UN COVID-19 Private Sector Sustainable Financing Map: Lead Technical Coordinator


Location : Putrajaya, MALAYSIA
Application Deadline :17-Aug-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)
20-Aug-2020
Duration of Initial Contract :3 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :3 months

Background

At a time of unprecedented global challenges, sustainable finance is a driving force for social and economic resilience. Public and private finances are essential for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and from the wide-ranging effects on the achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Rallying private sector participation and strengthening private and public sector networks for achieving sustainable and inclusive economic growth takes on new urgency. National resource mobilization and increased commitments from private investors and enterprises will be needed for recovery while maintaining progress towards the achievement of the SDGs by 2030. In order to achieve transformational changes in health, climate, environment, education, agriculture, gender equality, and the eradication of poverty in all its forms, greater private sector engagements and investments are critically needed.

 

About UNDP

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience, and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP is on the ground in 176 countries and territories, working with governments and people on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. UNDP, as an integral part of its mission to fight poverty and improve the lives of people around the world, is committed to being open, transparent and accountable.

 

About SDG

The SDGs are officially known as Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, sets out an ambitious plan of action for people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership with the objective of leaving no one behind. The government of Malaysia (GoM), along with other 193 countries, expressed their commitments to achieve these sets of important social priorities. Nevertheless, these social priorities cannot be achieved by public finances alone. Private financing is equally important to fund the development of national priorities that aligned with the SDGs.

 

As an SDG integrator, UNDP seeks to catalyze financial investments from the private sector that advance the SDGs. As interest grows among private sector actors to align investment activity with the SDGs, there is a demonstrated need for unifying standards, tools, and services that can be relied upon by investors to support a process of targeting, measuring and achieving development outcomes. Identification of financing gaps and investment impact supports UNDP Country Offices to eliminate barriers to SDG hence enabling investing by developing a set of products to empower investors with clarity, insights, and tools to authenticate their contribution to the achievement of the SDGs. 

 

About the Private Sector Sustainable Financing Map

A Private Sector Sustainable Financing Map is a piece of market intelligence managed/coordinated by UNDP Country Offices to help private investors (funds, financiers, corporations) identify investment opportunities and business models to gain profit directed in the SDG strategic targeted area that advances the SDGs. The Maps provide the insight and tools needed by the private sector to increase their investments, which at the same time, move the economy towards achieving the SDGs. They can make a significant contribution to filling the financing gap by mobilizing private capital for the SDGs.

Private Sector Sustainable Financing Map is created using an established methodology that combines secondary data research (on existing development needs, policy priorities, and market opportunities) with interviews/discussions with public and private sector stakeholders to verify findings and contribute new insights. The data are analyzed to distill Investment Opportunity Areas and data-backed business models. The findings of the Map will be synthesized and uploaded into a dynamic online platform (upcoming late 2020) where investors can search for the market intelligence on investment opportunities by a variety of functionalities, including sectors, regions, SDGs as well as return profiles, market size and timeframes of investments that most interest to them.

The goal of the Map is to gather and analyze new data on 1) changes in private sector strategies, and 2) on emerging SDG-related priorities in the context of COVID-19, in order to rapidly identify business models and Investment Opportunity Areas that can respond to the COVID-19 crisis. It is based on an online survey directed to the private sector, in-depth private sector interviews, and desk research of emerging COVID-19 impact assessments (e.g. UNDP socio-economic assessments).

The insights generated by the Map will focus on possible immediate and medium-term contributions that private sector investors can make to help Malaysia to respond and recover from the virus outbreak in Malaysia. It employs a streamlined analytical approach anchored in the Sustainable Financing Map methodology and makes it possible for UNDP Country Office to generate additional time-sensitive insights to mobilize private sector capital for COVID-19 recovery that advances the SDGs.


Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of key functions:

  • Conduct the research and synthesis of the Sustainable Financing Map based on Handbook and guidance provided by SDG Impact Team
  • Contribute to identifying key documents and data sources
  • Organize and conduct interviews with at least 15 selected private sectors as agreed by the CO.
  • Supporting materials for CO, as needed, such as interview guides, presentation materials, etc.
  • Support UNDP Malaysia in conducting interviews and consultations with private and public sector stakeholders
  • Support UNDP Malaysia in identifying investment opportunity areas (IOAs) through co-organizing and co-leading the workshops required

 

1. Project Management and Coordination:  As the Technical Lead in the and Coordinator of Private Sector Sustainable Financing Map

As Technical Lead in the Private Sector Sustainable Financing Map (SFM)

  • Undertake desk research (e.g. document review) and analysis across multiple steps of the Country Office Handbook methodology (sector analysis; subsector analysis; subregion analysis; investment opportunity area analysis)
  • Lead structured interviews with local investors to deepen learnings from desk research and source for additional insights on the ‘investability’ of long-listed opportunity areas
  • Shape and guide the research agenda of the project team (e.g. defining key questions to address through data-driven research; prioritizing data sources to be explored)
  • Lead the collation of insights from multiple research sources into a master document, ensuring that data collected is of comparable breadth and depth (testing for the mutual-exclusiveness of datapoints)
  • Undertake in-depth analysis of public and donor development statistics (e.g. human development databases, ease-of-doing-business data, private investment flows) at subsector and subregion level
  • Lead the expansion of strategic partnerships with key private sector and private/public financing institutions
  • Lead technical discussion/interview with key government agencies.

 

As Coordinator of Private Sector Sustainable Financing Map (SFM)

  • Manage and coordinate the implementation of SFM activities to ensure the maintenance of quality, timeliness and delivery of outputs,
  • Organize and attend to meetings with representative from Impact Team;
  • Develop and oversee capacity building efforts aimed at private sectors, government and local authorities
  • Serve as a peer reviewer and contribute to the technical reports and publications related to the project.
  • Foster partnerships with private and public companies, federal and state government agencies and civil society organizations related to the achievement of SFM
  • Represent UNDP and participate in relevant internal and/or external (coordination) meetings
  • Ensure that SFM results are captured and recorded to communicate its impacts

 

INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENT

The SFM Lead Technical Coordinator, will be reporting to UNDP Head of Learning and Insights Hub and work closely with Partnership focal point under the overall supervision of the UNDP Resident Representative, to provide expert assessments, manage processes, and consultations. He/She will work in close collaboration with  UNDP Partnership focal point, Economist, the private sector, government partners, civil society organizations, technical advisors, and experts.

 

HANDLING OF DATA, INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTS

All data, information and documents obtained under this assignment is the property of the United Nations Development Programme and shall be treated as strictly confidential.

No such information shall be used by the consultant for any other purpose other than the completion of deliverables within the scope of work.

All soft and hard copies of data, information and documents must be returned to UNDP upon completion of the assignment.

 

Expected outputs and deliverables:

Payment to be made based on completed deliverables against the TOR, which will be assessed and verified by the UNDP Malaysia.

  • Completion of mapping and interviews of private sectors and government stakeholders (30%)
  • Sustainable Financing Map final report (60%)
  • Sustainable Financing Map final completed results spreadsheet with validated IOAs and data points (5%)
  • Intellectual products/report from Sustainable Financing Map completed (5%)


Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards (human rights, peace, understanding between peoples and nations, tolerance, integrity, respect, results orientation (UNDP core ethics) impartiality;
  • 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.

 

Functional Competencies:

  • Ability to oversee timely project implementation and to provide the necessary troubleshooting to keep project implementation on schedule;
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting: knowledge of project cycle, excellent work/project planning skills,
  • Ability to engage with the private sector, high ranking Government Officials and relevant stakeholders and provide technical advisory support services;
  • Capability to engage in team-based policy and programme dialogue, experience of leading workshops and being a resource person;
  • Promotes knowledge management and a learning environment in the office;
  • Sensitivity to and responsiveness to all partners.
     

Management and Leadership

  • Proven leadership skills as a team leader;
  • Ability to undertake multiple tasks;
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with stakeholders, focuses on impact and result and responds positively to feedback, timely responses to queries;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrates openness to change/comments/suggestions and the ability to manage complexities.


Required Skills and Experience

Education: 

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Economics, Management, Sustainable Development, Law, Statistics; Finance, agricultural/rural development, hospitality sector; Social cohesion, Migration, Gender and Social Inclusion; Public health or a related area.

A combination of relevant academic background (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) and with more than 5 years of extensive relevant professional experience in a related area may be accepted in lieu of advanced university degree.

Experience: 

  • Demonstrated negotiation skills and experience of engaging with strategic partners (private sectors, multinational companies, GLCs, foundations, public finance institutions, IFIs, bilateral and multilateral donors, civil society).
  • Deep experience working with various private sector
  • Experience in scientific and analytical reporting or reviewing of policies or policy formulation related to programming in the national context
  • Knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals and of different approaches driven by the UNDS to accelerate private sector participation in the 2030 Agenda
  • Familiarity with SDG Impact and with other activities undertaken in parallel to SDG Investor Maps (e.g. Impact Management, Impact Facilitation)
  • Strong ingoing knowledge of market context, of national development needs, and economic/ political priorities
  • Deep knowledge of the local investment landscape (particularly local GPs), and close familiarity with needs of global investors
  • Ability to undertake mixed methods research, particularly stakeholder interviews and the navigation of statistical databases
  • Ability to facilitate multi-stakeholder sessions
  • 5-10 years experience in strategy consulting and/or economic research, with a focus on developing country contexts

 

Language Requirements:

Strong command of speaking and writing in English and Bahasa Malaysia

 

DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS

Interested individual applicants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  1. Document 1 : Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability (Annex 1) provided by UNDP;
  2. Document 2: Cover page (max. 2 pages) how candidate’s qualification and experience in research makes them suitable for the work and can lead towards the successful deliverable of the objectives of this consultancy within the required timeframe.
  3. Document 3: Personal CV / P11 including areas of expertise and past experiences in similar area of work and at least 3 referees.
  4. Document 4: Financial Proposal all inclusive and takes into account various expenses the candidate expects to incur during the contract, including:
    • The daily professional fee;
    • The cost of travel from the home base to the duty station (UNDP Office, Putrajaya) and vice versa;
    • Communications, utilities and consumables; and
    • Life, health and any other insurance.
  5. Please submit this information in one file as Document 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  6. Candidates who fail to submit all the information requested above will be disqualified.


 

How to Apply:

  • Kindly download the Letter of Confirmation of interest and availability, Financial Proposal Template and General Terms & Conditions mentioned below;
  • Read and agree to the General Terms & Conditions;
  • Click the ‘apply’ icon and complete what is required;
  • Scan all documents into 1 pdf folder and then upload;
  • For clarification question, please email to procurement.my@undp.org. The clarification question deadline is three (3) days before the closing. When emailing for clarification questions, please put "MyIC/2020/036" as the subject matter.

 

Forms and General terms & conditions to be downloaded:

  • The UN Personal History Form (P11) is available at:http://www.my.undp.org/content/dam/malaysia/docs/Procurement/P11%20for%20SC%20&%20IC.doc?download 
  • The Letter of Confirmation Interest and Availability template at http://www.my.undp.org/content/dam/malaysia/docs/Procurement/Letter%20of%20Interest%20_Annex%201.docx?download
  • Financial Proposal template at https://www.my.undp.org/content/dam/malaysia/docs/Procurement/Financial Proposal Template-MYR_ SFM Lead Coordinator.doc
  • The General Terms & Conditions for Individual contract is available at: http://www.my.undp.org/content/dam/malaysia/docs/Procurement/General%20Conditions%20of%20Contract%20for%20IC.pdf?download

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 Kindly note that the system will only accept one attachment , please merge all documents and submit as one file.

 

Note:

  1. Incomplete applications will not be considered for shortlisting.  Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview. The interview date will be informed to the shortlisted candidates directly.
  2. 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.

 

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF THE BEST OFFER

The award of the contract will be made to the Individual Consultant who has obtained the highest Combined Score and has accepted UNDP’s General Terms and Conditions. Only those applications which are responsive and compliant will be evaluated. The offers will be evaluated using the “Combined Scoring method” where:

a) Technical proposal including educational background and experience on similar assignments will be weighted a max. of 70%.

Technical criteria weight (70%): Technical proposal including educational background and experience on similar assignments (50%), Interview (20%). The evaluation criteria are:

  • Technical knowledge in local investment landscape, and close familiarity with needs of global investors.
  • Strong ingoing knowledge of market context, of national development needs, and economic/ political priorities
  • Demonstrated negotiation skills and experience of engaging with strategic partners (private sectors, multinational companies, GLCs, foundations, public finance institutions, IFIs, bilateral and multilateral donors, civil society).
  • Demonstrated experience in scientific and analytical reporting or reviewing of policies or policy formulation related to programming in the national context
  • 5-10 years experience in strategy consulting and/or economic research, with a focus on developing country contexts
  • 5-10 years experience with engagement with Private Sectors (Investment companies, MNC, large corporation, financial institutions)
  • At least 5 years experience on undertaking mixed methods research, particularly stakeholder interviews and the navigation of statistical databases
  •  5-10 years of experience in scientific and analytical reporting or reviewing of policies or policy formulation related to programming in the national context
  • Familiarity with SDG Impact and with other activities undertaken in parallel to SDG Investor Maps (e.g. Impact Management, Impact Facilitation)

 

b) Financial proposal will weigh as 30% of the total scoring.

UNDP applies a fair and transparent selection process that will consider 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.


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