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331_National Consultant to develop a handbook on taxation and reporting for MSMEs from Luhansk, Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia oblasts
|Location :||Home-based, UKRAINE|
|Application Deadline :||01-Feb-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||3 months|
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.
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NB: Please note that online/application system does not recognise Russian/Ukrainian language, information you provide in on-line application questionnaire must be presented in English. All requested documents should be combined/merged (compressed if necessary) and uploaded into the application system by 1 document/attachment only.
1. BACKGROUND / PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine has had a direct and highly negative impact on economy, social cohesion, resilience, livelihoods, community security, and the rule of law. Recognizing the need to urgently address reconstruction, economic recovery and peacebuilding needs in areas affected both directly and indirectly by the conflict, in late 2014 the Government of Ukraine requested technical assistance and financial support from the international community to assess priority recovery needs. In late 2014, the United Nations (UN), the World Bank (WB) and the European Union (EU) conducted a Recovery and Peacebuilding Assessment, which was endorsed by the Cabinet of Ministers in mid-2015.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been active and present in eastern Ukraine for the past decade, prior to the conflict, with a focus on community development, civil society development, and environmental protection. Work on addressing the specific conflict-related development challenges discussed above built on this earlier engagement, established partnerships, and started in 2015 through the United Nations Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme (UN RPP). The UN RPP is a multi-donor funded framework programme formulated and led by the UNDP in collaboration with the Government of Ukraine and in cooperation with a number of partnering UN agencies (UN Women, FAO, UNFPA).
The RPP was designed to respond to, and mitigate, the causes and effects of the conflict. It is based on findings of the Recovery and Peacebuilding Assessment (RPA) and is aligned to the State Target Programme for Recovery as well as to the two oblast development strategies up to 2020. It takes into account the opportunities that have arisen from the Minsk Protocol of September 2014 and the renewal of its cease-fire provisions (the latest cease-fire having been agreed in March 2018) and is also fully adjusted to the humanitarian-development nexus. It is an integral component of the UNDP Country Programme and is therefore fully aligned with the United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPF). It is closely interlinked with the Democratic Governance and Reform Programme, operating nationally and in all of Ukraine’s regions, and is consistent with the SDGs.
The Programme’s interventions are grouped under the following key Programme components, which reflect the region’s priority needs:
Component 1: Economic Recovery and Restoration of Critical Infrastructure
Component 2: Local Governance and Decentralization Reform
Component 3: Community Security and Social Cohesion.
The Programme, which operates on the basis of a pooled funding arrangement, follows a multi-sectoral programme-based approach and is implemented using an area-based methodology. It is a unifying interventions framework for 13 projects funded by 13 international partners and is worth over USD 80 million (2019-2022).
In October 2018, four UN agencies (UNDP, UN Women, FAO and the UNFPA) have countersigned a new joint project document, funded by the EU. The overall objective of the project is to restore effective governance, support economic recovery and promote reconciliation in the crisis-affected communities of Donetsk, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia oblasts in Ukraine, thereby enhancing the credibility and legitimacy of local governments in the government-controlled areas of the regions. It will contribute to peace build and prevent further escalation of conflict in Ukraine through effective and accountable decentralization, gender-responsive recovery planning and equal access to services, as well as enhanced economic recovery and development.
This endeavour will be achieved through the pursuit of the following specific objectives:
Under objective 2, the Programme aims to foster economic revitalization in eastern Ukraine and, specifically, stimulate employment and economic growth by providing assistance to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) development. The Programme supports demand-driven business development services, professional business skills training and strengthening institutional and educational infrastructure for the effective functioning of regional economy. Due to the conflict, bank lending, leasing and other credit (including trade credit) have been limited in the region. Thus, business owners have difficultly to access finance and connect to markets in the rest of Ukraine and beyond and expand their businesses. Inclusive economic growth needs to be advanced through support for MSMEs and trade development in the priority sectors of the prioritized value chains in the region. Such sectors have already been identified in most areas of Luhansk and Donetsk (Government-Controlled Areas, hereinafter - GCAs) oblasts as well as in the areas of Zaporizhzhia oblasts along the Azov sea coastline (Berdiansk, Prymorsk, Pryazovia, Orikhiv, Guliaipole, Yakymivka and Bilmak rayons, the towns of Melitopol and Tokmak, and Zaporizhzhia city) and now those identified value chains need development strategies for further interventions.
The ongoing COVID-19 crisis is challenging people, households, and businesses in unprecedented ways. The pandemic is limiting economic and social interactions, lead to decreased demand, loss of income-generation opportunities, and limit the MSMEs in access to new knowledge and exchange of information. The quality knowledge products are one of the main sources for economic growth, however, due to the current market situation, the MSMEs have lack of qualitative knowledge materials on business topics.
To support the economic revitalization and implementation of planned interventions, UNDP is seeking a National consultant to develop a handbook on taxation and reporting for MSMEs from Luhansk, Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia oblasts (hereinafter – the Consultant) in government-controlled areas of Luhansk, Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia oblasts (hereinafter - the targeted regions).
Duties and Responsibilities
2. MAIN OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT
The main objective of the assignment is to develop the handbook on taxation and reporting for MSMEs from non-agricultural and agricultural value chains operating on the territories of targeted regions.
The target value chains are listed below:
3. DESCRIPTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES / SCOPE OF WORK
Under the direct supervision of Programme Coordinator, Economic Recovery and Restoration of Critical Infrastructure, the Consultant will be responsible for the implementation of the following tasks:
Initial stage (Output 1):
Handbook development (Output 2)
Develop handbook on taxation and reporting for MSMEs from non-agricultural and agricultural value chains operating on the territories of targeted regions. The document to be produced should be attuned to the local conditions, needs, and context of Donetsk, Luhansk, and Zaporizhzhia oblasts.
The handbook should follow the next structure:
The document requirements: up to 100 pages, single spacing, Noto Sans font, size 11, pdf format, Ukrainian language.
Final stage (Output 3):
4. DELIVERABLES AND IMPLEMENTATION SCHEDULE
5. Proposed Payment Schedule
UN RPP will pay the negotiated amount in 3 tranches as per delivery of the outputs outlined above.
The payments will be paid upon the full completion and acceptance of contractual obligations whereupon the Programme Coordinator signs the certification of acceptance.
6. Monitoring / Reporting Requirements
The Consultant will work under the overall guidance Programme Coordinator, Economic Recovery and Restoration of Critical Infrastructure of the Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme. The Consultant will directly report to the Programme Coordinator on a monthly basis through in-person meetings/by phone or Skype or sending electronic materials.
The Consultant should adhere to the system of monitoring, evaluation and quality control implemented by the UNDP and provide the necessary information, reports and statistics according to the preset schedule or as soon as possible (within a reasonable time).
Weekly operational email reports on the current stage of implementation should be submitted to UN RPP. The issues faced during the implementation process are also required to be raised.
UN RPP has a right to request brief reports on the progress of the assignment during any stage of implementation.
7. Experience and qualifications requirements
8. Documents to be included when submitting the proposals
Applicants shall submit the following documents:
9. Financial proposal
Lump sum contract
The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount.
The Consultant will be responsible for all personal administrative expenses associated with undertaking this assignment including office accommodation, printing, stationary, telephone and electronic communications, and report copies incurred in this assignment.
All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel. 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.
In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit 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 Consultant wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.
Required Skills and Experience
10. Evaluation criteria
UNDP will use a two-stage procedure for evaluating applications with the evaluation of the technical proposal being completed prior to any price proposals are compared. The technical part will be evaluated on the basis of its relevance to the Terms of Reference.
The breakdown scores for qualifications and experience are as follows:
Contract award shall be made to the incumbent whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) having received the cumulative highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
* Technical Criteria weight: 70%
* Financial Criteria weight: 30%
Only candidates obtaining a minimum 70% from the maximum available technical score (49 points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal and will equal to 30. All other price proposals will be evaluated and assigned points, as per below formula:
30 points [max points available for financial part] x [lowest of all evaluated offered prices among responsive offers] / [evaluated price].
The proposal obtaining the overall cumulatively highest score after adding the score of the technical proposal and the financial proposal will be considered as the most compliant offer and will be awarded a contract.