National Consultant – Entrepreneurship Eco-Systems Program Specialist


Location : Dhaka, mostly home based, BANGLADESH
Application Deadline :05-Jul-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  

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

FutureNation, an alliance of the private, public and development sectors, is created to accelerate the Nation's future economic growth by enhancing the skills and potential of youth by identifying opportunities for development, employment, entrepreneurship, and investment in the post-pandemic situation.

FutureNation is a new coalition of the government, private and development sector leaders to accelerate the future national economic growth agenda by transforming the country’s population dividend into the key driving force of the economy and enabling them to achieve economic independence beyond borders.

The program has emerged in the context of the post-COVID world as a collective effort to create decent work and entrepreneurship opportunities for the nation.

The program envisions enabling Economic Opportunities for All in Bangladesh by 2041. The program also aspires to take a strategic position to become a leading economic enabler by building an agile eco-system connecting industry experts to accelerate economic opportunities through workforce capability development and relevant enablement supports.

The program not only aims to train the future workforce but also help them sustain themselves by connecting them to employment opportunities. The idea is that the youth workforce will be able to convert the set of skills learned from the training program into higher paid jobs both locally and globally which would yield a stream of income in years to come. The program will also focus on building the next generation of entrepreneurs across the nation.

The overall objective of the project is to achieve economic opportunity for all by transforming the country’s population dividend into the key driving force of the economy and enabling them with relevant skillset, decent employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.

Other specific objectives are: a) Awareness building and eco-system development, b) Workforce Development, c) Workforce Placement, d) Enterprise Development

The FutureNation will co-design the Geographic coverage along with partner UNDP projects/organization, the beneficiary selection mechanism and grievance mechanism will also design

in partnership with UNDP existing project. However, the project will cover the entire nation directly and indirectly.

The FutureNation will cover a widespread of demography primarily women and youth; including madrasa students, Dalit, person with disability, unemployed, peripheral and transgender population which will represent the entire nation geographically. This project will work with existing UNDP projects and create different models for skilling of targeted beneficiaries in collaboration with external private and public institutions.

The primary Target group of the project:

Graduate unemployed, Women, Non-graduate, Tertiary student, Migrant workers, Professionals

Objectives:

The objective of this consultancy will be to prepare Technical Assistance Framework and ProDoc, support developing FutureNation Entrepreneurship Eco-System for CMSME and Private sector partnership management for Employment generation for FutureNation Beneficiaries.


Duties and Responsibilities

Technical Assistance Framework and ProDoc Development:

  • Background research coordination and situation analysis.
  • Project concept review
  • Project components and beneficiary analysis
  • Project Log frame/Theory of change analysis
  • Project budget preparation and stakeholder consultation coordination
  • TAPP/ProDoc draft finalization and approval coordination

FutureNation Entrepreneurship Eco-System for CMSME development in BIDA:

  • Activating Entrepreneurship and Investment committee at Division and District level
  • FutureNation CMSME database development
  • CMSME one stop service center framework development
  • Investment promotion and linkage development for CMSME

Private sector partnership management for Employment generation for FutureNation Beneficiaries:

  • Map and analyze potential organizations for partnership with FutureNation to provide Employment to FutureNation beneficiaries
  • Private sector partner onboarding for Employment


Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

• Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN System’s values and ethical standards (human rights, peace, understanding between peoples and nations, tolerance, integrity, respect, results orientation impartiality (UNDP core ethics);

• Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the UN system; and displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability. 

Functional Competencies:

• Good communication and interpersonal skills and experience in working effectively in a multicultural environment.

• Teamwork, ability to establish and maintain effective working relations as a team member, in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect.

• Sound skills in documentation. Language Requirement:

• Excellent command over Bangla and English. In case of equal experience and qualifications women candidates will get preference.


Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualification:

Minimum Masters in science/social science/public policy/management or any relevant field.

Professional Experience:

  • Minimum 15 years overall working experience in public sector in various capacities in managerial and administrative service (both central and field administration).
  • Where experience with implementation capacity in any skills related project is required.
  • Where experience in designing/Planning/executing skills/entrepreneurship in any relevant project/works is required.

Impact of Results: 

The consultancy will enable FutureNation project with Technical Assistance Framework and ProDoc Development, FutureNation Entrepreneurship Eco-System for CMSME development and Private sector partnership management for Employment generation for FutureNation Beneficiaries.

Duration of Assigment and Duty Station:

The duration of the assignment is for 240 working days over a period of 12 months. Duty station in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (mostly home based).

Supervision, Reporting and Performance Evaluation:

The consultant will work closely with the FutureNation project team and will report to the National project Manager who will also carry out a performance evaluation at the end of the assignment.

Inputs:

  • Background study report;
  • Necessary resources: reports, journals, survey etc.
  • Well-equipped office space with furniture, laptop, printers etc.
  • Transport support;
  • Other administrative supports

Payment Schedule:

The total value of the contract is inclusive of transport, medical and other allowances.

Payments will be based on deliverables, made in 7 installments:

Deliverables

Deadline of deliverable (Tentative)

Payment Schedule

1st Installment: Inception report with a detailed work plan

30-07-2022

10% of total contract value

2nd Installment:

  • 1st Draft report on Technical Assistance Framework.
  • 1st Draft report on ProDoc Development.

30-09-2022

20% of total contract value

3rd Installment:

  • After submitting the final draft of the Technical Assistance Framework
  • After submitting final draft of the ProDoc.

30-11-2022

20% of total contract value

4th Instalment:

  • After submitting the report on “Activating Entrepreneurship and Investment committee at Division and District level”
  • After launching of CMSME database and one-stop service center of CMSMEs in Bangladesh

30-01-2023

15% of total contract value

5th Installment:

  • After submitting the report on “Map and analyze potential organizations for partnership with FutureNation to provide Employment to FutureNation beneficiaries”

       30-03-2023

20% of total contract value

6th Installment:

  • After onboarding 100 private sector organizations employment of FutureNation Beneficiaries

30-05-2023

10% of total contract value

7th Instalment:

  • After submitting (and accepted by the contract administrator) the Final report

30-06-2023

5% of total contract value

Evaluation:

Cumulative analysis using weighted scoring method will be applied to evaluate the applicant. The award of contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Responsive/ Compliant/ Acceptable with reference ToR and
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weight technical and financial criteria specific to the selection.

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical analysis would be considered for financial appraisal and ultimately therefore, for appointment.    

BASIS OF EVALUATION

Criteria

Weigh

Max. Point

Technical:

70%

70

Academic Qualification

10%

10

Experience in working in public sector i.e. promoting investment/ linkages with the local industries/ skills and any other related initiatives  

20%

20

Experience in designing/planning and executing skills/entrepreneurship or any other relevant project.

20%

20

Experience in designing/preparing contents and training modules related with entrepreneurship and or skills development activities.

10%

10

Experience in implementing and or supervising any government project.

10%

10

Financial:

30%

30

Total

 

100

Financial Evaluation: (Total obtainable score – 30)

All technically 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 receive points according to the following formula:

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 Recommended Presentation of Offer.

Recommended Presentation of Offer:

Interested individuals 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 or P11, 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/herself as the most suitable for the assignment and a methodology on how she/she will approach and complete the assignment.

Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided

Suppose an organization/company/institution employs an Offeror and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA). In this case, the Offeror must indicate this at this point and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated into the financial proposal submitted to UNDP. 

Note: The individual consultant who does not submit the above documents/requirements shall not be considered for further evaluation.



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