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Local Supply Chain Research Consultant
|Location :||Cotabato City, PHILIPPINES|
|Application Deadline :||21-Nov-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||25 person days spread over 2 months from November 2020 to January 2021|
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.
The unprecedented spread of COVID-19 in the Philippines has resulted in a shortage of medical personal protective equipment (PPE) across the healthcare system. Hospitals have begun publicly requesting for donations to help address this problem. While several individuals and organizations have responded to the call for help, there is a pressing need to coordinate these actions to ensure that the supplies are delivered to the right hospital at the right time, quantity, and quality.
UNDP Philippines, in line with UNDP’s global COVID-19 response offer, aims to strengthen the national health system through the creation of a digital solution called “Enhanced Manufacturing of Protective Wear and Equipment for COVID-19 Response in the Philippines” (EMPOWER PH). This initiative aims to provide a collaborative platform for various stakeholders to facilitate and accelerate production and distribution of essential items in order to meet an increasing demand for PPE, ensure product quality standards, democratize knowledge and resources, provide livelihood opportunities, and facilitate an effective supply chain.
The UNDP will be handing over the EMPOWER PH platform to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and this initiative will create a database of both medical and non-medical use PPE manufacturers and suppliers that will go through a vetting process to ensure quality goods that can be accessed by consumers and hospital beneficiaries.
Localizing the EMPOWER PH initiative within BARMM can support the region’s COVID-19 response efforts through strengthening of local supply chains for medical and non-medical use supplies that are critical to ensure protection of healthcare front liners and the general population against infection. An enhanced digital platform that is able to guide local manufacturers for proper accreditation or vetting, and match them with medical institutions, local governments and other businesses that require their supplies is a necessary component in strengthening the health systems, specifically in addressing the challenges in the sourcing and procurement of the PPEs and related raw materials.
More importantly, through capacitating local garments manufacturers, EMPOWER BARMM can further facilitate the economic recovery in the region by mobilizing commercial activities for an industry that has been severely affected by the economic lockdown and by the decline in demand from local and international clients.
Equipped with the platform and the learnings from the pilot in Metro Manila, UNDP Philippines will work with local ministries and agencies in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) to localize the EMPOWER PH platform, equip the regional agencies with technical capabilities to operationalize the platform, and address the supply chain infrastructure gaps of the local garments industry to enable the region to facilitate local production and trade.
The engagement of a Local Supply Chain Research Consultant is needed to analyze the supply chain infrastructure of the overall PPE (wearables and other accessories / devices) and garments manufacturing industry within BARMM and provide the UNDP EMPOWER BARMM project team with local knowledge and recommendations on solutions to address the gaps and challenges in the local supply chain.
Duration of Work
The Consultant will be engaged from November 15, 2020 to January 31, 2021 unless revised in a mutually agreed upon timetable by UNDP and the Contractor implemented in a form of an amendment.. The Consultant is expected to render a total of 25 person days spread over 2 months from November 2020 to January 2021.
The duty station is in Cotabato City, Philippines. The Consultant can work remotely during the contract, but is required to attend meetings, if needed and as scheduled, pursuant to local community quarantine measures in place.
Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
The financial proposals from possible candidates should be expressed in lump sum amount inclusive of all financial costs related to this engagement (i.e., such as transportation/travel to and from residence for meetings within BARMM, communications including internet, etc.).
Medical/health insurance must be purchased by the individual at his/her own expense, and upon award of contract, the consultant must be ready to submit proof of insurance valid during contract duration.
Payments will be made when specific outputs have been submitted, as outlined below:
EMPOWER BARMM Activities (Preliminary)
EMPOWER BARMM will be undertaken in two (2) simultaneous work streams:
Work Stream I: Pilot Onboarding into the EMPOWER PH Platform and Technical Knowledge Transfer
The first work stream provides a short-term solution that will enable the sewing groups in BARMM to participate in the production of PPE and community face coverings (CFCs) for regional and/or national clients by registering in the EMPOWER PH platform, acquiring technical knowledge through the platform’s resource center and undergoing the vetting process to ensure that minimum quality standards are met.
Recognizing the need for immediate results due to the evolving landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic in the region, the initiative will proceed with the pilot onboarding of local sewing groups and garments manufacturers in the region that are already organized and established in order to test the proof of concept of the localized EMPOWER BARMM platform.
This will be undertaken over a period of ten (10) weeks, and will include the following activities:
Work Steam I can initiate economic and business recovery in the region by demonstrating the benefits of the EMPOWER BARMM platform and encourage more local manufacturers and consumers to participate, while addressing the immediate needs of the region as part of the COVID-19 response.
However, the unique design of the local supply chain in BARMM presents nuances and challenges that are different from the experience in Metro Manila, which warrants further deep-dive to identify root causes of the gaps and determine more sustainable solutions for the local garments manufacturing industry.
Work Stream II: Rapid Assessment of the Local Supply Chain Dynamics
The second work stream complements first by providing relevant and up-to-date knowledge base and infrastructure landscape of the garments manufacturing industry in BARMM, which will be critical in facilitating the supply-demand opportunity mapping and in identifying root causes of supply chain challenges that require institutional and infrastructural solutions.
It will entail a quick, six-week research that will:
Work Stream II not only complements the on-boarding work in Work Stream I, but further paves the way for relevant agencies to initiate action that can result to establishing long-term infrastructural solutions that can benefit the garments manufacturing industry in the region beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Programme Analyst of Institutions and Partnerships Programme Team, the Local Supply Chain Research Consultant shall deliver the following scope of work:
The Individual Contractor is expected to accomplish the following activities with corresponding deliverables:
Required Skills and Experience
Qualifications of the Successful Individual Contractor
The consultant should meet the minimum qualifications
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer
The Combined Scoring Method shall serve as basis for evaluating offers. The technical qualifications will be weighted a max. of 70% and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a max of 30%.
The CV will be evaluated based on the following:
Recommended Presentation of Offer
The following documents may be requested:
Interested applicants to note that personal Medical/health insurance (to be purchased by the individual at his/her own expense) is mandatory for the issuance of contracts. Upon award of the contract, the consultant must be ready to submit proof of insurance valid during the contract duration.
The following templates / Annexes and IC General Terms & Conditions can be downloaded from http://gofile.me/6xdJm/bE9TCw8fU:
In view of the volume of applications, UNDP receives, only shortlisted offerors will be notified.