Strategic Advisor, SDG Finance, Bangkok, Thailand

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Thailand

City: Bangkok

Office: UNDP Regional Centre in Bangkok

Closing date: Friday, 19 August 2022

Job Identification : 3939

Locations : Bangkok, Thailand

Posting Date : 07/28/2022, 03:50 PM

Apply Before : 08/19/2022, 03:59 AM

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UNDP

Grade : P6

Vacancy Type : Fixed Term

Practice Area : Innovation

Bureau : Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific

Contract Duration : 1 Year with Possibility for extension

Education & Work Experience : Master’s Degree - 15 year(s) experience

Required Languages : English

Desired Languages : other UN languages desirable

Vacancy Timeline

3 Weeks

Mobility required/no mobility

mobility required

Job Description


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and of the Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has considerably diversified and scaled up its role in the finance sector to unblock public and private resource flows for development. This has been achieved in cooperation with Governments, investors, banks, private companies and other financial actors with whom UNDP has been working in various areas, including the formulation of conducive policies and regulations, the design of new financing instruments, the building of bankable project pipelines and impact assessments in an increasing number of countries across Asia and the Pacific.

Position Purpose

Some specific examples of such engagements mentioned in the background and organizational context section include: operating impact ventures accelerators in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam etc.; providing impact advisory to Private Equity and Venture Capital funds in Indonesia and Singapore; introducing sustainability frameworks with capital markets/stock exchanges in Bangladesh, Mongolia, Thailand; engagements with banks over "greening" lending operations and blended finance instruments in China, Thailand, Vietnam; supporting design of thematic (green, blue, SDG) bonds in Indonesia, China and Fiji; structuring and support the implementation of social impact bond initiatives in India; researching SDG-responsive investment opportunities in the ASEAN countries, China, India and Pakistan.

At this point, UNDP’s ambition is to increase the scope and expand its finance work building on the early achievements made and with added expertise go beyond pilots to scaled engagements. As a senior member of the team, the Strategic Advisor will provide advisory services, technical expertise and guidance to the Regional Bureau and the Country Offices in the Pacific for the identification of new opportunities in finance for development, diversification of engagement with stakeholders and scaling up of operations. This position will be based in Bangkok with a direct report to the Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific in New York The SDG Finance Policy Advisor and Team Lead will have a matrix reporting line to the Strategic Advisor, SDG Finance position.

Duties and Responsibilities

1) Strategic expertise and leadership for financial frameworks and scaled engagement with capital markets and private sector

Technical leadership and expertise on trends in the overall financial sector, global development finance, global financial institutions and processes, capital markets and private sector finance and their relevance to development challenges targeted through UNDP’s current strategic plan.

Developing, customizing, and structuring innovative financial frameworks and mechanisms for mobilizing, channeling and effective use of capital to address the SDGs.

Strategic advice on existing offerings of UNDP in the areas relevant to private sector finance in light of revealing internal and external strategic challenges in materializing proposed solutions and approaches for scaling up in the context of limitations of mandates, operational and financial rules and regulations of UNDP as well as implications of on-going trends and demand in the financial sector.

Providing a vision for convergence and cohesion across a range of initiatives and programs in SDG Finance related areas. Work closely with UNDP Sustainable Finance Hub and SDG Finance team in BRH to support their service offerings and solutions to external stakeholders and support activities to UNDP country offices.

Advisory inputs to UNDP and partner governments to support strategies to unlock additional private finance from international and domestic sources; providing foresight and ideation regarding innovative approaches in directing capital from private sources towards SDG.

2) Business Development, Partnerships and Resource Mobilization:

High-level engagement with private sector players, IFIs, UN agencies and other stakeholders as a thought leader and advisor on how public-private partnerships can unlock SDG investments.

Development and leading partnerships with major financial institutions: investment banks, insurance companies, pension funds and asset owners and with philanthropies and foundations.

Leverage potential new partnership intelligence, conduct risk assessment, and cost-benefit analysis on potential partnership models with private finance players.

Donor/funder outreach and consultation (private and public) to help secure additional funding, seek opportunities for coordinating and co-funding projects in the context of both specific project opportunities and full-scale programme development, leveraging donor capital with institutional investor solutions.

3) Advocacy, Communication and Capacity development:

Contribute to organization-wide culture change around private sector engagement, capital markets, impact factored finance and investments

Provide intellectual leadership for research, learning and knowledge generation related to SDG finance. Help in articulating UNDP’s positioning for finance and private sector development through providing strategic vision and technical expertise to briefs, papers and related social media on key issues in this area and driving policy level dialogues with stakeholders.

Support effective advocacy around UNDP’s overall programmatic work and themes. Contribute to shaping UNDP’s positioning in the innovative financing arena through outreach, establishing rapport with ecosystem stakeholders, and attending high-level forums and convenings.

Support capacity development of UNDP staff on tools and the best practices relevant to SDG finance and their practical application in private sector finance.



Achieve Results: Prioritize team workflow, mobilize resources, drive scalable results/strategic impact

Think Innovatively: Easily navigate complexity, encourage/enable radical innovation, has foresight

Learn Continuously: Create systems and processes that enable learning and development for all

Adapt with Agility: Proactively initiate/lead organizational change, champion new systems/processes

Act with Determination: Able to make difficult decisions in challenging situations, inspire confidence

Engage and Partner: Construct strategic multi-partner alliances in high stake situations, foster co-creation

Enable Diversity and Inclusion: Create ethical culture, identify/address barriers to inclusion

Technical/Cross Functional:

2030 Agenda:

SDG Finance: ESG standards, Financial inclusion, Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, Impact Investment, Innovative Financ e.


IFI Partnerships: Knowledge and understanding of IFIs (strategies, approaches, processes and systems)

Private Sector Engagement & Resource Mobilization: Ability to identify, conduct outreach, and manage relationships with the private sector. Ability to identify, develop and manage partnerships that leverage private sector technical expertise and resources

Business Direction & Strategy:

Strategic Thinking: Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP’s objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities, linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions; Ability to leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends; to demonstrate foresight in order to model what future developments and possible ways forward look like for UNDP

Business Acumen: Ability to understand and deal with a business situation in a manner that is likely to lead to a good outcome; Knowledge and understanding of the operational frameworks in the organization and ability to make good judgments and quick decisions within such frameworks

Required Skills and Experience


Advanced university degree (Masters or its university equivalent) in Business, Finance or Economics, or another related field


Minimum of 15 years professional experience in the financial services industry, of which minimum of 10 years of exposure to impact investments, development or blended finance fields.

Deep knowledge and long-term experience in financing structuring, capital markets, impact investing, venture capital, private equity, venture philanthropy, and financial innovation in both the private sector and international development.

Minimum 10 years of experience in working in the international development area and a proven track record for structuring financial frameworks for development.

Proven track record of engagements with DFIs or the UN System related to sustainable finance, private sector development and partnerships with the private sector (including financial institutions)

Extensive network of contacts across the financial and investment sectors and proven record of successful partnership development with IFIs, commercial banks, investment funds, family offices and philanthropic institutions.

Proven leadership experience working with high-level government officials and decision-makers in finance sector.

Excellent negotiating and communication skills to mobilize support from a wide range of partners (public, private, academic, business community leaders).

Experience in managing cross-country complex programs and projects assuming policy level and field level engagements with the involvement of financial infrastructure players.

Proven hands-on experience in leading and managing large initiatives in the private sector and sustainable finance issues in international organizations including field experience.


Proficiency in English.

Working knowledge of other UN languages desirable

Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.


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