SDG Impact Management Specialist


Location : New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Application Deadline :07-Nov-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
15-Nov-2018
Duration of Initial Contract :3 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :3 months

Background

SDG Impact was launched on 25 September 2018 at the General Assembly by the UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner. SDG Impact seeks to refine UNDP’s offering to the private sector by launching a new platform that would provide investors (financial and corporate), with clear guidance, tools, and insights to catalyze and leverage SDG aligned investments. By promoting the development and adoption of universally agreed standards for SDG-enabling investment and supporting private sector actors to meet those standards, UNDP can catalyze much-needed private capital in support of the achievement of the SDGs.  

The Impact Management Specialist supports the Project Manager and other project team members with the delivery and achievement of project objectives based on the established work plan and budget.


Duties and Responsibilities

Objective and Scope

Informed by discussions with external investors and UNDP staff across Bureaus and Country Offices, SDG Impact’s initial set of private sector products are organized within three areas: 

  1. Impact management: Supporting certification standards to verify SDG contributions and tools to enable SDG-aligned investment at scale 
  2. Impact intelligence: Data-driven, investor-oriented market insights that illuminate specific sectors, geographies, or thematic areas of interest 
  3. Impact facilitation: Matchmaking services and impact diligence for investors seeking to advance SDG progress within their portfolios 

 

Duties and Responsibilities

Under this assignment, the international consultant will:

  1. Support the contracting and design of the impact management products, in accordance with the workplan of SDG Impact, as well as the pilot implementation of the products with selected UNDP country offices and any other relevant stakeholders. 
  2. Provide bi-weekly status updates on the pilot initiatives, including any issues requiring immediate attention and suggested actions.
  3. Develop a communications strategy and plan for the SDG Impact initiative, and provide support on communications, presentations, and the SDG Impact web portal, particularly as they relate to the pilot exercise.
  4. Provide specific support to Country Offices on implementation of pilots focusing on the investor-facing aspects, including drafting of reports, updates, deliverables.


Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards and acts in accordance with the Standards of Conduct for international civil servants.
  • Advocates and promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent knowledge of impact management principles, practices, standards, including the work of IMP and similar entities.
  • Ability to quickly grasp and synthesize inputs from a range of technical, non-technical, management, investor groups. 
  • Ability to advocate and provide technical advice on impact management.
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision.
  • Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office.
  • Sensitivity to and responsiveness to all partners, respectful and helpful relations with all UN/UNDP staff.
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.


Required Skills and Experience

Education

Masters degree in Finance, International Relations, Business Management, with demonstrative interest/focus on impact management.

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • At least 5 years of practical working experience in the field of impact management.
  • Knowledge of impact management principles, practices, standards, including the work of IMP and similar entities.
  • Knowledge of international development issues, programmes, and finance.

Language

Fluent in written and spoken English, with exceptional ability to write professional documents for investor audience.

 

Application Procedure

The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):

  • Online application with brief description of why the Offeror considers her/himself the most suitable for the assignment; and
  • Personal CV, indicating all past experience from similar projects and specifying the relevant assignment period (from/to), as well as the email and telephone contacts of at least three (3) professional references.

Note: The above documents need to be scanned in one file and uploaded to the online application as one document.

Candidates meeting mininum requirements will be contacted to submit a Financial Proposal.

The financial proposal should specify an all-inclusive daily fee (based on a 7-hour working day - lunch time is not included - and estimated 21.75 days per month).

The financial proposal must be all-inclusive and take into account various expenses that will be incurred during the contract, including: the daily professional fee; cost of travel from the home base to the duty station and vice versa, where required; living allowances at the duty station; communications, utilities and consumables; life health and any other insurance; risks and inconveniences related to work under hardship and hazardous conditions (e.g., personal security needs, etc.), when applicable; and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services under the contract.

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.
If the 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 a 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.

The Financial Proposal is to be emailed as per the instruction in the separate email that will be sent to those meeting minimum requirements.

Evaluation Process

Applicants are reviewed based on Required Skills and Experience stated above and based on the technical evaluation criteria outlined below.  Applicants will be evaluated based on cumulative scoring.  When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Being responsive/compliant/acceptable; and
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation where technical criteria weighs 70% and Financial criteria/ Proposal weighs 30%.

Technical Evaluation - Total 70% (700 points):

Criteria 1- Masters degree in Finance, International Relations, Business Management, with demonstrative interest/focus on impact management.  (10% weight; maximum 70 points)
Criteria 2 - Proven practical working experience in the field of impact management. (50% weight; maximum 350 points)
Criteria 3 - Proven knowledge of impact management principles, practices, standards, including the work of IMP and similar entities (20% weight; maximum 140 points)
Criteria 4 - Strong knowledge of international development issues, programmes, and finance  (20% weight; maximum 140 points)

Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (490 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (700 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.

Financial evaluation - Total 30% (300 points)

The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:

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
 Contract Award

Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into contract with UNDP.

Institutional arrangement

The consultant will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the Project Manager and will be responsible for the fulfilment of the deliverables as specified above.

Payment modality

  • Payment to the Individual Contractor will be made based on the actual number of days worked, deliverables accepted and upon certification of satisfactory completion by the manager.
  • The work week will be based on 35 hours, i.e. on a 7-hour working day (lunch excluded), with core hours being between 9h00 and 18h00 daily.

 

Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):

Annex 1 - IC General Terms and Conditions

 

 


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