Proposals sought for Local to Global Business Development Consultant
The UK National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC) invites proposals from expert consultants in business development to position the organisation for growth. You will join the team working on our ambitious Local to Global project, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, as we look to build a more resilient network for UNESCO-designated sites in the UK.
We want to be an open and collaborative organisation that can work in partnership with multiple sectors at national and local levels. We would like someone with a fresh perspective to challenge our underlying assumptions, mindsets and thinking, and help us develop a five-year roadmap that can build our capacity and draw in new investment. Using the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s business plan template, we have identified strengths and gaps in our current understanding.
We would therefore like the consultant to:
About UNESCO and the United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO
UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, is a specialised agency of the United Nations with the mandate to use culture, education, science and communication and information to foster mutual dialogue between countries and people and foster peace.
The UK National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC) was founded in 1947 and is a constitutional part of the UK Government’s membership of UNESCO. It is grant-funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office to provide independent policy advice and support the coordination of policy across the UK Government(s), support the network of UNESCO sites and projects across the UK, and support UNESCO’s global mission to be effective and joined up.
About Local to Global
This role is part of a high-profile UKNC led project: ‘Local to Global’ – made possible with support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund from October 2022 – October 2024.
The UK is home to 45 UNESCO land-based Designated Sites geographically covering 13% of the country and which contain the UK’s most prized cultural and natural heritage. This includes World Heritage sites, Global Geoparks and Biosphere Reserves.
Local to Global is about developing a resilient network for UNESCO Designated Sites in the UK. A more resilient network requires a more resilient National Commission. The selected consultant will come on board at a pivotal time as we consider the legacy of the first two years of the project and prepare to submit further fundraising applications to support this work.
By the end of this contract in August 2024, the organisation will have:
** Please Note: the UKNC Delivery Framework is currently under review – the linked preview document should provide an adequate area of focus for this brief and we will be able to share the full delivery framework with the successful candidate.
We are keen not to take a prescriptive role in defining how the consultant delivers the above but to give prospective candidates a sense of what we’re expecting, some activities could include:
Timeline and contract management
We expect the commissioned Business Development consultant to begin in early February 2024 and to be completed by August 2024. Key dates will be confirmed with the UKNC once in post.
The anticipated budget is £9,000 (including all expenses and VAT). The payment schedule will be structured in the following instalments:
The UKNC’s Project Implementation Manager will manage the Business Development consultant.
We request all prospective applicants submit a CV (two pages max) and a proposal. Proposals should be a maximum of 1,500 words and tell us how you will structure this work by including:
The UKNC will assess proposals against the following points:
Submitting an application
All applications should be submitted to the UKNC Project Implementation Manager, Liam Smyth: [email protected]
Please contact Liam if you would also like an informal conversation about the role before applying
All applications should be received no later than: 5pm on Monday 29 January 2024
Interviews: Tuesday 6 February 2024
The successful applicant will be expected to commence work week commencing Monday 12 February 2024. We are unfortunately unable to provide feedback to applicants who are not selected by our panel for interview.
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