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Investment Analyst

Peshāwar (Pakistan)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Peshāwar (Pakistan)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Banking and Finance
    • Impact investing, Social venture capital
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-29

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Background

The Stabilisation and Development Programme (SDP) was established in May 2015 to complement the efforts of the Government of Pakistan in enabling the safe and voluntary return of Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) to their areas of origin, with a focus on relief, recovery and sustainable peace. Over the last four years, SDP has assisted more than 800,000 individuals.  In response to the evolving environment, the programme has transitioned from relief and recovery efforts to sustainable economic development. 
 
SDP is oriented around four main goals: engaging communities to promote social cohesion and participate actively in the rehabilitation process; improving economic development opportunities for communities; improving access to basic services including education; and promoting economic and social empowerment of women.
 
The funding of the programme was secured over the years with the partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Government of the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), European Union (EU), the Government of Japan, Global Affairs Canada and the United Nations Central Emergency Response Funds (CERF). 
 
The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) is aiming to further develop a conducive business environment for the private sector. A supportive policy framework, enabling infrastructure and simplified administrative procedures are critical to attracting private sector investment in the region. The Planning and Development Department (P&DD) of the Government of KP intends to further streamline the investment patterns across different sectors in order to leverage the available resources for achieving accelerated economic growth.  The Planning and Development Department (P&DD) plans to create a Planning Support Unit (PSU) to provide technical backstopping for this initiative. The unit will support relevant sections of P&DD to improve planning, implementation of economic development initiatives and gathering results. The unit will focus on the business enabling environment and development of the private sector with a key focus on SMEs. UNDP with funding from USAID will provide technical support for the establishment of the proposed unit. The unit's areas of expertise will include research, economic analysis, policy strategies and development of action plans for P&DD.
 
The Investment Analyst will work in the PSU under the direct supervision of the Team Lead, PSU and overall guidance of the Secretary Planning and Development, KP in coordination with other departments (Industries dept, KPEZDMC, KPBOIT etc) on analysis of investment patterns in the provinces. He/she will maintain a network with representatives from the private sector, ILO, Works Bank, and financial institutions.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work:
 
  • The Investment Analyst will advise the team lead on investment policies and trends and relevant linkages with the private sector.
  • He/she will support to design of programmes to increase access to credit and financing for the private sector.
  • S/he will work with the financial sector/banks/institutions to identify and structure products and services that meet the needs of the growing private sector competitiveness in KP.
  • S/he will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the SME Financing activities under the Project Support Unit working under P&DD.
  • S/he will lead and support the formulation of policy, strategies, and programs to accelerate access to finance in KP province.
Other responsibilities include:
 
1. Identify potential for innovation in improving private sector investment, venture capital, innovation and,  budding entrepreneurs, focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Identify and explore opportunities to improve private sector investment 
  • Identify and evaluate potential new investments for the KP govt in a wide variety of sectors including the digital industry
  • Develop detailed financial models and projections for start-ups and Merger & Acquisition transactions to enable and support investment decision making
  • Help define a strategy to identify the best new ventures in various markets and industries/sectors
  • Track and manage a pipeline of new potential investments
  • Perform market research and competitive analysis
  • Draft investment cases and business plans to support the process of making new investments
  • Establish linkages with academia for analysis of investment climate and economic opportunities. 
  • Attend events and dialogues on economic issues.
2. Contribute to the PSU / programme team’s work  on the timely and effective management and implementation of activities:
  • Develop a list of potential banks/microfinance institutes and development financial institutions that can support the growth of private sector investment.
  • Prepare and process projects, in coordination with the Industries department and other key stakeholders,  to promote investment portfolios in the province.
  • Effective and timely coordination with government stakeholders and partners to ensure smooth implementation of activities.
3. Support in creation of strategic partnerships and alliances, focusing on the following results:
  • Identify and map key actors and stakeholders and organise consultative meetings.
  • Analysis and research of information on private sector investment; preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation.
  • Assist in the creation of strategic partnerships with Industrial unions, business chambers, associations, and academia for research
4. Provides advice and support to PSU on investment patterns in the province through the following results:
  • Track economic data, provision of periodic analysis of economic and development issues and production of relevant reports aimed at promoting economic growth and human development.
  • Explore potential areas from various high-level researches performed by various organizations related to the investment climate 
  • Provide inputs to all relevant programmes and projects for aligning programmes with the priorities of the provincial government. 
  • Share relevant findings of the economic reports, including National Human Development Reports with P&D for future planning.
5. Contribute to the preparation of high-quality progress reports, updates and communication products for UNDP management, Government counterparts and donors.
  • Contribute to timely communication and outreach, in close coordination with the Communications team, through social media, success stories, blogs and press releases.
The incumbent of the position will uphold the non-discriminatory behavior and ensure that:
 
Human rights and gender equality is prioritized as an ethical principle within all actions;
Activities are designed and implemented in accordance with “Social and Environmental Standards of UNDP”;
Any kind of diversities based on ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, class, gender are respected within all implementations including data production;
Differentiated needs of women and men are considered;
Inclusive approach is reflected within all actions and implementations, in that sense an enabling and accessible setup in various senses such as disability gender language barrier is created;
Necessary arrangements to provide gender parity within all committees, meetings, trainings, etc.
 
Perform any other duties as requested.
 

Competencies

Core competencies:
 
Innovation
Ability to make new and useful ideas work
  • Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully
Leadership
Ability to persuade others to follow
  • Level 4: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others
People Management
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
  • Level 4: Models independent thinking and action 
Communication
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
  • Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis
Delivery
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
  • Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services
Functional/Technical Competencies:
 
Global Development Finance
Knowledge of global development financial trends, global financial institutions and processes, and ability to apply in strategic and/or practical situations
  • Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Economic Recovery
Knowledge of Economic Planning concepts and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations
  • Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Entrepreneurship 
Knowledge of Entrepreneurship in the developing world and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations
  • Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Jobs and Livelihoods 
Knowledge of Employment Creation, Income Generation, emergency employment and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations
  • Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Economics (General) 
Knowledge of economics concepts, principles and policies and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations
  • Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Gender
Displays gender sensitivity and promotes gender equality in all aspects of work
Knowledge of systems for gender mainstreaming and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situation
  • Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Required Skills and Experience

Education:
  • Master’s Degree in Economics,  Public Policy, Business Administration, or Development Studies
Experience:
  • A minimum of two or more years of experience working in a financial institution on finance and banking-related issues in Pakistan or abroad.
  • Experience in areas of non-collateral lending, SME finance, and value chain finance.
  • Familiarity with Pakistan’s, specially KP’s financial services sector, including microfinance, commercial banking, and small business lending programmes.
  • Knowledge of and experience with international organizations preferred.
  • Good IT literacy, i.e. MS. Word, MS PowerPoint, and MS Excel.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in English and Urdu (written and spoken) is required. Working knowledge of Pashto is an asset. 

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