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IC to Support on the operationalization of the DFA roadmap
|Location :||Dili, Timor Leste|
|Application Deadline :||06-Dec-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding|
|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 :||105 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||December 2018 - June 2019|
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.
Significant changes are taking place in the development finance landscape worldwide. Developing countries like Timor-Leste are going through transition in terms of mobilizing and managing resources - both domestic and external as well as public and private - to finance their development plans and aspirations. Timor-Leste has made a strong commitment to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is part of the High-Level Champion’s Group for SDGs, and has officially endorsed the SDGs in a Resolution on 23 September 2015, making it one of the first countries. The United Nations welcomes the Government’s strong commitment to the new development agenda and recognizes the Government’s operationalization of the SDGs and its national launch.
Global policy and dialogue processes are also relevant to the country’s efforts to achieve its national development goals and the SDGs. The Third International Conference on Financing for Development, held in Addis Ababa in July 2015, opened the discussions on how to mobilise the unprecedented amounts of financial resources that will be required to achieve the SDGs. The Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) assumes that countries will use their own national development strategies and plans to respond to the SDGs and calls for the adoption of Integrated National Financing Frameworks (INFFs).
The Development Finance Assessment (DFA) methodology was developed in response to demand from countries across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond to support policy and institutional reforms that help governments to more effectively manage financing policy for sustainable development results. DFA provides governments with data and analysis on changing trends in development finance and their alignment with national priorities and results. It helps formulate recommendations for how institutions and systems can be strengthened to better enable government to manage different sources of development finance within a coherent framework, better supporting the implementation of national development priorities and the SDGs. Its core value is bringing together diverse actors around a collective assessment of the financing challenges and opportunities faced by each respective country.
Timor-Leste is on an important phase in its history. Following stabilisation and the consolidation of peace in the 2000s, the country developed a vision of their development path that it wants to follow in the Strategic Development Plan 2030, which is now in its second stage of implementation. Timor-Leste has used the wealth of its natural resources to build considerable reserves. Yet the financing outlook in the country remains dominated by this resource wealth and the public finance that it supports – other forms of financing, particularly private sector finance, remains small. The way that the reserves which the country has built are invested will have a critical bearing over the country’s future development path and the extent to which it is able to transition to a sustainable post-oil financing model, reap the benefits of a rapidly growing population, and achieve the vision of the SDP.
Within this context and after a visit of the former Vice-Minister of Finance Mr. Helder Lopes to a UN regional event on Financing for Development in 2016, the VI Constitutional Government of Timor-Leste commissioned a development finance assessment to analyse the financing context in the country and identify key reforms that can strengthen public and private financing for the SDP and SDGs. At the request of the Ministry of Finance, and in line with overall development cooperation strategy the DFA exercise was aimed at improving governance and developing capacity within the relevant state institutions for long-term and sustainable outcomes. The UNDP in Timor-Leste fully supported this initiative and engaged a development finance expert to work in close collaboration with the DPMU of the MoF, lead a joint DFA technical team and was responsible for the analysis undertaken for the DFA. A formal National Oversight Team ‘OT’, a key aspect of consolidating the government’s leadership and governance role in the DFA process, was created comprising the main policy makers in the DFA related areas. The DFA OT was responsible for guiding and shaping the DFA process and determining the scope, focus and objectives of the DFA.
One of the main objectives of the DFA was building momentum around reforms that can strengthen financing for the SDP and SDGs. The SDP represents a broad and ambitious vision that will require investments from a range of public and private actors if it is to be realised. It will require an integrated approach to financing, in which policy, collaboration and partnerships promote public and private finance flows that contribute toward the SDP outcomes according to their specific characteristics. A core part of the DFA was engaging with a wide constituency of actors who have a stake in financing, and the analysis and the draft recommendations presented in the DFA report have been shaped and refined through consultation with the Government, the private sector, development partners and civil society.
Timor-Leste DFA process and draft report were finalized in June 2018. The DFA draft report presents an analysis of the current trends in public and private financing and forward-looking scenarios, based on a wide-reaching data collection exercise. It analyses the policies, partnerships and institutional structures that are in place to mobilise and maximise the impact of public and private investments on the SDP and SDGs outcomes. Finally, it also identifies policy changes and reforms that can mobilise new forms of financing and enhance their impact, strengthen collaboration between actors and bolster government policies for managing and influencing financing. A plan of actions for holistic financing is hoped to be a catalyst for positive policy reform as well as continued dialogue on sustainable development financing in Timor-Leste. DFA technical recommendations support a number of ongoing policy reform processes, such as support to strengthening PFM including program-based budgeting, revision of SDP, plans to cost the SDP, developing medium term expenditure and resource frameworks, adopting medium term planning and budgeting, defining fiscal rules and the fiscal reform program to increase domestic revenue. The Timor-Leste DFA assessment is one of the first among g7+ countries and can inform adaptation of the DFA approach among other members in the future.
Highlights of the DFA Phase 1:
This second phase will be held to identify any significant changes to the DFA recommendations to make them actionable by the new government, identify responsibilities for taking forward the actions and formally agree the DFA implementation plan. Following its approval at the highest level of government’s authority the actions agreed will be taken forward. The UNDP technical support within the process of operationalization of the DFA roadmap is planned to be finalised by the end of June 2019.
Duties and Responsibilities
As in-country lead on the Development Finance Assessment and under the supervision of the Country Director of UNDP Timor-Leste CO and UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub, the Expert will support the process of operationalization of the DFA implementation plan for Timor-Leste, including the following activities:
The expected duration of this assignment is 105 days with a start date of 01 December 2018, and planned to be completed by end of June 2019. The timeframe and expected deliverables are shown in the table under section D above.
During the missions the selected consultant will be based in UNDP Timor Leste.
Required Skills and Experience
Lump Sum Amount – the financial proposal must be expressed in the form of an “all-inclusive ” lump sum, supported by a detailed breakdown of costs including professional fee, living allowance, travel costs, communication, etc. as per the template provided. Under the lump sum approach, the contract price is fixed regardless of changes in the cost components or schedule of the assignment.
Schedule of payment:
Payment will be made to the successful consultant based on key deliverables as follow:
J. Recommended Presentation of Offer
Interested individual consultants must submit the following to demonstrate their suitability for the assignment.
K. Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer
Combined Scoring method – where the qualifications and methodology will be weighted a max. of 70%, and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a max of 30%. Only candidates obtaining 49 points in the qualification criteria will be shortlisted and included in the financial evaluation.
Detailed Evaluation Criteria
L. Annexes to the TOR
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