UNDP-IC-2021-037 International Senior Development Economist

Location : Home Based with possible travel to Pakistan, PAKISTAN
Application Deadline :04-Mar-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :1d 10h 23m
Additional Category :Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :22 Working Days Spread over 12 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :22 Working Days Spread over 12 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.


The Government of KP has adopted a multi-year Accelerated Implementation Program (AIP), 2019-2022, to address the key developmental gaps in the Merged Areas (MA), erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). AIP is the first three-year program under the Tribal Decade Strategy (TDS) of the government that seeks to address developmental disparity of the MA and bring these areas at par with other areas of Pakistan.

The TDS, with detailed discussion of the development challenges and issue of the MA is available on the following link:


The Draft Accelerated Implementation Programme is available on the following link:


UNDP is implementing its Merged Areas Governance Project (MAGP) as key partner in the process of erstwhile FATA development. MAGP seeks to support AIP implementation through technical assistance in the areas of project formulation, context specific innovations in service delivery systems, results oriented programming, data collection and analysis to contribute to development of locally feasible solutions.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Review the relevant literature including reports on service delivery and basic social services (education, health, water and sanitation) in Merged Areas and KP and study the departmental and sectoral data of KP;
  2. Carry out review of international development practices in the subject area relevant to developing countries;
  3. Carry out discussions with Government and UNDP local teams to finalize area and focus of interventions linked to priority developmental objectives in line with promotion of local businesses by addressing barriers to private investment;
  4. Develop a preliminary proposal of innovative and problem driven intervention(s) to address the agreed key developmental priorities in the AIP;
  5. Participate and assist in detailed design of the intervention(s) with implementation notes and instructions;
  6. Develop scheme of data collection and periodic reviews;
  7. Develop data collection instruments, instruction manual, variable definitions and sample calculations;
  8. Carry out data analysis and contribute to evidence based program development in the sector through reports/papers on the intervention(s); and
  9. Present the analysis and results to stakeholders.
  1. Deliverables, Scope and Schedule of Payments


Deliverables/ Outputs

Schedule of Payments

Review and Approvals Required

1. Concept paper for sector intervention & data collection instrument(s) with detailed methodological notes and instructions  



2. Working paper on results coming out of data analysis of initial intervention including proposals for scale-up/iteration



3. In-person presentation of analysis and results to stakeholders








Innovation - Ability to make new and useful ideas work.

Level 6: Exercises stakeholder-centered design approaches for office / programme / division.

Leadership - Ability to persuade others to follow.

Level 6: Ensures teams are resourced for success  and empowered to deliver.

People Management - Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.

Level 6: Guides substantive specialists / teams and expands credibility and innovation capacity.

Communication - Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.

Level 6: Creates confidence among stakeholders by delivering authoritative positions, compelling analysis, and contextual acumen.

Weight per Technical Competence

Weak: Below 70%


The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a WEAK capacity for the analyzed competence

Satisfactory : 70-75%


The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a SATISFACTORY capacity for the analyzed competence

Good: 76-85%


The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a GOOD capacity for the analyzed competence

Very Good: 86-95%


The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a VERY GOOD capacity for the analyzed competence

Outstanding: 96-100%


The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a OUTSATNDING capacity for the analyzed competence

Required Skills and Experience


Academic Qualifications:

  • Doctorate degree in economics or a closely related discipline
  • Significant published research in development economics, empirical research and related fields in similar contexts


  • At least 10 years of relevant experience working in economic research/development policy/program evaluation/innovation or programme design and other relevant experience working in any of these fields is required

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

    A cover letter with a brief description of why the Offer considers her/himself the most suitable for the assignment;

  • Personal CV, indicating all past experience from similar projects and specifying the relevant assignment period (from/to), as well as the email and telephone contacts of at least three (3) professional references; CV should highlight any active research in the subject area of the assignment.
  • Writing Samples in international development setting or any other field


  • Shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal.

    •   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; 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.

    •     The consultant should budget for 1 trip to Islamabad of 10 calendar days. Any approved additional travel will be reimbursed as per UNDP travel policy. The current DSA rate for Islamabad (Marriott) is $256.

    •     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.: http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_file.cfm?doc_id=45780.

    In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal should be all-inclusive and include a breakdown.


    All envisaged travel cost must be included in the financial proposal as detailed above. In case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel cost including tickets, lodging and terminal expense should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.


Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis methodology (weighted scoring method), where the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

•            Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and

•            Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

Technical Criteria weight: 70%

Financial Criteria weight:  30%

Only Consultants obtaining a minimum of 70% on the Technical evaluation will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.



Max. Point

Technical Competencies



  1. Doctorate degree in economics or a closely related discipline

Min. Requirement.


  1. Significant published research in development economics in similar contexts



  1. At least 10 years of relevant experience working in economic development research/development policy/evaluation/innovation or programme design and other relevant experience working in the international development field is required



  1. Quality of writing samples



Financial (Lower Offer/Offer*100



Total Score

Technical score 70 + 30 Financial

  • Copyright

The above assignment will have UNDP sole ownership and copyright.

  • Institutional Arrangement and Duty Station:

The Consultant will be working under the direct supervision of the Lead Technical Advisor with close coordination with the Chief Technical Specialist. The consultant will be based off-site.

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