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Re-Advertisement-Framework Agreement Consultant for operational guidance on UNDP financial instruments/grant-making modalities
|Location :||Home-based with missions to New York, USA|
|Application Deadline :||18-Apr-17 (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 :||One year|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Up to 3 years (max. 150 working days in the period) dependent on demand for services and performance|
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 candidates who have previously applied to this position need not to reapply
UNDP is updating its offering on financial instruments to respond to emerging interest from developing countries for support in designing, combining and sequencing financial instruments to achieve development objectives. This reflects an evolving development finance landscape, including an increased emphasis on blending public and private finance to improve development outcomes. The term ‘financial instrument’ refers to a product involved in the outflow of funds from UNDP to a beneficiary in the pursuit of development objectives.
In 2016, UNDP drafted an initial internal discussion paper and summary note on financial instruments. In November 2016, UNDP’s Operations Performance Group (OPG) endorsed the summary note’s recommendations, including – of relevance to this consultancy – to prioritize developing updated policies and operational guidance for (i) low value grants (micro capital grants); and (ii) performance based payments. These financial instruments were assessed as having high suitability to UNDP, high potential impact, high demand, and, in general, relatively lower associated fiduciary risks. This consultancy is to provide support to the development of these policies and guidance.
Low value grants (LVGs) and performance based payments (PBPs) may be categorized as ‘grant instruments’. UNDP’s approach to LVGs will build on UNDP’s existing Micro Capital Grant modality. LVGs are distinguished by being ex-ante payments to end-beneficiaries, with limitations on grant size due to their inherent higher risk. PBPs are distinguished by being ex-post payments, with funding provided on the delivery of development results, verified by independent third parties. UNDP may work on grant instruments both directly – providing funding directly to end-beneficiaries – or indirectly, via third party intermediaries (typically national partners and funds).
Within UNDP, its Bureau of Management Services (BMS), Bureau for External Relations and Affairs (BERA), and Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) are working collectively on these activities. An informal UNDP working group on financial instruments, comprised of staff members from BMS, BERA and BPPS, has been established and will be chaired by the Deputy Director of BMS and the Executive Coordinator of UNDP-Global Environmental Finance (UNDP-GEF) unit within BPPS. The working group will provide the consultant with guidance and access to all relevant documents. This consultant will report to the UNDP-GEF Executive Coordinator. It is expected that this consultancy will coordinate and provide inputs to other consultancies managed by BMS, working on the financial policies and fiduciary regulations related to these instruments.
Duties and Responsibilities
A number of potential tasks related to (i) low-value grants and (ii) performance-based payments are envisioned for the consultancy. The scope of the consultancy may include one or multiple such tasks, taking a flexible approach. Decisions on inclusion of specific tasks in the actual consultancy will be made on a case-by-case basis by mutual agreement between UNDP and the consultant.
Tasks may include the following work streams:
Low Value Grants (LVGs)
Performance Based Payments (PBPs)
Information on Working Arrangements:
Required Skills and Experience
Documentation to be submitted:
Kindly note you can upload only one document to this application (scan all documents in one single PDF file to attach).
UNDP Personal History form (P11) required of all applicants:
General Conditions of Contract for the ICs:
Annex II Offeror´s letter to UNDP confirming interest and availability for the Individual Contractor (IC) assignment