UNGC Local Network Coordinator at UNDP, Tanzania

Agency: UNDP Title: UNGC Local Network Coordinator Job ID: 10497 Duty Station: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, United Republic of

The United Nations Global Compact is an initiative, which started in 2000 in Davos Switzerland during one of the World Economic Forums, and involves the private sector, as well as civil society and non-business agencies to engage in the adherence to 10 globally accepted principles to make the world a better place. These 10 principles are formulated around 4 categories, namely: human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. 

So far, UNGC has made the effort in over 160 Countries to convince and inspire over 8000 companies and 4000 non-business stakeholders to sign up for these principles. In 85 Countries, local networks have been established to help these businesses and stakeholders to effectively address issues related to the mainstreaming of the 10 principles into their company/organizations and to report on their activities and progress (Communication on Progress CoP).    

In Tanzania, despite a few companies and non-business organizations who have come forward as signatories, a local network which is effective and operational does not exist. These companies are directly connected to the Global Compact Centre in New York.  With the recent discovery of the potential economic wealth in natural resources, Tanzania is on the brink of signing agreements with large multinational companies to develop the infrastructure and use those resources. It is opportune to ensure that sustainability of the resources is ensured, and that sound social and environmental practices are mandatory for the use of these resources. Challenges acknowledged in Tanzania’s FYDP II, state ‘poor labour, environmental and social compliance standards’ across industrial sectors Therefore, it is the right time to introduce good corporate citizen practices into the Tanzanian Business environment. It is also the right time to advocate on the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) - a set of 7 principles for business, offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.

A easibility study was conducted in 2016, to assess whether the business climate is favorable to start up a local UNGC network in Tanzania. The study showed a positive though cautious attitude towards such an initiative, and therefore recommended the recruitment of a coordinator for the support and establishment of a local UNGC network in Tanzania. 

Duties and Responsibilities
The UNGC Local Network Coordinator will be responsible for:

1.       ensuring that the network is actively facilitating and supporting the business community, platforms, associations and NGOs to mainstream the 10 principles into their businesses, and

2.       providing strong support on the overall management and coordination of the Global Compact initiative in Tanzania.

Under the guidance and direction of the UNDP Country Director and the direct supervision of the UNDP Practice Specialist, the UNGC Local Network coordinator will be required to assume responsibility for the coordination, and management of the UNGC Local Network Project activities as described in the project work plans. The UNGC Local Network coordinator will be responsible for the following tasks/ duties:

Lead a dynamic network to implement annual work plan related project activities: plan and organize workshops, training sessions, webinars etc. to facilitate the translation of principles in practical activities;
Engage prospective and existing UN Global Compact participants, as well as policy makers through making presentations, and facilitating workshops, which advocate the UN Global Compact and Women’s Empowerment Principles;
Develop the UN Global Compact brand by illustrating its scale and impact, and the topic of corporate citizenship, especially on human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption;
Support the mainstreaming of gender equality and women's empowerment into corporate sustainability policies, practices and initiatives;
Process incoming applications and queries from prospective UNGC members;
Stimulate active contributions from signatories based in Tanzania, develop and monitor their ability to successfully submit and maintain a UNGC ‘Communication on Progress (COP)’;
Identify the best means of private sector engagement towards resource mobilization and the sustainability of the Local Network;
Design and develop compelling content and story-telling to maximize impact and lessons learning, through policy briefs and UNGC local network booklets and brochures;
Maintain an active online presence – UNGC website and twitter handle;
Maintain regular communication with members on UNGC related events and matters;
Organize project board meetings, prepare the agenda in consultation with the chairperson and UNDP Practice Specialist, and follow through on identified actions;
Monitor progress of the Local Chapter and regularly report on progress and issues;
Liaise with UNGC New York and maximize use of their competencies and support;
Promote the quality of partnerships undertaken by UNGC members in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
Support the UNGC Local Chapters cause in terms of media outreach and publicity;
Find ways to keep the network “alive and dynamic” through local engagement, both in and away from Dar es Salaam;
Comply with UNDP technical and financial reporting requirements;
Attend and represent the Local Chapter network at the UN Global Compact Leaders’ summit. 
Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards.
Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN.
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
Treats all people fairly without favoritism
Knowledge and Learning Management
Coordination Effectiveness
Results-based Program Development and Reporting
Creating visibility and advancing advocacy
Required Skills and Experience
Minimum Master’s degree in business management, economics, social / political science, marketing or related field;
Highly motivated professional with at least 5 years’ experience in business relationship management, as well as project management;
Passionate about the concept of UNGC principles, as well as the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs);
Familiar with and experience with CSR policies / corporate sustainability agenda;
Highly motivated individual who works collaboratively with colleagues as a Team player
Important applicant information

All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment.

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