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Consultancy – FORMATIVE EVALUATION OF UNDP INNOVATION FACILITY
|Location :||Home Based|
|Application Deadline :||21-Feb-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|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 :||40 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||40 working days|
ABOUT THE INNOVATION FACILITY
Unlocking the power of innovation for social good and sustainable growth is a dedicated goal in the Agenda 2030 and it is a vehicle to achieve all 17 SDGs. In 2014, UNDP set up a dedicated Innovation Facility with the support of the Government of Denmark. The Facility supports our partners – governments, civil society organizations, the private sector as well as UNDP Country Offices – in finding more effective solutions to development challenges.
The UNDP Innovation Facility (IF), hosted in the Development Impact Group, Bureau of Policy and Programme Support (BPPS), supports initiatives that a) strengthens UNDP’s position as a leading advisor on innovation for development; b) enables national development actors to co-create value; c) increases understanding of the role and value of innovation for development; d) supports social innovators both within the organization and from the broader development community; and finally, e) enhances UNDP’s own performance through innovative practices.
OUR APPROACH TO INNOVATION
UNDP’s presence in more than 170 countries and territories across the globe, allows us to experiment with different innovation methods, rapidly learn what works, and catalyze the right partnerships to bring what works to scale. Our approach to innovation is iterative: we test, evaluate and build new solutions and services based on practical experiments.
Our services help partners and UNDP to refine responses and develop new solutions. They include:
Between 2014 and 2017, the Innovation Facility supported over 142 initiatives in 85 countries with seed-funding awarded through a competitive process. To be successful a proposal needs to iterate pathways to reach a better understanding of a given development problem and then design a solution together with partners and people affected by the challenge. Winning submissions must also carefully pay attention to the scaling potential of the solution. Across 2014 and 2015, our partners -- Governments, private sector, and Country Offices – took up well over 60% of the initiatives we funded.
To achieve these results, the UNDP Innovation Facility works with all parts of the organization to foster skills, iteratively develop methods and tools based on concrete interventions, to identify and share lessons and to remove organizational bottlenecks for innovation.
UNDP is also an active participant in the UN Innovation Network, a collaborative network of UN bodies that have established innovation teams. As a member of this Network, UNDP has also endorsed the 9 Principles of Innovation, which guide the implementation of the Innovation Facility.
UNDP’s new Strategic Plan spanning 2018 to 2021 emphasizes the need to innovate – to identify, test, evaluate and scale up novel approaches across UNDP’s subject areas, in programme development, management and review. The Strategic Plan identifies 6 results related to innovation including an indicator on: Percentage of country offices that pilot and/or scale innovative tools and methodologies.” This provides a vital opportunity for the Innovation Facility to review what it has achieved and position itself for the next phase of UNDP’s innovation journey.
UNDP would to conduct a light evaluation of the initiative. This light evaluation is intended to improve performance as well as inform the strategic course and engagement of the Innovation Facility moving forward.
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK, RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED ANALYTICAL WORK
The objectives of the evaluation are:
The evaluation will have 2 components. It will review the implementation and processes of the UNDP Innovation Facility (2014 to 2017) with regards to:
a. Change management.
b. Development impact.
The evaluation will take place in 2018 to inform the Innovation Facility’s next Project Document. This will shape its approach and operationalization. It will cover country, regional and corporate levels through a case study approach including desk reviews and strategic (virtual) interviews with select staff based in programme countries and regional hubs at different phases of their innovation journey, as well as colleagues at HQ on change management.
Specifically, with regard to the scope, the evaluation will:
Evaluation consultants will be held to the highest ethical standards and are required to sign a Code of Conduct (Annex) upon acceptance of the assignment. UNDP evaluations are conducted in accordance with the principles outline in the UNEG ‘Ethical Guidelines for Evaluations’.
EVALUATION PROCESS, DELIVERABLES AND TIMETABLE:
The evaluation will include 4 main phases, each with distinct milestones and deliverables.
The final evaluation report and PowerPoint are expected by June 2018, across 30 to 40 working days. The proposed timeframe and expected deliverables will be discussed with the Evaluation consultant and refined during the inception phase. The final schedule of deliverables will be presented in the inception report. The Evaluation Unit reserves the right to request several versions of the report before sharing the report with other stakeholders and until it meets the quality standards set by UNEG.
The Evaluation consultant will be responsible for preparing and submitting the following deliverables:
Required Skills and Experience
The evaluation consultant must have an extensive experience leading and conducting evaluations, as well as technical expertise in evaluation of social innovation/ evaluation of innovation funds. His/her primary responsibilities will be:
Minimum experience required
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.
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:
Technical evaluation - Total 70% (700 points):
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (490 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (70 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.
Financial evaluation - Total 30% (300 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
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 Global Advisor on Innovation and Knowledge Management and will be responsible for the fulfilment of the deliverables as specified above. The final evaluation report will be approved by the Global Advisor on Innovation and Knowledge Management.
The principle responsibility for managing this evaluation resides with the UNDP Innovation team. The team will be responsible for providing the evaluator with key documents and help set up stakeholder interviews/select case studies. The Innovation team will also be responsible for reviewing the inception.
The Consultant will be responsible for providing her/his own laptop.
All evaluative exercises in the UN system are subject to UNEG norms and standards. Quality of deliverables for evaluations should follow UNEG guidelines.
In addition to providing a cover letter and CV, the financial proposal should provide a detailed costing for the scope of work and deliverables described above. The Financial Proposal shall list all major cost components associated with the services and the detailed breakdown of such costs, including fees, travel costs, per diem, etc. All outputs and activities described in the offer must be priced separately on a one-to-one correspondence.
Any output and activities described in the offer but not priced in the Financial Proposal shall be assumed to be included in the prices of other activities or items, as well as in the final total price. Schedule of payments:
Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified above and deliverables accepted and upon certification of satisfactory completion by the manager.
The work week will be based on 35 hours, i.e. on a 7 hour working day, with core hours being between 9h00 and 18h00 daily.
Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):
Any request for clarification must be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The UNDP Central Procurement Unit will respond by email and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all applicants.
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.