The history of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan is well documented, not least in the various reform plans developed over the past 15 years. FATA’s unique constitutional history, conflict and an enduring lack of interest in development of successive governments have contributed, over time, to a worsening of human and economic development status relative to the rest of the country. Starting 2008, increased militancy in the region saw over 300,000 families displaced from their homes and communities. The human cost of these has been immense: currently, FATA has an annual growth rate of 2.19%, a National Multi-Dimensional Poverty Index of 19.7%, adult literacy rate of 33.3% (compared to 58% for Pakistan) and head count poverty rate of 52.3%.
As the return process concludes, FATA’s weak economy and high levels of unemployment remain one of the main factors of instability in the region. Revitalising livelihoods, providing for local economic recovery and creating jobs and inclusive growth for the long-term, is one of UNDP’s key priorities in FATA over the next two years.
The Enterprise Development Specialist position is placed at the head of the Economic Development Component of the UNDP FATA Economic Revitalisation Programme (FERP). S/he will work under the direct supervision of the FATA Transition and Recovery Programme (FTRP) Manager ensuring implementation of Economic Development component and providing creative responses to emerging challenges and opportunities. S/he will act as a liaison with national and local authorities, humanitarian and development stakeholders, and implementing partners. S/he will also support the Programme Manager and the Programme Specialist on donor coordination, joint planning and coordination with UN agencies to ensure coordination of recovery and development work in FATA. Furthermore, the incumbent will be personally responsible for the implementation of number of key activities in support of entrepreneurship and private sector development/engagement in FATA.
- Ensure implementation of the Economic Development component activities under FERP and act as focal point internally and externally for all Economic Development activities led by UNDP under FTRP
- Develop action plan on engaging with micro-finance institutions and existing businesses for enterprise promotion which encourages the resource poor existing and emerging entrepreneurs, (engaging women and people with special needs should be a priority) by applying value chain and market linkage approaches
- Provide technical advice on how to support micro, small enterprises (MSEs), conduct relevant studies and define methods and mechanisms
- Support stakeholder coordination; as needed provision of top quality technical and policy advice services to the FATA Secretariat and facilitation of knowledge-building, knowledge-sharing and management
- Ensure development of the programme, oversight of all activities conducted under the programme and perform other duties as required
- Support the Programme Manager in the identification of possible entry points for expansion / scale up of the project activities
- Prepare a strategy document for promoting enterprise and business development through grants, innovation and by linking micro-finance to the existing or emerging entrepreneur
- Plan the activities of the Economic Development Unit in the form of Project Annual Work Plans in coordination with the project team and partners
- Manage staff and resources to implement the programme activities and produce results in accordance with the approved Annual Work Plan(s)
- Ensure transparent and accountable resources’ use and monitor financial resources and accounting to ensure accuracy and reliability of financial reports
- Prepare regular progress, quarterly and final reports (progress against planned activities, lessons learnt, update on risks and Issues, expenditures..etc)
- Ensure effective coordination with the M&E team of the programme and use of the M&E generated reports for improving programme’s effectiveness, efficiency and value for money
- Follow up on audit recommendations as needed
- Support the preparation of high quality communication products for UNDP management, government counterparts and donors
- Support the preparation of donor’s meetings and visits while coordinating and following on security advices