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International Consultant - Change Agent: Competences and Culture for System Change and Portfolios
|Location :||Home-based, no travel required, THAILAND|
|Application Deadline :||10-Oct-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|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 :||1 October 2022 – 30 April 2023|
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.
UNDP works with countries to expand people’s choices for a fairer, sustainable future, to build the world envisioned by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with planet and people in balance. As shown by the UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2022-2025, the challenge of the next four years is to accelerate and scale up development results significantly, bringing the Sustainable Development Goals back within reach. Towards that end, UNDP will support change in three directions:
• Structural transformation, particularly green, inclusive and digital transitions;
• Leaving no one behind, a rights-based approach centred on human agency and human development;
• Building resilience to respond to systemic uncertainty and risk.
These are huge, whole-of-society puzzles that require collective efforts and integrated approaches. To be an effective partner in transformative change, UNDP has to build not just new skills, like systems thinking, but a new culture: one that embraces complexity, actively manages risk, continually adapts and seeks to learn alongside delivering results.
UNDP will look beyond sectoral challenges for opportunities for transformative change. It will continue to deliver projects, but will increasingly plan, align and manage them as portfolios comprising a mix of short, medium- and long-term interventions, supported by research, advocacy and investment. A portfolio approach means understanding issues from a systems perspective, leveraging linkages across interventions to achieve broader goals. This requires a different risk appetite, prepared to explore innovative options.
The Regional Innovation Centre (RIC) based at the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub, has been established by UNDP Asia-Pacific to leverage innovation to generate new development responses and robust development solutions, by developing new products, services and offers, new ways of solving development issues across the Governments and Country Offices within the UNDP Asia Pacific Region. The Centre provides a safe space to test development solutions through portfolios of policy experiments, new and innovative products and through scaling best practise solutions that exist within the region. The RIC works to foster an innovative culture that helps the UNDP, governments and other partners be on the front foot of spotting, understanding, and integrating new development approaches into their work. The Centre has a key role in helping deliver on the UNDP Strategic Plan 2022 – 2025 which has systems transformation, strategic innovation and digital transformation at its core.
Over the past two years, the RIC has been actively working with several Country Offices and city governments applying system-based approaches leading to design of several comprehensive and contextualized portfolios serving as foundation for system transformation in the respective jurisdictions. Based on this field work, the RIC has developed an in-house “Guidebook for Adopting Portfolio Approaches” to support organization efforts aimed at transformational change in the region and beyond.
Duties and Responsibilities
The scope of work:
The RIC has been working to continuously develop and iterate its in-house portfolio approach to help Country Offices and other stakeholders in developing their capability to deal with complex challenges through the supply of coherent policy options and inclusive community engagement. The RIC’s Guidebook outlines this approach through the “Sense&Frame - Engage&Position - Transform” framework. The RIC took a staggered approach in the process, with some portfolios already being in the transform phase moving into experimentation, and then to scale. At the same time, partner organizations very well realize that advancing system change and implementing portfolios requires more than the adoption of innovative methods like system thinking or portfolio design. More than that, it requires a shift in the way public organizations approach their work, by changes in competencies (skills, knowledge, and mindsets), and organizational culture. The role of this assignment is to jointly with the Portfolio Management Specialist, Impact & Learning Specialist to support RIC and the core teams at three UNDP Country Offices and local governments in delivering a selected group of portfolios, by facilitating and documenting the emergence and institutionalization of competences and cultures (C&C).
The scope of work includes three major segments under 2 interlinked dimensions: Competences and Culture for Transformation based on:
1. Understanding the current landscape and emerging practice in the contexts of system change initiatives undertaken by UNDP RIC:
2. Based on the ongoing experiences and as a component of the overarching Portfolio management and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) frameworks, design and iterate a supportive framework inclusive of:
3. Adaptive learning and codification:
Expected Outputs And Deliverables:
The expected outputs and deliverables will be agreed between the Consultant and the Regional Innovation Specialist and the Programme Specialist – Innovation and Knowledge, UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub, while working with the team members of the portfolio teams across the COs. UNDP BRH. The contractor is expected to deliver:
Duration: 1 October 2022 – 30 April 2023 (maximum 65 working days)
Duty Station: The consultant will be home-based. No travel is required for this assignment
Required Skills and Experience
Education: Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, International Development, Environmental Science, Transition or Complexity Science, Engineering, Design (e.g. industrial or service design, architecture, urban planning), Psychology or a related area.
Language: Fluency in English, both written and oral.
Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments:
The candidates must submit a financial proposal based on a lump sum amount. The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive of all costs components required to perform the work and complete deliverables identified in the Terms of Reference (ToR). This includes professional fee, communications, consumables, and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the consultant in completing the assignment. The contract price will be fixed output-based price regardless of extension of the herein specified duration.
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 based on UNDP rules and regulations. In general, UNDP shall not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.
Schedule of Payments:
Payment will be made after satisfactory acceptance and certification of the deliverables by the Regional Innovation Specialist and/or the Programme Specialist - Innovation and Knowledge; in accordance with UNDP procedures as per below percentages:
Evaluation Method and Criteria:
Cumulative Analysis: The candidates will be evaluated through Cumulative Analysis method. When using the 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 (70%)
***Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 points or above in the Desk review would be considered for the interview.
Financial Evaluation (30%)
After interview, candidates who secure a minimum of 140 points out of 200 points in technical evaluation, will be considered for financial evaluation. Financial proposals from all technically qualified candidates will be scored out 30 marks based on the formula provided below. The maximum marks (30) will be assigned to the lowest financial proposal.
All other proposals will receive points according to the following formula:
Contract award: Applicant receiving the Highest Combined Score and has accepted UNDP's General Terms and Conditions will be awarded the contract.
Instructions to Applicants: Click on the "Apply now" button. Input your information in the appropriate Sections: personal information, language proficiency, education, resume and motivation. Upon completion of the first page, please hit "submit application" tab at the end of the page then the uploading option for the required document will be available.
Interested candidate must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document:
1. Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability with Financial Proposal (in USD) using the template provided as Annex III
Financial proposal: Candidate shall quote an all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided for the entire assignment. The term “all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, consumables, etc.) that could be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment are already factored into the proposed fee submitted in the proposal.
If an Offeror is employed by an organization/ company/ institution, 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), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.
This consultancy is a home-based assignment, therefore, there is no envisaged travel cost to join duty station.
In the case of unforeseeable travel requested by UNDP, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between UNDP and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed. In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.
2. P11 / Personal CV, indicating all past experience from similar projects and specifying the relevant assignment period (from/to), as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references with contact details.
3. Technical proposal (methodology, approach and implementation plan, proving knowledge on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning frameworks, and/or existing network and familiarity with system change and portfolio approach) that meets or exceeds the requirements of the TOR.
**Failure to submit the above-mentioned documents or Incomplete proposals shall result in disqualification
**Please group all your document into one (1) single PDF document as the application system only allows to upload maximum one document.
Incomplete proposals may not be considered. The short-listed candidates may be contacted, and the successful candidate will be notified.
Annex I - TOR IC - Change Agent Competences and Culture for System Change and Portfolios
***All documents can be downloaded at: https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=95521
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