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SDG Budget Tagging Consultant - Reference No. IC/SDGIRS/2022/25
|Location :||Colombo, SRI LANKA|
|Application Deadline :||31-May-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||7 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.
Realization of Sustainable Development Goals remains a challenge for Sri Lanka despite having made significant strides in reducing poverty and promoting social development over the last decades. Currently, Sri Lanka faces a period of adjustment as it addresses a challenging socio-economic context exacerbated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy framework of the Government, the Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour aligns with the spirit of the 2030 Agenda and commits to a programme of actions to achieve the SDGs through a focus on a productive citizenry, happy family, disciplined society and prosperous nation.
‘Better budgeting’ in the context of 2030 Agenda means explicit and measurable presentation of SDG targets in budget allocations and reports (and in other elements of the budget cycle) and use of those in budget decision-making. When SDGs become part of the country’s national policy framework, it is crucial that the process is then followed by SDG integration into the countries’ budgetary frameworks. This is essential to ensure that the policy prioritizations are expressed in budgets as the latter is the strongest domestic legal basis that re?ects countries’ commitments to 2030 Agenda and its related SDGs. If not integrated into the budgets, then it is very likely to expect disconnects between the strategic planning frameworks that have made commitments to the 2030 Agenda on the one hand, and public budgets that remain driven by “business as usual” on the other.
With over five decades of experience in Sri Lanka and with a global footprint spanning over 150 countries, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) along with National Budget Department and the Sustainable Development Council along with other members of the Technical Working Committee on SDG Budget Tagging, has undertaken the task of integrating the SDGs into the National Budget process. This would enable allocation of public resources with targeted application and minimal wastage, especially given the current constrains in the fiscal space. In turn, such a comprehensive yet simple measure could lend support to Government decision-makers via a whole-of-society approach to problem-solving, combining energies of different departments, and ministries where required.
Scope of Work
This proposed policy-based and standardized codification system would identify, tag, and monitor SDG initiatives across government agencies through the National Budget, thereby strengthening the country's SDG planning, implementation, and financing capabilities. The objectives of SDG Budget Coding and Tagging system are to:
a. Stand as an effective basis for allocation and prioritization of public resources on SDG programs through:
b. Promoting coherence by fostering links between the government budget and SDG related policies by:
c. Identifying and make recommendations on financing opportunities to accelerate SDG implementation.
Against this backdrop, the UNDP is looking to commission an independent consultant to support the Sri Lankan government in designing and implementing an SDG budget coding and tagging system. The assignment should be carried out in close consultation with Government partners i.e. Sustainable Development Council, National Budget Department, National Planning Department, relevant sector Ministries and UNDP’s technical advisers as well as other relevant national stakeholders including development partners, donors, civil society and sample selection of beneficiaries.
Duties and Responsibilities
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
The objective of this assignment is to establish the framework for the SDG Budget Coding and Tagging Systems and Processes. The Consultant will provide overall technical guidance and methodological support for the design, and implementation of the system, which includes the following phased deliverables:
All the outputs will require approval of the Technical Working Committee and other relevant stakeholders. Required approvals will be facilitated by the SD Council and UNDP.
Note: Some deliverables mentioned above will need to be conducted in parallel
The consultant will work under the supervision and the overall guidance of the UNDP Country Office, working very closely with the SDG Integration Specialist and the Public finance management and budgeting for SDGs expert from the UNDP’s Sustainable Finance Hub. The consultant will undertake the exercise in close collaboration with the government’s technical working committee on SDG budgeting, and other stakeholders.
Duration of the Work
The assignment will be delivered between June and December 2022.
Required Skills and Experience
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
Consultant must send a financial proposal based on Lump Sum Amount. The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive and include all costs components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee, travel costs, living allowance (if any work is to be done outside the IC´s duty station) and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment. The contract price will be fixed output-based price regardless of extension of the herein specified duration. Payments will be done upon completion of the deliverables/outputs and as per below percentages:
In the event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and the Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
Payments will be based on the submission on written reports specifying tasks accomplished and corresponding number of working days put in towards achieving the deliverables outlined above.
Evaluation Method and Criteria
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology
The award of the contract shall 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 set of weighted technical criteria (70%). and financial criteria (30%). Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.
Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 700 points)
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 490 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Shortlisted candidates may be called for an interview which will be used to confirm and/or adjust the technical scores awarded based on documentation submitted.
Evaluation method to be determined out of the following two options.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document:
How to apply
By accessing UNDP Jobs site: http://jobs.undp.org
Incomplete proposals may not be considered.
All Inclusive Lump Sum Fee: LKR (_______________________________________)
Amount in words:
Note: Payments will be based on invoices on achievement of agreed milestones i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR and certification of acceptance by the UNDP. The applicant must factor in all possible costs in his/her “All Inclusive Lump Sum Fee” including his/her consultancy and professional fee, travel (economy class flights is required to and from the Duty Station) honorarium, board and lodging, and any other foreseeable costs in this exercise. No costs other than what has been indicated in the financial proposal will be paid or reimbursed to the consultant. UNDP will only pay for any unplanned travel outside of this TOR and Duty Station on actual basis and on submission of original bills/invoices and on prior agreement with UNDP officials. Daily perdiums and costs for accommodation/meals/incidental expenses for such travel shall not exceed established local UNDP DSA rates.
For an Individual Contractor who is 65 years of age or older, and on an assignment requiring travel, be it for the purpose of arriving at the duty station or as an integral duty required travel under the TOR, a full medical examination and statement of fitness to work must be provided. Such medical examination costs must be factored in to the financial proposal above. Medical examination is not a requirement for individuals on RLA contracts.
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UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workplace, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.