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Re-Advertisement-National Consultant to Develop Savings &credit Sustainability plan -
|Location :||Dhaka, BANGLADESH|
|Application Deadline :||20-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||25 working days over a period over two months|
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.
The Livelihoods Improvement of Urban Poor Communities (LIUPC) Project (also known as National Urban Poverty Reduction Programme-NUPRP) builds on the experiences of the former DFID, UNDP and GoB funded Urban Partnership for Poverty Reduction Project-UPPR (2007-2015), one of the largest urban poverty reduction intervention in the world which established a community based approach to reduce urban poverty working with more than 2,500 Community Organizations in 19 Paurashavas (Municipalities) and City Corporations. LIUPC will be implemented over a period of five years (2018-2023) to provide support towards contributing to balanced, sustainable growth and reduction of urban poverty in Bangladesh. LIUPC will work nationwide and cover poor people living in slums and informal settlements in selected Paurashavas and all City Corporations in Bangladesh.
The programme has five Outputs: -
Community led savings & credit programme:
Savings and Credit programme is one of the major components under Output-2 of the project along with other 5 thematic areas. It is a community banking system which is operated, managed, and controlled by the community itself. Savings & Credit Groups are managed by the CDC at community level. Each CDC maintains independent bank account for the transections and update their books of accounts following a set of passbooks and registers. The key role of LIUPCP is to facilitate and train the leadership of the community structures through Community Facilitators (CF) so that they can run the programme on their own. SCG is the front tier but CDC is the center to manage Savings & Credit activities. CDC cluster and Town Federation provides guidance and problem solution support in the management of this SCG fund. Usually, 15 to 20 members participate in each SCG and 150 to 300 members associated under a Community Development Committee (CDC). SCG members participate in the weekly meeting and they pay their savings and loan instalment in that meeting. Usually, each member deposits BDT 10 taka per week and in some cases, they deposit BDT 100 taka per month or more as per their group & CDC decision. The vision of S & C activities is to build primary group sustainable with solidarity , promote savings habits and build financial management skills, and provide access to financial services at a rate less than that of the micro-finance institutions. To manage this S&C fund, SCG organises weekly meeting to collect & deposit savings. CDCs collect the savings of SCGs and approve the loans as recommended by all SCG members. LIUPCP provides capacity building support to the leaders of PGs, CDCs, Clusters and Federation to manage the SCG Fund efficiently. This community led savings & credit programme has basic difference with the NGOs run Micro Credit programme. The distinct features of this programme approach are to build social cohesion, bonding, and easy access to microfinance services. Moreover, it has an objective to free the urban poor from “vicious cycle of so-called microcredit’ programme.
At present, the project has mobilised 3,40,000 SCG members under 22,200 of Savings & Credit Group. SCG members have been accumulated total £4.68m savings into 19 cities/towns, of them they disbursed total £3.15 million loan among the members. There are huge potentials of this savings & credit component to contribute LIUPC project sustainability. Some of the key strengths articulated as below:
Present Capacity Gaps of Savings & Credit Programme:
The project has observed that the urban poor communities at different places demonstrated capacity gaps to manage savings & credit activities effectively and efficiently. On the other hand, there is also lacking setting up of an appropriate management mechanism since the beginning of the project. Lessons learnt from former similar nature project revealed that there was a gap of building institutional process at SCG/CDC level, which requires timely strategy not only to build community cohesiveness through savings mobilization and financing at household level, but also to pursue a vision of developing long term viability of community led savings and credit programme. Besides, due to lack of capacity of CDC office bearers in a few areas e.g., portfolio management, fund management and accounts management etc. many of the CDCs became weaker. Some significant capacity gaps and challenges articulated here to draw an appropriate sustainable plan for the Savings & Credit Component and provide capacity development support to the urban poor accordingly.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
This consultancy will focus on develop an appropriate sustainable plan for Savings & Credit programme. Therefore, LIUPCP can prepare appropriate roll out plan following the sustainability plan. He/she will assess the present strengths, weakness of the component and reviewing the good practices nationally & internally to design appropriate solutions to make it sustainable.
Under the guidance of the Project Manager and with the day-to-day support from the Savings & Credit Coordinator or Component lead and coordination with other output coordinators, the consultant will be responsible to carry out the following, but not limited to these duties:
Expected Results and Deliverables
The main expected results of this consultancy are to design & development an appropriate saving & credit sustainable plan including roll out plan for the project & towns..
The main deliverables will be:
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
The Contract Administrator will be the Project Manager and with the regular support from the Savings & Credit Programme Coordinator and Social Mobilization & Community Capacity Building Coordinator of LIUPCP-NUPRP.
Duration of the Work
This assignment will last for over two months and will require 25 working days to complete the assignment. Tentative ontract start date 01 October 2021..
The consultancy will be Dhaka base with few field visit to interact with key stakeholders of the project.Due to Covid-19, may be 30%-50% works from Home-based and emaining tasks will be Office base
Travel and DSA:
No DSA will be paid at the duty station. If unforeseen travel outside the duty station not required by the Terms of Reference is requested by UNDP, and upon prior agreement/approval, such travel shall be at UNDP’s expenses and the individual contractor shall receive a per-diem not to exceed United Nations daily subsistence allowance rate in such other location(s).
The Consultancy will undertake the following tasks to achieve the objective of this assignment:
Required Skills and Experience
Minimum Eligibility Criteria:The essential qualification of the consultant is listed below. CVs must be tailored to demonstrate competence against these requirements. Failure to demonstrate experience against these eligibility criteria will result in proposals being discarded.
When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual Consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% point in technical criteria would be considered for the Financial Evaluation
Technical Evaluation Criteria:
All technical qualified proposals will be scored out 30 based on the formula provided below. The maximum points (30) will be assigned to the lowest financial proposal. All other proposals received points according to the following formula:
p = y (µ/z)
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payment:
The financial proposal shall specify a total lump-sum amount and payment terms around specific and measurable qualitative and quantitative) deliverables. Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the ToR. To assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump-sum amount as indicated in Annexure-II.
Tentative payment schedule
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP; Personal CV, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references;
Brief description of why the individual considers him/her self as the most suitable for the assignment and Work plan, as to how they will approach and completed the assignment. Provide link for the relevant publications (at least 3);
Financial Proposal: Financial Proposal has to be submitted through a standard interest and availability template which can be downloaded from the link below: