Project Manager, Islamic Finance, Istanbul

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Turkey

City: Istanbul

Office: UNDP in Istanbul, Turkey

Closing date: Friday, 24 March 2023

Job Identification : 9080

Locations : Istanbul, Turkey

Posting Date : 03/09/2023, 12:04 AM

Apply Before : 03/24/2023, 03:59 AM

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UNDP

Grade : IPSA-9

Vacancy Type : International Personnel Service Agreement

Practice Area : Management

Bureau : Bureau for Policy and Programme Support

Contract Duration : 1 Year with Possibility for extension

Education & Work Experience : Master’s Degree - 2 year(s) experience OR Bachelor’s Degree - 4 year(s) experience

Required Languages : English

Vacancy Timeline

2 Weeks

Job Description


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Office/Unit/Project Description

Within the context of SDG Financing, UNDP has launched the Sustainable Finance Hub, which is a finance and innovation platform that draws on a critical mass of UNDP expertise, initiatives, and partnerships to support the mobilization and leveraging of resources for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and lead the implementation of the new UNDP private sector strategy. As part of UNDP’s Sustainable Finance Hub, development finance has a central role to play in delivering support to the UN member-countries, in leveraging new sources of capital, offsetting high debt burdens, and in innovating for long term solutions to challenges around climate change, disaster resilience, and fragile ecosystems.

The Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD) is the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Global Policy Center mandated to leverage the role of the private sector in development. The IICPSD was established in Istanbul, Turkey on the basis of the Partnership Framework Agreement signed between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the United Nations Development Programme in March 2011. The Center is one of the six global thematic centers of UNDP, advocating and facilitating the contribution of the private sector to human development and inclusive growth through the following thematic priority areas:

Private Sector Engagement in South South Cooperation

Role of the Private Sector in Skills Development

Impact Investment

Private Sector Resilience and Crisis Response.

Furthermore, the Center supports the UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) by leading UNDP’s strategic offer to partner and work with the private sector.

Under its impact investment thematic area, IICPSD and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) established the Global Islamic Finance and Impact Investing Platform (GIFIIP) in 2016 to position Islamic finance and impact investing as leading enablers of SDG implementation around the world. Bringing together the private sector, governments and key stakeholders operating in the Islamic finance and impact investing markets, the platform aims to promote market-based solutions to sustainable development challenges. It focuses on enabling the private sector, using Islamic finance in tandem with impact investing to achieve SDGs on a global scale.

As part of GIFIIP and the broader Islamic finance portfolio, the Center designs and implements activities to support the Country Offices, partners and stakeholders from both public and private sector. The activities include, but not limited to, developing Islamic finance backed innovative financing mechanisms such as microfinancing, credit guarantee funds, Green Sukuk products as well as designing capacity building activities such as training programmes and awareness raising activities.

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Center’s Deputy Director, the Project Manager will coordinate and support the activities and projects ongoing and planned under the Islamic finance portfolio of the Center including overall management and coordination of GIFIIP’s workplan and activities. The Project Manager will also provide substantive and administrative support in the design and implementation of knowledge management activities of IICPSD in the Islamic finance area, which includes research, toolkit and training development for initiatives of the center, cooperation, technical advisory and implementation assistance offered to other UNDP units, including Country Offices and Regional Bureaus. The Project Manager will promote organization’s capacity as a reliable partner with national as well as international counterparts, ensure coordination of sectoral activities with broader country/regional/global programmes and advocate on behalf of organization’s goals.

For more information on IICPSD and GIFIIP activities, please visit and

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance of and reporting directly to the UNDP IICPSD Deputy Director, the Project Manager will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following key functions: 1) Effective implementation and coordination of the GIFIIP workplan as well as Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) platform:

Coordinate and follow up on the whole process of GIFIIP work plan (Green Sukuk Initiative, Digital Solutions for Financial Inclusion, Capacity Building on Islamic Finance and Impact Investing, GIFIIP Communication Strategy) and GIFIIP’s Three-Pillar Strategy (Conceptualization & Capacity Building, Advocacy & Inter-industry Collaboration, Deal Sourcing & Matchmaking)

Coordinate strategic consultations and discussions with partners.

Coordinate consultancy works and review and assess products/services provided by consultants and expert counterparts and notify/advise the Deputy Director on quality and recommend appropriate actions for results improvement.

Draft terms of reference (TOR) for local short-term and long-term consultants and support the related recruitment and procurement processes as may be required.

Coordinate the development of the content for second phase of MOOC including curriculums, presentations, multiple-choice exam questions and storylines for recording per module.

Ensure maintenance and continuous development of the course content.

2) Coordinating formulation, management, and evaluation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing activities of IICPSD in the Islamic finance field:

Conduct thorough analysis and research of the role of private sector in Islamic finance focusing on good practices and lessons learned that enhance inclusive growth.

Coordinate preparation of high-quality policy and programme guidance materials for fields such as innovative Islamic financing mechanisms (green financing, climate financing, and social financing) and the Islamic finance ecosystem.

Update IICPSD and GIFIIP websites and social media accounts on a regular basis with relevant material, highlighting key events and achievements.

Analyze and synthesize proposals for support and interventions in area of Islamic finance.

Conduct the necessary internal procedures related to editing, design, and clearance of documents and advocacy materials.

Coordinate the preparation of annual, ad-hoc project reports, submission, presentation to contributors, and other relevant stakeholders, with a special view to capturing lessons learned and best practices for improving the performance of the Islamic finance portfolio.

Coordinate the preparation of research products and provide technical assistance related to Green and other thematic Sukuk (i.e. Assessment Study for Green Sukuk, Green Sukuk Framework, Second Party Opinion (SPO) Report)

Coordinate the preparation of research products related to Islamic microfinance and financial inclusion (i.e. Assessment of the Microfinance Sector, Strategy / Product Development, Engaging Islamic Finance Modalities in Respective Credit Guarantee Fund)

Conduct and supervise capacity development activities and related training programmes (i.e. Green Sukuk Training, Islamic Finance and Impact Investing Training, Islamic Microfinance Training)

Provide strategic guidance, technical inputs and quality assurance for the implementation of portfolio activities in the Islamic social finance, impact investing, Green Sukuk and Islamic microfinance areas.

3) Supporting strategic partnerships and implementation of the outreach and resource mobilization strategy:

Develop communication materials including press releases, speeches, briefs, and blogposts.

Organize local / regional / global events to promote GIFIIP and its services.

Organize and coordinate roundtable discussions, press conferences, briefing sessions, conferences, workshops, retreats, national and international events.

Support design and formulation of IICPSD activities within the area of responsibility, translating IICPSD’s priorities into local and international interventions and partnerships.

Apply conceptual models in support of partnership and intervention design.

Analyze and research information on donors, draft substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identify opportunities for initiation of new projects.

Support and maintain partnerships with development partners, government institutions, private sector, civil society and other stakeholders to contribute to the achievement of the IICPSD’s objectives.

Identify related ongoing activities within other institutions and encourage collaboration and synergies.

Draft and follow-on project proposals as per the needs identified by UNDP/donor.

Coordinate communication, advocacy, and outreach activities for smooth implementation in line with the respective guidelines of UNDP.

Participate in relevant national/regional/global seminars, meetings of work groups and panels, and meetings in this thematic area.

Establish and nurture partnerships with relevant institutions and organizations working in the areas of Islamic social finance, impact investing, Green Sukuk and Islamic microfinance.

4) Supporting the provision of top-quality advisory services to the relevant stakeholders and facilitation of knowledge building and management:

Provide inputs to preparation of the team results-oriented workplans.

Manage the archive of briefings, meeting minutes and PPT presentations, update them regularly and guide team members as may be needed.

Contribute to knowledge networks and communities of practice.

Serve as IICPSD focal point on Islamic Finance for UNDP Country Offices and relevant stakeholders.

Institutional Arrangement

The Project Manager will work under the direct supervision of the IICPSD Deputy Director and in close collaboration with the other IICPSD and SFH team members.



Achieve Results:

LEVEL 2: Scale up solutions and simplifies processes, balances speed and accuracy in doing work

Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 2: Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking

Learn Continuously:

LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning

Adapt with Agility:

LEVEL 2: Adapt processes/approaches to new situations, involve others in change process

Act with Determination:

LEVEL 2: Able to persevere and deal with multiple sources of pressure simultaneously

Engage and Partner:

LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:

LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Thematic Area



Business Management


Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and programme performance and results.

2030 Agenda: Partnerships

SDG Finance

Public Sector Finance (Tax and domestic resource mobilization, public financial management and public expenditure), Islamic Finance Area.

Business Development

Knowledge Generation

Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need

Partnership management

Relationship management

Ability to engage with a wide range of public and private partners, build, sustain and/or strengthen working relations, trust and mutual understanding

Partnership management

Multi-stakeholder engagement and funding

Knowledge and ability to forge multi-stakeholder partnerships, and remove any obstacles to resource mobilization and multi-stakeholder funding platforms

Required Skills and Experience

Min. Academic Education

Master’s degree in finance, Islamic finance, economics, development finance, business, or a related area is required. Master’s degree or PHD in the related area is an asset.

Min. years of relevant work experience

Minimum 2 (two) years of progressively responsible working experience in Islamic finance, project/programme coordination, analysis or closely related area is required.

Or 4 (four) years of relevant experience if Bachelor’s degree.

Required skills and competencies

Proven experience and knowledge in the design and development of educatory and research content for Islamic finance, preferably with a perspective on sustainable development or social finance is a requirement.

Proven experience in research and analysis of the Islamic finance ecosystem and financial tools as well as their relevance to the sustainable development is a requirement.

Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) is required.

Desired additional skills and competencies

Experience in organization of events, conferences etc. is an asset.

Experience of working with international organizations and managing multi-stakeholder partnership projects is an asset.

Knowledge on visibility standards and rules of UNDP is desirable.

Knowledge of the UN system would be an asset.

Experience in handling of web-based management systems is an advantage.

Required Language(s) (at working level)

Proficiency in English is required.

Working knowledge of other UN languages is desirable.


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