Junior Consultant for Innovative Finance of Skills Development

Location : Istanbul, TURKEY
Application Deadline :25-Dec-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :estimated December 2018 – 25 May 2019
Expected Duration of Assignment :approximately 109 working days

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.


UNDP Istanbul International Centre for Private Sector in Development (UNDP IICPSD) has established a partnership with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), UNDP India and KOIS Invest to explore the feasibility of introducing impact investing and blended finance instruments to finance skills development in India. 

With over 800 million people falling within the working age group bracket, India has a significant demographic advantage to further its economic growth and development. The country’s demand for the skilled labour is expected to rise by huge margins in the next 4 years, generating an additional demand of millions of skilled workers by 2022. Skill development has gained significant momentum in India, with the government working towards the ambitious goal of skilling 400 million individuals by the year 2022.  The private sector has also assumed a more active role in mobilizing resources to finance skill training initiatives These increasing levels of engagement should be accompanied with innovative financing strategies and tools to achieve the desired training and employment outcomes.

In view of these developments, UNDP IICPSD, KOIS Invest, NSDC, UNDP India have forged a partnership to:

  • Assess development of an impact investing portfolio, consisting of NSDC-partner private training providers in India.
  • Formulate a blended finance impact investment instrument such as a Social Impact Bond, building on the enabling environment created by NSDC operations, impact investing funds channeled to India and other features of the skills ecosystem in India.

The research will be roll out in 4 phases with phase 1 already in execution under the overall coordination of UNDP IICPSD. The consultancy will be based within UNDP IICPSD.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Technical Specialist at IICPSD, the consultant will work toward implementing the successive phases of the project. The consultant will also support the regional research and analytical work on skills development in India.

Scope of Work

  • Provide research support including desk research, data collection, drafting and editing briefs and project documents.
  • Support the streams of work on skills development, impact investing, and innovative financing. 
  • Track data and trends on skills development and alternative financing instruments.
  • Support the development of partnership at the regional and country level.

Expected Outputs and Deliverables
The expected outputs from this assignment are:

  • Research: conduct desk research for developing the innovative skills financing landscape study and pre-feasibility report of the innovative financial instrument
  • Proposals and project development: develop proposals, briefs, presentations based on desk research, assessments, consultations etc. on thematic areas related to skill development, blended/innovative finance, impact investing etc.; 
  • Country Office Support: provide policy notes and briefs to support the landscape analysis, feasibility study, structuring and implementation phases, and any project-related incidental tasks deemed necessary. 
  • Support to thought leadership: Support the research for and compilation and preparation of speeches, talking points, presentations, concept notes. etc. on skills development, impact investing and related focus areas.

Schedule of Payments:
Payments will be released according to the agreed detailed workplan in monthly installments, upon submission of a monthly progress report on completed tasks approved by the certifying officer. Summary of specific tasks will be agreed with the Supervisor at the beginning of each month.


  • Deliverable 1: Detailed work plan as agreed with Supervisor
  • Deliverable 2: Research progress report on skilling and impact investing ecosystems in India and broad challenges 
  • Deliverable 3: Research progress report on sectoral analysis, shortlist of high priority sectors, and key stakeholder interview summary reports 
  • Deliverable 4: Draft research and final communication package for the validation workshop
  • Deliverable 5: Validation workshop report and updated research report 
  • Deliverable 6: Progress report on the peer review feedbacks and administrative support for the editing process 
  • Deliverable 7: Progress report on the coordination of design and finalization of research

Payment Schedule:

  • Installment 1 - 10% upon confirmation by the Certifying Officer of satisfactory delivery of Deliverable 1, indicative date: 2 weeks after the start of the contract;
  • Installment 2 – 15% upon confirmation by the Certifying Officer of satisfactory delivery of Deliverable 2, indicative date: 1 months after the start of the contract;
  • Installment 3 - 15% upon confirmation by the Certifying Officer of satisfactory delivery of Deliverable 3, indicative date: 2 months after the start of the contract;
  • Installment 4 – 15% upon confirmation by the Certifying Officer of satisfactory delivery of Deliverable 4, indicative date: 3 months after the start of the contract;
  • Installment 5 - 15% upon confirmation by the Certifying Officer of satisfactory delivery of Deliverable 5, indicative date: 4 months after the start of the contract;
  • Installment 6 – 15% upon confirmation by the Certifying Officer of satisfactory delivery of Deliverable 6, indicative date: 5 months after the start of the contract;
  • Installment 7 – 15% upon confirmation by the Certifying Officer of satisfactory delivery of Deliverable 7, indicative date: 6 months after the start of the contract;

This is an assignment with no envisaged travel during the assignment. In the case of unforeseen travel is requested by the supervisors, the unforeseen travel costs will be paid separately as per UNDP rules and regulations.

Institutional Arrangement
The international consultant with report to the Technical Specialist at UNDP IICPSD, and work in close collaboration with the counterparts from partner organizations in India and abroad. The Consultant’s presence at IICPSD premises is required to work closely with the research team. 


Corporate competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability

Functional competencies:

  • Ability to work under pressure and stressful situations;
  • Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities;
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;
  • Proficiency in computer skills (Internet and email, computers, word processing, graphics and multimedia, and spreadsheets)
  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Positive, constructive attitude to work;

Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications/Education: 

  • Bachelor degree in development studies, international development, commerce/finance or related fields. MSc/MA Degree or above in these fields is preferred.


  • Minimum of 6 months of international development research, preferably covering Asia countries;
  • Experience in designing research documents or other similar materials. 
  • Research experience on international development with international organizations is an asset

Language skills: 

  • Fluency of English language is required;
  • Knowledge of any other Indian language such as Hindi would be an asset.

Evaluation of Applicants

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal.
The award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical (P11 desk reviews) and financial criteria specific to the solicitation. 

Only the highest ranked candidates who would be found qualified for the job will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation – max. 35 points:

  • Criteria A (Relevance of education) – max points: 15
  • Criteria B (Relevant research and research support experience) – max points: 10
  • Criteria C (Language)– max points: 5
  • Criteria D (Experience of research with the UN or international organizations)– max points: 5

Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation – max. 15points.

Application procedures

Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website. The application should contain:

  • Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position. Please paste the letter into the "Resume and Motivation" section of the electronic application. 
  • Filled P11 form or CV including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees (blank form can be downloaded fromhttp://www.eurasia.undp.org/content/dam/rbec/docs/P11_modified_for_SCs_and_ICs.doc); please upload the P11 instead of your CV. 
  • Offeror’s Letter (blank template can be downloaded from https://bit.ly/2KO1okS).
  • Financial Proposal* in USD- specifying a) total all-inclusive lump sum amount for professional fee for tasks specified in this announcement b) travel costs to/from duty station. 
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials

*Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period (e.g. fee, health insurance, vaccination, personal security needs and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services...). All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel.  

Payments will be made only upon confirmation of UNDP on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner. 

Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under dss.un.org
General Terms and conditions as well as other related documents can be found under: http://on.undp.org/t7fJs.

Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply.
Due to large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.

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