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Head of Experimentation, Bangkok Regional Innovation Center
|Location :||Bangkok, Thailand with possible travel for missions, THAILAND|
|Application Deadline :||02-Oct-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 :||1 December 2019 – 30 November 2020, with maximum 240 days worked (maximum 20 days/month for 12 month|
Global development challenges have become increasingly interrelated, requiring us to take interdisciplinary approaches and seek non-linear solutions. Important development trends like urbanization, climate change, and inequality pose significant challenges on our path to achieve the 2030 agenda of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These transformations happening against the background of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) are questioning our traditional approaches to development design and delivery.
Given the systemic nature of development challenges faced by the region, as well as the opportunities opened up by the fast advancements in local markets, UNDP RBAP decided to establish the Regional Innovation Center (RIC) in Bangkok, Thailand, to spearhead institutionalization of the new ways of doing development, provide a safe space to test development solutions through a structured portfolio of policy experiments, and encourage a culture that would help UNDP be on the front-foot in terms of spotting, understanding and integrating new development approaches into its work. The RIC has four core functions with different but linked scope: exploration, experimentation, scaling-up, and capacity building. This is consistent with the set up of the recently launched UNDP’s Accelerator Labs network, which is conceived as the world’s largest and fastest learning network around development challenges
The experimentation function is the empirical learning engine to retain the RIC’s relevance for the key stakeholders in dealing with strategic risks the countries in the region are facing. To this extent, the Regional Center has developed a sensemaking and acceleration protocol as a unique capability it can bring to Country Offices and government counterparts. A key responsibility of the experimentation function is to help implement and keep evolving the protocol to maintain its relevance to UNDP’s context.
In addition, the experimentation function ensures that the portfolio of experiments designed with Country Offices in the region is coherent with the nature of the systemic challenges UNDP and regional governments have to tackle, scales up learning through intensive interaction and reflection, and feeds insights into program implementation
The experimentation function works closely and coordinates activities with heads of experimentation in each Accelerator Lab.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of work:
1. Sense-making and support to development program coherence
2. Applying portfolio logic to experimentation
3. Experiment design and prototype testing
4. Learning, community building and working out loud
5. Strategic development and operation of the RIC
Expected Outputs and Deliverables:
The consultant is expected to deliver the followings:
The Head of Experimentation will be directly supervised by the Director of the Bangkok Regional Innovation Center. S/he is expected to work closely with the programme team and operation team in the UNDP related to the initiatives in the RIC and support to advance the broader innovation agenda in the UNDP.
Working space, facilities, personnel, project information related to the UNDP and the RIC, as well as logistical support will be provided as needed throughout the assignment of the contract.
Duration of the Assignment:
1 December 2019 – 30 November 2020, with maximum 240 days worked (maximum 20 days/month for 12 months)
Bangkok, Thailand with possible travel for missions
The Head of Experimentation in the Regional Innovation Center is expected to work at UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub and/or Regional Innovation Center (if different). If there is any travel, the mission would be agreed with supervisor in advance and the travel cost would be at actual as in line with UNDP policy.
Required Skills and Experience
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payment :
Consultant must submit a financial proposal based on daily fee. Consultant shall quote an “all-inclusive” daily fee for the contract period. IC Time Sheets must be submitted by the Contractor, duly approved by the Individual Contractor’s supervisor, which shall serve as the basis for the payment of fees.
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 living allowance will not be exceeding UNDP Living Allowance rates.
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology, Cumulative analysis
The award of the contract shall be made 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%).
Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 70 points)
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% of the total technical points would be considered for the Financial Evaluation. 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.
Financial Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 30 points)
Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Candidates wishing to be considered for this assignment are required to submit the following documents to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document/ or one ZIP File as the application only allows to upload maximum one document:
Incomplete proposals may not be considered. The short-listed candidates may be contacted and the successful candidate will be notified.
Annex I - General Condition of Contract
Annex II- TOR_ Head of Experimentation, Bangkok Regional Innovation Centre
Annex III - Offerors Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability and Financial Proposal
All documents can be downloaded at : http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=59221
 The term “All inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, travel costs, living allowances, communications, consummables, etc.) that could possibly be incurred by the Contractor are already factored into the final amounts submitted in the proposal
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.