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Publication Designer Consultant, Framework Agreement for the services of an Individual Contractor engaged on On-Call Basis, CleanStart and SHIFT
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home-based, with possible travels to UNCDF Bangkok Regional Office or other countries where UNCDF operates|
|Application Deadline :||05-Jul-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Up to 140 person-days per year|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Up to 1 year, with the possibility of extension for two (2) more years|
The CleanStart Programme supports low-income consumers to transition to cleaner and more efficient energy through microfinance. CleanStart is a global UNCDF programme helping to lift at least 2.5 million people out of energy poverty by 2017. This will help contribute to achieving development goals on poverty and hunger, education, gender, health, and environmental sustainability. To achieve this vision, the programme provides risk capital and technical assistance to competitively selected financial service providers and energy enterprises.
SHIFT ASEAN has been established in 2014 with initial funding from the Australian Government and focuses on ASEAN’s frontier economies of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam (CLMV) aiming to promote digital finance and fintech solutions for women’s economic empowerment and MSME growth.
SHIFT SAARC has been established in mid-2016 with initial funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the European Union. The program aims to support digital finance and fintech solutions for women’s economic empowerment and MSME growth.
UNCDF Financial Inclusion Practice Area is focusing on Digital Financial Services and how they can improve financial inclusion for the vulnerable groups. For this reason, all the ongoing projects will focus more and more on promoting DFS as the main tool to promote financial inclusion.
Where a request for services arises, UNCDF can engage the individual(s) holding an LTA through a “call-off” of the LTA. Every call-off shall have specific tasks, scope of services and outputs to be delivered within a specific period of time. For this particular work, the call-off shall be formalized through the issuance of a Purchase Order, attaching thereto the TOR, and any other document relevant to the call-off. Financial commitments will only be established each time a Purchase Order for the specific services/TOR for Individual Contractor is issued.
The LTA shall have a cumulative ceiling amount that may accrue to the individual contractor during the life of the LTA, but said amount shall remain as an upper limit, and must not and cannot be interpreted nor understood as neither a financial commitment nor guarantee of business volume. It is important to note that, under an LTA, UNCDF does not guarantee that any specific quantity of services shall be made during the term of this agreement. The LTA does not form a financial obligation nor commitment from UNCDF at the time the LTA contract is signed.
Objectives of the Assignment
UNCDF’s CleanStart and Shift programs in Bangkok as well as UNCDF Myanmar Office require the design of publications, leaflets, infographics and other communication material to reach out to a broad range of stakeholders. The consultant will produce a variety of communications designer outputs. The consultant will work primarily under the Regional Data and Analysis Hub to design studies, blogs, infographics and related outputs thereby strengthening the availability and use of data analytics and sector thematic research to help drive financial inclusion policy and practice.
Specific areas of work include:
Duties and Responsibilities
The Publication Designer Consultant will be responsible for undertaking and delivering the following actions and outputs, respectively:
Contract duration: The Framework Agreement shall be signed for 12 months, from 15 July 2019 – 14 June 2020 with possible extension for two (2) more additional years, based on continued project need, funding availability and satisfactory performance assessment.
Number of working days: up to 140 person days per year
Duty station: Home-based with occasional travel to countries in Asia and Africa, where UNCDF and CleanStart are active.
Travel: Travel costs associated with the assignment will be paid on reimbursable basis and following the UNDP/UNCDF rules and regulations which states that consultants shall only be paid the most direct and most economical ticket, as will be quoted by the official UN travel agency. Any amount in excess of the said quotation, such as class and airline preference of the consultant, shall be borne by the consultant. Daily living allowance will be paid in amounts that will not exceed UN DSA Rates.
Monitoring and Progress Control
The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Data Management Specialist based in Bangkok, under the overall guidance of Regional Technical Advisor (RTA) based in Bangkok and in close collaboration with other relevant colleagues, experts and/or institutions designated by the RTA.
The consultant will have regular communication with the Regional Office in Bangkok via email and skype, for coordination and guidance purposes, ensuring consultants’ output quality and targets.
The consultant is responsible for providing his/her own laptop during the course of his/her engagement with UNCDF.
This contract is under a Framework Agreement that will work on a call-off mechanism. The consultant will be ‘called’ upon to deliver a specific set of deliverables under a TOR and a purchasing order, indicating the total number of days required to complete the services. The contractor shall submit the invoices specifying the outputs delivered and the Certificate of Payment form for the approval of UNCDF.
Payment terms shall be defined in the specific POs that will be issued when calling off the services of the individual. Payment of financial obligations on the PO issued shall l be made upon satisfactory accepted deliverables by Data Management Specialist under each assignment and submission of time sheet in accordance with number of days worked to deliver the required outputs. All payments are subject to the clearance and approval of the direct supervisor. Final payment shall require a signed performance evaluation of the consultant.
Required Skills and Experience
Step II: Shortlisting by Desk Review (CV review and sample of past work)
Only the top 3 ranked applicants obtaining a minimum 70% of the points in technical evaluation will be considered as technically compliant and will be reviewed further for financial evaluation.
Step III: Financial Evaluation
Signed Financial proposals must be part of the application submitted before the stipulated deadline of the consultancy announcement.
Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when traveling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under dss.un.org
Both individual consultants and individuals employed by a company or institution are welcome to apply. Any individual employed by a company or institution who would like to submit an offer in response to a Procurement Notice for IC must do so in their individual capacity (providing a CV so that their qualifications may be judged accordingly).
Women candidates or women-owned businesses are strongly encouraged to apply. UNCDF 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.
Please include all documents into one file while submitting your application.
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.