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Understanding Macro-economic Impacts of COVID-19: Building Back Better
|Application Deadline :||06-Jun-20 (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 :||40 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||6 months (1 June – 30 November 2020)|
The COVID-19 pandemic presents itself as a unique crisis in which a humanitarian crisis is evolving simultaneously with a global and local economic downturn and threatens to affect entire economies and livelihoods en masse. Early signs indicate that Malaysia’s heavy economic reliance on India and China, its largest trade partners, source of tourism revenues and investments will exacerbate the impact of the global COVID crisis in the country. The COVID outbreak has not only amplified these challenges, but also create new vulnerabilities in Malaysia’s socio-economic life.
In addition to the enormous and immediate health risks and the potential pressures on the Malaysia health sector, there are severe socioeconomic impacts that affect the most vulnerable populations both globally and at national levels. These threaten achievement of national development goals and attainment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) especially as it relates to the leaving no one behind agenda, a rights based approach to development and economic growth that is environmentally and socially balanced.
As the COVID-19 has progressed, the Government of Malaysia has implemented movement control measures to prevent further virus spread. The crisis is expected to have major socio-economic and macro-economic impacts, as trade and services have been hit significantly. In addition to immediate relief and recovery efforts, there is a need to assess the impact on long-term plans and goals at the national level. To address long-term policy needs and to ensure continued progress toward resilience, sustainability, and equity, the UNDP is examining the economic outcomes of this crisis and the impacts on major national and international commitments. ?This socio-economic package of support recognizes that the response to this pandemic must accelerate rather than undermine decarbonization, protect the natural capital, build resilient cities, and ensure social equality,inclusion, and the realization of human rights for everyone, the rule of law and accountable, capable governments and institutions.?
Objectives of the Assignment
The objective of this assignment is to assess potential changes in Malaysia’s three long-term development frameworks i.e. 12MP, SPV2030, and the SDGs in light of economic challenges emanating from the COVID-19 pandemic. The assessment will include (1) how targets or aspirations in the frameworks are being affected, (2) whether the frameworks as currently envisioned and implemented need to be adjusted, and (3) what needs to be done to maintain progress toward targets and aspirations.
Given the above, UNDP is recruiting a national consultant to plan and carry out the following activities:
Note*: this list is extracted from Pillars III and IV from the UN Socio-Economic Framework guidance note, which will be provided to the consultant.
The assessment will create a better understanding of the mid and long-term effects of COVID-19 and the macro-level adaptations needed to respond to this disruption and to increase resilience to future economic shocks. The assessment will need to be rapid in nature to allow for inputs into the 12MP, which was scheduled to be finalized in July. However, since the full impact of COVID will not be fully observed by then, the Consultant will be required to update their analysis on periodical basis and use it to support government’s continuing efforts in economic recovery.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
The consultant will be under the direct supervision of the ?Senior Development Economist to provide expert advice and support to Government and UNDP Country Office with the guidance from the of the Deputy Resident Representative / Assistant Resident Representative of The consultant will work in close collaboration (as necessary) with Government officials at EPU, UN Agencies, development partners, technical advisors and experts, multilateral and bilateral donors, and the private sector to strategically position UNDP's support in relation to building back better in meeting the Agenda 2030.
1.Inception report including a Situational Analysis and ??Methodology and Workplan
Based on initial review, develop a joint inception report that reflects the consultant’s understanding of the assignment, methodology to carry out the assessment, tentative plan and schedule to carry out the tasks, and expected conclusions and recommendations of the report;
2.Impact Assessment report including key findings and recommendations;
Based on assessment findings and available information, develop an assessment report that includes key findings from results from an impact modelling exercises (CGE or other modelling techniques) and other types of analysis. The report should outline Malaysia’s development trajectory and key impacts to that trajectory stemming from COVID-19, including containment measures and economic relief and recovery efforts. The report should discuss how implementation of the 12MP, SPV2030, and SDG needs to be re-evaluated in light of successes and failures of the socio-economic system in responding to the crisis.
3.Policy note focusing on top priorities for improving resilience, sustainability and equity in the 12MP, SPV 2030 and SDG achievements.
Based on the existing needs and priorities identified in the assessment report, develop a high-quality policy note for the Government of Malaysia focusing on priority interventions for improving resilience, sustainability and equity in the 12MP, SPV 2030 and SDG achievements. Specific recommendations on macro, meso, and micro levels are expected. The policy note may benefit from alternate-scenario analysis aimed at estimating the interventions necessary for keeping national aspirations on track and building back better.
4.Updates after the final report submitted to reflect changes or new developments affecting the economy until the end of 2020. These updates are provided upon agreement between UNDP and the consultant.
Consultant will submit deliverables to UNDP by email for review and approval. Timing of specific activities will be discussed and agreed between UNDP and the consultant.
Estimated timelines, payment and deliverables:?
Contracts based on daily fee:
The fee will be paid on a monthly based on time sheet completed with description of tasks, certified by Programme Manager. UNDP?makes payments based on the actual number of days worked.
The estimated maximum number of workdays for the duration of the consultancy is as follows:
Required Skills and Experience
Interested individuals must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
How to Apply:
Forms and General terms & conditions to be downloaded:
Incomplete proposals may not be considered. The shortlisted candidates may be contacted, and the successful candidate will be notified.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, aboriginal groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
The offers that will be received shall be evaluated based on the Combined Scoring method – where the qualifications and methodology will be weighted a maximum of 70% and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a maximum of 30%.
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.