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Consultancy – System Change financing instruments, BPPS/GPN/UNDP
|Location :||Home based|
|Application Deadline :||07-Feb-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||25 working days within 2 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||25 working days within 2 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.
UNDP innovation efforts during 2014-2019 were characterized by a widespread and rapid experimentation across the organization. The Innovation Facility (IF) has been instrumental in this effort by catalyzing rapid experimentation and building organizational muscle for innovation. Governments and partners in over 70 countries built up new skills (ethnography, design thinking, foresight), adopted new approaches to complex issues (behavioral insights, new data) and were exposed to a larger network of non-traditional partners. For UNDP, this first phase of the facility brought innovation from the margins into the core of what we do.
However, changes in internal and external contexts during the last 18-24 months necessitate rethinking of the focus from more tactical (rapid prototyping, answering the ‘how’ do we solve a problem) to more strategic efforts (the ‘why of policy design, portfolio approaches). In its new phase, the premium is on building a new set of core capabilities both within UNDP and government and other partners around system transformation. One of the critical learnings from UNDP’s experience in innovation to date is that organization’s ability to design and dynamically manage structured portfolio of interventions (as opposed to a focus on a single-point interventions) is likely to become an important capability to bring about change in face of deep systemic issues. This response is a recognition that development and public policy address complex issues with high degrees of uncertainty and ambiguity and as such requires an entirely new set of decision-making frameworks, capabilities, structures and performance indicators. This is validated through both our own work with Deep Demonstrations but also
collaboration with our many partners - from traditional donor countries to foundations, to innovation outfits.
UNDP is currently actively engaged on a number of “deep demonstrations” to explore the different facets of portfolio approaches in the context of development work and gradually define its own way of implementing them.
What is coming out of this emergent work is that “portfolio” in a UNDP context and from a program development perspective is likely to be quite different from the way the term is traditionally understood in the financial sector or in innovation literature. It also signals a significant departure from “business as usual” when it comes to programming.
Most notably a portfolio approach indicates the need to:
- Shift from single point solutions to a set of interventions/probes that learn from each other over time, as a way to deal with emergence and as the understanding of a system evolves
- Move beyond a siloed, projectized logic to embrace system approaches and long-term thinking/investment
- Replace the “funneling logic” (trying out many things, hoping to get to one solution that will scale) with a layering logic (accumulating learning and insights over time from a set of evolving probes/interventions)
- Move from a transactional to a relational logic of interaction with partners, so as to build over time a “movement” of different constituents with a stake in system transformation
This programmatic layer in the new “stack” will need to be complemented by a financial and governance/monitoring layer.
If the objective is to bring about systemic change, there is a need to design financial instruments that are coherent with that intent, including a shift towards a long-term investment perspective (whilst delivering results in the short term that can build momentum).
Governance and monitoring and evaluation mechanisms will also need to be rethought to be consistent with the objective of system transformation. This might entail, for example, the design of financial instruments that allow different organizations to invest in a portfolio on a peer basis, and of monitoring approaches that allow for dynamic management of the portfolio and reporting on its results over time.
This type of financial and institutional innovation will not happen overnight. To accelerate the process, an important task at this stage is to help open up possibilities, create a vivid picture of what are viable
options to do things differently and get both UNDP and partners engaged in a process of reimagining what financing development work through a portfolio logic can look like.
It is in this context that UNDP is looking for a consultant with a financial background that will support the work of designing the financial and monitoring/governing “layer” of the stack described above, and help with communication the principles for financial instruments that facilitate portfolio approaches to system transformation.
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK, RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED ANALYTICAL WORK
The consultant will design at least 3 options for financial instruments and governance/monitoring mechanisms that are consistent with the purpose of system transformation and the portfolio approach to programming. Each option is meant to achieve 2 purposes:
a. To explain at a high level (but sufficient level of detail) how the financial instrument could work and how it supports a portfolio logic towards system transformation (this will include also a suggested methodology to monitor the progress towards system transformation over time and an indication of the required governance mechanisms);
b. To provoke a discussion and trigger new thinking about what financial instruments could be created to support system transformation. For this reason, each option is expected to consist of a document accompanied by a highly engaging visual mock-up for which the consultant will be expected to work with a designer
Expected outputs and deliverables:
Ability to synthesize variety of information about rules and procedures (regarding financial tools) and emerging trends into new forms of (financial) instruments
· Ability to translate complex, abstract ideas and concepts into formats that improve decision making
· Able to communicate effectively in writing to a varied and broad audience in a simple and concise manner.
· Ability to bring bridges and nurture networks of relationships- developing shared understanding, creating linkages between non-obvious partners, generating appreciation and understanding of the value of the new.
Required Skills and Experience
The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):
Note: The above documents need to be scanned in one file and uploaded to the online application as one document.
Shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal.
Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into contract with UNDP.
The consultant will work under the guidance and direct supervision of Milica Begovic, global innovation adviser and Patrick Duong, regional governance adviser and will be responsible for the fulfilment of the deliverables as specified above.
The Consultant will be responsible for providing her/his own laptop.
• No travel is envisaged for this assignment.
Payments will be made in monthly installments based on the deliverables submitted.
Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):
Annex 1 - UNDP P-11 Form for ICs
Annex 2 - IC Contract Template
Annex 3 – IC General Terms and Conditions
Annex 4 – RLA Template
Any request for clarification must be sent by email to email@example.com
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