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Consultant for strengthening business integrity and responsible business practices in the startup ecosystem in ASEAN
|Location :||Home-based, with one mission to Bangkok, Thailand|
|Application Deadline :||06-Jun-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 :||15 June - 30 September 2019|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||up to a maximum of 60 working days.|
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes the important role youth play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and calls for action against the challenges faced by young people that limits their economic, social and political inclusion. Approximately 300 million young people are either unemployed or underemployed, leaving nearly half of the 700 million young people in a state of economic insecurity. In addition, most often, young people are left out of the decision-making processes, which further exacerbates their marginalization and exclusion.
By developing young people’s 21st century skills, and by catalyzing and sustaining youth-led startups and social enterprises across the Asia Pacific region, Youth Co:Lab is positioning young people front and center in order to solve the region’s most pressing challenges. In addition to supporting youth entrepreneurship, Youth Co:Lab also works closely with multiple stakeholders, including governments, civil society and the private sector, to strengthen the entrepreneurship ecosystem and to promote policies that will support and enable young people to take the lead in finding and developing new solutions for social and environmental problems in their communities.
The ASEAN region is one of the largest economic zones in the world. But at the same time, corruption and weak governance are also of concern in the region. According to the 2017 ASEAN Business Outlook Survey conducted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the majority of businesses in the region (65 percent) listed corruption, unfair and inefficient law enforcement practices as a major challenge of doing business in the ASEAN countries. In this context, enterprises of all sizes need to take incremental steps to mainstream good governance practices within their overall business strategies and operations and thus become responsible partners in achieving the SDGs.
Standards and compliance can challenge ingrained traits of corruption in many contexts and provide systems of checks and balances. Larger enterprises have the capacity to adhere to business integrity standards and regulations. However, Micro, Small-and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs), who play a significant role in the ASEAN economy, often struggle to comply with these regulations and standards. Services and initiatives supporting MSMEs and startups in issues of business integrity are scarce. Thus, there is a pressing need for engaging enterprises from the early stages to strengthen their capacities to comply and contribute to a more transparent business environment.
To bridge that gap, UNDP, will bring together two regional initiatives: “Promoting Fair Business Environment in ASEAN” and “Regional Youth Project on Leadership, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship - Youth Co:Lab”, to introduce a new service line for young entrepreneurs, that supports the development and implementation of solutions for business integrity and governance in the startup ecosystem.
The objective of this initiative is to train a cohort of young entrepreneurs from the Youth Co:Lab movement in ASEAN countries, increasing their capacity to 1) understand the importance of addressing integrity and good governance practices as part of their business models; 2) adopt business integrity and good governance practices to minimize any risks (reputational or economic) associated with the business environment in which they are operating and 3) identify collective initiatives at the regional and country level aimed at strengthening business integrity and transparency and the overall business environment in the ASEAN region.
This joint initiative will convene members from the Youth Co:Lab community and ecosystem partners from 6 ASEAN countries to participate in a Workshop on Business Integrity and Responsible Business Practices in the Startup Ecosystem in ASEAN in August 2019. The Workshop will be guided by the first draft of an Interactive Toolkit that will be piloted during the workshop and finalized with inputs from participants.
Given that startups in ASEAN (as in many emerging economies) are frequently confronted with the problem of bribery, the training will primarily focus on counter-bribery principles and practices. Other areas, such as business ethics, conflict of interest, and anti-harassment to promote diversity and non-discriminatory practices will also be considered.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work:
This assignment’s key tasks and scope of work can be summarized as follows:
The main objective of this consultancy is to bring an international expert who could develop an interactive toolkit for improving business integrity and responsible business practices in the startup ecosystem in ASEAN and facilitate a regional workshop on business integrity for social enterprises to be held in August 2019 (TBC).
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
The expected outputs are:
The consultant is also expected to:
The outputs for this assignment are expected as follows:
The assignment will be conducted under the overall supervision of UNDP’s Project Manager, Governance, Transparency, Accountability and Anti-Corruption, overseeing the “Promoting Fair Business Environment in ASEAN” project, and work in close collaboration with the UNDP Country offices and other key parties.
Duration of the Work:
The duration of assignment will be from 15 June to 30 September 2019 (Max 60 working days).
The assignment will be home-based for pre and post event, with the consultant’s presence required during the Training Workshop and from 21 to 23 August 2019 (tentatively), in Bangkok, Thailand.
Required Skills and Experience
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments:
The method of payment is all-inclusive output-based lump-sum scheme. 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, travel costs, living allowance (if any work is to be done outside the IC´s duty station) 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 payments shall be released upon submitting the required deliverables with satisfactory approval by or before the due dates agreed with the project team. At least seven working days of review time are required prior to approval of payments.
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 travel and will be reimbursed. Travel costs shall be reimbursed at actual but not exceeding the quotation from UNDP approved travel agent. The provided travel allowance shall not exceed UNDP DSA rates.
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer:
Evaluation Method and Criteria: Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology;
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 received 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)
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.
There is a possibility for an interview. Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS
Interested candidates 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 proposals may not be considered. The shortlisted candidates may be contacted and the successful candidate will be notified.
Annex I - TOR IC for Improving Business Integrity in the Startup Ecosystem in ASEAN
All documents can be downloaded at : http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=55740
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.