Consultant for Impact Measurement, Assessment and Management


Location : Home- based, THAILAND
Application Deadline :26-Sep-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)
01-Nov-2019
Duration of Initial Contract :1 November 2019- 31 March 2020
Expected Duration of Assignment :up to 60 days

Background

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outline a compelling vision of a desired future for our planet and the people within it. Achieving these global goals will cost an annual estimated $5-7 trillion dollar and will likely shape the next 15 years of financing for development.

Approximately half of these investments in the SDGs can be privately financed. In this context, new sources of capital that can help finance SDGs are required, ranging from large institutional investors to the private wealth industry to help promote sustainable development.

The 2030 Agenda presents an ambitious, interconnected vision for sustainable development – realising it will require mobilising a wide range of public and private investments. Efforts at the national level to mobilise the necessary financing, and ensure it contributes effectively to SDG outcomes, will be crucial.

Yet countries face a number of structural challenges – effective governance within an increasingly complex financing landscape, implementing reforms to unlock new resources and greater SDG impact at scale, and building partnerships to collaborate with the private sector.

The UN’s Financing for Development Conference held in Addis Ababa in July 2015, recognized the role of the private sector as an increasingly important source of financing for development.


Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

Transparency in impact data and results is important to advancing IMM practice and to UNDP.  UNDP’s SDG Impact initiative jointly with IMP is piloted in China, India, Philippines with prospects in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand. UNSIF is extensively supporting SDG Impact in pilot application of IMM for impact PE funds, research and experimental adaptations of IMM framework for impact venture accelerators, stock exchanges, impact infused innovative financial tool (SDG bonds) and PPP schemes (e.g. Social Impact Bonds).

We require an experienced candidate to work on the research, design the measurement plan, propose tests, monitor and evaluate a complete impact measurement and management system for pilot application sectors and cases.  The initiatives where IMM will be applied may include funds, funds of funds, direct investment projects, venture accelerators, financial intermediaries, activities funded through other financial instruments. Initial framework of our IMM approach is built on SDG Impact and IMP framework and an advanced approach towards setting, measuring and managing the impact allowing for alternative intensity of impact consideration.  However, the practicality and applicability of those approaches are to be explored further and could be modified during piloting phase.

The duties and responsibilities of the Consultant will include:

  • Adapt SDG Impact framework related methodologies, metrics, processes, standards and approaches to pilot applications and specific use cases with investment funds, ventures accelerators, wide range of financial intermediaries.  
  • Continue supporting UNSIF and other partner teams to implement the IMM framework as well as monitor and evaluate the results
  • Analyze and evaluate monitoring and evaluation findings and data by following the approach and framework, develop insights and update recommendations;
  • After pilot applications summarize findings and provide inputs  and recommendations for systemic adjustments and improvements to the main framework and its application specifics to amend expansion perspectives and relevant business models for its offering at a global scale.
  • Work with specially assigned officers in UNDP country offices to train and mentor them in IMM framework and application methodology. 

Secondly, the Asia-Pacific Financing SDGs Facility is being designed to respond to the evolving landscape, demand from partners and the need for more effective public-private collaboration. The platform will support countries to implement financing frameworks with a stronger focus on the role of private sector. The Consultant will provide support to the drafting of private sector strategy portion of the regional financing SDGs facility proposal; providing analysis of investor/private capital actors landscape, priorities and potential areas for engagement. The Consultant will also support service offer development for the Finance Sector Hub workstream on impact measurement and reporting to flesh out the offer area and provide strategic inputs. The relevant responsibilities include:

  • Background note: Analysis on regional investor landscape and providing inputs from private sector investment perspective; comments and inputs on platform workplan, project document;
  • One session (half-day) on impact investment and SDG reporting in the region for project consultations; analysis and inputs to programme of project consultations; 
  • Inputs to project document on design of partnerships with private sector including collaboration with DFAT on potential ways forward on regional partnerships with investor platforms;
  • Produce concept note (5 pages) on impact measurement and reporting service line including opportunities, 2 short country case studies and review of UNDP experiences on the service.

Expected Outputs and Deliverables

Deliverables/Outputs

Est. weeks

Approvals Required

Research + advisory report + publication + presentation

Research, advisory, capacity building activities on IMM with UNDP’s units and selected public and private sector.

Continuous specific engagements upon assignments

Project Manager, Senior Advisers

 

 

On-site application of IMM on test case

Specific pilot applications of IMM for the ventures, funds, and accelerators.

 

Continuous specific engagements upon assignments

Document + presentation

Support to drafting of private sector strategy portion of the regional financing SDGs facility proposal; providing analysis of investor/private capital actors landscape, priorities and potential areas for engagement with UNDP Asia-Pacific (includes background analysis note, Presentation, inputs to pro-doc and workshop session).

Continuous

No later than

31.03.2020

Document + presentation

Service offer development for the Finance Sector Hub workstream on impact measurement and reporting – concept note and service line development; 1-2 country case studies and reviewing internal documents on the service.

Continuous

No later than

31.03.2020

Institutional Arrangement

The consultant will work under the overall guidance of the Head of the UNSIF, and in close communication with designated team members such as the Policy Specialist for Financing SDGs.

Duration of the Work

1 November 2019 – 31 March 2020 (a maximum of 60 working days)

Duty Station 

Home- based with possible travel to Asia and the Pacific.

 

 


Competencies

·         Strong knowledge of major impact investment developments, IMM and M&E methodologies

·         Expert knowledge on standard M&E and IMM processes, tools, frameworks and approaches

·         Knowledge of UNDP internal M&E processes appreciated;

·         Experience in the survey design

·         Excellent quantitative and analytical skills

·         Ability to work under the pressure, with minimum supervision and on-distance;

·         Demonstrated initiative, tact and high sense of responsibility and discretion;

·         Strong teamwork skills;

·         Excellent communication skills, written and oral;

·         Strong computer literacy and data analytical proficiency


Required Skills and Experience

  • Educational Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree in business administration, social sciences, economics, finance, international development, statistics, or relevant disciplines.

Experience

  • A supporting qualification in monitoring and evaluation is preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in a performance monitoring and/or evaluation role with international development organizations or sustainability-oriented organizations or impact investment funds
  • At least 3 years of experience in practical application of impact measurement approaches following IRIS metrics as well as advance knowledge relevant methodologies i.e. GIIRS, SROI etc.
  • Demonstrated ability in data analysis, project design, monitoring, and evaluation of development activities. Experience developing results frameworks, logical frameworks, or similar tools is required
  • Experience of working in international development organization is an advantage.

Language requirements

  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.

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. If applicable, travel or daily allowance cost (if any work is to be done outside the IC’s duty station) should be identified separately. Payments shall be done on a monthly basis based on actual days worked, upon verification of completion of deliverables and approval by the IC’s supervisor of a Time Sheet indicating the days worked in the period. 

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.  Repatriation travel cost from home to duty station in Bangkok and return shall not be covered by UNDP.

Evaluation Method and Criteria

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology;

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%). Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced qualified proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.

  • Only those application which are responsive and compliant will be evaluated; 
  • The technical criteria (education, experience, language) will be worth a maximum 100 points. Only the top 3 candidates that have achieved a minimum of 70 points (70%) from the review of the education, experience, and language will be invited for an interview;
  • The interview will be given a maximum of 100 points (30%). When combined with the technical review of 100 points (70%), only candidates who pass 70% of technical and interview evaluation will be evaluated further.
  • The financial proposal shall specify an all-inclusive1 daily fee (including number of anticipated working days and all foreseeable expenses to carry out the assignment);
  • Applicant receiving the Highest Combined Score and has accepted UNDP’s General Terms and Conditions will be awarded the contract. 

Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 100 points)

  • Criteria 1: Relevance of educational background - Max 15 points;
  • Criteria 2: M&E Experience designing, working with and implementing IMM frameworks for investment projects - Max 30 points;
  • Criteria 3: Experience in financial, economic, social and environmental impact analysis of projects - Max 15 points;
  • Criteria 4: Knowledge of the SDG indicators and experience of SDG M&E, familiarity with existing UNDP (or similar) framework and reporting processes - Max 10 points.

**Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for interview and Financial Evaluation respectively

Docuentation required

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:

·         Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided in Annex II.

·         Personal CV 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.

·         Financial proposal, as per template provided in Annex II. Note: National consultant must quote price in U.S. Dollar that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided. If an Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.

 

**Incomplete proposals may not be considered. The shortlisted candidates may be contacted and the successful candidate will be notified.**

 

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http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=59193


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