Women's Entrepreneurship and Financial Inclusion Associate

UNDP - United Nations Development Programme, New Delhi, India

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
19th December, 2018

Job Description


Recognizing the many challenges that women entrepreneurs in India face with respect to accessing investors to successfully raise funding, the UN India-NITI Aayog Investor Consortium for Women Entrepreneurs provides a platform for key ecosystem stakeholders (including venture capitalists and impact investors, international donor and funding agencies, private sector partners, State Governments, Government of India and UN Agencies) to collaborate with women entrepreneurs with the objective of promoting gender equality in funding of startups, creating jobs, ensuring financial inclusion and economic empowerment of women. The Consortium aims to reduce prevalent gender disparities in startup investments by providing mentoring and networking opportunities, accelerating financial and market linkages and showcasing success stories.

The Investor Consortium builds on UNDP’s work in India particularly the DISHA project, which aims to create employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for women, an initiative funded by the IKEA Foundation. It also complements the partnership with WE-Hub, a start-up incubator launched by the Government of Telangana and dedicated exclusively to women entrepreneurs and the MSME capacity building partnership with Exim Bank in the North-Eastern states of Assam and Mizoram.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the UN Resident Coordinators Office, the function will be reporting to UNDP India and UN-Women India Country Office(s) senior management through the Advisor, Social Impact Investments - UNDP

Support the various activities of the UN India-NITI Aayog Investor Consortium for Women Entrepreneurs. This includes:

  • Coordination and liaison between members of the consortium and NITI Aayog
  • Identifying additional members and stakeholders in the impact investing ecosystem who could contribute to the platform
  • Evaluate the requirements of women entrepreneurs registered with the Consortium, including but not limited to due diligence, business plan analysis, benchmarking and connect with Consortium members accordingly
  • Track applications and ensure timely action
  • Preparing periodic (quarterly/ semi-annual) reports highlighting market intelligence as it pertains to funding women entrepreneurs and progress made by the Consortium
  • Curate and coordinate various meetings and workshops conducted by the Consortium
  • Ongoing monitoring

Mapping and Landscape Assessment

  • Using current available information to map, analyze and interpret current and future potential for investing in women entrepreneurs in India – including identifying trends and areas of growth
  • Develop and implement strategy for outreach of women entrepreneurs

Supporting UNDP with development of additional SDG Finance Initiatives for women entrepreneurs

  • Landscape and assessment to identify gaps and possible interventions to enhance access to capital for women entrepreneurs
  • Support on other projects could include an impact venture accelerator and a seed fund that will be developed specifically for women entrepreneurs.
  • Activities will include primary and secondary (desktop research), crystalizing the value proposition for UN and agencies such as UN-Women; developing concept notes; identifying potential partners and ongoing monitoring.


Core Competencies

  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity;
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
  • Self-development, initiative-taking;
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work;
  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively;
  • Creating synergies through self-control;
  • Managing conflict;
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member;

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

Functional Competencies

Technical skills

  • Identifies and communicates relevant information for a variety of audiences for advocating UN, UNDP & UN-Women’s mandate;
  • Maintains a functioning network of contacts with a variety of stakeholders to promote a better understanding of UN, UNDP & UN-Women’s entrepreneurship mandate and to support advocacy efforts.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of basic financing/ investing concepts that might be relevant in the area of women’s entrepreneurship
  • Familiarity with accelerator programs, capacity building and the key components thereof
  • Passionate about and genuinely interested in civic engagement and social innovation

 Demonstrated ability to plan and implement projects

  • Awareness of key NITI Aayog (Women’s Entrepreneurship Platform), UN-Women and UNDP priorities in India
  • Understanding of key players in social & women’s entrepreneurship and early stage finance in India

Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing:

Basic research and analysis

  • Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things;
  • Documents and analyses innovative strategies and new approaches.

Fundamental knowledge of own discipline

  • Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical specialty relating to the position;
  • Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks;

Client Orientation:

Establishing effective client relationships

  • Researches potential solutions to internal and external needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion;
  • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet needs and deadlines;
  • Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external parties

Required Skills and Experience


  • Essential: Bachelors Degree in business/ finance/ entrepreneurship/ development studies (preferably with specific focus in financial inclusion/ supply chain) [applicants with advanced degrees in above fields preferred]
  • Knowledge of financial markets, early stage investing and/ or financial instruments desirable


  • Minimum of 4 years of experience working in financial inclusion/ impact investment/social enterprises/strategy consulting firms/ incubators/accelerators.
  • Proven experience in planning and implementation of projects involving multiple stakeholders, including UN agencies and Central or State Governments, in time-bound manner
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new technology quickly and effectively to increase productivity.
  • Extremely task/ detail oriented
  • Able to communicate clear ideas across a variety of mediums (in-person, phone, email, web, etc.)
  • Proven ability to work independently as well as in teams
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new technology quickly and effectively to increase productivity.

Language Requirements: Fluency in Written and Oral English


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