International Consultant- Strategic Advisory

Location : Home based, THAILAND
Application Deadline :31-Oct-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
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 :15 November 2019 – 31 August 2020
Expected Duration of Assignment :Up to 200 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 is the UN's global development network advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will cost an annual estimated US$5-7 trillion, with an investment gap in developing countries of about $2.5 trillion.

Established in Jan 2017, UNDP SDG Innovative Finance (UNSIF), is a unique and transparent co-investment platform to promote the public and private investment for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  UNSIF aims to address the financing gaps for SDGs, by facilitating SDGs aligned Impact Investments to support national development priorities and working with the capital market to create both economic and social returns. 

UNSIF is actively working in Asia Pacific region, in the key area of poverty reduction, inclusive finance, job creation, affordable and clean energy, industry innovation & infrastructure, sustainable cities & communities, and climate change, etc.

To address this challenge, the Strategic Advisor will help UNSIF and its associated funds and projects by identifying new partners and market opportunities, develop strategic plan, manage investor relations and business development initiatives. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

The specific duties and responsibilities are as follows:

  • Provide detailed technical inputs for formulating effective strategies consistent with the objectives of the project, examines strategic planning with a long-term perspective
  • Undertake an in-dept review of planning, reporting, and relevant correspondence with key stakeholders to determine objectives and strategies, assess strengths and weaknesses and identify opportunity and threat of the project
  • Provide detailed technical inputs for re positioning the project in response to the changes in the external environment, in terms of alliance with key existing and new stakeholders, adjusting the pace or scale of key initiatives, expanding the existing resource envelope, enhancing the visibility for project achievements, and re-prioritizing initiatives 
  • Build and maintain a powerful reputation through clear and consistent communication, including regular conference calls, investor-targeted events, etc. Arrange and participate in one on one meetings and/or conference calls with investors, and keep detailed meeting notes to be shared with UNSIF team to ensure relationships be transferrable afterwards
  • Lead and design strategic level meetings, workshop conference and other events to advance the activities consistent with the objectives of the project

Institutional Arrangement

The individual contractor will work under the overall guidance of the Head of the UNSIF, and in close communication with designated team members.

Duration of the Work

15 November 2019- 31 August 2020

Duty Station

Home- based with possible travel to various locations in the region.


Corporate Competencies:

·         Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards and acts in accordance with the Standards of Conduct for international civil servants;

·         Advocates and 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 favouritism.

Functional Competencies:

·         Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision;

·         Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;

·         Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure;

·         Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage.

·         Ability to perform tasks in timely manner and under pressure, to tight deadlines.

Required Skills and Experience

Educational Qualifications

  • Degree in finance, business administration, management or related fields.


  • A minimum of 15 years of experience in planning and designing strategic and brand systems;
  • Track record of liaising and collaborating with different sectors and organizations in developing new initiatives; networking to develop new partnerships, promoting visibility, engaging partners and mobilizing funding and other contributions;
  • Experience of utilizing data for undertaking research and analysis;
  • Previous senior management experience, with well-established business network;
  • Experience of interacting with top-senior executives (C-level), and delivering business strategies and complex financial information clearly and accurately to a variety of audiences both orally and through written material;
  • Experience in strategic event planning and organization;
  • Knowledge and work experience in the Asia Pacific region, particularly in China
  • Experience working in an international organization including the UN agencies an asset

Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments

The contract will be based on Daily Fee

Consultant shall quote 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 IC in completing the assignment are already factored into the daily fee submitted in the proposal. If applicable, travel or daily allowance cost (if any work is to be done outside the IC’s duty station) should be identified separately. Payments shall be done on a monthly basis based on actual days worked, upon verification of completion of deliverables and approval by the IC’s supervisor of a Time Sheet indicating the days worked in the period. [Remove this paragraph if Lump sum is selected]

In general, UNDP shall 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

In the event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and the Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.

Travel costs shall be reimbursed at actual but not exceeding the quotation from UNDP approved travel agent.  

Evaluation Method and Criteria

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology;

Cumulative analysis


The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as a) responsive/compliant/acceptable; and b) having received the highest score out of set of weighted technical criteria (70%) *and financial criteria (30%). Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced qualified proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.

·         Only those applications which are responsive, compliant and accept in general condition will be evaluated;

·         For those passing technical and interview evaluation above, offers will be evaluated per the

Combined Scoring method:

a.   Technical Evaluation (70%)

b.   Financial Evaluation (30%)

  • The financial proposal shall specify a daily fee;

Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 70 points)

  • Criteria 1: Relevance of education - Max 10 points;
  • Criteria 2: Relevant work experience - Max 20 points
  • Criteria 3: Knowledge and work experience in the Asia Pacific region, particularly in China - Max 15 points;
  • Criteria 4: Proven ability to utilize data for undertaking research and analysis - Max 15 points;
  • Criteria 5: Language skills – Max 10 points;

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of technical evaluation) would be considered for Financial Evaluation.

Documentation required

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document:

·         Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided in Annex II.

·         Personal CV indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.

·         Financial proposal, as per template provided in Annex II. Note: National consultant must quote price in U.S. Dollar that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided. If an 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 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.

**Incomplete proposals may not be considered. The shortlisted candidates may be contacted and the successful candidate will be notified.**


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