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National Consultant- SDG Budgeting & Costing Expert, Integrated National Financing Framework: 2 positions
|Location :||Home-Based with travel to Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur where required, MALAYSIA|
|Application Deadline :||25-Nov-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||10 months, maximum 120 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||10 months, maximum 120 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 Global Mission Statement:
UNDP is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with national counterparts on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) presents an ambitious, complex and interconnected vision that countries around the world have committed to working towards. Realizing this vision will require mobilizing a diverse range of public and private resources to contribute to sustainable development outcomes. The Addis Ababa Action Agenda, which outlines a framework for financing the 2030 Agenda, calls for integrated approaches to finance that are driven at the national level. An Integrated National Financing Framework (INFF) is the system of policies and institutional structures that government uses to mobilise the investments necessary to achieve the national sustainable development strategy.
Operationalising the concept of an INFF and bringing its building blocks together can help governments to strengthen vertical integration between national development aspirations and SDGs and the policies governing each individual area of public and private finance. More specifically, integration of SDGs into national budgeting provides mechanisms for deepening the vertical alignment between a country’s long-term sustainable development aspirations and the resources over which government has most direct control, i.e. the budget. This is critical because
of the importance and scale of public finance. Enhancing the integration of the budget with the SDGs is therefore a key part of the objectives of an INFF.
Budgeting for SDGs reform paths and solutions vary in their nature and can be applied in isolation or need an orchestrated effort throughout the whole Agenda-2030 timeframe. The modelling of Budgeting for SDGs (B4SDG) choice can vary from a base model aimed at enabling governments in understanding better the alignment of its budget resources with SDGs to a “best practice model” where country systems produce SDG related information, including the priorities, targets, progress in achievement of the goals and, most importantly, a wide range of stakeholders, primarily the legislature and CSOs play an active role in SDG-related policy and budget formulation, monitoring, reporting and accountability. Understanding the cost of achieving the SDGs should not be viewed as a periodic or once-off exercise, but as a fundamental part of the planning and financing policy cycle. There is a need for tailored approaches that can be built into national planning and financing processes considering government’s capacity, policy processes and the availability of data.
Within the current context, where COVID-19 is significantly altering the short- and medium-term outlook for sustainable development in many countries, as well as their ability to mobilise public and private financing, Budgeting and Costing for SDGs solutions are being used to address budget related challenges and help governments in the transition from the response to recovery.
Objective of Assignment:
The Public Finance Management Team will work under the guidance of the INFF Oversight committee, and supervised by the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative and Senior Development Economist. National experts will assist in setting the programmatic workplan, conducting initial processes of research and accessing data or policy information, drafting substantive aspects of the analysis and helping to facilitate consultations and dialogue with government and other stakeholders.
Based on the project objectives below, the team is responsible for delivering high quality, comprehensive analysis and facilitating capacity building with stakeholders throughout the process. Substantive inputs to the work of the technical team, as well as quality assurance in support of the UNDP country office will be provided the UNDP’s Finance Sector Hub through the regional bureau.
The overall objective of the Project is to strengthen the governance of public finance for national sustainable development and effective responses to and recovery from unforeseen disruptions like COVID-19 that are undermining the SDG-aligned development progress in the country. This is done through Budgeting for SDGs and SDG Costing activities, for which guidelines for analysis and implementation will be provided by UNDP.
I. Budgeting for SDGs (B4SDG)
Specific objectives of the Project throughout the following B4SDG reform areas / various phases of the process are to:
B4SDG Reform Area A: Integrating SDGs into medium term and/or annual budget policies
B4SDG Reform Area B: Strengthening SDG budget expenditure monitoring and reporting systems
B4SDG Reform Area C: Strengthening accountability for SDG-aligned budgets
B4SDG Reform Area D: Analyses of impact of budgets on SDG targets
II. SDG Costing
The objectives of the Project throughout the various phases / areas of the process include the following:
Defining the scope for costing, including level of ambition for results, strategies and actions
Desktop review of programmes, historical costs and consideration of new areas of assessment of the availability of data to define approach and budgeting for the costing
Review of appropriate methodologies and production of preliminary cost estimates and refinement based on expert inputs
Analysis of costing results to identify synergies, overlaps and scope for joined up actions and to inform modelling
Integration of SDG costed interventions in national planning and financing: advocacy on costed programmes, preparation of estimates in appropriate formats; coordination across policy, planning and financing
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the UNDP Malaysia Deputy Resident Representative and with close collaboration and overall guidance from Senior Development Economist, the nationall consultant will assist in driving the process under the guidance of the related main government counterparts on the Project and UNDP Country Office including but not limited to the following activities throughout the various B4SDG reform areas / phases of the process:
The consultant will work under the direct supervision of UNDP Malaysia Deputy Resident Representative with the overall guidance from UNDP Malaysia Senior Development Economist.
Duration of the Work and Duty Station
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
The financial proposal shall specify a daily rate and the financial proposal should include a breakdown of this amount (including all related costs such as travel costs within Klang Valley, per diem, etc.). The number of working days for which the daily fee shall be payable under the contract of maximum 120 working days.
The total professional fee shall be converted into a lump-sum contract and payments under the contract shall be made on submission and acceptance of deliverables under the contract in accordance with the schedule of payment linked with deliverables and at the end of assignment.
Payments are subject to reports/deliverables duly approved by the Deputy Resident Representative with advice from Senior Development Economist. UNDP reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines.
The national consultant may be required to travel to Putrajaya for project activities or attend the events relevant to the project. All travels (envisaged or unforeseeable) need to be planned with and authorized by UNDP Deputy Resident Representative. Travel expenses (flight tickets, daily subsistence allowance (DSA) and terminal expenses) shall be arranged and paid according to UNDP travel policy.
Schedule of payment
The consultant should demonstrate the following competencies:
Management and Leadership
Required Skills and Experience
The consultant should ideally have the following expertise and experience:
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS
Interested individual applicants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
General terms & conditions to be downloaded:
Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA): A legal instrument between UNDP and a Company/institution, according to which, the latter makes available the services of an individual delivering time-bound and quantifiable outputs that are directly linked to payments
Incomplete proposals may not be considered. Only short-listed candidates may be contacted, and successful candidates will be notified.
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer
Evaluation Method and Criteria
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
* Technical Criteria weight 50%
* Interview 20%
* Financial Criteria weight 30%
Technical Evaluation (50%)
Qualification, Experience and Technical Proposal (50 marks):
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview (physical/virtual) to ascertain suitability and and competency.
Financial Evaluation (30%):
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
The application receiving the Highest Combined Score will be awarded the contract.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, aboriginal groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.