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Consultancy as Development Economist
|Location :||Country Office, Putrajaya, MALAYSIA|
|Application Deadline :||20-Oct-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 :||12 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||December 2019 to November 2020 (259 man days)|
UNDP works with countries in Asia Pacific to improve how sustainable development policies and programmes are designed and implemented. We help develop the capacity of governments to formulate strategies and public policies that promote human development, reduce poverty and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
UNDP responds to requests from countries to adapt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with the SDGs at its core, to national sub-national and local conditions and realities, incorporating regional and global perspectives. It offers support to both national and local governments in localizing, mainstreaming, and accelerating the SDGs implementation as well as works to influence national policy-making with a view to creating an enabling environment for action at local and regional levels.
Objectives of the assignment:
The overall objective of the assignment is to strengthen the effectiveness and impact of UNDP’s support to the 2030 Agenda in Malaysia and the region overall through the provision of high-quality economic analysis.
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Resident Representative with matrix reporting to Regional Economic Advisor at Bangkok Regional Hub, the Development Economist will help contribute to its overall work programme. 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 plans and activities. S/he will also work closely with all programme teams and be responsible for helping develop large-scale development solutions and activities aimed at enhancing UNDP’s programmatic support. The Development Economist is expected to contribute to knowledge generation through research and analysis, represent UNDP as required in policy discussions, and work closely with the country programme teams and the regional network on SDG integration, acceleration, and innovation.
The Development Economist will work with the different UNDP country office teams, the national accelerator lab and colleagues in Bangkok Regional Hub (BRH) colleagues and the UNDP Asia-Pacific regional network of Country Office economists. This will include systematic engagement with and oversight from the lead regional economic advisors based in Bangkok and Beijing. S/he will also develop and maintains a network of colleagues from UN Agencies, IFIs, Government Officials, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society.
S/he will be expected to be based in UNDP Malaysia and to report for work daily (5 days a week) in Putrajaya. The consultancy fee will be based on time sheet and milestone basis.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:
1. Provides advice and support to UNDP management, programme and projects focusing on achievement of the following results:
2. Provides advice and options to Government counterparts and facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:
3. Ensures creation of strategic partnerships, innovative financing mechanism and support to resource mobilization focusing on achievement of the following results:
4. Advocacy and promotion of awareness of UNDP mandate and mission focusing on achievement of the following results:
5. Contributes to UNDP’s work across the Asia-Pacific region in selected priority areas, with particular focus on innovative financing for the SDGs and Islamic finance, focusing on achievement of the following results:
Prices should be in US Dollars and include all expenses (including tools/equipment/computers needed, local travels and communications) related to the assignment in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. The consultant is responsible for payment of all relevant taxes. Traveling arrangement outside Kuala Lumpur, and Putrajaya will be provided where necessary as per the UNDP travel guidelines.
Provision of Monitoring and Progress Controls:
The candidate will work under Assistant Resident Representative (Programme) UNDP Malaysia with technical oversight and quality assurance by the Asia-Pacific Regional Development Economist, Bangkok Regional Hub. S/he will work in close collaboration with other staff of the country office and policy advisors of the Bangkok Regional Hub, as well as other Development Economists on assignment in the Asia-Pacific Region.
Knowledge Management and Learning:
Development and Operational Effectiveness:
Management and Leadership:
Required Skills and Experience
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
Specify a daily fee amount which is all inclusive and take into account various expenses the candidate expects to incur during the contract, including:
The estimated maximum number of workdays for the duration of the consultancy is as follows:
Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview at the UNDP Office or via Skype.
How to Apply:
Forms and General terms & conditions to be downloaded:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
When using this weighted scoring method, 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 and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
* Technical Criteria weight; [70%]
* Financial Criteria weight; [30%]
UNDP applies a fair and transparent selection process that will take into account the competencies/skills of the applicants as well as their financial proposals. Qualified women and members of social minorities are encouraged to apply.
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.