National Consultant-Climate Finance Expert (Re-advertisement)


Location : Dhaka, BANGLADESH
Application Deadline :30-Jan-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Expected Duration of Assignment :40 working days over 3.5 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.


Background

The Integrated National Financing Framework for Accelerating Achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (INFF4SDGs) in Bangladesh is a Joint Programme (JP) to be implemented by UNDP, UN WOMEN, UNCDF, and ILO. The JP will be led by UNDP, where the UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC) Office of Bangladesh will coordinate the programme and report to external stakeholders within the UN system and Government. Additional support provided through joint UNEP/UNDP poverty environment action for SDGs programme.

The JP will support the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) to put in place an integrated financing framework to mobilize required resources from public and private sources more effectively for attaining SDGs by 2030.

Through the support of JP, the government will not only revisit the gaps in SDG financing estimated in 2017 but also adopt a forward-looking approach for engaging the public, private sector, and partners to meet the financing gap, keeping in consideration the country’s LDC graduation in 2024.

With support from the programme, the government will focus on fiscal space analysis and explore identifying new and innovative fiscal spaces and business models for the private sector for achieving SDGs. This JP will also help to establish strong governance and coordination mechanisms among the government and private sectors and an oversight mechanism for expenditure efficiencies and maximizing expenditure impacts.

As one of the most active and committed countries to achieve the SDGs with the highest level of political will, Bangladesh has already completed a Development Finance Assessment (DFA) in 2016 and Bangladesh SDGs Financing Strategy (FS) in 2017. However, both the documents are now dated as they were prepared for the 7th FYP. Also, LDC graduation was not taken into consideration and 8th FYP preparation is in the final stage of preparation. These developments along with a renewed commitment to strengthening Bangladesh’s Integrated National Financing Framework warrant revisiting both the documents. To update these documents, the Joint Programme (JP) “Integrated National Financing Framework for Accelerating Achievement of SDGs (INFF4SDGs) in Bangladesh” in collaboration with the Strengthening Institutional Capacity for SDGs Achievement in Bangladesh (SC4SDG) project will engage a Climate Finance Expert to support an international consultant for updating the Development Finance Assessment (DFA) and SDG 13 Financing Strategy.

The DFA offers a comprehensive analysis of the public and private financing outlook, financing policies and institutional structures, and opportunities to build a more integrated approach to financing. It is a tool designed to aggregate analysis and build collaboration among actors. Alongside the new analysis that it undertakes, the DFA draws together information from a wide range of sources and assessments that focus on particular finance flows or policy areas.

A series of financing dialogues form the backbone of the DFA process toward the articulation of the FS. Under the guidance of a government-led national oversight team the DFA brings together government officials, private sector and other stakeholders to facilitate discussion on how to operationalise a more integrated approach to financing through an INFF. The DFA facilitates discussions on the challenges and opportunities across public and private financing and aims to build consensus on ways forward to establish and implement the FS.

The JP targets to support the government and private sector in achieving all SDGs, with a particular focus on SDG 6, SDG 7, SDG 13, and SDG 17.                      

 OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT

The objective of this assignment is to support the Team Leader with analysis of institutional and legal framework for climate change and data and information on SDG 13 that are necessary for completing a Development Finance Assessment (DFA) and leading to the update of the SDGs Financing Strategy of Bangladesh together with development of a comprehensive SDG 13 Financing Strategy.


Duties and Responsibilities

SCOPE OF WORK

The following activities are expected to be carried out by the Climate Finance Expert within the contract period:

  • Support the Team Leader to complete the full development finance assessment process (in line with version 3.0 of the DFA Guidebook);
  • Work closely with the Gender Expert and Private Sector Expert to be engaged by UN WOMEN and ILO respectively on SDG 13 related issues;
  • Review existing DFA and SDG Financing Strategy and identify priority areas for achieving SDG 13 including those with pro-poor benefits
  • Develop tools and methodologies and obtain approval from the INFF4SDGs task team;
  • Review the secondary literature/reports available nationally and internationally;
  • Support the Team Lead to conduct financing dialogue workshops, stakeholder consultations, and meetings at national and local levels;
  • Conduct consultations and meetings with SDG 13 specific stakeholders;
  • Undertake a stock take of reform actions that the government has taken to mainstream climate change into the governance and public financial management system
  • Provide data and information on SDG 13 that are necessary for the DFA and SDGs Financing Strategy of Bangladesh to the Team Lead;
  • Work closely with relevant members of the DFA oversight committee to update and finalize SDG 13 Financing Strategy including prioritized reform agenda and present to the government counterparts and wider stakeholders; and
  • Submit the final SDG 13 Financing Strategy, noting those interventions with pro-poor benefits, together with prioritized reform agenda incorporating the feedback from the stakeholders’ consultations.
  • Recommendations for how SDG 13 could be integrated into the national development agenda for ensuring cross linkages and effectiveness of development finance

KEY STAKEHOLDERS TO BE CONSULTED

Government Stakeholders including (but not limited to) Principal SDG Coordinator, PMO; Senior Officials of Ministry of Finance (Finance Division, Economic Relations Division, Financial Institutions Division, and Internal Resources Division); Planning Commission (General Economics Division and Programming Division); Local Government Division (LGD); Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change; Ministry of Women and Children Affairs; and other government offices

Private Sector Actors including (but not limited to) FBCCI, BGMEA, BKMEA, BWCCI, Private Banks, and Climate finance business entities

IFIs including International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, Asian Development Bank (ADB), and Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)

Participating UN Organizations (PUNOs) (but not limited to) UNRC, UNDP Heads of Clusters, UNDP INFF Task Team, ILO, UN WOMEN and UNCDF

Other stakeholders including INGOs, NGOs, think tanks, academics, etc.

EXPECTED OUTPUTS AND DELIVERABLES

  • Deliverable 01: Inception report with detailed methodologies and work plan
  • Deliverable 02: Summary report on support to the Team Leader with data and information on SDG 13
  • Deliverable 03: Summary report on consultation with relevant government policymakers and other stakeholders on emerging recommendations for SDG 13 Financing Strategy
  • Deliverable 04: Draft SDG 13 Financing Strategy including prioritized reform agenda
  • Deliverable 05: Final SDG 13 Financing Strategy together with prioritized reform agenda incorporating the feedback from stakeholders’ consultations

ENGAGEMENT OF DAYS

Sl.

Deliverables

Days Required

01

Inception report with detailed methodologies and work plan

05 Days

02

Summary report on support to the Team Leader with data and information on SDG 13

10 days

03

Summary report on consultation with relevant government policymakers and other stakeholders on emerging recommendations for SDG 13 Financing Strategy

10 days

04

Draft SDG 13 Financing Strategy including prioritized reform agenda

10 Days

05

Final SDG 13 Financing Strategy together with prioritized reform agenda incorporating the feedback from stakeholders’ consultations

05Days

 INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENT

The Consultant will report to the Chief Technical Advisor, SC4SDG, who will also carry out a performance evaluation at the end of the assignment. While arranging workshops, dialogues, and consultations with stakeholders, the project will provide necessary financial supports to the events.

DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT, DUTY STATION

The total duration of the contract will be 40 working days over 3.5 months tentatively starting from 15 February 2021. The duty station will be in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

INPUT FROM PROJECT

The project will provide necessary project-related documents, data/information, acts, rules, etc. and will organize seminars, workshops, meetings, etc. as and when required.


Competencies

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Strong analytical, reporting, and writing abilities;
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;
  • Ability to plan, organize, implement and report on work;
  • Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of information system and design principle;
  • Outstanding communication, project management, and organizational skills;
  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills;
  • Demonstrates integrity and ethical standards;
  • Positive, constructive attitude to work;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.


Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications:

Minimum Master’s degree in Environmental Management, Development Management, Public Finance, Social Science, or other relevant fields.

Experiences:

  • At least 10 years’ proven experience in climate change adaptation and mitigation issues and sustainable financing strategies;
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience in the 2030 Global Development Agenda (SDGs) and other related international agenda (Paris Agreement, Addis Ababa Action Agenda, etc.); and
  • Experience in working with government and non-government institutions, UN agencies, and development agencies.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, in English

PRICE PROPOSAL AND SCHEDULE OF PAYMENT

Consultant must send a financial proposal based on Lump Sum Amount. The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive and include all cost components required to perform the deliverables identified in the ToR. Payments will be made upon completion of the following deliverables/outputs:

  • First Payment: Inception report with detailed methodologies and work plan [12.5% of total contract amount];
  • Second Payment: Summary report on the support provided to Team Leader with data and information on SDG 13 [25% of total contract amount];
  • Third Payment: Summary report on consultation with relevant government policymakers and other stakeholders on emerging recommendations for SDG 13 Financing Strategy [25% of total contract amount];
  • Fourth Payment: Draft SDG 13 Financing Strategy including prioritized reform agenda [25% of total contract amount];
  • Fifth and Final Payment: Final SDG 13 Financing Strategy together with prioritized reform agenda incorporating the feedback from stakeholders’ consultations [12.5% of total contract amount].

Deliverables are linked with the payment schedule:

Payment Schedule

Output/ Deliverable

Target date

1st installment (12.5% of the total contract value)

Inception report with detailed methodologies and work plan

25 February 2021

2nd installment (25% of the total contract value)

Summary report on the support provided to Team Leader with data and information on SDG 13

25 March 2021

3rd installment (25% of the total contract value)

Summary report on consultation with relevant government policymakers and other stakeholders on emerging recommendations for SDG 13 Financing Strategy

15 April 2021

4th installment (25% of the total contract value)

Draft SDG 13 Financing Strategy including prioritized reform agenda

06 May 2021

5th and final installment (12.5% of the total contract value)

Final SDG 13 Financing Strategy together with prioritized reform agenda incorporating the feedback from stakeholders’ consultations

31of May 2021

 EVALUATION
The Consultant will be selected based on relevant expertise and financial offer received.
In the second stage, the price proposal of all qualified Consultants who have attained a minimum 70% score in the technical evaluation, will be compared. The contract will be awarded to the Consultant offering the best value for money based on the cumulative method.
In this methodology, the technical criteria weight is 70 and Financial Criteria weight is 30. Accordingly, the maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest-priced proposal. All other price proposals receive points in the inverse proposal.

The formula is as follows:
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 proposal obtaining the overall highest score after adding the score of the technical proposal and the financial proposal is the proposal that offers the best value for money. The technical and financial proposal should be submitted following the UNDP guideline and formats. UNDP Procurement reverses the right to accept or reject any. The only candidate obtaining a minimum of 49 points and above would be considered for the financial evaluation.

BASIS OF EVALUATION

Criteria

Weigh

Max. Point

Technical:

70%

70

Educational qualifications

15%

15

Proven experience in climate change adaptation and mitigation issues and sustainable financing strategies

25%

25

Comprehensive knowledge and experience in the 2030 Global Development Agenda (SDGs) and other related international agenda (Paris Agreement, Addis Ababa Action Agenda, etc.)

15%

15

Experience in working with government and non-government institutions, UN agencies, and development agencies

15%

15

Financial:

30%

30

Total

100%

100

 Interested individual Consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Proposers who shall not submit the below-mentioned documents will not be considered for further evaluation.

  • Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability 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; P11 can be downloaded from the link:
  • Financial Proposal: Financial Proposal has to be submitted through a standard interest and availability template which can be downloaded from the link:
  • Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable candidate for the assignment and submit evidence by the Consultant which would substantiate the technical requirements

http://www.bd.undp.org/content/dam/bangladesh/docs/Jobs/Interest%20and%20Submission%20of%20Financial%20Proposal-Template%20for%20Confirmation.docx



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