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Consultant -Innovation Facility Fund Manager
|Location :||New York, USA (with some home-based as agreed w/supervisor), UNITED STATES OF AMERICA|
|Application Deadline :||08-Dec-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding|
|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 :||261 working days over a period of 1 year|
The purpose of this procurement exercise is to contract an individual consultant who will provide a transition plan that is consulted with relevant internal stakeholders and coordinate them in defining strategic focus and approach; support the operationalization of the IF 2.0 prototype and management of roll-out; design, track, monitor and report innovation related corporate performance indicators; support the constant upgrade of monitoring and evaluation systems for innovation, in close collaboration with relevant corporate units; support the Global Advisor with support services on innovation for internal clients and with outreach to external partners, and driving and coordinating the scaling up of the corporate R&D function – the Innovation Days.
On a global level, UNDP has been investing in innovation through a dedicated function since 2014. The Innovation Facility (IF) was established with donor support to catalyze the use of novel approaches for development impact and provide seed funding to foster country-based innovation.
The Innovation Facility has played a catalyst role in (a) creating new skills locally/within the CO; (b) building up innovation momentum over time, whereby Innovation Facility recipients are more likely to continue to develop/design/test innovative initiatives, and c) build an overall culture of innovation/risk-taking within the organization. This data also bears out the assumption that where there is a deliberate investment in innovation (skills/capacity) this translates into a larger number of innovation initiatives.
To date, the Innovation Facility has supported more than 200 country-level experiments with seed-funding, many more with technical advice and it has created distributed innovation capabilities across UNDP Country Offices along with the development of new service lines.
Building on this multi-year investment, innovation is now at the heart of UNDP’s 2018-2021 Strategic Plan, and the anchor of the Administrator’s vision for development. Reflecting the overall organizational shift from short-term initiatives that sought to build a culture change and create experience with innovative methods into developing organizational agility, accelerating learning and adaptiveness in a quickly changing world, the first phase of the Innovation Facility is concluding. The progress made during the first phase was foundational for bringing innovation to the core of the organization - including in setting up new initiatives like Accelerator Labs, having innovation in the heart of the Strategic Plan and making it essential to the integrator offering. Combined, they signal a shift from ‘a thousand flowers blooming period’ towards more strategic mission-oriented innovation.
In the second phase, will introduce a new investment logic nestled within a broader approach of directional systems innovation, striving to identify frontier issues and apply multiple parallel experiments to systemic issues (such as biotech, rise of technology and its implications, urbanization, antibiotic resistance). They are defined by the transnational nature of their drivers, impacts and scope. With the strategic intent of deploying capital with transformative effects, the IF will adopt a portfolio approach to a select number of strategic risks identified as game changers.
To deliver on this mission, the Facility will:
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the Global Advisor for Innovation, the primary function of the Consultant is to provide a transition plan that is consulted with relevant internal stakeholders and coordinate them in defining strategic focus and approach; support the operationalization of the IF 2.0 prototype and management of roll-out; design, track, monitor and report innovation related corporate performance indicators; support the constant upgrade of monitoring and evaluation systems for innovation, in close collaboration with relevant corporate units; support the Global Advisor with support services on innovation for internal clients and with outreach to external partners, and driving and coordinating the scaling up of the corporate R&D function – the Innovation Days.
Re-design of Innovation Facility 2.0:
Policy advice and learning:
Building out corporate R&D function (Innovation Days):
Required Skills and Experience
The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):
Note: The above documents need to be scanned in one file and uploaded to the online application as one document.
Shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal.
Applicants are reviewed based on Required Skills and Experience stated above and based on the technical evaluation criteria outlined below. Applicants will be evaluated based on cumulative scoring. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical evaluation - Total 70% (70 points):
Having reviewed applications received, UNDP will invite the top three/four shortlisted candidates with a minimum of 35 points for interview. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (49 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (70 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.
Financial evaluation - Total 30% (30 points)
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into contract with UNDP.
The consultant will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the Global Advisor for Innovation and will be responsible for the fulfilment of the deliverables as specified above.
The Consultant will be responsible for providing her/his own laptop.
Payment to the Individual Contractor will be made based on the actual number of days worked, and upon certification of satisfactory completion by the manager.
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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.