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Communications, Outreach, & Knowledge Management Consultant
|Location :||Bangkok-based in Thailand with possible mission travel|
|Application Deadline :||26-May-19 (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 :||18 June 2019 to 17 June 2020|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||up to a maximum of 261 working days.|
Strengthening the Governance of Climate Change Finance to Enhance Gender Equality, Strengthening the Governance of Climate Change Finance to benefit the poor and vulnerable in South Asia and Asia Pacific Development Effectiveness Facility (AP-DEF)
UNDP’s Bangkok Regional Hub (BRH) supports countries in the Asia-Pacific region on various development issues, including governance and environment. BRH operates under the UNDP Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) which has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan.
To respond to growing demands by countries and UNDP Country Offices, a multi-disciplinary ‘governance of climate change finance’ team was established in 2009 to deliver the abovementioned services through a coordinated regional approach. It is currently implementing two flagship regional projects—one funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and one by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), plus providing ad hoc support to other UNDP programs. UNDP is supporting governments to better articulate their response to climate in Asia and the Pacific through advocacy at multi levels, technical assistance, and policy advisory services. Support includes strengthening coordination mechanisms between Ministries of Finance, Planning, Environment, and local governments through a ‘whole of government’ approach to deliver integrated and comprehensive policies, strengthening budgeting processes and frameworks, and strengthening budget accountability mechanisms, including monitoring and oversight roles of parliaments, civil society, and the media, to address the needs of the poor and vulnerable in these processes. Taken together, these activities are pivotal to enhancing partner countries’ ability to mobilize, manage, and target resources earmarked toward a national climate change response.
The programme has been up-scaling its scope to increasingly support countries in Asia-Pacific to more effectively and equitably manage climate finance for the 2030 Agenda. From April 2019, the programme is working with key partners to establish a Climate Finance Network (CFN) as a knowledge management and technical support facility to identify and support climate finance innovations in the region and facilitate, accelerate and scale up these innovations.
Through the DFID supported Climate Finance Network (CFN), which is an extension of the Governance of Climate Change Finance programme supported by DFID, and continuation of the government of Sweden supported Strengthening the Governance of Climate Change Finance to Enhance Gender Equality (GCCF) programme, UNDP will be working with governments in South and South East Asia to develop and roll out methodologies in relation to climate change responsive budgeting.
Based on experiences from the earlier DFID supported Climate Proofing Growth and Development (CPGD) programme, we learned that many countries have developed innovative solutions to strengthen their approaches to climate change financing and the potential for taking these innovations to scale is significant. By strengthening access to knowledge on these innovations across countries and by supporting these innovative reforms through a combination of south-south cooperation and targeted technical assistance the repository of innovations can continue to grow and their implementation be accelerated. Sharing of knowledge and innovations across countries will be key but so too will be joining up efforts of disparate stakeholders in forging new innovative approaches to climate financing.
Through the CFN, UNDP will work with other partners to share cutting-edge knowledge across six key thematic areas from on-going reforms that are taking place at the country level. This will follow a strategy targeting systemic changes that strengthen governance for greater alignment of public and private financing to the 2030 Agenda. The CFN given its objective of knowledge sharing amongst countries will need to have an effective communication strand. Apart from producing knowledge products the CFN will also have a platform for sharing knowledge which could be a dedicated website or/ and dissemination and sharing of best practices and experiences through the websites of partners.
Additionally, to support government and the private sector in scaling-up approaches to finance the SDGs, UNDP BRH is offering an integrated and systematic package of support to assist countries in more comprehensively engaging with private and public partners and maximize the use of sources of development finance. As part of a broader process on strengthening our services. BRH works across country offices to map SDG Financing initiatives, map capacities and expertise, develop knowledge products demonstrating UNDP’s leveraging potential based on a portfolio review and further strengthening CO integrated financing support.
Through the Asia-Pacific Development Effectiveness Facility (AP-DEF), a country-led regional platform, chaired by the Government of Bangladesh, which supports countries to implement their national agendas on development finance and cooperation, BRH will continue to respond to the growing demand from countries in Asia Pacific to establish evidence and analysis, and introduce policy and institutional reforms for managing the increasing complexity of domestic and international sources of finance for the SDGs.
Duties and Responsibilities
The key objectives of the assignment are to:
Scope of Work:
Based on the updated communication strategy, the consultant will work closely with all members of the Governance of Climate Change Finance team and in particular the Governance, Climate Change Finance and Development Effectiveness Advisor to implement the strategy and its key recommendations. This assignment’s key tasks and scope of work can be summarized as follows:
a) Develop knowledge and outreach products as suggested in the strategy and agreed with the team and relevant UNDP country offices, including: programme brochures, press kits, Op-Ed, and e-newsletters.
b) Communication plan for the CFN to ensure effective transfer and exchange of knowledge amongst the countries. This will involve but not limited to a CFN communication strategy, website, content sharing mechanism etc.
c) Based on the CFN communication strategy the communication expert will manage the content of the website or ensuring reflection of contents in the partners websites:
d) Providing editorial and proof-reading support to the project’s upcoming publications and knowledge products.
e) Acting as the focal point between the project and the website developer and designer already contracted by the project.
f) Leading on social media to enhance the team’s results outreach to both UNDP audiences, donors, and beyond.
g) Supporting the drafting of reporting documents.
h) Supporting the updating and continued development of new messaging following the project’s focus on gender equality and human rights.
i) Support the CFN team in refining and editing of the CFN knowledge products.
j) Support the CFN target country offices for ensuring that the key reforms and milestones get adequately reflected internally and externally.
Based on the to be developed communication strategy, the consultant will work closely with all members of the SDG Finance team to implement the strategy and its key recommendations. This assignment’s key tasks and scope of work can be summarized as follows:
a) Support the development of knowledge products, including publication, launch and dissemination.
b) Develop an SDG Financing regional webpage:
c) Develop a regional communication strategy for SDG Financing
d) Support the launch and content curation and moderation of a regional SDG Financing Community of Practice
e) Support the reimagining and rebranding process of AP-DEF
f) Develop a set of communication products on SDG Financing to support Country Office’s efforts and implementation activities
g) Collaborate with a wider UNDP BRH SDG financing communication task team
h) Provide support to any other tasks as requested
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
The consultant is expected to work towards the following work plan.
The assignment will be conducted in overall supervision and oversight by the UNDP’s Governance, Climate Change Finance and Development Effectiveness Advisor.
Duration of the Assignment:
The period of the assignment is to be completed from 18 June 2019 to 17 June 2020, maximum of 261 working days.
The consultant will be based in Bangkok, Thailand on full time basis at the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub Office with possible mission travel to the countries in Asia and the Pacific.
The consultancy will be managed by the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub. The Consultant’s presence is required at UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub premises to work very closely with UNDP’s Governance, Climate Change Finance and Development Effectiveness Advisor.
Required Skills and Experience
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments:
Consultant must send a financial proposal based on Lump Sum Amount. The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive and include all costs components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment. The contract price will be fixed output-based price regardless of extension of the herein specified duration.
The method of payment is output-based lump-sum scheme. The payments shall be released upon submitting the required deliverables with satisfactory approval by or before the due dates agreed with the SDG Finance team and as per below percentages. At least seven working days of review time are required prior to approval of payments.
UNDP will organize travels and disburse living allowance for the consultant using UNDP rules and regulations. All the cost incurred from the mission will be reimbursed at actual with prior approval according to UNDP rules and regulations. The provided living allowance will not be exceeding UNDP DSA rates. Repatriation travel cost from home to duty station in Bangkok and return shall not be covered by UNDP.
In general, UNDP shall 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.
In the event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and the Individual Consultant, prior to the missions.
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer:
Evaluation Method and Criteria:
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and b) having the highest score out of set of weighted technical criteria (70%) and financial criteria (30%). Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.
Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 70 points)
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Shortlisted candidates shall be called for an interview which will be used to confirm and/or adjust the technical scores awarded based on documentation submitted.
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document
Incomplete documents / proposals may not be considered. The shortlisted candidates may be contacted and the successful candidate will be notified.
**All documents can be downloaded at : http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=55627
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.