Technical Advisor on Impact Measurement - IC (Consultant)


Location : home-based
Application Deadline :05-Jun-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Jul-2019
Expected Duration of Assignment :estimated July 1, 2019 – Jan 1, 2020 (approximately 30 working days)

Background

Launched at the United Nations in 2008, the Business Call to Action (BCtA) aims to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by challenging companies to develop inclusive business models that engage people at the base of the economic pyramid (BoP) – people with less than US$8 per day in purchasing power – as consumers, producers, suppliers and distributors of goods and services.

The BCtA is a unique multilateral alliance among donor governments – including the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the UK Department for International Development (DFID, the Swiss Development Cooperation Agency (SDC), and with the United Nations Development Programme, which hosts the secretariat.

Over 200 companies, ranging from multinationals to social enterprises, and working in 65 countries, have responded to the BCtA by committing to improve the lives and livelihoods of millions in developing countries through access to markets, financial services, affordable healthcare, water and sanitation, education and other critical services. BCtA member companies are market leaders that provide examples of successful, profitable and scalable models for reaching poor communities and contributing to global development.

The Technical Advisor will work under the supervision of the Programme Manager of BCtA.


Duties and Responsibilities

2. Scope of Work and Activities

BCtA is seeking a Technical Advisor to support the BCtA team on a series of activities, pertaining to the implementation of the second phase of BCtA’s work on impact measurement and management of inclusive businesses. The Technical Advisor will support BCtA with developing, implementing and deploying BCtA’s online Impact Measurement Lab. The Technical Advisor will support the BCtA team in providing technical assistance to BCtA members for improving their theories of change/results chains, indicators, data collection plan, data analysis, study and reporting. Under the guidance of the Programme Manager, the Technical Advisor will monitor and support 10 companies participating in BCtA’s Impact Champions Programme.  

  • Provide support, guidance and work effectively with BCtA impact team to design the theoretical framework and methodology for selection and measurement of indicators to gauge, validate and manage impact of 10 inclusive businesses using the Impact Lab;
  • Review the selection and analysis of impact indicators by the inclusive businesses and develop a framework to identify and link user-generated as well as industry/sector-standard indicators to SDGs
  • Support participating inclusive businesses to perform research on data availability and data quality and assess the robustness of their impact data.
  • Offer in-depth know-how in providing a plan for collecting new/missing data and present clear instructions for normalisation, weight attribution and standardization of impact indicators;
  • Provide guidance and context to the participating businesses on utilization and application of impact data vis-à-vis their various stakeholders
  • Provide recommendations on visualisation and presentation of the impact indicators that would assist in operational application of SDG indicators to business practices and standardizing impact management indicators within and across sectors
  • Provide inputs and incorporate lessons for Phase 2 development of the Impact Lab
  • Engage with and guide BCtA’s technology vendor to update the Impact Lab based on the feedback received from the participating inclusive businesses

The Scope of Work will be carried out remotely by the Technical Advisor from her/his location. The following areas are considered to be within the scope of this consultancy:  

3. Expected Outputs and Deliverables

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Manager:

  • Review and provide feedback to BCtA on Impact Measurement frameworks of 10 companies including their Impact Value Chain, Indicators, Data Collection Plan, Survey Design and Impact Case Study;
  • Incorporate lessons and conceptualize Phase 2 development of the BCtA’s online Impact Lab; and
  • Add to BCtA’s technical knowledge on global impact measurement and management frameworks

The Technical Advisor shall provide progress reports that will detail all milestones reached, including but not limited to the number of companies that received capacity building. The Programme Manager shall review and accept these reports and certify them for payment.

Description of deliverables

Target delivery dates

Payment schedule

Monthly Progress Report 1: Review and detailed inputs on Impact Management frameworks, Impact Value Chain and Indicators for first 5 companies

1 month after contract signature

16%

Monthly Progress Report 2: Review and detailed inputs on data collection plan, questionnaires, existing data sources, for first 5 companies

2 months after contract signature

16%

Monthly Progress Report 3: Review and detailed inputs on Impact Management frameworks, Impact Value Chain and Indicators for second batch of 5 companies

3 months after contract signature

16%

Monthly Progress Report 4: Review and detailed inputs on data collection plan, questionnaires, existing data sources, for second batch of 5 companies

4 months after contract signature

16%

 

Monthly Progress Report 5: Review and detailed feedback on data, analytics and summary reports of all 10 companies

 

5 months after contract signature

16%

Final Report: Review and detailed feedback on data on Impact Case Studies of 10 companies

6 months after contract signature

20%

 


Competencies

Competencies

4. Competencies:

Corporate competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment

Functional competencies:

  • Direct experience and expertise in impact measurement and management
  • Experience and expertise with the development of impact case studies
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and structure information
  • Superior analytical and research skills
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills demonstrating complete fluency in English language
  • Demonstrated accuracy and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure 


Required Skills and Experience

Qualifications

Academic Qualifications/Education:

A Master's degree in international relations, international development, public policy, or other relevant fields such as social science, economics, business administration.

Experience:

  • Minimum 10 years of combined experience in the private and in the development, sector working on private sector issues; (whether in strategy consulting or corporate functions), inclusive of at least 3 years of experience in the area of inclusive business or sustainable business.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in impact measurement and management or monitoring and evaluation of inclusive or sustainable business;
  • Experience managing relationships and partnerships with leading businesses, impact investors or non-profit organizations is an advantage.
  • Proven track record with using technology for data collection and analysis is an advantage;

Language skills:

  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills in English

 5. 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:

a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and

b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical (P11 and cover letter desk review and interviews) and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

Only highest ranked candidates who would be found qualified for the job based on the desk review will be invited for an interview.

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

Criteria A -  Combined experience in the private and in the development sector working on private sector issues; (whether in strategy consulting or corporate functions) and/or in the development sector working on private sector issues, inclusive of at least 3 years of experience in the area of inclusive business or sustainable business; - max points 5;

Criteria B – Experience in impact measurement and management or monitoring and evaluation of inclusive or sustainable business - max points: 5;

Criteria C - Experience managing relationships and partnerships with leading businesses/impact investors or non-profit organizations is an advantage. – max points: 2

Criteria D – Proven track record with using technology for data collection and analysis max points: 5;

 Criteria E - Methodology (evaluation of the brief approach on how the candidate would approach and conduct the activities (shall be uploaded by the applicant during online application) - max points: 7.

 Criteria F – Interview Criteria - Language skills, communication skills and technical knowledge in impact measurement or M&E - max points: 11;

Only candidates who will get at least 70% of points in Criteria A, B, C, D and E will be considered for the Interview – Criteria F; and only candidates who will get at least 70% of points in the Interview will be considered for financial evaluation.

6. Application procedures

The application submission is a two-step process. Failing to comply with the submission process may result in disqualifying the applications.

Step 1: Interested candidates must include the following documents when submitting the applications (Please group all your documents into one (1) single PDF attachment as the system only allows upload of one document):

·       Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position

·       Methodology / brief approach (maximum 1000 words) on how you will approach and conduct the work.

·       Filled P11 form or CV including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees

(blank form can be downloaded from http://www.eurasia.undp.org/content/dam/rbec/docs/P11_modified_for_SCs_and_ICs.doc);

Step 2: Submission of Financial Proposal - Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and requested to provide a financial offer.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.

7. Terms of Payment

The assignment is based on a lump sum contract amount and payment is based only upon the certification and acceptance of the deliverables received as indicated in the TOR. In the event of non-performance and pre-termination where payments cannot be made in full or may have to be suspended, the final payment will be pro-rated against received and accepted deliverables.

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


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.


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