transport, telecommunications, water and sanitation), climate, agribusiness and food security, health and education. Official Development Assistance (ODA), currently estimated at USD152 billion, will only be able to cover a small portion of this financing gap. The role of the private sector in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda is critical. The 2030 Agenda “calls on all businesses to apply their creativity and innovation to solving sustainable development challenges”.

Over the past decade the number of publicly listed companies reporting ESG data has grown exponentially, and financial markets and investors have started to demand and claim a stronger integration of the SDGs into public and private investment decisions. This has been supported by increasing evidence that investing in the SDGs makes economic sense with an estimated US$12 trillion of market opportunities to be generated and 380 million jobs created by 2030  There is also widespread and expanding interest among asset owners to invest in sustainable opportunities where more than $80 trillion in assets under management have committed to integrate ESG criteria in their investment process.

While some of the larger companies have started to define their SDGs alignment strategies, many small and medium enterprises (SMEs) contribute to sustainability or inclusion without defined frameworks or sometimes even SDGs awareness. To showcase how companies can prosper with purpose, i.e. make profit while also contributing to sustainability and inclusion and potentially attract impact-focused investments, UNDP in partnership with other players is keen to develop a ‘Prosper with Purpose’ report.

The Prosper with Purpose report will build on the work and achievements of UNDP’s SDG Impact Jordan over the past two years, and provide an important continuation of the efforts towards sustainability in Jordan   Since the launch of the SDG Impact Jordan pilot launch in 2018, the team has implemented a number of activities such as stakeholder engagements, Impact Measurement and Management Trainings (IMM), and impact facilitation, including blended finance and impact investment trainings with local governmental and private sector organizations. Additionally, SDG Impact Jordan developed an SDG Investor Map that generates country-level data and insights about SDG-enabling investment opportunities. The Investor Map targets the gap between interest in investing in SDGs and the business models that could provide investable opportunities. The SDG Investor Map identified SDG aligned scalable investment opportunities areas and business models in Jordan, and mapped policy bottlenecks and reform priorities for an impact investment ecosystem.

Building on the SDG Investor map, the Prosper with Purpose report will highlight how businesses can contribute to the SDGs with a particular focus on SMEs. Given that SMEs comprise 97 percent of the private sector in Jordan and employ about 60 percent of the labor force, their contribution to the 2030 Agenda is critical.  As most SMEs do not have the tools or resources necessary to manage and measure their impact, showcasing them in the Prosper with Purpose report presents an opportunity to receive the appropriate impact management and measurement support, which, in turn, may help them in attracting investment from impact focused investors.

The report will highlight best practices, impact, and joint initiatives between the private sector and governmental and non-governmental organizations that address sustainability and inclusion. Specifically, the report aims to:

  • Showcase sustainability best practices, including impact initiatives, core business processes, products, and impact measurement and management;
  • Give particular focus to SMEs with a particular focus on companies solving for SDG challenges in the education, health, agriculture, water, renewable energy, technology, and tourism sectors;
  • Support companies in clearly identifying their sustainable practices, and framing them within the context of the SDGs;
  • Introduce regional and global investors to the private sector sustainability trends and SDG aligned investment opportunities in Jordan; and 
  • Facilitate connections between potential investors and sustainable businesses in Jordan.

The report presents an opportunity for mobilizing a network of partners in Jordan who are focused on generating and leveraging private sector capital in delivering the SDGs and catalyzing Jordan’s impact economy.  UNDP Jordan identified initial key partners whose collaboration is critical for development process of the report and for extending the reach of the work of SDG Impact in driving sustainability and prosperity. These partners will provide crucial support to the development of the Prosper with Purpose report.

The intention of the initiative is to over time enlarge the pool of SMEs featured in the report, explore sector specific or thematic specific content, etc. Lessons learnt from the initial phase will inform a roadmap for scaling the initiative and for growing the network of partners. 

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. All individuals including persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with strictest confidence and equally.

Technical and financial proposals along with CV & 3 references should be submitted, and without such will not be considered). 

(Only Short Listed Candidates will be contacted)

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