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Individual Consultant - SDG Finance Facility - For Indian Nationals only
|Location :||Remote or New Delhi, INDIA|
|Application Deadline :||02-Dec-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||5 months|
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.
India requires a significant increase in funding to achieve the SDGs. According to UNCTAD the total requirement to achieve the 17 SDGs in India is $0.96 trillion. Based on historic spending, this translates to a gap of approximately $0.5 trillion representing around one quarter of India’s GDP.
The private sector is committed to funding social development and investing responsibly. The growing appetite for responsible investing is shared by investors across the ecosystem including supply-side funders such as equity investors and international institutions as well as government on the demand-side. However, despite this widespread interest, private sector investment at-scale in India is constrained by a lack of commercial instruments. While investors seek social investments (e.g., meeting ESG criteria), they must simultaneously meet risk and return requirements. To date, few products meet all three.
Middle income countries across the Asia-Pacific region, particularly India with 60+ active impact investment funds, exhibit a highly fragmented and disconnected approach to SDG Finance. Thus, SDG finance delivery is inefficient due to both a duplication of resources and lack of focus on priority goals. This results in multiple innovative instruments competing for the same pool of capital, higher transaction costs, lower success rates and a focus on splitting the pie rather than enhancing it.
Recognizing this need, UNDP is collaborating with leading stakeholders on a project, SDG Finance Facility (SFF or the ‘platform’), to incubate commercially viable SDG aligned innovative financial instruments that will catalyze financing towards improved social and developmental outcomes. Among others, the platform will work on:
UNDP has worked in India since 1951 in almost all areas of human development, from systems and institutional strengthening to inclusive growth and sustainable livelihoods, as well as sustainable energy, environment and resilience. UNDP’s programmes continue to fully integrate a global vision for catalytic change with India’s national priorities. With over 30 projects on the ground in almost every state, today UNDP India works to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by transforming traditional models to do development differently.
Objective / Results of Service:
The Consultant will be responsible for driving partnerships and developing a strategic roadmap for the platform. Housed under SFF, the role will report to the Advisor – Social Impact Investments, India/ South Asia.
Duties and Responsibilities
Partnerships development and resource mobilization
Mapping and Landscape Assessment
Investor relations and catalyzing financing for incubated instruments
Supporting UNDP with development of additional SDG Finance Initiatives
Instrument scoping and structuring
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing:
Basic research and analysis
Fundamental knowledge of own discipline (finance/ economics)
Establishing effective client relationships
Required Skills and Experience
Academic Qualifications: An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent), preferably in business/ finance/ economics or related field.
Experience: A minimum of six (6) years of progressively responsible experience that demonstrates an understanding of core finance and previous engagement with innovative financing instruments. In addition, expertise around partnerships and resource mobilization must also be demonstrated.
Language: For this post, fluency in spoken and written English is required.
Prior approved travel expenses will be reimbursed as per actuals in line with UNDP rules.
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Educational Qualification: 35 mrks
Documents to be submitted:
Offeror letter to UNDP confirming interest and availability for the Individual Contractor Assignment;
A financial proposal indicating all-inclusive per day consultancy rate, excluding travel expenses. All Travel will be arranged and borne by UNDP following UNDP’s rules and regulations or will be reimbursed on submission of F10 on the most direct and economical route.
All the above documents should be clubbed in one pdf file before uploading as the system will accept only one attachment.
Please note proposals without financial proposal will not be considered;
All the documents should be clubbed in one file (pdf) for uploading;
Consultants must bring his/her own computing equipment.
The following documents can be accessed by clicking the link:
General Conditions for Individual Contract-
Offerors Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability for the Individual Contractor (IC) Assignment, including Financial Proposal template-