In 2015, the global community has adopted a development path that is universal, risk informed and climate resilient. The resulting Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development demands a concerted effort by all actors to mobilize their expertise and resources. In line with the new international development policy context, the development finance architecture has also been changing. The 2015 Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa highlights domestic resources of developing countries and private sector investments as central for development finance. Considering the price tag for the new development agenda ranges in the trillions, official development assistance is now expected to play a catalytic role, mobilizing additional public and private resources.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) supports countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals focusing on sustainable development, democratic governance and peacebuilding and climate and disaster resilience. UNDP with its presence in 170 countries and territories recognizes that the ambitious development goals can only be achieved through strengthening collaborative engagement, partnerships and coordination with other development partners.
Development finance institutions (DFIs) are specialized development banks or subsidiaries set up to support private sector development in developing countries. They are usually majority-owned by national governments and source their capital from national or international development funds or benefit from government guarantees. DFIs are structured as either multilateral or bilateral organizations and their operations contribute to job creation, increase in domestic revenue, and poverty reduction. DFIs have witnessed a rapid expansion over the past few years; with annual commitments increasing from US$10 to $70 billion between 2002 and 2014. These numbers and, more generally, the role of DFIs is expected to grow further as DFIs are increasingly called to play a significant role in the implementation of the Agenda 2030.
UNDP and DFIs share common aims but different business models for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by reducing poverty, addressing climate change, and involving private sector for development in low- and middle-income countries. With overlapping objectives UNDP and DFIs could generate greater development impacts by working together.
Overall objective of the assignment
In line with UNDP’s 2018-2021 Regional Programme for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (ECIS), this assignment should prepare insights into how UNDP could strengthen its partnerships base in ECIS by engaging bilateral DFIs.
The consultancy will validate UNDP’s assumptions about the potential to cooperate with DFIs for greater development impact by identifying possible areas of cooperation between selected bilateral DFIs in selected countries in the ECIS region.
Homebased with possible mission travel (travel destinations will be defined during the assignment, travel costs will be covered by UNDP)
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work:
The consultancy focuses on building partnership between UNDP and DFIs by:
The following deliverables are expected from the consultancy:
Timeframe: Approximately 20 working days in the period 29 October – 28 December 2018.
The Consultant will report to the Team Leader, New Partnerships and Emerging Donors, UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub, and will liaise with colleagues in country offices, Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy (BERA), UNDP HQ and other relevant teams in the Istanbul Regional Hub.
Payments will be made in 2 installments upon submission of the deliverables as described below and upon its acceptance by the Supervisor/Certifying Officer. All deliverables should be submitted to UNDP by the Consultant in English. Indicative payment schedule:
Required Skills and Experience
Evaluation of Applicants
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal.
The award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as: responsive/compliant/acceptable and having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical criteria (desk review and interviews) and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation – max. 70 points:
Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation – max. 30.
Only candidates who have received minimum 70% for the desk review (criteria A-F) will be invited for an interview. Only candidates scoring 49 points or higher from the review of the technical criteria (criteria A-G) will be considered for a further financial assessment;
Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal of those technically qualified.
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