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National Consultant for International Relations and Foreign Aid Expert to conduct a Study on ‘Prospects and Opportunities of International Cooperation in attaining SDG Targets in Bangladesh’
|Location :||Home Based, BANGLADESH|
|Application Deadline :||27-May-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||25 working days over a period of two months.|
The Government of Bangladesh along with other UN Member States formally adopted the most all-encompassing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda – widely referred to Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development - to combat poverty in all its forms, inequality and reducing climate change effects on 25 September 2015 at the 70th UN General Assembly. The 17 new Sustainable Development Goals and its associated 169 targets aim to end poverty, hunger and inequality, act on climate change and the environment, improve access to health and education, caring for people and the planet, build strong institutions and partnerships.
The breadth and length are so over encompassing that it would be over ambitious to implement and attain the SDGs alone by only national efforts. Cooperation is warranted to reap the fruit of the 2030 Development Agenda. Therefore, international development cooperation for SDGs implementation has been given emphasis in different SDG targets reiterated on different global forums. SDGs Outcome Document (2015) stated to ensure significant mobilization of resources from a variety of sources, including through enhanced development cooperation, in order to provide adequate and predictable means for developing countries, in particular least developed countries.
Addis Ababa Action Agenda (2015) also echoed to enhance international cooperation, including ODA, in particular to least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, small island developing States, and countries in Africa. The Agenda also encouraged other forms of international cooperation, including South-South cooperation, to complement efforts of SDGs implementation. It also urged the ODA providers to consider setting a target to provide at least 0.20 per cent of ODA/GNI to least developed countries.
However, the concept of development cooperation has evolved and shifted beyond Official Development Assistance (ODA). Firstly, apart from financial assistance, development cooperation now-a-days also refers to technical assistance, capacity development, knowledge-sharing and technology transfer. Secondly, source of assistance has also shifted from traditional donors to emerging economies as well. Thirdly, south-south cooperation has contributing a lot in the form of sharing of knowledge and experience, training, technology transfer, financial and monetary cooperation and in-kind contributions.
In the country context, Bangladesh Planning Commission is in-charge of strategic development planning and formulating policies on a series of longer-term issues. This is undertaken by General Economics Division (GED), which is mandated to prepare the national five-yearly plan, long-term perspective plan as well as presenting different research and background papers and organizing forums for policy debates on socio-economic issues. GED has been playing the role of Focal Point of GoB for Poverty as well as interpretation and charting the path of implementation of SDGs.
To review, monitor and evaluate the progress of the SDG goals, UNDP financed ‘Engaging with Institutions (EI)’ IP project in GED, Planning Commission is providing technical and financial assistance. With the assistance from the project, the GED has prepared most of the upfront documents relating to SDGs mainstreaming, mapping of targets by Ministries, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. The GED has decided to commission a study to assess impact of and strategizing development cooperation in achieving the SDGs in Bangladesh.
In this context. The study on ‘Prospects and Opportunities of International Cooperation in attaining SDG Targets in Bangladesh’ will assess and devise actions in forging international development cooperation for Bangladesh. It will also assess the targets of the SDGs that enunciated actions (targets) for international cooperation. The study is also expected to explore the areas of SDGs implementation where Bangladesh would need international assistance as of SDG targets. The review will also identify potential areas where development partners can extend technical and financial assistance to the GoB in implementing the SDGs. The proposed study will be critical in identifying areas of cooperation, current state and forging potential partnership that are agreed upon under SDG goals and targets. The study should go beyond descriptive analysis and provide a deeper understanding of overcoming the constraints, identify pathways for successful bonding in order to achieve the SDGs.
2. Guidance for Conducting the Study
The General Economics Division (GED), with support from UNDP financed Engaging with Institutions (EI), IP Project, plans to conduct a study on ‘Prospects and Opportunities of International Cooperation in attaining SDG Targets in Bangladesh’. The study will be done in line with following guidance notes:
The ‘Prospects and Opportunities of International Cooperation in attaining SDG Targets in Bangladesh’ should draw upon existing documents, publications and ODA reviews as much as possible and should be used to provide quick assessments and analysis that are usefully presented and can be communicated through simple and clear messages both in descriptive and tabular format. The Comprehensive Review should capture and illustrate how international cooperation can contribute to achieving the SDGs in Bangladesh. Specifically, the following areas need to be emphasized:
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of work:
GED, Planning Commission and UNDP supported EI, IP project is seeking consultancy services to undertake a comprehensive study on ‘Prospects and Opportunities of International Cooperation in attaining SDG Targets in Bangladesh’. Using the guidance notes, study objectives and the framework presented above, the consultants will:
The Consultant may suggest on overall approach and method for conducting the evaluation, as well as data sources and tools that will likely yield the most reliable and valid answers to the evaluation questions within the limits of resources. However, final decisions about the specific design and methods for the evaluation should emerge from consultations among the project management, programme cluster, the evaluators, and key stakeholders including Economic Relations Division (ERD) about what is appropriate and feasible to meet the evaluation purpose and objectives and answer the evaluation questions, given limitations of budget, time and extant data.
The details of the deliverables are as follows:
The final report will be an absolute knowledge product of the government (GED) and reproduction is prohibited.
The consultant will work under the Chief Technical Adviser (CTA), EI, IP Project with the overall supervision and the guidance by the Member (Senior Secretary) of GED. GED will be the authorizing entity for approval of the document. The consultant will work closely with ERD, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) and other data producing sources within Government in accessing the official data required for generating the report. Where the relevant data are not available within Government institutions, other authentic, internationally reputed data sources can be used. In addition, the consultant will:
The IP project’s Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) will be the focal point from the management point of view of the study Report under the guidance of GED. The Consultant will report to the CTA of EI, IP project and will also receive guidance from the GED. UNDP will play the role of a facilitator and will be responsible for ensuring the quality of the evaluation in line with the GED requirements
Inputs by Project Management
The Consultant will be provided space at the EI, IP office whenever required. However, the Consultant will enjoy the liberty of working from home as well. The Consultant will use her/his own logistics (computer, software etc.).
Key documents for background information:
Timeframe and Deadline:
The assignment is tentatively scheduled during the period from June to July, 2019. The EI, IP project will facilitate the work of the evaluator before and during of the evaluation, including preparing a schedule of meetings and interviews, transport support for official purposes and, producing the necessary background information for the review process.
The Final Product
Detail work break down are as follows:
Tentative payment schedule:
Required Skills and Experience
Minimum Master’s degree preferably PhD in Economics, Public Administration, International Relations, Political Science, Law, Development Studies, Social Science or related fields.
Excellent English communication and drafting skills.
Lump sum contracts:
The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel, per diems, and number of anticipated working days).
In-country travel (if required) will be met by UNDP and DSA will be paid as per UNDP policy. If unforeseen travel outside the Duty Station not required by the Terms of Reference, is requested by UNDP, and upon prior written agreement, such travel be at the UNDP’s expense and the Individual Contractor shall receive a per diem not to exceed United Nations daily subsistence allowance rate in such other location(s).
Evaluation of the Candidates:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology.
The award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant up on Cumulative Analysis/evaluation and determined as:
Technical Criteria weight-70
Financial Criteria weight 30
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 marks in technical evaluation will be considered eligible for financial evaluation.
Technical Evaluation Criteria (Total 70 marks):
Financial Evaluation (Total 30 marks)
All technical qualified proposals will be scored out 30 based on the formula provided below.
The maximum points (30) will be assigned to the lowest financial proposal. All other proposals received points according to the following formula:
p = y (µ/z)
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Proposers who shall not submit below mentioned documents will not be considered for further evaluation.
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; P11 can be downloaded from the link below: http://www.bd.undp.org/content/bangladesh/en/home/operations/jobs/
Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment. A brief description of the assignment, detail break-down of the Work Plan and Methodology to carry out and complete the assignment.
Financial Proposal: Financial Proposal has to be submitted through a standard interest and availability template which can be downloaded from the link below:
Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.
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.