Youth Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Consultant


Location : Home based with mission travels to countries in Asia and the Pacific region
Application Deadline :03-Nov-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)
16-Dec-2020
Duration of Initial Contract :16 December 2020 - 31 December 2021
Expected Duration of Assignment :up to a maximum of 225 working days.

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.


Background

Project Title: Youth Co:Lab, Regional Youth Project on Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Project Description:
55 percent of the world’s youth (aged 15-24 years), or over 660 million young people, live in Asia-Pacific. This generation is at the frontier of multiple global challenges: the climate crisis; the impacts of COVID-19 on already high rates of youth unemployment and economic insecurity; shrinking civic space; and intolerance, including in digital spaces. At the same time, young people in Asia Pacific are more educated, more connected and more innovative than any generation before them. From climate action to COVID-19 response, young people are demonstrating their potential and leading the way in shaping a vision for a more sustainable, inclusive and resilient future.
UNDP and its partners believe that young people can respond to the challenges facing their communities and their societies through innovative approaches and driving human development for themselves, their communities and their societies. Against this backdrop, UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub together with its partners is delivering a Regional Youth Project on Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Youth Co:Lab). Co-created in 2017 by UNDP and the Citi Foundation, Youth Co:Lab aims to establish a common agenda for countries in the Asia-Pacific region to empower and invest in youth, so that they can accelerate the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through leadership, social innovation and entrepreneurship. UNDP is seeking a consultant to support the youth economic empowerment components of this project.


Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of work:

The consultant is expected to assist the following activities in completing the assignments:

Platforms and Methodologies Development:

  • Develop and maintain platforms for Youth Co:Lab social enterprises development, catering for all stages of the business, from early startup to scaling up;
  • Create platform to engage and coordinate with partners in the ecosystem for the effective mentorship;
  • Develop and implement methodologies to engage marginalized youth group, including but not limited to people with disabilities, LGBT+ and indigenous people, for youth innovation and entrepreneurship activities;
  • Create digital platforms to engage mass youth group for entrepreneurship education and train the trainer

Project Development and Implementation:

  • Develop and coordinate activities based on current regional youth project to provide on-going capacity development for young innovators;
  • Support to develop innovation and youth strategies linking with existing project portfolios in UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub;
  • Develop and maintain communities of youth innovation and entrepreneurship in development sector, bridging Youth Co:Lab with programmes in the ecosystem;
  • Manage the implementation of a number of specific innovation and youth initiatives pertaining to diverse project portfolios and project units in close coordination with the Regional Youth Project advisor and project coordinator;
  • Support on the developing framework and service line related to Future of Work for youth under Youth Economic Empowerment portfolio of UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub;

Partnership Outreach and Management:

  • Support the UNDP BRH in developing partnerships and the organization of meetings with the Youth Empowerment Alliance with the objective to facilitate knowledge sharing, technology exchange, and access to finance;
  • Mobilize partnerships and resources to support the UNDP Youth Programmes at both national and regional level.
  • Collects and keeps track of youth-related practices in UNDP country offices in Asia-Pacific region, including the innovation and youth partners database;
  • Prepares outreach materials associated with innovation, youth and public-private partnerships (i.e. PowerPoint presentations, brochures, etc.) as needed;

Event Coordination:

  • Coordinate the inputs of UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub, UNDP Country offices and other implementing partners into the agenda, and coordinate the event management for Youth Co:Lab National dialogues;
  • Support to organize innovation and youth events such as conferences, camps, seminars, workshops, summits, etc.
  • Support Youth Co:Lab engagement with strategic partners on co-convening sessions related to youth economic empowerment development agenda.

 

Expected Outputs and Deliverables:

The consultant is expected to work towards the following work plan, and timelines to achieve the stated outputs.

  1. Support to the design and implementation of the UNDP BRH’s innovation and youth initiatives;
  2. Coordinate with UNDP country offices and their partners to develop and manage Youth Co:Lab national programme;
  3. Develop methodologies for engaging marginalized youth groups;
  4. Manage on-going capacity development platforms for Youth Co:Lab;
  5. Mobilize more partnerships for the UNDP Youth programme;

 

Institutional Arrangement:

The consultant will report to the Regional Youth Project Manager and Coordinator at UNDP BRH and work in close collaboration with the UNDP country offices and other key parties. The success of the project depends on the timely delivery of each component.? The Consultant should ensure timely identification of potential risks and signal any delays in deliverables. The contract will be effective immediately upon signature by UNDP.

The Youth and Civil Society Team, UNDP BRH will have the following responsibilities: (i) Provide relevant documents; (ii) Discuss and agree on the methodologies of the assignment; and (iii) Monitor and evaluate the progress of the assignment. The contract and payments will be performance-based and regularly assessed by the Youth and Civil Society Team, UNDP BRH. All travel expenses to and from the target area should be included in the financial proposal.

The present ToR may be subject to modification, without changing the overall objective and the scope of work, on the basis of mutual consultations. UNDP will hold the copyright of the assignment deliverables.

 

Duration of Work:

The Consultant is expected to commit, a full-time basis, to a period of 16 December 2020 to 31 December 2021, up to a maximum of 225 working days over the contract period.

 

Duty Station:

The consultancy will be managed by the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub. The consultancy is home-based with mission travels to countries in Asia and the Pacific region.

The consultancy’s travel will be managed by the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub. Travels will be expected in relation to the national dialogues and required prior approval.


Competencies

  • Demonstrates commitment to UN’s mission, vision and values;
  • Demonstrates sound judgment, diplomacy and sensitivity to confidential matters;
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure;
  • Innovative forward thinking, good coordination and organizational skills, teamwork;
  • Participate effectively in team-based, information sharing environment, collaborating and cooperating with others.
     


Required Skills and Experience

The consultant should possess the following expertise and qualifications:

Education:

  • Master’s degree in development, international relations, business management or related fields.

Experience and skills:

  • Minimum 3 years of relevant work experience in the field of youth entrepreneurship and innovation (specifically social impact driven and SDGs-focused initiatives) with previous work experience in downstream (new venture creation, startups, social enterprises) and midstream (coworking spaces, incubators and accelerators)
  • Excellent organizational skills with a successful track record of working with different stakeholders for programme designing, planning, coordination and implementation in Asia and the Pacific region (including proven experience in advocating inclusion and diversity in the field of youth, entrepreneurship and innovation)
  • Minimum 3 years of experience and knowledge of facilitation methodologies, entrepreneurial community management inclusive of grassroots group, curriculum or training development, etc.
  • Expertise and knowledge of youth empowerment work, social entrepreneurship ecosystems and innovation methodologies in Asia and the Pacific region
  • Good command of relevant digital tools such as chatbots, automation tools, learning management systems, software integrations, etc. to scale-up youth initiatives and engage mass youth groups is preferred.
  • Familiarity with the trend of innovation in Asia-Pacific including systems change, chatbot, blockchain, IOT, VR/AR, Drone, AI, Behavior Insights, voice technology, Big Data, Challenges and Prizes, etc. is preferred;

Language Requirement:

  • Good command of English in both written and oral;
  • Good command of other UN languages is also an asset.

 

Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments

The consultant must send a financial proposal based on a Daily Rate. The consultant shall quote an all-inclusive Daily Fee for the contract period. The term “all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, consumables, etc.) that could be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment are already factored into the daily fee submitted in the proposal. If applicable, travel or daily allowance cost (if any work is to be done outside the IC’s duty station) should be identified separately.

Payments shall be done on a monthly basis based on actual days worked, upon verification of completion of deliverables and approval by the IC’s supervisor of a Time Sheet and certificate of payment (COP) indicating the days worked in the period.

In general, UNDP shall 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.

In the event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon between the respective business unit and the Individual Consultant prior to travel and will be reimbursed. Travel costs shall be reimbursed at actual but not exceeding the quotation from UNDP approved travel agent.

 

Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer:

Evaluation Method and Criteria Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:

Cumulative analysis

The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant 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%), and financial criteria (30%). Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.

Technical Criteria for Evaluation (70 points)

Criteria

Criteria Description

Score (points)

1

Master’s degree in development, international relations, business management or related fields

10

2

Prior experience (3 years or more) in the field of youth entrepreneurship and innovation (specifically social impact driven and SDGs-focused initiatives) with previous work experience in downstream (new venture creation, startups, social enterprises) and midstream (coworking spaces, incubators and accelerators)

15

3

Prior experience (3 years or more) in working with different stakeholders for programme designing, planning, coordination and implementation in Asia and the Pacific region (including proven experience in advocating inclusion and diversity in the field of youth, entrepreneurship and innovation)

15

4

Strong knowledge of facilitation methodologies, entrepreneurial community management inclusive of grassroots group, curriculum or training development, etc.

10

5

Expertise and knowledge of youth empowerment work, social entrepreneurship ecosystems and innovation methodologies in Asia and the Pacific region

15

6

Good command of relevant digital tools such as chatbots, automation tools, learning management systems, software integrations, etc. to scale-up youth initiatives and engage mass youth groups is preferred.

5

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

 

Documentation required:

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document:

  • Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability and Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided (in USD currency) using the template provided by UNDP;
  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.
  • Brief description of why the candidate considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a sample of relevant links of digital tools such as chatbots, automation tools, learning management systems, software integrations, etc. developed by the candidate.

Incomplete proposals may not be considered. The short-listed candidates may be contacted and the successful candidate will be notified.

 

Annexes:

Annex I - ToR_YSEI Consultant
Annex II - General_Terms_and_Conditions_for_Contracts_Individual_Consultants
Annex III - Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability and financial proposal
Annex IV - P11 Form_for_ICs_optional
Annex V - Procurement Notice

***All documents can be downloaded at: https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=71570

For any clarification regarding this assignment please write to procurement.th@undp.org  under subject: JobAds 94537 - Youth Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Consultant.



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