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National Consultant to undertake Development Finance Assessment (DFA) for Malaysia, 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.
As Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) integrator, UNDP is spearheading the initiative of Integrated National Financing Framework: Developing Financing Partnerships to Accelerate SDG achievements in Malaysia (INFF project). The project aims to strengthen the national SDG financing architecture as an enabler for achieving the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. The end result of the INFF will be a more adaptive and robust financing approach that allows the GoM (Government of Malaysia) to manage future risks while addressing key priorities of sustainable and inclusive development. The resulting financing strategy should allow the Government of Malaysia to develop amongst others, innovative digital financing, green energy and transportation systems, stronger labour market and social protection systems to leave no one behind, all of which are amongst the key pillars of an SDG-aligned growth.
Through the INFF, the project seeks to link the private sector’s resources and intentions for SDGs, with the government’s drive and pledge to achieve the Goals by leveraging the innovation and financing necessary, which includes, calling for a ‘whole-of-nation’ approach. The SDG
Financing Strategy lies at the heart of INFF. An evidence-based SDG Financing Strategy guides and supports the implementation of identified financing solutions. Beyond mobilizing new resources, SDG financing is about optimizing on delivery and use of available resources, reallocating and realigning resources via partnerships.
The INFF project will maintain flexibility to ensure that priorities for financing the SDGs take into account the implications of COVID-19 as they become more fully understood. In addition, risk management will be integrated into the finance strategy to ensure that the future risks of pandemics and other exogenous shocks are better mitigated.
Objective of Assignment:
The expert consultant will be responsible for the satisfactory development of the Development Finance Assessment (DFA) which is a tool to help diagnose the challenges and opportunities for financing the investments needed to achieve the SDGs. The DFA articulates a vision of desired trends in each area of financing and compares these with current trends. The specific objective of the development finance assessment process are:
Develop a clear, accessible and comprehensive assessment of the public and private financing outlook, financing policy and institutional structures, and opportunities to build a more integrated approach to financing in support of financing SDG-aligned national development priorities[1- Following the methodology outlines in the DFA Guidebook] , the 12th Malaysia Plan, national COVID-19 socio-economic recovery plans and the UN Framework for Socio-Economic Response.
Specific activities will include the following (but not limited to):
1. Scoping phase, before the DFA process starts:
2. The DFA research and initial consultation phase
3. Identify Priorities for Financing
The substantive analysis that will be carried out throughout the process and used to facilitate discussion through the Financing Dialogues will follow the approach detailed in the DFA Guidebook (version 3.0). The key analysis includes:
Covid-19 and priorities building back better
INFF building block 1: assessment and diagnostics
INFF building block 2: financing strategy
The DFA technical work is undertaken by a technical team who will work under the guidance of the oversight team, with the support and quality assurance from UNDP and substantive inputs from a range of public and private actors. An international expert will play a key role in setting the programmatic workplan of the DFA, driving initial processes of research and accessing data or policy information, leading substantive aspects of the analysis and playing a role in facilitating consultations and dialogue with government and other stakeholders.
The technical team will work under the supervision of the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative and Senior Development Economist. The team is responsible for delivering high quality, comprehensive analysis and facilitating dialogue with the oversight team and wider 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 by UNDP’s Finance Sector Hub through the regional bureau.
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 consultant will drive the process and activities throughout the various phases of the INFF 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 outside Klang Valley for project activities or attend the events relevant to the project within Malaysia. 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
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.