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International Consultant to support implementation of research for SDG-anchored investment opportunities in the MENA region
|Application Deadline :||06-Jul-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||Arabic English French|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Estimated 30 June 2021–29 December 2021|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||approx. 90 working 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.
UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crises and to drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in nearly 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations. UNDP’s Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD), one of the five Global Thematic Policy Centers of UNDP, acts as an enabler for the private sector and foundations to become more active partners in development, encouraging them through policy advice and technical services on how to contribute towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda. IICPSD was established in 2011 in partnership with the Government of Turkey.
The Center’s work to engage foundations and the private sector focuses on delivering policy advice and
technical services in four thematic areas:
IICPSD also provides the framework for UNDP’s global work on private sector and foundations through the UNDP Private Sector and Foundations Strategy for the SDGs 2016-2020.
The Center has vast experience in providing research and advocacy to mobilize impact investing activities for the Sustainable Development Agenda. IICPSD manages its impact investing portfolio working closely with the UNDP Finance Sector Hub (FSH), which is a finance and innovation platform that draws on a critical mass of UNDP expertise, initiatives, and partnerships to support the mobilization and leveraging of resources for the SDGs. IICPSD developed the “Impact Investing Ecosystem Mapping” methodology to take a snapshot of impact investing landscapes in developing and least developed countries with implementations in Turkey, Morocco, Ukraine, Djibouti and Tunisia. The Center also implements the “SDG Investor Maps” developed by UNDP SDG Impact to explore investment opportunity areas which are aligned with national policy priorities and development needs. The Center implemented the Map for Turkey with current progress for Maps in Ukraine, Morocco, Djibouti and Tunisia.
More information on IICPSD’s work can be found here: https://www.iicpsd.undp.org/content/istanbul/en/home.html
Duties and Responsibilities
II. OBJECTIVE AND SCOPE OF WORK
Substantial financing is required to achieve the SDG Agenda by 2030 as US$5-7 trillion is needed annually for global investments. Developing countries alone face a massive funding gap of US$2.5 trillion annually in SDG investments. To bridge this gap and alleviate the financing burden on the shoulders of governments, donor agencies and multilateral development banks, it is essential to partner with the private sector and expand SDG-related investments by unlocking private capital. Despite the potential private sector investments offer, many developing countries attract low levels of domestic and foreign investment due to reasons such as limited data and insights about investment opportunities and risks; limited capacities and networks; and high real or perceived policy and regulatory risks.
In order to ensure that investor interest translates into higher levels of SDG-investments, it is vital to address the current lack of intelligence and guidance around how asset owners can help generate significant SDG impact through their transactions. With an aim to empower investors through impact intelligence products around bankable investment areas in countries with material SDG contribution, UNDP SDG Impact launched the “SDG Investor Maps”. SDG Investor Maps are in-depth reports on SDG-enabling investment opportunities and conditions in target markets and sectors. The Maps have been rolled out across the world by UNDP including in countries such as Brazil, Turkey, Jordan, Nigeria, China, India and so on.
UNDP IICPSD is looking for an International Consultant to support the implementation of SDG Investor Maps in the MENA region starting with Morocco. The International Consultant will report to UNDP IICPSD Deputy Director and the Impact Investing Project Manager based in Istanbul.
The expected outputs of the consultant include the following:
1. Support the IICPSD impact investing team with necessary desk research to determine the final list of market proven investment opportunity areas which are commercially viable and aligned with the sustainable development agenda;
2. Conduct desk research to collate supporting market information on the selected investment opportunity areas under required categories such as (not limited to the following): Prioritized Regions and Target Locations, Case Studies, Market Size, Return Profile, Ticket Size, Market Risks, Financing Model.
3. Coordinate consultations with national, regional and international stakeholders from public and private sectors, including:
a. National public institutions such as Ministries of Finance, Investment Promotion Agencies, State Planning Departments etc.
b. Commercial and investment banks, DFIs, national and regional investment funds,
c. Ecosystem builders such as incubators and accelerators,
d. Private sector companies operating in SDG-anchored sectors.
The SDG Investor Maps follow a standard 8-step methodology based on desk research and stakeholder consultations to derive investment opportunity areas. Developed by SDG Impact, the Map methodology builds on a literature review of national policy documents and sustainable development reports to analyze policy priorities and development needs in the country. The findings feed into a list of priority sectors and subsectors under which investment areas are detailed.
Desk research and stakeholder consultations are conducted to make sure relevant information is compiled for each specific investment opportunity area under various data categories such as investment market sizing, timeframe, return expectations, financial incentives, regulatory framework and so on. The consultant will especially support the data collection process once investment opportunity areas are determined, conducting desk research to access relevant market information. The Consultant should also utilize their network to schedule and support stakeholder consultations and actively contribute to content building for the final outputs.
The International Consultant is expected to provide the following deliverables for Morocco:
Required Skills and Experience
VI. PAYMENT TERMS
Payment will be made upon submission and acceptance of the contract deliverables by the UNDP IICPSD Deputy Director and Impact Investing Portfolio Lead in accordance with the payment schedule set out below:
The Consultant must send a financial proposal based on an all-inclusive Daily Fee for the contract period. The term “all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, consumables, etc.) that could be incurred by the Consultant in completing the assignment are already factored into the daily fee submitted in the proposal.
VII. EVALUATION OF APPLICANTS
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal. The award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Only those candidates that meet the minimum level of education, language and relevant years of experience will be considered for the technical evaluation. The technical evaluation will include a desk review to select the shortlisted candidates.
Only candidates who get min. 70% of points in technical evaluation (desk review) will be scored in financial evaluation.
Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation (desk review) – max. 70 points:
Please ensure that your experience related to criteria A-D and aforementioned competencies is well documented in your P11 and cover letter.
Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation (max points 30).
VII. APPLICATION PROCEDURES
Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website. The application should contain:
*Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period (e.g. fee, health insurance, vaccination, personal security needs and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services...). Mission related costs which could not be foreseen at the time of the recruitment will be covered separately as per UNDP rules. Payments will be made only upon confirmation of UNDP on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner.
Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under dss.un.org
General Terms and conditions as well as other related documents can be found under: http://on.undp.org/t7fJs.
Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply.