Project details


Project title

Partnerships Consultants

Country Programme / Action Plan
Request for proposal
21 Nov 2020


21 November 2020


4 December 2020



Procurement type




Funding Agency

UNDP - United Nations Development Programme


United States of America

Partnerships Consultants

Procurement Process : RFP - Request for proposal


Deadline : 04-Dec-20


Reference Number : 72967

Link to Atlas Project :

00038204 - Organizational Effectiveness

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1.Background Information and Rationale, Project Description

UNDP Africa officially launched the African Influencers for Development (AI4Dev) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on the 22nd of September 2019, on the margins of the 74th UN General Assembly. In keeping with the 'Decade of Action', and adhering to the core tenet of the 'Next Generation UNDP', the Influencers initiative reimagines UNDP's relationships in Africa by harnessing Africa's creative, intellectual and entrepreneurial energy through a powerful coalition of current and future African influencers in business, academia and the arts.

The AI4D is a part of UNDP Africa's Renewed Strategic Offer in Africa, which seeks to build partnerships and communications around people, products and platforms as a gateway to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the African Union's Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want. People predisposes UNDP's duty to convene Africa's entrepreneurial, intellectual and artistic energy with the aim of positioning Africans more centrally as the architects of Africa's development narrative in partnership with UNDP and development partners. The Products pillar crafts and implements new innovative development products that can help to realise the new offer in Africa. And Platforms envision the creation and utilisation of bespoke events such as the annual Presidential Dialogue, the Renewable Energy Forum, the Fourth Industrial Revolution Forum and UNGA side events. These are selected for their catalytic impact on advancing, through both narrative and partnership, the goals of the transformative pillars in the Renewed Strategic Offer. Platforms also include the positioning UNDP at existing conventions such as the World Economic Forum, Mining Indaba, the AfDB's Africa Investment Forum, among others.

UNDP's COVID 2.0 offer – is designed to help decision-makers look beyond recovery, towards 2030, making choices and managing complexity and uncertainty in four main areas: governance, social protection, green economy, and digital disruption. It encompasses UNDP's role in technically leading the UN's socio-economic response to COVID 19.

The service provider is expected to support the roll out of key deliverables related to the Renewed Strategic Offer and the COVID 2.0 Offer. The services will support implementation of the six impact areas of the Renewed Strategic Offer which are: 1) Natural Resource Governance; 2) Youth Employment and Empowerment; 3) Structural Economic Transformation; 4) Sustainable Energy; 5) Climate Change; and 6) Peace and Security.

Specific Objectives

•Forge enduring partnerships with African business sector to inform, support and promote equitable economic transformation across the continent.

•Motivate transformational change by celebrating the accomplishments of African leaders and opportunities for sustained socioeconomic progress.

•Create an effective network of high-level African business leaders, scholars, and thought leaders to act as a sounding board for AI4Dev.

•Curate and communicate diverse perspectives on Africa's post-COVID-19 development, to contribute to accelerating achievement of both the SDGs and Agenda 2063 – with a focus on recovery and resilience.

•Support UNDP's thought leadership role by strengthening branding and dissemination of knowledge products and platforms.


Under the supervision of the Head of the RBA Strategic Analysis and Research Team, working in close collaboration with the Partnerships and Communications Team, the provider will carry out the following tasks:

1.Establish partnerships with internationally renowned thought leaders to consider and promote strategic objectives in the UNDP Strategic Offer in Africa – using key platforms like AU, REC and other key Summits.

2.Contribute to implementation of the AI4D initiative.

3.Organize the roll out of key platforms to implement the Renewed Strategic Offer in Africa.

4.Develop innovative products that communicate the intent and accomplishment of UNDP programs and activities in Africa.

1.Approach and Methodology

The AI4Dev Supergroup – a scalable and powerful group of 17 African influencers from business, academia and the arts in partnership with UNDP co-discovers, co-creates and co-implements innovative solutions for rapid and sustainable African development. It comprises of current and future leaders in African business, academia and the arts who collaborate with UNDP on a wide range of development areas such as building innovative products and platforms for sustainable development, encouraging infrastructure development and financing, supporting national development agendas, mobilizing resources, fostering regional integration and the connectivity of Africa, and exchanging knowledge and skills.

The Hekima Series is a dialogue series bringing together Africa's leading intellectuals from the worlds of academia, science and technology, medicine, business and the arts to explore responses to the impact of COVID-19 on Africa. The series, which launched in June, 2020 with Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka as its first guest, and has since hosted Nobel Laureate H.E Madame Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, explores new ideas and solutions that can influence more people-centric policies to alleviate the impact of COVID-19 on African societies and support sustainable development on the continent. The Hekima Series is a monthly webinar lasting approximately 60-90 minutes in duration.

The African Genius is proposed as the first major video series to be produced as part of the UNDP RBA's AI4Dev. Scheduled to begin production in the last quarter of 2020, African Genius is a series of films from inspirational Africans that are designed to share knowledge and ideas, and provide guidance and lessons learned to support Africa's transformation and sustainable development. It is a celebration of African thinking, accomplishment and talent.

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