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Senior Technical Consultant to Assess the Social and Economic Impact of COVID-19 for Region 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula)
|Location :||Home-based, PHILIPPINES|
|Application Deadline :||06-Aug-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||22 days (August 2021 to September 2021)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||22 days (August 2021 to September 2021)|
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
Rapid Socio-economic Impact Assessment of COVID-19 in Mindanao and BARMM
Joint Research of UNDP Philippines and the Mindanao Development Authority
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing substantive losses among farmers, enterprises and businesses affecting the whole value and supply chains resulting to losses in jobs, income, productivity, among others. The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) estimated PhP428.7 billion to PhP1.355 trillion forgone Gross Value Added (GVA) outputs (considered the following: transport, tourism, exports, remittances, consumption and Luzon-enhanced community quarantine). Given that nine (9) out of 10 poorest provinces are in Mindanao, the COVID-19 impact obviously will be much in the island region, more so in the Bangsamoro Administrative Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), with four (4) of its provinces in the 10 poorest provinces of the country.
While there are already initial studies done on the possible impact of the pandemic to the socio-economic lives of the Filipinos, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has expressed the need to complement NEDA and the Department of Finance (DOF) impact assessments in the context of the peculiar setting of Mindanao vis-à-vis BARMM and the role of Mindanao in the Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippine-East Asian Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA), which needs a more focused/in-depth socio-economic study. Moreover, the MinDA is now updating the Mindanao 2020 Peace and Development Framework Plan, which the pandemic impact will have substantive effect on the short, medium and long-term policies, plans and programs under the “new normal” condition brought by the COVID-19.
In the newly established BARMM the pandemic is expected to worsen the already deplorable condition of the population. Existing vulnerabilities can get worse and will put undue pressure to the newly established government tied up with the challenges of transition. A comprehensive study of the socio-economic impact of the pandemic can help the new government in crafting its recovery plan. It will also be a valuable input to the review and finalization of the BARMM’s regional development plan which was recently passed but the “new normal” resulting from the COVID-19 the pandemic is not yet considered.
Rationale for the Consultancy
UNDP supports the endeavors of MinDA and the Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority (BPDA) to understand the socio-economic impact of COVID-19, specifically, to help in the early recovery and recovery of the most-affected and vulnerable groups in Mindanao and BARMM. Guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN remains committed to leaving no one behind. The risks of overlooking and neglecting the rights of people are great and grave, because time is of essence and resources are limited.
UNDP seeks to engage one (1) National Technical Consultant and six (6) Senior Technical Consultants who shall closely work together to conduct assessments in the following regions and sub-region in Mindanao: (1) Region 9 – Zamboanga Peninsula; (2) Region 10 – Northern Mindanao; (3) Region 11 – Davao Region; (4) Region 12 – SOCCSKSARGEN; (5) Region 13 – CARAGA; and (6) BARMM. The National Technical Consultant shall serve as the focal in line with coordination with partners and shall take the lead in consolidating all the regional assessments and writing the final assessment report.
All Consultants shall be under the supervision of the UNDP Team Leaders of Peace Team, Institutions and Partnerships Team and the Impact Advisory Team. They are also expected to work closely with the UNDP Cotabato Field office.
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK
The main objective of the study is to assess the social and economic impact of COVID-19 in Mindanao, and BARMM. The Senior Technical Consultant shall lead the regional assessment in Region 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula).
The assessment will include major impact channeling mechanisms including direct and indirect (can then be summarized graphically). This could be structured according to a) Major channeling mechanisms; b) Impacts; and, c) Policy recommendations and further sub-divide policy recommendations according to short, medium and long term and different types of policy measures (with a focus on most vulnerable and at-risk groups).
The following are some of the major considerations for the assessment:
The results of the rapid assessment will input in identifying/prioritizing immediate and short-term interventions to help in the early recovery and recovery of the most-affected and critical sectors and to mitigate impacts of the crisis on most-affected populations. It will also include, recommendations for the medium and long-term development interventions especially with a greener and more inclusive and sustainable economic transformation, which is both risk and conflict informed.)
Specifically, on the assessment works for BARMM, the Consultant must consider the results of the UNDP rapid assessment of the socio-economic impact assessment of COVID-19 in the region. Gaps in the study must be identified to ensure alignment towards this assessment initiative.
Alignment of Rapid Impact Assessment Design / Methodology and Focus of Analyses Recommendations
Consider that Mindanao has 9 out of 10 poorest provinces in the country
SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES AND DELIVERABLES
Payments will be done upon satisfactory completion of the deliverables by target due dates. Outputs will be reviewed and certified by the Team Leaders - the Peace Team, Institutions and Partnerships Team and the Impact Advisory Team, in consultation with the focal of MinDA.
To ensure quality of outputs, MinDA and UNDP shall establish a Research Reference Group compose of relevant government agencies, CSOs and other potential stakeholder who are knowledgeable on Mindanao and BARMM’s socio-economic and peace contexts and are able to provide significant inputs to the socio-economic impact assessment works.?
The consultant is expected to deliver the following outputs.
The Consultant shall consider at least three (3) working days lead time for UNDP to review outputs, give comments, certify approval/acceptance of outputs, etc.
The Senior Technical Consultant shall be under the supervision of the UNDP Team Leaders - Peace Team, Institutions and Partnerships Team and the Impact Advisory Team.
DURATION OF WORK
The Consultant shall be engaged for 22 days from August to September 2021
Home-based. Work will be done remotely and communication to partners should be done online.
Required Skills and Experience
QUALIFICATION FOR UNDERTAKING THE ASSIGNMENT AND EVALUATION CRITERIA
Involvement in at least 1 project related to the conduct of regional socio-economic impact assessment in Mindanao and BARMM.
SCOPE OF PRICE PROPOSAL AND SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS
The Consultant should send financial proposal based on lump-sum amount for the delivery of the outputs. The total amount quoted shall include all costs of components required to deliver the services identified above, such as professional daily fee X number of person days for the project, supplies, mobile communications, etc.
The contract price will be fixed output-based price. Any deviations from the outputs and timelines will need to be agreed upon between the Consultant and UNDP and will be implemented upon issuance of contract amendment.
Medical/health insurance must be purchased by the individual at his/her own expense, and upon award of contract, the Consultant must be ready to submit proof of insurance valid during the contract duration.
Payments will be done upon satisfactory completion of the deliverables by target due dates. Outputs will be reviewed and certified by the Team Leaders of – Impact Advisory Team, Peace Team and the Institutions and Partnership Team of UNDP, prior to release of payments.
Furthermore, contracts will only be issued subject to the confirmation that Consultant is covered under personal health/medical and other insurances.
The Offers received will be evaluated using a combined scoring method - where qualifications will be weighted 70 points and combined with the price offer which will be weighted 30 points.
The CV will be reviewed using the criteria in the table below.Only offerors who will obtain a minimum of 49 out of 70 obtainable points will be shortlisted and considered eligible for evaluation of the financial proposal.
RECOMMENDED PRESENTATION OF OFFER
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their applications including the following:
Offerors must upload in one (1) file the aforementioned documents.
Templates for a) P11 Personal History Form and b)Offeror's Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability and Financial Proposal (Annex 2 of same document) are available through the link below. UNDP General Terms and Conditions for Individual Contractors are also available:
Incomplete submission of required documents may result in disqualification.
Please see deadline of submissions above.
In view of the volume of applications UNDP receives, only successful offerors will be notified.