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National Consultant for the Analysis of the Innovation ecosystem in Angola
|Location :||LUANDA, ANGOLA|
|Application Deadline :||04-Sep-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English Portuguese|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||6 Months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||6 Months|
The National Development Plan (PDN-2018-2022) highlights the promotion and insertion of scientific and technological culture as pillars of the country's social and economic development. However, the Angolan economy has contracted for four consecutive years and economic forecasts, according to the Ministry of Finance, will remain negative, indicating a recession of -1.2% in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic certainly exacerbated the country’s weak macro-fiscal situation in the context of unemployment and difficulties in Private Sector’s development. The unemployment rate increased to 32.0% in the first quarter of 2020, while one in two young people aged 15-24 is unemployed. On the other hand, Angola is in position 177 in the World Bank ranking of 190 economies with ease of doing business in 2020. Promoting the development of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and innovation remains one of the main priorities from the government. Innovation and technology transfer could favour entrepreneurship. This fact is substantiated in the National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (MESCTI).
Given this employability reality of traditional businesses, together with the Government's financial programs for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), it is essential to create the conditions for stimulating entrepreneurship and innovation, as a way to not only respond livelihood needs for young people, as well as to transform problems and needs into opportunities that create prosperous businesses and good jobs.
The verifying rise and growth of outstanding innovative businesses in the country, is often supported or driven by an ecosystem under construction, a network of private actors and public institutions that have activated and dynamized the sector through a set of actions and initiatives including incubation and acceleration programs, workshops and contests. However, for an ecosystem to survive and develop, special conditions and a favourable institutional environment are necessary. One of the PDN's priority actions is to support the creation of incubators for technological and innovation companies, as well as to encourage the creation of Technological Poles of Excellence with a critical mass of researchers, universities, scientific research centres and business entities.
Given the increasing complexity of the technology and innovation sector, the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESCTI) intends, with other partners, to develop a legal framework and policies that facilitate the monitoring of innovation in all its phases, allowing open the way to expand the ecosystem, establishing support and momentum mechanisms, and eliminating the main obstacles, thus creating favourable conditions for its development. UNDP, within its Country Cooperation Framework (CDP 2020-2022) proposes, through the Acceleration Lab, to explore and strengthen national innovation systems to maximize the desirable impact of policies and the achievement of the Development Sustainable Goals in Angola.
In order to promote scientific research, innovation and entrepreneurship in the Angolan institutions of higher education, MESCTI and UNDP signed a Memorandum of Understanding that aims to assess the current state of the innovation ecosystem in the country. The international competition is launched to recruit an international expert with proven experience in conducting rapid diagnostics and developing studies in areas of innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, and scientific publications on innovation.
The consultant will work in collaboration with the national consultant and will report directly to the National Director of Technology and Innovation at MESCTI and the UNDP technical team to assess the quality of the products described in this term of reference.
The general objective is to prepare an analysis and diagnosis study of the current state of the innovation ecosystem in the country. For the preparation of the study, the following aspects should be considered:
Duties and Responsibilities
The preparation of the study should consider the following phases:
Data collection should consider two components: a quantitative component through questionnaires and a qualitative one through interviews, focus groups and participatory workshops.
Data analysis should:
Preparation and presentation of the study on the Innovation Ecosystem in Angola, with assessment of existing good practices, opportunities and challenges. The study is expected to formulate basic recommendations for creating a legal framework and strengthening policies to promote the ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship in Angola.
Required Skills and Experience
Applicants are reviewed based on Required Skills and Experience stated above and based on the technical evaluation criteria outlined below. Applicants 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
Technical Evaluation - Total obtainable points 100 points:
Criteria 1: Educational Qualification and working experience in relevant fields related to innovation in context of developing countries including Africa: Maximum Points: 20;
Financial Criteria: (30% of the total evaluation) based on the total all-inclusive lump sum amount for professional fee for tasks specified in this Notice;
Having reviewed applications received, UNDP may technically qualified shortlisted candidates for interview.
Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (70 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (100 points) shall be considered 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
Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into contract with UNDP.
The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):
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.
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.