National Consultant to Provide Support to the Joint Programme on INFF in Designing SDG Financing Strategies


Location : Home-based, PHILIPPINES
Application Deadline :28-Nov-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
09-Dec-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :40 days spread over 4 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :40 days spread over 4 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.


Background

The Joint SDG Fund Joint Programme on Reaping the Demographic Dividend and Managing the Socio-Economic Impact of COVID-19 by Applying an Integrated National Financing Framework in the Philippines (JP INFF and DD) will apply the building blocks of the Integrated National Financing Framework (INFF) to provide catalytic support – tools, technical assistance for strengthening systems, coordination, and consensus building on priorities as part of a whole of government approach in support of We Recover As One. It seeks to strengthen national planning and budgeting mechanisms to ensure more effective resource allocation and establish a more diversified financing framework that can leverage additional resources for the implementation of COVID-19 recovery strategies, and ultimately, the achievement of the SDGs in an integrated manner. UNDP (lead), UNFPA and UNICEF are the Participating UN Organizations in this Joint Programme, supported by the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office.

INFF is a country-owned planning and delivery tool that provides a framework for financing sustainable development at the national level. It aims to (1) bring together the full range of financing sources – public finance and tax, aid, borrowing, and private investments; (2) align resource flows and policies to support national development strategies or plans; and (3) lay out a strategy to increase investment, manage risks, and achieve sustainable development.

One of the outputs of the JP INFF is to co-design strategies or action plans related to the INFF and innovative financing strategies, particularly under the JPs sub-outcome 3 (Strategies to support financing of SDG-related programs on DD and AP developed). Based on the ongoing country diagnostics on SDG Financing in the Philippines, amidst the narrowing fiscal space that challenges the public sector in financing the needed immediate program actions to cushion the short-term impacts of the pandemic, and to support rehabilitation and recovery measures, the role of the private sector as a development co-actor becomes even more critical.  Building on the results of the ongoing Development Finance Assessment work, the JP INFF seeks to engage a National Consultant who will provide high-level support to the UNDP and JP INFF Core Group for the development of alternative and innovative financing strategies, with emphasis on the private sector engagement. 


Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work and Deliverables

The Consultant is expected to produce the following outputs:

  • Output 1: Inception Report. The inception report shall include (1) a conceptual framework to guide the analysis, (2) the key approaches in delivering the outputs of the consultancy, and (3) a workplan detailing the deliverables and their associated timelines.
  • Output 2: Report on the review of existing private sector engagement within a selected agency, in relation to its planning and budgeting systems and processes, to identify opportunities to establish INFF at an entity level. The Consultant shall assess a selected National Government Agency, from the social sector (e.g., DOH, DepEd, or DSDWD) on how INFF can be established at the entity level. Taking stock of the work done under the SDG Budget Tagging Exercise, as well as the DFA, the review will include an assessment of (1) the role and resource capabilities of the private sector, (2) the barriers that hinder them to participate in SDG financing, (3) their inclination, tendency, or willingness to support the SDG agenda.
  • Output 3: Report on the Proposed SDG Financing Strategy, highlighting the role of private sector, within the entity level. Taking off from the review process, the Consultant shall validate with the selected agency the findings of the assessment and submit a report that shall cover key recommendations on how the private sector can be tapped more effectively in the SDG financing work within the agency and make the frameworks/systems more coherent and aligned to the sustainable development goals.

The Individual Contractor is expected to accomplish the following activities with corresponding deliverables:

 

Deliverables/

Outputs

Duration to Complete

Target Due Dates (Tentative Due Dates)

Review and Approvals Required

Output 1: Inception Report

5 days

30 November 2022

JP INFF Coordinator and

 

UNDP Team Leader for Institutions and Partnerships Programme

Output 2: Report on the review of existing private sector engagement within a selected agency

15 days

10 January 2022

JP INFF Coordinator and

 

UNDP Team Leader for Institutions and Partnerships Programme

Output 3: Report on the Proposed SDG Financing Strategy, highlighting the role of private sector

20 days

15 February 2023

JP INFF Coordinator and

 

UNDP Team Leader for Institutions and Partnerships Programme

Institutional Arrangements

Under the overall guidance of the Team Leader of the Institutions and Partnerships Programme, UNDP Philippines, the Consultant will be under the direct supervision of the Joint Programme Coordinator with whom all outputs shall be submitted and through whom all communications shall be coursed or copied.

To achieve the intended results, the consultant will collaborate closely with the JP partner agencies, such as, but not limited to NEDA, DBM, and DOF, as well as with the other participating UN organisations, namely UNICEF and UNFPA, throughout the assignment period. UNDP shall provide comments and approve outputs within 10 working days upon receipt of output.                                                                                                                

UNDP Philippines will not provide a workstation, administrative support, transportation, or ICT equipment for the consultant. The consultant is expected to have his/her own equipment, office space, and internet connectivity.

Duration of Assignment, Duty Station and Travel

Duration: The consultant will be engaged for 40 working days spread across the period of 1 November 2022 to 28 February 2023 unless revised in a mutually agreed upon timetable by UNDP and the Contractor. Changes in the duration of the contract will be implemented through issuance of a contract amendment.

Duty Station: Home-based.

Considering the COVID-19 pandemic and declaration of State of Public Health Emergency in the Philippines, all work and travel of the Individual Consultant shall be done within the guidelines and protocols set by the local and national government. Field work, trainings, meetings, and coordination shall be done in compliance with community quarantine policies

Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments

  1. The Contractor should send the financial proposal based on a lump-sum amount for the delivery of the outputs identified below. The total amount quoted shall be “all inclusive” (professional daily fees X number of days, communications, etc.) that could possibly be incurred by the Contractor should be factored into the final amount submitted in the proposal. Travel, as deemed relevant by UNDP and compliant with government guidelines on community quarantine, will be arranged and paid for by UNDP and should not be included in the financial proposal.
  2. Medical/health insurance must be purchased by the individual at his/her own expense, and upon award of contract, the Contractor must be ready to submit proof of insurance valid during contract duration
  3. The contract price will be fixed output-based price. Any deviations from the output and timeline will be agreed upon between the Contractor and UNDP.

Payments will be done upon satisfactory completion of the delivery by target due dates. Outputs will be certified by the JP INFF Coordinator prior to release of payments.

 

DELIVERABLE

Target Due Dates

PERCENT OF FEE

1

Output 1: Inception Report

30 November 2022

20%

2

Output 2: Report on the review of existing private sector engagement within a selected agency

10 January 2022

35%

3

Output 3: Report on the Proposed SDG Financing Strategy, highlighting the role of private sector

15 February 2023

45%

 

TOTAL

-

100%

 

Criteria for Selection of Best Offer

 

The Offers received will be evaluated using a combined scoring method - where technical proposal will be weighted 70 points and combined with the price offer which will be weighted 30 points.  

The CV will be reviewed using the criteria in the table below. Only offerors who will obtain a minimum of 70% or 49 out of 70 obtainable points will be shortlisted and considered for evaluation of financial proposal. 

Criteria

Max Points

At least Master's degree in finance, public financial management, economics, or other relevant fields.

 

10.5 points for master's degree; 4.5 additional points for any other higher level of learning

15

Minimum of seven (7) years of experience in the public sector (field of finance, public financial management, economics, or other relevant fields)

 

Experience in government budget and planning systems is an advantage.

 

17.5 points for 7 years, additional point for each additional year, additional 3 points for experience in government budget and planning systems

25

At least five (5) years of experience working with governments and multi-stakeholders in similar country level work rooted in public policy reforms and proven ability to lead consultations and facilitate dialogue among senior government officials and other senior stakeholders.

 

Experience in Integrated National Financing Framework (INFF) is an advantage.

 

10.5 points for 5 years, additional points for each additional year, additional 2 points for experience in INFF

15

At least five (5) years of research and analytical experience in areas of public financing policy for   sustainable development

 

10.5 points for 5 years, additional points for each additional year

15

Proficiency in the English Language

 

Indicate pass or fail mark based on sample written work submitted. A link of sample work can be indicated in the CV.

Pass/Fail

TOTAL

70 points

 


Competencies

Corporate Competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN mission, vision, values, and ethical standards
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Promotes UNDP's agenda in meetings

Other Competencies

  • Ability to work in close collaboration with a group of national and international experts, to meet strict deadlines and plan the work according to priorities;
  • Demonstrates capacity to plan, organize, and execute effectively;
  • The initiative, good analytical skills, mature judgment, and ability to work under tight schedule while respecting deadlines achievement, ethics, and honesty;
  • Ability to establish effective working relations in a diverse environment
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Builds strong relationships with internal and external clients;
  • Demonstrated ability to function in a team environment and to deal with a complex multi-stakeholder environment
  • Good ability to use information and communication technologies as tools and resources;

Excellent written communication and presentation/public speaking skills focus on results, ability to interact productively in a teamwork environment


Required Skills and Experience

  • At least Master’s degree in finance, economics, or other relevant fields;

·       Minimum of seven (7) years of experience in the public sector, particularly in the field of finance, public financial management, economics, or other relevant fields;

·       At least five (5) years of experience in working with governments and multi-stakeholders in similar country level work rooted in public policy reforms; and

  • At least five (5) years of experience in leading consultations and facilitating dialogues among senior government officials and other senior stakeholders.

Language requirement: Fluency in English (written and spoken), and an ability to summarize and present information effectively.

Recommended Presentation of Offer

  1. Duly accomplished Offeror's Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability for the IC that indicates the all-inclusive lumpsum contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided; 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;
  2. Financial Proposal (Annex 2 of Offeror's Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability)- use UNDP Template
  3. Personal CV or P11 Personal History Form, 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; 
  4. At least 2 samples of relevant written work, specifically on SDG financing, SDG budget tagging, public financial management, and/or public and private sector financing.
  5. Medical/health insurance must be purchased by the individual at his/her own expense, and upon award of contract, the consultant must be ready to submit proof of insurance valid during contract duration.

Offerors must upload in one (1) file the documents mentioned above.

Templates for a) P11 Personal History Form and b)  Offeror's Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability and Financial Proposal (Annex 2) are available through the link below. UNDP General Terms and Conditions for Individual Contractors  are also available:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1vB63DIM-ogrwNGNyj22jBaQnYP6k7p4f?usp=sharing

Incomplete submission of required documents may result in disqualification.

Please see the deadline of submissions above.

Because of the volume of applications UNDP receives, only shortlisted offerors will be notified.



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