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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)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||3 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||3 months|
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.
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.
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:
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)
As Coordinator of Private Sector Sustainable Financing Map (SFM)
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.
Management and Leadership
Required Skills and Experience
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.
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:
How to Apply:
Forms and General terms & conditions to be downloaded:
Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA): A legal instrument between UNDP and a Company/institution, according to which, the latter makes available the services of an individual delivering time-bound and quantifiable outputs that are directly linked to payments
Kindly note that the system will only accept one attachment , please merge all documents and submit as one file.
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:
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.