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Senior Advisor - Private Sector
|Location :||New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA|
|Application Deadline :||19-Feb-18 (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 :||11 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||11 months|
Anchored in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and committed to the principles of universality, equality and leaving no one behind, the UNDP vision for the Strategic Plan, 2018-2021 sets out a vision for the evolution of UNDP over the next four years, responding to a changing development landscape and the evolving needs of our partners. A critical partner in the delivery of the Strategic Plan is the private sector. It is recognized that the SDG’s cannot be achieved with existing levels and forms of development assistance; The continued growth in private sector investment and its shift to developing markets indicates a potential to help close this gap; as such, leveraging private sector financing and broader engagement with the private sector is viewed as critical for helping countries to achieve the Goals, and for the achievement of the Strategic Plan.
UNDP’s Istanbul International Center for Private Sector Development (IICPSD), Country Offices, and Regional and Central Bureau’s and Units have been forging a wide array of partnerships with the private sector; while the initiatives have delivered key results, arguably the scale of ambition of the SDGs and the Strategic Plan demands that UNDP re-frame its engagement with the private sector at a scale of ambition that matches the requirements of the Member States and the SDGs. Within the broader span of private sector partnerships, engagement with the private sector will help to leverage additional financing to achieve the SDGs is a critical area of work for UNDP.
To this end, UNDP will embark on an innovative undertaking to validate new forms of partnership and programming with the private sector through which significant financing can be leveraged for achievement of the Strategic Plan and the SDGs. This initiative will embrace ‘start up’ principles and focus on developing a minimum viable product or servicing offering that can be taken to scale. This initiative will be housed within the Executive Office and implemented in close collaboration with the IICPSD, Regional Bureaus, the Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy, and country offices.
Duties and Responsibilities
The overall purpose of this assignment is to provide advisory support to the initiative in the following areas:
The Senior Advisor – Private Sector will leverage their experience, network, and knowledge in the subjects of impact investing, blended finance, alternative funding schemes, innovative financing models, and other areas to assist UNDP in scaling an existing initiative - or designing a new one - that will demonstrate the organization’s ability to leverage significant volumes of private sector financing to achieve the SDG’s and Strategic Plan. Broadly speaking, the primary tasks will involve provision of high level advice on the topic of finance for development, partnership analysis and brokering, and advocacy to key constituencies. The technical inputs of the Senior Advisor will both draw on and inform UNDP’s ongoing work in the areas of partnership and programming with the private sector. It is important to recognize that the Consultant will have significant scope to inform the priorities and partnerships to drive the development of the initiative. The assignment will be conducted primarily as home based, with a mission to NY once per month, and other travel as necessary.
The Senior Advisor – Private Sector will be directly responsible to the Senior Advisor – Business Model and Process in the Executive Office, and will work in close collaboration with the Programme Advisor, Executive Office. Progress reporting will be made monthly in person to the Senior Advisor – Business Model and Process and Programme Advisor, Executive Office and focus on achievement of the outputs noted above, opportunities that have arisen and may be relevant for the UNDP IICPSD and other Bureau/Units to take forward, and other pertinent matters. Outputs will be certified by the Programme Advisor, Executive Office. During their work, the Senior Advisor – Private Sector will interact regularly with the Director of the IICPSD, Senior Advisors within the Executive Office, Bureau Directors and their Deputies, and staff members engaged in private sector programming and partnerships in UNDP. Presentations to donors, interested private sector, academia, civil society and other actors will also occur to advance the completion of outputs noted above.
Duration of the Work
The duration of the assignment is 11 months. The expected start date is 1 March 2018 and the end of contract will be 30 January 2019, or sooner should the outputs be completed in advance of this date. This time frame is set against the initial phase of implementation of the new Strategic Plan 2018-2021, as the assignment is deemed critical to advancing UNDP’s work in relation to the private sector. Delays to the completion of the work will hamper UNDP’s ability to innovate with private sector financing in the delivery of the Strategic Plan.
The assignment is predominantly home-based with eight missions (duration of five nights stay each) to UNDP headquarters in New York, and to global and regional events as necessary.
Required Skills and Experience
Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
Remuneration for this contract will be via a lump sum amount, delivered in a payment schedule corresponding to the outputs noted above in Table D. The lump sum amount will be inclusive of travel costs and daily subsistence allowances at the prevailing UN rates for the missions to New York. Any other travel will be arranged separately. The contract price will be fixed at the lump sum amount regardless of any changes within the underlying cost components.
Recommended Presentation of Offer
Candidates are expected to provide the following documents in the presentation of their offer:
a) Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;
b) 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;
c) Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a methodology, if applicable, on how they will approach and complete the assignment.
d) Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs. Note: the contract envisages 8 trips to New York, 5 nights duration for each visit. The Financial proposal should specify the proposed travel costs and use the UN DSA prevailing rate of USD$410/night for New York.
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer
Selection of the best offer will follow the combined scoring method, whereby the qualifications and methodology will be weighted a maximum of 70%, and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a max of 30%. Candidates will be evaluated based on the criteria noted below. Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 700 points (70%) at the Technical Evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
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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.