Private Sector Engagement (PSE) expert

SNV Nepal

At SNV we believe that no-one should have to live in poverty. We are dedicated to a society in which all people, irrespective of race, class or gender, enjoy the freedom to pursue their own sustainable development. We focus on increasing people's incomes and employment opportunities in productive sectors like agriculture as well as on improving access to basic services such as energy, water, sanitation and hygiene. SNV supports people to access and develop the capabilities, services and opportunities needed to live a healthy, productive and fulfilling life, while sustainably using the natural resources they depend on. Unlike many other development actors, we do not offer funding, but specialize in supporting the resourcefulness of development actors. We work with governments, businesses, knowledge institutes and low-income communities so that together we can transform ideas into policy, policy into action, and action into results. Through our technical knowledge, 50+ years of experience, passionate staff, extensive local presence and global footprint, we strive to make a lasting difference in people's lives. For Further details, please visit the website:

Detailed Job description / requirements:

Private Sector Engagement (PSE) expert

Contract type: Short term consultancy contract

Company Description

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation is a non-profit, international development organisation with headquarters in the Netherlands and operations in 36 countries. Since SNV opened its first Asia office in Nepal in 1980, we have been able to reach out to more than 4 million people in some of the poorest pockets in far-western and other parts of Nepal. Our team operates in 34 districts through a country office in Kathmandu and various project offices across the districts. Starting from 2011, SNV has designed scalable and impact-oriented programmes within four sectors that are aligned with the Government of Nepal’s development priorities. The three key sectors SNV works in are Agriculture, Renewable Energy and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. Recently SNV has started working in creating opportunities for youth employment as well.

SNV started its operations in Bhutan in 1988. Since then, SNV has been designing scalable and impact-oriented programmes within the Agriculture, Energy and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene sectors in Bhutan. SNV operates under a country agreement with the Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB), ensuring that all activities align with the country's national development priorities. Through its country office in Thimphu, SNV currently provides support to 11 districts.

Changes in the donor context have increased the involvement of private sector in development activities through partnerships. SNV Nepal/Bhutan recognizes the value of engaging the private sector and would like to work more strategically and systematically with private sectors. While SNV has been involved quite a bit in the past in working with the private sector we think that a number of lessons could be learned and a new type of positioning is required to respond to the new reality in Nepal and Bhutan. As such SNV would like to undertake an assignment to develop a private sector engagement strategy. The strategy would also look into the possibility of private sector contributing to the activities which would further attract donor interest with the aim of getting to a win-win situation to support poverty reduction in Nepal and Bhutan.

Job Description

Objective of the task

The main objective of this assignment would be develop a private sector engagement strategy for SNV allowing to better position for new donor opportunities.

We envision the following components:

  • A deepened understanding of current private sector operations and potential for better engagement (including private sector co-funding/investments)
  • The strategy would take into consideration different donors requirements and identify scope/potential(RVO, Netherlands government, DfID, Switch Asia)
  • Takes stock of the recent developments, SNV’s new strategy and sectors
  • Takes stock of current practices, instruments and lessons learned in PSE especially in Nepal ad Bhutan
  • To map different types of partnerships between private sector and SNV and other relevant organisations working in the same field
  • To better recognize and prepare for private sector opportunities, improve the quality of private sector engagement design, and make better decisions about when and how to engage private sector partners
  • Clear suggestions of what activities could be undertaken jointly
  • Clear suggestions which private sector actors could be worked with within the three sectors of SNV (this would also include OYE).


  • Need to get information from different private sector actors and overarching organisations including the FNCCI and Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI)
  • Need to identify some of the private sector actors that would fulfil the requirements of SNV
  • Need to understand and identify the interest areas of private sectors in Nepal and Bhutan that converge with SNV interests (and requirements)
  • Need to understand existing policies and rules and regulations for organisations like SNV to work with the private sector


a report of no more than 20 pages with the different components as listed above plus a list of potential private sector actors SNV could engage with to achieve further provate sector engagement.


  • Master in economics, MBA or similar and at least 10 years of private sector engagement
  • Thorough understanding of poverty alleviation and the functioning of international organisations
  • Strong analytical and writing skills
  • Thorough understanding of the private sector in Nepal, its modalities of operations, strengths and weaknesses
  • Clear understanding of what it takes to develop a private sector engagement strategy based on demonstrable previous experience
  • Based in Nepal or Bhutan would be an asset OR previous experience in these countries

Additional Information

Desired Start Date: As soon as possible

Contract Type : Consultancy Contract 

Period of Performance: 25 working days

-Induction and develop methodology (5 days)

-conduct interviews with government, FNCCI, BCCI, private sector and other actors (12 days)

-Analysis (3 days)

-Write draft report (3 days)

-Write final report (2 days)

How to Apply:

If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by uploading your CV with cover letter by clicking on the "I am interested" button before 15  September 2019. Or follow the link below:


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Job Overview

Category Development and Project
Openings 1
Experience 10+ years
Education Please check vacancy details
Posted Date 01 Sep, 2019
Apply Before 15 Sep, 2019
City Lalitpur