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Research Assistant, Integrated National Financing Framework: 3 positions
|Location :||Putrajaya, MALAYSIA|
|Application Deadline :||25-Nov-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 :||01 Jan - 31 Dec 2021|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||12 months, with possible extension|
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.
UNDP Global Mission Statement:
UNDP is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with national counterparts on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.
In implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Government of Malaysia (GoM) is fully committed to developing country-specific goals and implementation plans, promoting participation of all stakeholders, including the private sector, civil society, Parliamentarians and others, promoting information disclosure, and advancing innovative financing mechanisms to support the achievement of the goals. To date, Malaysia has achieved a number of key milestones of SDG-focused actions, including the completion of its first Voluntary National Review (VNR) in 2017, the SDG Roadmap (Phase 1: 2015 – 2020), and the development of the National SDG Progress Monitoring System. In recent years, a number of fiscal and non-fiscal challenges have emerged, including the adverse impacts on GDP and income from COVID-19. Hence, it is more apparent than ever before that for Malaysia to meet its SDG targets in this Decade of Action, the country must adopt new and innovative methods to mobilize greater scale and mix of financing.
As a UN Joint Programme, UNDP collaborates with other UN agencies as part of the UN Country Team in spearheading the initiative of Integrated National Financing Framework: Developing Financing Partnerships to Accelerate SDG achievements in Malaysia (INFF project). The project aims to strengthen the national planning, monitoring and evaluation and financing architectures as an enablers for achieving the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. The project also seeks to link the private sector’s resources and intentions for SDGs, with the government’s drive and pledge to achieve the Goals by leveraging the innovation and other resources as necessary, which entails, calling for a ‘whole-of-nation’ approach.
Outputs of the overall assignment:
In essence there are a number of different working groups contributing to different outputs and functions.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of work
To provide effective research and analytical support to the INFF project and LIGHTS within the UNDP Country Office
The Research Assistant will work as part of a team under the supervision of the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative and led by the Senior Development Economist . The team is responsible for delivering high quality, comprehensive data and background analysis. Substantive inputs to the work of the technical team, as well as quality assurance in support of the UNDP country office will be provided by INFF external consultants, Regional Economist Network and UNDP’s Finance Sector Hub through the regional bureau.
Duration of work
The consultancy is a full-time engagement which will take place from 1 January to 31 December 2021, with possible extension.
S/he will be expected to be based in UNDP Malaysia and to report for work daily (5 days a week) in Putrajaya.
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
Satisfactory outputs based on submission of Timesheet and activities performed under the scope of work, with monthly reporting of work tasks.
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
The financial proposal shall specify a daily rate and the financial proposal should include a breakdown of this amount (including all related costs such as travel costs within Klang Valley, per diem, etc.).
The total professional fee shall be converted into a lump-sum contract and payments under the contract shall be made on submission of timesheet and satisfactory outputs and activities performed under the scope of work assigned. Payments are subject to approval by the Deputy Resident Representative with advice from Senior Development Economist. UNDP reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines.
The national consultant may be required to travel outside Klang Valley for project activities or attend the events relevant to the project within Malaysia. All travels (envisaged or unforeseeable) need to be planned with and authorized by UNDP Deputy Resident Representative. Travel expenses (flight tickets, daily subsistence allowance (DSA) and terminal expenses) shall be arranged and paid according to UNDP travel policy.
Required Skills and Experience
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS
Interested individual applicants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
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
Incomplete proposals may not be considered. Only short-listed candidates may be contacted, and successful candidates will be notified.
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer
Evaluation Method and Criteria
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
* Technical Criteria weight 50%
* Interview 20%
* Financial Criteria weight 30%
Technical Evaluation (50%)
Qualification, Experience and Technical Proposal (50 marks):
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview (physical/virtual) to ascertain suitability and and competency.
Financial Evaluation (30%):
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
The application receiving the Highest Combined Score will be awarded the contract.
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.