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|Location :||Bangkok, Thailand with possible travel, THAILAND|
|Application Deadline :||26-Jul-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||15 July 2019 to 30 June 2020|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||maximum 261 working days within an initial 12-month contract duration|
UNDP supports countries around the world to formulate strategies and policies that promote human development, reduce inequality and poverty, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To advance these aims, UNDP provides technical policy advice and programming tools to help address critical and inter-linked sustainable development challenges such as inequality, climate change, and natural disaster. In that regard, a network of expertise across the SDGs, within and beyond UNDP, has been established to influence, shape and activate platforms for intersectional collaboration for complex, multi-faceted, and ‘frontier’ issues in sustainable development. In particular, SDG Integration teams are being formed to curate and coordinate support on SDG implementation on the ground and ensure that UNDP’s offers/integration services are informed by the experiences with implementation on the ground and by the broader debates and analytical advances on SDG implementation.
At the country level, UNDP Offices work closely with government counterparts and other national and subnational stakeholders to support the introduction of integrated, inclusive and sustainable development policies that are aligned with the national context. National Economists based in UNDP country offices across the Asia-Pacific region contribute to this work, including through support to policy dialogue with government officials and other partners, assistance in programme development, and production of research and analysis. These colleagues also collaborate and share experiences and practices across countries inside and outside the Asia-Pacific region. At the core of this support is a focus on complex problems that relate to multiple thematic/SDG areas in defining their complexity, scalability, entry points as well as the integration of policy, data and analytics, innovation, and finance.
In line with the above, UNDP Thailand is recruiting a Development Economist to help contribute to its current and planned programme in line with its Country Programme Document (CPD) for Thailand (2017-2021). The Development Economist will support the country office by providing economic analysis and policy advice to management and government counterparts that favor inclusive development, including the integration of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs into national and subnational plans and activities. S/he will also be responsible for helping develop activities aimed at enhancing UNDP’s programmatic support. The Development Economist is also expected to contribute to knowledge generation through research and analysis and to represent UNDP as required in policy discussions. S/he will also engage very closely with the SDG Integration Team at the regional and headquarters level in view of supporting the coordination of multi-disciplinary engagement and collaboration across the SDGs, both internally within UNDP Country Office and externally.
The Development Economist will be based full-time in the UNDP Thailand country office. Domestic and international travel may be required. S/he will work closely with the programme and operations teams in the country office, Thailand Social Innovation Platform (TSIP) partners, UNDP’s Regional Innovation Centre (RIC), the SDG Integration Advisors at regional and global level, colleagues in the Bangkok Regional Hub (BRH) as well as with UN agencies operating in Thailand. S/he will also collaborate with the Asia-Pacific regional network of country economists, including regular engagement with regional economic advisors based in Bangkok and Beijing. S/he is also expected to develop and maintain a network of colleagues across development partner agencies, government institutions, the private sector, and civil society.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
Under the direct supervision of the Resident Representative, the Development Economist will be primarily responsible for the following work streams:
1. Provision of support to UNDP country office management, including to help strengthen programme development and implementation.
2. Provision of technical policy advice to national government counterparts and other partners in line with UNDP’s SDG Integration offer in support of the 2030 Agenda and the introduction of sustainable and inclusive economic policies.
3. Support development of evidence-based research and data analysis with regard to current and emerging development trends
4. Representation, advocacy, and partner engagement to support UNDP’s institutional positioning and advance its mandate.
5. Contribution to UNDP’s work across the Asia-Pacific region, including collaboration with the regional economist network and analysis of priority regional thematic areas.
Expected Output and Deliverables
Specific deliverables will be outlined in quarterly workplans to be agreed between the Resident Representative and the National Economist in line with the functions highlighted above.
The National Economist works under direct supervision of the Resident Representative with matrix reporting to Regional Economic Advisor at Bangkok Regional Hub (BRH).
Duration of the Work
The expected starting date is 1 July 2019. The initial contract will be issued for 1 year ending on 30 June 2020 with the maximum 261 working days during the 12-month contract period.
The National Economist will be based full-time in UNDP Thailand. Official travel may be required and will be agreed in advance. Travel costs will be covered by UNDP in reference to UNDP Procurement Policy – Individual Contractor.
The consultant will be tasked as a Development Economist to provide economic analysis and policy advice to management of UNDP Thailand and government counterparts that will integrated into inclusive development, including the integration of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs into national and subnational plans and activities so the consultant is required to work closely with Management, Programme staff, Policy Advisor from BRH included attending various meetings and workshops therefore full time presence in the office is needed.
A. Corporate Competencies:
B. Functional Competencies:
(i) Knowledge Management and Learning:
(ii) Development and Operational Effectiveness:
(iii) Management and Leadership:
Required Skills and Experience
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
Consultant must send a financial proposal based on Daily Fee. Consultant shall quote an all-inclusive Daily Fee for the contract period. The term “all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, consumables, etc.) that could be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment are already factored into the daily fee submitted in the proposal. Payments shall be done on a monthly basis based on actual days worked, upon verification of completion of deliverables and approval by the supervisor of a Time Sheet indicating the days worked in the period.
In the event of travel as part of 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. 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
Evaluation Method and Criteria
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on Cumulative analysis.
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%). The technical score will be assessed through both a written test and interview panel. The 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.
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 proposals may not be considered. The shortlisted candidates may be contacted and only the successful candidate will be notified.
All documents can be downloaded at: http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=56382
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.