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Consultancy – Industry Expert - Forestry Sector, BPPS/SDG Finance
|Location :||Home based with possible travel to Papua New Guinea (if COVID restrictions are lifted)|
|Application Deadline :||30-Mar-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Up to 25 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Up to 25 working days from start date until Dec 2022|
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 United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the knowledge frontier organization for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy and programme work, carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office (CO) levels, form a contiguous spectrum of deep, local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. Within this context, UNDP invests in a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan.
The UNDP Tax for Sustainable Development Goals Initiative (Tax for SDGs) is managed by the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS’s) Sustainable Finance Hub (SFH), with resource persons embedded in the SDG Finance Teams in Amman, Bangkok, Istanbul, Panama and Pretoria.
The UNDP Tax for SDGs has a particular emphasis on linking tax administration and tax and fiscal policies with the broader SDGs. Building on UNDP Country Office portfolios and already existing engagements with Ministries, UNDP will bring a stronger focus on the role of tax and fiscal policy in achieving Agenda 2030. The project places a particular focus on reducing gender and social inequalities in tax and fiscal policy as well as taking forward climate action and environmental goals, and health outcomes. Representing the views of developing countries in the global normative tax discussions is critical and to this effect the UNDP Tax for SDGs will also work to bring evidence and perspectives from developing countries into the regional and international discussions on taxation.
As part of Tax for SDGs, jointly with OECD, the UNDP is implementing the Tax Inspectors Without Borders Initiative (TIWB). TIWB is a hands-on approach to help developing countries collect their fair share of taxes by building their tax audit capacities. The TIWB has been undertaking an audit assistance programme programme for the Papua New Guinea Inland Revenue Commission (IRC) in the field of international tax auditing, focused on the forestry industry, under TIWB programme F2018-0014 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG) since January 2019. The programme is supported by two tax audit experts. Under TIWB programme IE2018-02 an industry expert completes the international team of experts.
Implementation of tax reforms and improved tax administration shall support PNG to fully fund the country’s development agenda and to achieve the country’s long-term vision of prosperity for all Papua New Guineans.
The deployment of a forestry expert will help support IRC’s objective to implement its rules on taxation of multinational enterprises in a way that the IRC:
1. Enhances transfer pricing and general audit skills of IRC auditors through practical on-the-job training.
2. Increases audit quality and effectiveness in sector-specific knowledge in the forestry industry.
3. Generates additional revenues from audit adjustments where appropriate.
4. Improves audit procedures and processes including risk selection and analysis methodology.
Duties and Responsibilities
The TIWB is seeking a forestry industry expert to support the IRC by improving their officials’ understanding of forestry sector value chains and timber pricing mechanisms, in addition to the associated risks, in order to effectively audit MNEs in the forestry industry. The Work shall complement the broader efforts of tax audit assistance under the TIWB programme F2018-0014. The Expert will work directly with the designated tax audit officials of IRC and in partnership with the international TIWB tax audit experts.
The scope of work will encompass:
Specifically, the IRC requires support in the following areas:
The Expert will be expected to maintain the same level of secrecy regarding confidential taxpayer information and IRC policy issues as is an officer of IRC.
IRC will arrange the necessary permissions to allow IRC confidential items (including taxpayer files) to be legally made available to the Expert if necessary. IRC will also arrange the necessary processes to require Expert to maintain secrecy concerning confidential information on taxpayers and IRC policy.
Required Skills and Experience
The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):
Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects and specifying the relevant assignment period (from/to), as well as the email and telephone contacts of at least three (3) professional references;
Note: The above documents need to be scanned in one file and uploaded to the online application as one document.
Shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal.
The Financial Proposal is to be emailed as per the instruction in the separate email that will be sent to shortlisted candidates.
Applicants are reviewed based on Required Skills and Experience stated above and based on the technical evaluation criteria outlined below. Applicants will be evaluated based on cumulative scoring. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical evaluation - Total 70% (70 points):
Having reviewed applications received, UNDP will invite the top three shortlisted candidates for interview. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (49 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (70 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.
Financial evaluation - Total 30% (30 points)
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
p = y (µ/z), where
p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal
µ = price of the lowest priced proposal
z = price of the proposal being evaluated
Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into contract with UNDP.
E. Duration of Work
The assignment is for appr. 25 working days in the period of April - December 2022. The specific mission dates will be mutually agreed upon by IRC and the contracted Expert and confirmed to the TIWB Secretariat/UNDP.
F. Duty Station - Travel
The assignment is home-based. A blended approach, including physical missions is possible if COVID-19 situation allows. Any mission travel will be funded based on UNDP travel regulations.
The work week will be based on 35 hours, i.e. on a 7 hour working day, with core hours being between 9h00 and 18h00 daily.
Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):
Annex 1 - UNDP P-11 Form for ICs
Annex 2 - IC Contract Template
Annex 3 – IC General Terms and Conditions
Annex 4 – RLA Template
Any request for clarification must be sent by email to email@example.com
The UNDP Central Procurement Unit will respond by email and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all applicants.