Senior Technical Consultant to Assess the Social and Economic Impact of COVID-19 in Region 12 (SOCCSKSARGEN)


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)
30-Aug-2021
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.


Background

PROJECT TITLE

Rapid Socio-economic Impact Assessment of COVID-19 in Mindanao and BARMM

Joint Research of UNDP Philippines and the Mindanao Development Authority

PROJECT BACKGROUND

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

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.

Deliverables/Outputs

Estimated Duration to Complete

Review and Approvals Required

Presentation of the Final Draft Mindanao SEIA Report to the Research Reference Group and submission of presentation materials.

 

5 days

Team Leaders

 

Impact Advisory Team

 

and/or

 

Institutions and Partnerships Team

 

and/or

 

Peace Team

Final datasets related to the impact of COVID-19 to the economic sectors in Region 12 (SOCCSKSARGEN)

 and uploaded in the Google Folder

5 days

Submission and presentation of the Final report on the socio-economic impact assessment of COVID-19 to Mindanao and BARMM and Accomplishment report

12 days

 

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. 

 

INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS

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.

  1. Joint oversight and implementation management arrangement will be exercised by UNDP, and the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA). To closely work with the Consultant, MinDA shall designate focal/s.

  2. For alignment with the other regional assessments in Mindanao, the consultant shall closely coordinate with other consultants in-charge of other regions in Mindanao and BARMM.

Considering the COVID-19 pandemic and the implementation of community quarantine in the country, all work of the consultant shall be done within the guidelines and protocols set by the national and local government.

 

DURATION OF WORK

The Consultant shall be engaged for 22 days from August to September 2021

 

DUTY STATION

Home-based. Work will be done remotely and communication to partners should be done online.

 

 


Competencies

 

Corporate Competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN mission, vision, values, and ethical standards
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Promotes UNDP’s agenda in meetings

 

Other Competencies

  • Ability to work in close collaboration with a group of national and international experts, to meet strict deadlines and plan the work according to priorities;
  • Demonstrates capacity to plan, organize, and execute effectively;
  • Initiative, good analytical skills, mature judgment and ability to work under tight schedule while respecting deadlines achievement, ethics and honesty;
  • Ability to establish effective working relations in a diverse environment
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Builds strong relationships with internal and external clients;
  • Demonstrated ability to function in a team environment and to deal with complex multi- stakeholder environment
  • Good ability to use information and communication technologies as tools and resources;
  • Excellent written communication and presentation/public speaking skills, focus on results, ability to interact productively in a teamwork environment


Required Skills and Experience

 

QUALIFICATION FOR UNDERTAKING THE ASSIGNMENT AND EVALUATION CRITERIA

The IC should meet the following minimum qualification:

Education

  • At least a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Statistics, Social Science, or any related field.

Experience

  • At least 5 years of relevant research experience in the areas of socio-economic impact assessment, rural development, policy evaluation, modelling, and econometrics; work experience with the Mindanao Development Authority, other government institutions, or multilateral development organization an advantage.

Involvement in at least 1 project related to the conduct of regional socio-economic impact assessment in Mindanao and BARMM.

 

Applications from qualified candidates will be desk reviewed by the UNDP Philippines’ selection panel.

 

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.

 

 

Payment Percentage

Expected Output

1

40%

Upon submission and acceptance of the following by UNDP:

  • Submission of Final Draft Regional SEIA Report
  • Presentation of the Final Draft Mindanao SEIA Report to the Research Reference Group and submission of presentation materials.

2

20%

Upon submission and acceptance of the following by UNDP:

  • Final datasets related to the impact of COVID-19 to the economic sectors in  Region 12 (SOCCSKSARGEN)

3

40%

  • Upon submission and acceptance of Final report on the socio-economic impact assessment of COVID-19 to Mindanao and BARMM and Accomplishment report by UNDP

 

 

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF THE BEST OFFER

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. 

 

Qualifications

Points Obtainable

Education

At least a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Statistics, Social Science, or any related field.

(14 points for Bachelor’s Degree, 18 points for a Master’s Degree, 20 points for a PhD)

20

Experience

 

At least 5 years of relevant research experience in the areas of socio-economic impact assessment, rural development, policy evaluation, modelling, and econometrics; work experience with the Mindanao Development Authority, other government institutions, or multilateral development organization an advantage.

 

(25 points for 5 years’ experience, additional point for each additional year; additional 5 points for work with the Mindanao Development Authority, other government institutions, or multilateral development organization, maximum 35 points)

 

 

35

Involvement in at least 1 project related to the conduct of regional socio-economic impact assessment in Mindanao and BARMM.

(11 points for 1 project, additional point for each additional project, maximum of 15 points)

15

TOTAL

70

 

 

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:

http://gofile.me/6xdJm/bE9TCw8fU

 

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.

 



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