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National Consultant _ Project Coordinator (Lao nationality only)
|Location :||Vientiane, LAO PDR|
|Application Deadline :||12-Oct-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|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 :||12 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||October 2020 - October 2021|
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.
This Joint Programme (UNJP) will work to strengthen the national architecture for managing and allocating development finance to support more efficient and effective use of available resources at this critical moment. This will be done by drawing on the strengths of UN agencies to: support development of a practical financing strategy to support implementation of the Plan in light of shocks; develop a context appropriate methodology to cost commitments made under the plan to support improved prioritization; develop an evidence-based approach to supporting budget allocations through a pilot in the health sector; and implement an innovative budget tagging methodology that will allow actual spending to be tracked against priorities. This UNJP will take place at a critical moment in the implementation of ongoing national reforms and policy actions that will have a substantial impact on Lao PDR’s ability to meet its SDG objectives over the next ten years. During 2020, the Government is: (i) developing the 9th NSEDP, that sets out a five-year development plan and (ii) undertaking a far-reaching reform of the public financial management system that includes upgrading and modernizing the financial system to comply with international standards and optimizing budget management through the introduction of a country wide Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS). These two key national processes are the anchor points for the joint programme, and offer a unique set of opportunities that the programme will use to support the Government in the development of a more efficient, effective, and robust national architecture for the management of development finance, supporting continued development progress in spite of the
The Outputs are:
• Output 1- SDG-aligned financing strategy for the NSEDP strengthened.
• Output 2- Greater optimization of budget expenditure to achieve the SDGs.
Duties and Responsibilities
Together, these two outputs contribute to the broader development outcome of a more efficient and optimized national development financing architecture in Lao PDR, supporting the continued evolution of the NSEDP from an aspirational blueprint to a comprehensive strategic plan inclusive of the financing of priority areas that place particular emphasis on lagging SDGs. To deliver these outputs, the UNJP will implement the following four key activities: 1. Supporting the development of a Financing Strategy for the 9th NSEDP. This will include data collection and analysis to identify financing trends and opportunities using the well-defined Development Finance Assessment methodology. It will include an analysis of the tools being used by the Government to attract private investment, how to make that investment more sustainable and gender sensitive, and how to enhance the attraction of private finance opportunities to help realise the SDGs through the 9th NSEDP. This will be led by the MPI, with support from UNDP; 2. Developing a context-appropriate methodology and building capacity to cost NSEDP plans. This responds to a specific expectation for the 9th NSEDP, and will be led by MPI, with technical support from UNDP. This will include reviewing available approaches to costing national plans, available data, and working with national counterparts to develop an approach that meets the need to bring in costing approaches and capacities to government processes, but remains practically feasible; 3. Integrating SDG Budget Tagging into the revised national Chart of Accounts (CoA). This will include developing an IPSAS compliant SDG-aligned CoA and an SDG expenditure and revenue tagging methodology – disaggregated by sector, geography and gender – for the customization of the Integrated Financial management Information System (IFMIS) that is under procurement. This work will be led by the Ministry of Finance, with technical support from UNCDF; and, 4. Developing a model investment case for the health sector, which can demonstrate an evidence-based approach to making budget prioritization decisions in the context of ongoing Public Finance Management reforms. This work will be led by UNFPA, working closely with MPI and the Ministry of Health. UNICEF and WHO will also partner in this component to ensure alignment with existing initiatives and to share technical expertise. UNDP is now seeking a full time National Project Coordinator to support the implementation of the UN Joint Programme “Efficiency and optimization of Lao PDR’s public budget to finance the SDGs through the National Plan”. The National Project Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating activities under the UNDP portfolio of the UNJP. He/she will contribute to developing, providing direct technical support to and monitoring the delivery of the activities envisaged in the UNJP work plan. The Coordinator will promote UNDP policies and principles in the related technical areas of the UNJP.
• Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
Required Skills and Experience
Knowledge Management and Learning:
Development and Operational Effectiveness:
Management and Leadership:
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer
Applicants will be evaluated based on scoring method. The award of the contract shall be made to the applicant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as a) responsive/compliant/acceptable; and b) having received the highest score out of set of weighted technical criteria (70 points) based on qualification, experience and interview; and combined with the financial offer which will be weighted a max of 30 points.
Note: Only candidates obtaining a minimum 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Scope of Proposal and Schedule of Payments
The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive and include all costs components required to perform the required tasks identified in the ToR, including professional fee, travel costs, living allowances, communications, consumables, and any other applicable cost that may be possibly incurred by the IC in completing the assignment. Payments shall be made on monthly basis upon satisfactory completion of the required tasks and approved by the project manager.
Recommended Presentation of Offer
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualification:
OFFEROR’S LETTER Price proposal could be quoted in US Dollar.
Incomplete proposals may not be considered.
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