United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Individual Contractor (LTA Framework Agreements - Private Sector Integrity Due Diligence, Research Analyst Effectiveness Group)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

  Private sector plays an important role as an engine of economic growth and job creation in developing countries. It provides goods and services, generates tax revenues to finance essential social and economic infrastructure, and helps combating climate change and developing new and innovative solutions to tackle development challenges. As such, the private sector is an important strategic partner for UNDP in achieving its vision to help eradicate poverty and reduce inequalities and exclusion within broader sustainable development. UNDP has projects related to private sector development or engagement in most of the over 170 countries and territories where we provide assistance. UNDP works with companies from a variety of sectors, for example, water, energy, extractives, food and agriculture, consumer products, healthcare, finance and information technology. UNDP’s work related to the private sector takes various forms, for example:
  • Facilitating public-private dialogues on a specific development theme or industry sector;

  • Helping developing countries create policy frameworks and an environment that supports responsible, inclusive and sustainable business development and scale up;

  • Finding solutions for development challenges through core business activities and initiatives that include low-income groups into value chains as producers, suppliers, employees and consumers;

  • Mobilizing private sector financial and in-kind resources for development projects; and

  • Leveraging innovative technologies and solutions for development.

While engagement with the private sector presents many opportunities, there are also risks. Therefore, UNDP has a mandatory due diligence process that must be conducted to inform the decision on engaging or not in any kind of a partnership with a private sector entity, as stated in the UNDP Policy for Due Diligence and Partnerships with the Private Sector (2013). The purpose of this procurement exercise is to contract up to six individual consultant who will support private sector due diligence as part of UNDP’s Effectiveness Group. Selected candidates will be invited to join UNDP’s GPN ExpRes roster and may be considered for future assignments with UNDP. Retention in the Roster of selected experts will be contingent on continuous delivery of satisfactory services. The GPN/Experts Roster for Rapid Response is a recruitment and deployment mechanism which maintains technically vetted consultants across all technical areas supported by the Global Policy Network of UNDP.
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK, RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED ANALYTICAL WORK Research on perspective partners and potential risks are integral aspects of private sector engagement and engagement with private philanthropy. This area of work aims to support UNDP’s effective engagement with business and aligned with the organization’s principles and mandate, as well as reflect an adequate assessment of the risks and benefits that engagement brings to the organization and its beneficiaries. The consultant will support UNDP in researching and conducting detailed integrity due diligence for private sector entities, and/or will provide guidance and technical review of due diligence conducted, in alignment with the UNDP Policy for Due Diligence and Partnerships with the Private Sector. This area of work aims to support risk-inform decision making for effective engagement and partnerships with private sector entities. Expected outputs and deliverables: The Research Analyst will be conducting and reviewing due diligence in the following areas of work on a need basis:
  1. Research, screening and risk assessment, from public and internal sources, of private sector entities in compliance with the corporate guidelines, which includes screening against exclusionary criteria, determining ownership structure business models, disclosing state-owned entities (SOCs) and politically-exposed persons (PEPs), and searching for adverse media through internet searches and other IDD databases;

  2. Conduct and review due diligence analysis in the standard corporate format against committed deadlines, to ensure accountability and compliance with UNDP’s policies and standards

  3. Apply screening criteria to qualify private sector entities for possible engagement

  4. Conduct reputational risk- benefit analysis and assessment of private sector companies to determine their suitability for partnership.

  5. Evaluate the Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) performance of private companies;

  6. Compliment with additional research as needed, including on sector or country related performance

  7. Draft recommendations for mitigation approaches to identified integrity risks through due diligence

  8. Conduct spot-checks on Office’s application of due diligence approvals and adoption of recommended measures

  9. Draft and edit integrity due diligence related content (ppt, briefs, notes etc) as needed

In addition, the analyst will support the effectiveness team with knowledge management and learning. Duration of Work / Contractual Arrangements:
  • The overall objective of this agreement is to facilitate and expedite the process by which BPPS/Effectiveness Group can engage the services of Research Analysts for Private Sector Integrity Due Diligence;

  • The consultant(s) will be given access to relevant information necessary for executive of the tasks under this assignment;

  • This ICFA shall come into effect for a period of one year from the date of signing the agreement by UNDP and will be extendable up to two additional years based on performance and availability of funds;

  • Number of working days: up to 100 days/year per engaged consultant;

  • No guarantee of minimum assignments will be given in advance;

  • The consultant (s) shall be available and flexible to take on short-term assignments on an as-needed basis.

  • The consultant(s) will report to, seek approval/acceptance of outputs from the UNDP Policy Specialist, Social and Environmental Standards.

Competencies
Corporate Competencies
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards.

  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP.

  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Technical / Functional Competencies:
  • Superior written and oral communication skills, with the ability to convey complex development concepts and recommendations in a clear and persuasive manner that is tailored to a range of audiences;

  • Strong skills on data analysis and research;

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required; and knowledge of other UN languages is an asset.

Teamwork and professionalism:
  • Works collaboratively with team members by sharing information openly and displaying cultural awareness and sensitivity;

  • Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external partners;

  • Positive and results-oriented attitude, able to meet targets/deadlines;

  • Good organizational, time management and strong interpersonal skills;

Required Skills and Experience
Academic qualifications:
  • At least advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in business, social policy, public policy, management, politics, economics, development studies or a related area, required.

Years of experience:
  • Minimum two years of experience on integrity due diligence, Corporate Social Responsibility, and/or Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) standards required;

  • Experience in conducting research and risk analysis using multiple sources required;

  • Experience in risk management or private sector partnership development with the UN or UNDP is an asset.

Language:
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required;

  • Working level knowledge of other UN languages is highly desirable.

All candidates are requested to submit maximum 2 sample(s) of relevant work. Integrity due diligence research/analytical risk reports on relevant topics are considered to be the best and most relevant examples to this ToR. Application Procedure The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):
  • Cover letter with brief description (no longer than 1 page) of why the Offer considers her/himself the most suitable for the assignment; and

  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all experience from similar projects and specifying the relevant assignment period (from/to), as well as the email and telephone contacts of at least three (3) professional references.

  • Submission of sample(s) of the applicant's relevant work. Integrity due diligence research/analytical risk reports on relevant topics are considered to be the best and most relevant examples to this ToR (not to exceed 2 examples). REQUIRED

  • Confirm availability and flexibility to take on short-term assignments on an as-needed basis.

Note: The above documents need to be scanned in one file and uploaded to the online application as one document. Applications that do not contain the above-mentioned documents may be disqualified. Shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal.
  • The financial proposal should specify an all-inclusive daily fee (based on a 7-hour working day - lunch time is not included - and estimated 21.75 days per month).

The financial proposal must be all-inclusive and take into account various expenses that will be incurred during the contract, including: the daily professional fee; cost of travel from the home base to the duty station and vice versa, where required; living allowances at the duty station; communications, utilities and consumables; life, health and any other insurance; risks and
  • inconveniences related to work under hardship and hazardous conditions (e.g., personal security needs, etc.), when applicable; and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services under the contract.

  • This consultancy is a home-based assignment, therefore, there is no envisaged travel cost to join duty station/repatriation travel.

  • In the case of unforeseeable travel requested by UNDP, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between UNDP and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed. In general, UNDP should 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.

  • If the 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 a 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.

The Financial Proposal is to be submitted as per the instruction in the separate email that will be sent ONLY to shortlisted candidates. Evaluation process Applicants are reviewed based on Required Skills and Experience stated above and based on the technical evaluation criteria outlined below. Applicants will be evaluated based on cumulative scoring. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
  • Being responsive/compliant/acceptable; and

  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical, interview and financial criteria specific to the solicitation where technical and interview criteria weighs 70% and Financial criteria/ Proposal weighs 30%.

Technical evaluation - Total 70% (700 points): The technical evaluation will comprise of desk review (400 points), and interviews (300 points). All applicants will be initially screened against the minimum qualification requirements as specified above. Responsive candidates will then be further evaluated against the following criteria and shortlisted applicants invited for the interviews: Desk Review: Weight = 40%; Maximum Points: 400;
  • Criteria 1. Experience (minimum 2 years) in integrity due diligence, Corporate Social Responsibility, and/or Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG); Maximum Points: 150;

  • Criteria 2. Relevance of experience in conducting research and risk analysis; Maximum Points: 80;

  • Criteria 3. Experience analysis risk management and/or private sector partnership development; Maximum Points: 50;

  • Criteria 4. Quality of sample(s) provided by the applicant; Maximum Points: 100;

  • Criteria 5. Working knowledge of other UN languages; Maximum Points: 20.

  • Interview: Weight = 30 %; Maximum Points: 300. The top 10 candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (280 points) of the maximum obtainable points for Desk Review (400 points) shall be considered for the interview. Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (210 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the interview (300 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Financial evaluation - Total 30% (300 points) 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

  • Financial proposals must be all inclusive[i] and must be expressed on the basis of “a daily fee”.

  • Any travel expenses will be paid for directly by UNDP and should not be included in the price proposal.

Contract Award The top 6 candidates obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into contract with UNDP. Institutional arrangement
  • The Framework Agreement and the potential secondary engagements will be managed by the ICFAs Manager (in the Effectiveness Group) and supervised directly by the relevant team for each assignment.Prior to initiation of work, each assignment will be outlined in a Statement of Work signed by the consultant, contract manager, and relevant supervisor. Payments will be made upon satisfactory achieved deliverables under each assignment and submission of time sheet in accordance with number of days worked. All payments are subject to the clearance and approval of the direct supervisor. Direct supervisors shall share with contract managers signed performance evaluation of the assigned consultant. Final payment shall require a signed performance evaluation of the assigned consultant.

  • The Consultant will be responsible for providing her/his own laptop.

Annexes Annex 1 - UNDP P-11 Form for ICs Annex 2 - IC Contract Template Annex 3 – IC General Terms and Conditions Annex 4 – RLA Template Any request for clarification must be sent by email to cpu.bids@undp.org The UNDP Central Procurement Unit will respond by email and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all applicants. Payments: Payments to individual contractor will be made based on the actual number of days worked, deliverables accepted and upon certification of satisfactory delivery of services by the Supervisor. [i] The term ‘all inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, utilities, consumables, insurance, etc.) that could possibly be incurred by the Contractor are already factored into the final amounts submitted in the propos 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.
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