UNDP operates in more than 170 countries and territories around the world. UNDP offers global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations that can withstand crisis, and that drive and sustain growth that improves the quality of life for everyone.
In Botswana, the role of UNDP is shaped by the status of the country as an upper middle-income country. UNDP has been collaborating with the Government, civil society and the private sector to develop solutions to meet global and national development challenges. UNDP’s approach has been to develop and sustain strategic partnerships that find innovative solutions to address gaps on both the demand and supply side of development processes.
Botswana has reached a relatively high level of infrastructure development, is well-resourced and able to fund most of its developmental needs. However, Botswana requires best practices, high-quality policy advice on how best to respond to challenges associated with its middle-income status, including widening inequalities and disparities, persistent poverty among population groups, and climate change and natural disaster risks.
This project will support both the public and private sector to adopt the Supplier Development Programme (SDP) as a strategic tool to insert indigenous firms in the supply chains and to build their competitiveness through skills development. Small businesses are associated with low levels of productivity. They rarely get access to financing for innovation, support for exports or access to public procurement tenders. They face unequal relations in supply chains that mean that costs and risks are often pushed down to them by larger firms.
In support of its development mandate, UNDP Botswana has partnered with government of Botswana and private sector to implement the Supplier Development Programme (SDP). The project aims to create demand-based, market-driven opportunities for SMEs to increase their competitiveness through the innovative Suppliers Development Methodology while connecting essential small-scale producers/suppliers to larger markets locally as well as abroad. Additionally, it will strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem in country to encourage innovation and create employment.
As a tool, the SDP has a targeted approach to engage large scale companies purchasing (or willing to purchase) goods and services from SMEs. The SDP focuses on integrating suppliers into a strategic relationship that allows them to improve their productivity, competitiveness, and quality of products. The SMEs will go through a rigorous six stage improvement process over a period of 12 months with close involvement of the lead/anchor company. The improvements brought about in these SMEs will enable them to produce/manufacture more goods in better quality, less time and low costs; enhance their capacity to explore and enter new markets including export markets. This important linkage between large sourcing companies and their small suppliers’ remains central to the assistance, helping the SME’s to expand and generate employment opportunities. The project will focus on five (5) priority sectors of Mining, Agro Processing, Leather, Projects (infrastructure), and Textile to develop the associated value chains. This project is a component of the larger programme called “Support to Economic Diversification and Inclusive Growth Project” signed with the Ministry of Investment and Trade (MITI).
Summary of key functions:
In this role, the Project Manager will be responsible for project management ensuring quality and results by:
1. Function/Expected Results: Administrative management
2. Function/Expected Results: Financial management
3. Function/Expected Results: Procurement
Job Knowledge and Technical Expertise
Leadership and Self-Management
Knowledge Management and Learning
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Contract Duration: One Year