Partnerships Analyst with the Partner Portfolio Management (PPM) and Performance Analysis (PAP) teams, BERA/PG


Location : New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Application Deadline :09-Aug-20 (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)
24-Aug-2020
Duration of Initial Contract :3 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :3 months + 3 months (possible extension)

Background

The Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy (BERA) is responsible for UNDP’s external relations and advocacy functions. The Bureau leads and supports the organization in cultivating, building and nurturing strategic relationships and alliances that are essential for advancing and successfully achieving the mission of UNDP. These relationships encompass a wide range and number of key constituencies and development partners especially those related to resource mobilization and donors relations, intergovernmental affairs with member states, programme countries, existing and prospective donor countries/emerging economies, multilateral institutions, such as the IFIs, the European Commission, civil society, the private sector, foundations, academia and think tanks, the wider UN system, various UN inter-governmental bodies. BERA also leads the Organization’s communication functions, establishing UNDP branding and interface with global, regional and national media. The bureau coordinates and acts as a facilitator of information exchange, knowledge management, network building and dissemination of best practices throughout the UNDP in resource mobilization, intergovernmental and inter-agency affairs and communications.

The Partnerships Group (PG) in BERA is responsible for relationships between UNDP and its funding partners. PG acts as a facilitator and catalyst of partnership strategies with UNDP’s funding partners and actively supports new partnerships and resource mobilization to maximize UNDP’s development impact. 

The Partnership Portfolio Management (PPM), team is responsible for managing relations with the OECD/DAC donors, developing and implementing partner engagement strategies in line with UNDP’s corporate partnerships and resource mobilization (core and non-core) objectives for the organization.   

The PPM team coordinates external donor outreach, provides donor intelligence to inform decision-making and prioritization of resource mobilization (RM) initiatives by senior management, and facilitates regular senior-level engagement with bilateral funding partners.  PPM team supports the presentation of signature UNDP products and initiatives to partner countries in assigned portfolios, in line with UNDP’s strategic priorities and to maximize resource mobilization opportunities in collaboration with relevant Bureaux. PPM also supports UNDP units and to showcase country-level results and impact with their partners.

The Performance Analysis and Projections (PAP) team within the Partnerships Group (PG), is responsible for analyzing funding trends and managing external assessments of UNDP. In 2020, UNDP will be assessed by the Multilateral Organization Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN). A significant part of PG’s and PAP’s work would be to provide the appropriate documentation and evidence to support that UNDP has the systems, practices, policies, and procedures in place, to be effective and contribute to development and/or humanitarian results. This process will require regular interaction with MOPAN to ensure that the needs are sufficiently addressed. 

Maintaining a strong resource base while supporting UNDP’s response to COVID-19:

Urgently and effectively addressing COVID-19 is critical to safeguarding progress on the SDGs. UNDP together with UN and other partners can support countries to immediately scale up evidence- and rights-based multisectoral responses, i.e. whole-of-government/whole-of-society responses, needed to effectively tackle COVID-19.  At the same time, donor governments are individually implementing domestic stimulus packages in response to the economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Collectively, developed countries are taking measures to safeguard the global economy. The implication for ODA budgets and funding to multilaterals will be wide-ranging. UNDP will need a firm understanding of such implications to mobilize resources for its COVID-19 response, while also ensuring an adequate base of support for its programmatic portfolio writ-large, and to ensure progress in 2020 against implementation of its Strategic Plan 2018-21, underpinned by both core and non-core resources. 

UNDP’s top funding partners have announced packages of financial support to low- and middle-income countries for COVID-19 response, in addition to their domestic stimulus packages. Assistance is being provided directly to countries or multilaterals. UNDP is conducting outreach with donor partners, several of which are undertaking their own mapping of UN agencies’ response to the pandemic. Analyzing donor trends and behavior in the rapidly changing global political economy for optimal positioning of UNDP will be critical.


Duties and Responsibilities

Results:

The consultant will contribute to the following results:

1. COVID Response Partnership and Resource mobilization analysis

  • Monitor, analyze and report on DAC donor data and policy changes related to ODA spending in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Research data to feed into and inform donor engagement tools and products for the Partnerships Group.
  • Provide data and evidence to support the roll-out of donor clinics and to inform the Partnerships Group’s servicing of COs and RBx on funding partner trends and donor engagements.

2. Support the Partnership Group’s approach for greater coordination of resource mobilization:

  • Contribute to the establishment of an inter-bureau coordination mechanism for a more coordinated approach to engaging bilateral partners.
  • Contribute to the presentation of signature products and initiatives to maximize resource mobilization opportunities;
  • Provide advice based on research and data for sharing with the network of country level partnership/resource mobilization officers;

3. Support knowledge building and knowledge sharing to help mainstream donor analysis:

  • Contribute to UNDP’s partner knowledge repository including partner database, resource mobilization toolkit, and all relevant tools for bilateral partner engagement;

4. Support the Partnerships Group in coordinating responses to the Multilateral Organization Performance Assessment Network (MOPAN) review of UNDP:

  • Review the MOPAN assessment framework to ensure full understanding of what documents and evidence are required to satisfy Key Performance Indicators (KPIs);
  • Provide required documentation and evidence against respective indicators on the assessment framework to support the document review process;
  • Fact-check interim document review and fill any gaps by providing missing key documents.

Expected outputs and deliverables:

Deliverables/Outputs

Estimated Duration to Complete

Target Due Dates

Review and Approvals Required (Indicate designation of person who will review output and confirm acceptance)

High-quality, evidence-based donor analysis informs BERA’s resource mobilisation efforts for UNDP’s COVID19 offer

3 months: Regular/ongoing tasks during duration of assignment

Monthly

PPM Team Leader

Inter-bureau coordination mechanism focused on bilateral donors established

3 months: Regular/ongoing tasks during duration of assignment

Monthly

PPM Team Leader

Partner engagement tools and products updated based on most recent data

3 months: Regular/ongoing tasks during duration of assignment

Monthly

PPM Team Leader

Inputs to MOPAN document review process sufficiently provided

3 months: Regular/ongoing tasks during duration of assignment

Monthly

PPM and PAP Team Leaders


Competencies

Core competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

 Functional Competencies:

  • Ability to conduct high-quality and detailed research and analyses of partnerships trends;
  • Strong data and information presentation skills, including the ability to present data in a clear, simple, concise way to inform decision-making;
  • Knowledge of publicly available resources for donor trends and analysis, and how to access/use such resources;
  • Ability for problem-solving, multi-tasking, meeting deadlines and working under pressure;
  • Strong communication skills.

 


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

Master’s Degree or equivalent Advanced Degree in international development, economics, business, social sciences or a related field.

Experience: 

  • At least 3-5  years of relevant experience, including in a partnerships development or organization liaison role, working with UNDP government partners, particularly donor governments, multilateral organizations or development agencies.
  • Proven experience in political and funding trends analysis;
  • Proven experience in design and implementation of partnership tools and products.

Language Requirements: 

Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Proficiency in another UN working language is desirable.

Application Procedure:

The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):

  • Personal CV
  • Motivation letter
  • Technical approach paper addressing  goals and results of candidate’s professional expertise working on donor trends and analysis, experience in presenting data and quantitative analysis,  and knowledge of donor information data bases (not more than 3 pages).

Evaluation process

Applications are reviewed based on Required Skills and Experience stated above and based on the technical evaluation criteria outlined below.  Applications 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:

  • Being responsive/compliant/acceptable; and
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation where technical criteria weighs 70% and Financial criteria/ Proposal weighs 30%.

Technical evaluation - Total 70% (70 points):

Desk review of applications based on the following criteria:

  • In-depth / relevant professional expertise working on donor trends and analysis, with a specific focus on OECD DAC donors (maximum 40 points: scored according to breadth and depth of exposure).
  • Experience in presenting data and quantitative analysis in a clear and succinct manner drawing out implications, opportunities and challenges for a non-technical audience (20 points).
  • Knowledge of donor information data bases and repository (10 points)

Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (70 points) will be considered and invited for the financial evaluation.

Financial evaluation - Total 30% (30 points):

The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:

  • p = y (µ/z), where
  • p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
  • y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal
  • µ = price of the lowest priced proposal
  • z = price of the proposal being evaluated

The financial proposal should specify an all-inclusive daily fee

The financial proposal must be all-inclusive and take into account various expenses that will be incurred during the contract, including: the daily professional fee; cost of travel from the home base to the duty station and vice versa, where required; living allowances at the duty station; communications, utilities and consumables; life, health and any other insurance; risks and inconveniences related to work under hardship and hazardous conditions (e.g., personal security needs, etc.), when applicable; and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services under the contract.

In the case of unforeseeable travel requested by UNDP, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between UNDP and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed. In general, UNDP should 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.

If the Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under a Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.

Institutional arrangements:

Duration of Work:  3 months + 3 months (possible extension): Between August– December 2020

Duty Station: Office-based, HQ New York (telecommuting rules will apply during the COVID19 situation).

The consultant will be working under the direct supervision of the Team Leader for Partner Portfolio Management and overall guidance of the Partnerships Group Director in BERA.

Travel: No outside mission travel is envisaged for this consultancy.

Payment modality:

  • Payment to the Individual Contractor will be made based on the actual number of days worked, deliverables accepted and upon certification of satisfactory completion by the manager.

Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):

Annex 1 -  UNDP P11 Form for ICs

Annex 2 - IC Contract Template

Annex 3 – IC General Terms and Conditions

Annex 4 – RLA Template

Any request for clarification must be sent by email to bera.procurement@undp.org

 

 


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