Advisor on SDG Impact Finance

Location : Beijing, CHINA
Application Deadline : 29-Nov-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left : 14d 20h 22m
Additional Category : Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : National Consultant
Languages Required :
English   Chinese
Duration of Initial Contract : 6 months, with extension upon satisfactory performance
The international community is set to commit to a new set of ambitious Sustainable Development Goals,

reflecting the need to transform economies, end poverty, and tackle the challenge of climate change.


UNDP SDG Impact Finance (UNSIF), aims to promote the public and private investment for the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs), by facilitating SDGs aligned Impact Investments to support national development priorities, and working with the capital market and the private wealth to create both economic and social returns.  A global High-Level Advisory Board has been set up to provide strategic advice to UNSIF on the most important challenges, opportunities and decisions. The Board is co-chaired by Ms. Hilde Schwab, Chairperson and Co-Founder, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, and Mr. Neil Shen Nan Peng, Founding and Managing Partner, Sequoia Capital Asia.  A leading research council was established with top business schools in the world.

According to the latest report from the China Development Research Foundation, China’s impact investment sector is small, but has the potential to drive financial support towards China’s transformation and its achievement of the 2030 agenda.

UNSIF will collaborate with governments (public sectors), private sectors and financial institutions to address China’s top development priorities, including Poverty Reduction, Environment and Climate Change, Green Energy and Inclusive Finance, entrepreneurship and innovation, Belt and Road Initiative, etc.

Meanwhile, to address the priorities identified above and to create consensus among stakeholders on the potential of SDGs related financing and provide coordination, UNDP China County Office and its national implementing partner – China International Centre of Economic and Technical Exchange has initiated a project to enable policy environment through establishing a platform for SDGs financing industry. This will focus on convening the SDGs related finance ecosystem, generating research and evidence on measurements systems, financing instruments, guidance/principles, regulatory frameworks and policy recommendations to scale SDG related investment.

UNSIF is looking for a strong leader based in China Country Office to help to develop the partnership and financing eco-system in line with national strategy of China; to add impact investing to its service lines in China and East Asia to promote impact investment for SDGs, change the way development can be financed and support the Sustainable Development Goals.  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with a dynamic international team across the world on a fast-growing agenda and shape the strategy for Impact Investing ecosystem in China.

Duties and Responsibilities
Deliverables for the selected candidate are:

  • As part of the UNDP China SDG financing strategy, design and support the impact investing positioning and advisory strategy, as well as specific products and offers, based on national priorities and important initiatives, for example, Belt and Road Initiative, poverty eradiation, Climate Change and Green Growth, Innovation and Entrepreneurships, etc.
  • As part of the UNDP China SDG financing strategy and UNSIFs regional focus, support the development of national ecosystem in close coordination with UNDP country office, internal and external stakeholders, including high-quality research and policy papers, education and knowledge products on SDGs Impact to C-level executives and asset owners; capacity development for entrepreneurs to develop bankable pipeline;
  •  As part of the UNDP China SDG financing strategy support the implementation of the pilot projects with government counterpart inside China.
  • As part of UNSIFs regional focus, manage pilot projects or processes that may evolve as part of the engagement outside China and oversees the implementation process, including high-level events and consultation meetings, and scale up the pilot initiatives related to the same.
  • Conduct market intelligence with respect to the China’s national development and SDGs agenda, new offerings and products and other information that can affect the impact investmen and development finance agenda
  • Conducting due diligence on potential opportunities by researching, networking and informing through media, events and market data;
  • Identify potential areas of compliance vulnerability and risk; develop risk mitigation strategy, and ensure all internal and external compliance policies and regulations met.

Reporting in a matrix structure to the UNDP China senior management and Head, UNSIF.  The selected candidate is also expected to coordinate and collaborate with applicable external stakeholders including leaders in the government, philanthropy and CSR, commercial and impact investment, development finance, the public investment and the quality assurance, audit and legal compliance sectors.

Deliverables/ Outputs Duration Due Dates
Strategic planning for UNSIF:  East Asia strategy and operational plan, including potential internal and external project pipeline development, internal and sectorial capacity building, identifying potential funding partnerships, staff and budget requirements 30 days 15 Oct 2018
High Quality Research and policy paper published, in partnership with government counterpart 20 days 15 Feb 2019
Together with UNDP China country office and UNSIF regional team, identify scaling up opportunities and build extensive partnerships. 20 days 30 March 2019
On-going Management of UNSIF China and East Asia operation and business development 180  days 30 Dec 2019
Total 250 days  
Required Skills and Experience
Education: A graduate or post-graduate degree in a business or finance from leading university is required.


  • Exceptional skills in policy advocacy and engaging government stakeholders.  Track record of working with diverse partners for high impact results.
  • A minimum of 15 years’ successful work experience, with at least 5 years in promoting impact investing, responsible investment or sustainable investment in China.
  • Expertise in impact measurement and management for development projects and investments.
  • Strong local experience with respect to evaluating local and national political policies and issues, investment potential, and traditional/new development finance models is required;
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and executing successful revenue-generation strategies and tactics that has resulted in meeting and exceeding high-level targets;
  • Successful experience negotiating private, public partnership (PPP) projects including design, financing and operational model implementation.
  • Experience in risk mitigation required.
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to produce high-quality knowledge products and policy papers.


  1. Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number)
  2. Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a methodology, if applicable, on how they will approach and complete the assignment.
  3. Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price.
Documents to be included when submitting application

Please provide Offeror’s Letter and proposal (download the format in the link provided: together with your CV while submitting application.  For people who apply from UNDP Jobs, please note that the system will not accept the uploading of more than one document so please merge or scan all your documents into one prior to uploading.


Combined Scoring method – where the qualifications/skills will be weighted a max. of 70%, and combined with the financial offer which will be weighted a max of 30%.The final offer goes to the highest combined score winner.


Duty station:  China, with travel expected in Asia and globally.

Only applicants submitted through the link could be considered: