(Re-Advertised) - Consultant - Evaluation: Final assessment of the Korea-UNDP MDG Trust Fund


Location : Homebased
Application Deadline :16-Feb-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :50 Days
Expected Duration of Assignment :50 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

Re-Advertised - applicants who have previously applied do not need to re-apply.

The Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy (BERA) is responsible for UNDP’s external relations and advocacy functions. The Bureau leads and supports the organization in cultivating, building and nurturing strategic relationships and alliances that are essential for advancing and successfully achieving the mission of UNDP. These relationships encompass a wide range and number of key constituencies and development partners especially those related to resource mobilization and donors relations, intergovernmental affairs with member states, programme countries, existing and prospective donor countries/emerging economies, multilateral institutions, such as the IFIs, the European Commission, civil society, the private sector, foundations, academia and think tanks, the wider UN system, various UN inter-governmental bodies. BERA also leads the Organization’s communication functions, establishing UNDP branding and interface with global, regional and national media. The bureau coordinates and acts as a facilitator of information exchange, knowledge management, network building and dissemination of best practices throughout the UNDP in resource mobilization, intergovernmental and inter-agency affairs and communications.

Trust Fund Background

Since its launch in 2010, the Korea-UNDP MDG Trust Fund (TF) has approved the allocation of nearly USD 31.3 million for 10 country projects in Colombia, DRC, Haiti, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan and Timor-Leste to support the scaling up of proven interventions for accelerated progress towards the MDGs. It also supported six global projects on the post-2015 development agenda, national efforts to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence, the global partnership for effective development cooperation, global advocacy and policy outreach of the Trust Fund, UN Millennium Campaign and Ebola response.

Scope and Objectives

As requested by the Government of the Republic of Korea, the MDG TF will be strategically assessed (from 2010 until 2016)
[1]). The overall objective is to assess key results achieved by projects in support of the MDGs, focusing in particular on relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability and on identifying relevant lessons learned and best practices through case studies. In addition, the assessment will provide recommendations for the RoK-UNDP SDG Trust Fund.

[1] In 2016, the MDG Trust Fund was renamed to SDG TF in an amendment to the agreement in order to reflect the goals of Agenda 2030.

 


Duties and Responsibilities

Evaluation Criteria and questions

The evaluation questions below form a tentative set which will be expanded based on further desk study and interaction with key UNDP actors. The interim MDG TF assessment is to be taken as one of the resource documents and duplication of the work should be avoided.

·To assess the extent to which the Trust Fund has met the original objectives;

· Assess the efficiency of the Trust Fund and its related processes;

· Assess whether the TF supports to MDGs relevant to programme country needs consistent with UNDP’s mandate;

·Present summary results and findings of the projects funded along with lessons learned,

· Provide a set of forward-looking recommendations and Trust Fund options.

Methodology

The assessment will triangulate data from multiple sources and methods listed below and used. The evaluation will also triangulate using the different methods employed. The evaluation will adopt a mixed-methods approach:

· Document review and administrative data analysis of available documentation;

· Surveys/Interviews with UNDP’s project coordinators and other staff at the HQ and country levels who have been involved in project implementation of the Trust Fund; the stakeholders of the Republic of Korea; implementing partners including beneficiary governments; and beneficiaries.

· Case studies of 1-2 countries implemented the projects (desk review).

Expected outputs and deliverables:

Deliverables/Outputs

Estimated Duration to Complete

Target Due Dates

Review and Approvals Required (Indicate designation of person who will review output and confirm acceptance)

Review of available documentation, initiation and initial consultation

10 days

10 days

Director of Public Partnerships Group

Surveys/interviews with Stakeholders – The RoK Government, UNDP & project teams including implementing partners and beneficiaries.

20 days

30 days

Director of Public Partnerships Group

Preparation of draft assessment report and feedback

10 days

40 days

Director Public Partnerships Group

Finalization of the report to incorporate the feedback given

10 days

50 days

Director Public Partnerships Group

 

Management Arrangements

An independent consultant will be recruited in accordance with UNDP Procurement principles. The evaluation will be conducted in line with UNDP Evaluation Policy, UNEG Norms and Standards. The consultant will report to, seek approval/acceptance of outputs from the Director of the Partnerships Group at the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy. The consultant will be required to liaise with other internal and external stakeholders.

Deliverables

A final report, with an executive summary, covering main findings of the review with relevant lessons learned and best practices, and forward-looking recommendations.

Payment: A daily rate based on an all-inclusive daily fee. All-inclusive implies that all costs incurred by the Contractor are factored into the final amount submitted in the proposal. Payments will be made following certification by UNDP of the satisfactory delivery of the products and the appropriate management of associated processes needed to achieve the above-mentioned tasks and objectives; supervisor will confirm arrangements.

UNDP reserves the right to rescind this agreement due to unsatisfactory performance by the contractor.

Institutional arrangements: The consultant will be working under the direct supervision of the Director of Public Partnerships Group  

Travel: No outside mission travel is envisaged for this consultancy.


Competencies

Core competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Functional Competencies:

  • Ability to conduct high-quality and detailed research and evaluation of partnerships trends, specifically around the role and usage of trust funds as a development tool.
  • Strong data and information presentation skills, including the ability to present data in a clear, simple, concise way to inform decision-making;
  • Knowledge of publicly available resources for donor usage, trends and analysis of trust funds, and how to access/use such resources;
  • Ability for problem-solving, multi-tasking, meeting deadlines and working under pressure;
  • Strong communication skills;


Required Skills and Experience

I. Qualifications

 

Education:

 

At least Master’s Degree or equivalent Advanced Degree in international development, economics, business, social sciences or a related field

 

Experience:

· At least 3-5 years of relevant monitoring, evaluation and learning experience, including MEL activities working alongside the UNDP, RoK and evaluation of trust funds as a development tool.

· Experience in political and funding trends analysis Experience in design and implementation of partnership tools and products

·Experience with conducting qualitative data analysis and working with international stakeholders

 

Language Requirements:

Fluency in written and spoken English and Korean is required;

Proficiency in another UN working language is desirable.

VII. Application Procedure

The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):

· Personal CV

· Motivation letter

· A short (1-2 page) technical approach paper on how the consultant would approach this assignment.

Evaluation process

Applicants are reviewed based on Required Skills and Experience stated above and based on the technical evaluation criteria outlined below. Applicants will be evaluated based on cumulative scoring. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

· Being responsive/compliant/acceptable; and

· Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation where technical criteria weighs 70% and Financial criteria/ Proposal weighs 30%.

Technical evaluation - Total 70% (70 points)

Desk review of applications based on the following criteria:

  • In-depth / relevant professional expertise working on the evaluation of trust funds as a development tool alongside donor trends and analysis, with a specific focus on the UNDP, RoK and recipient countries (maximum 40 points: scored according to breadth and depth of exposure).
  • Experience in presenting data and quantitative analysis in a clear and succinct manner drawing out implications, opportunities and challenges for a non-technical audience (20 points).
  • Knowledge of donor information data bases and repository (10 points)

Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (70 points) will be considered and invited for the financial evaluation.

Financial evaluation - Total 30% (30 points)

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 financial proposal should specify an all-inclusive daily fee

·The financial proposal must be all-inclusive and take into account various expenses that will be incurred during the contract, including: the daily professional fee; cost of travel from the home base to the duty station and vice versa, where required; living allowances at the duty station; communications, utilities and consumables; life, health and any other insurance; risks and inconveniences related to work under hardship and hazardous conditions (e.g., personal security needs, etc.), when applicable; and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services under the contract.

· In the case of unforeseeable travel requested by UNDP, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between UNDP 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 IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.

·If the Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under a Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.

Payment modality

·Payment to the Individual Contractor will be made based on the actual number of days worked, deliverables accepted and upon certification of satisfactory completion by the manager.



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