United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN)
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.
Background and Objectives.
Over the past few years, water has become a major political and economic issue for many countries. Freshwater is abundant on Earth but unevenly distributed among the different regions of the globe. As a result, 2.2 billion people, or 29% of the world’s population, do not have access to safe domestic water supply services. Since the second half of the 20th century, demographic pressure, the development of irrigation and intensive agriculture have put this resource at risk.
In this context of increasing scarcity of freshwater resources, groundwater is receiving increased attention from the international community, which emphasises the importance of financing groundwater resources and the strategic and emblematic nature of sustainable management of these resources. Indeed, Groundwater is the main source of drinking water for about half the world’s population (OECD, 2017). The protection of our groundwater resources is therefore becoming more important.
The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 46 least developed countries. With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.
UNCDF’s financing models work through three channels: inclusive digital economies, connecting individuals, households, and small businesses with financial eco-systems that catalyze participation in the local economy, and provide tools to climb out of poverty and manage financial lives; local transformative finance, that capacitates localities through fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance to drive local economic expansion and sustainable development; and investment finance, that provides catalytic financial structuring, de-risking, and capital deployment to drive SDG impact and domestic resource mobilization. By identifying those market segments where innovative financing models can have transformational impact in helping to reach the last mile and address exclusion and inequalities of access, UNCDF contributes to a broad diversity of SDGs.
UNCDF’s Local Transformation Finance Practice (LD) – channel (2) – is a centre of excellence and innovative fund for local government finance and local economic development finance in the LDCs. LD promotes and supports transformative investments through local governments and domestic financial institutions (banks, pension funds) in LDCs by piloting and scaling up innovative financing mechanisms and policies in the public and private sectors. UNCDF’s LD team focusses on local economies and sub-national finance and aims at ensuring that people in all regions and locations benefit from economic growth. This means dealing with the specific local challenges of, for example, peri-urban areas and remote rural locations. It means investing domestic resources into local economies and services through, inter-alia, fiscal decentralization, climate finance and project finance. UNCDF focuses its efforts towards strengthening public financial management and local revenue, improving the quality of public and private investments at the local level.
As part of the Local Transformative Finance Practice, The Blue Peace Financing Initiative is about promoting access to capital for non-sovereign entities by using water as an entry point for multi-stakeholder cooperation frameworks, leading to more sustainable economies and peaceful societies (peace dividend). Currently being tested in West Africa in collaboration with regional local governments and regional non-sovereign entities, UNCDF has received multiple requests from other regions to replicate this and other mechanisms and models when it comes to financing for water, both surface water and groundwater. Meanwhile, UNCDF in cooperation with the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), and the Academia (Makerere University (Uganda), University of Namibia and University of Dakar) has also developed a Groundwater Finance Framework in support of AMCOW’s GW program. In the next phased, these and other initiatives and projects on financing for water will be integrated in one Global Blue Peace Financing Program in order for UNCDF and its partners to better use synergies and replicate success models.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objectives of the Assignment.
The new Global Blue Peace Financing Program will target three main workstreams:
Groundwater is a cross-cutting topic in this new global program. Therefore, one of the objectives in preparation for and under new Global Blue Peace Financing Program will be to use the exiting Groundwater Finance Framework as basis to develop a comprehensive Handbook on Groundwater finance, which can be used by water professionals globally and at several levels (regional, national and local) as an action-oriented toolbox, that can support them to:
Scope of work
The main scope of this work is to support UNCDF in developing and disseminating a comprehensive, action-oriented and user-friendly Handbook for GW financing, that will help water professional on all levels to better understand Financing in general and Financing for GW in particular and that will provide an overview of tools and mechanisms as well as key recommendations on how GW financing can be improved in different contexts. To reach a broad audience after the launch of the Handbook, the consultant will also support UNCDF in disseminating and mainstreaming the Handbook and UNCDF’s work in the area of Financing for Water in general and financing for GW in particular, while expanding UNCDF’s network in these field and establishing and managing partnerships for financing GW and, including with stakeholder under the advisory group for the GW handbook. Furthermore, the scope of this work also includes providing general advisory services and support on GW Financing to UNCDF’s Global Blue Peace Financing Program on an ad-hoc basis, e.g. through research and analysis an specific topics.
The Consultant will work under the overall guidance of the Blue Peace Global Program Manager based in New York (USA) with secondary/delegated guidance from the Blue Peace Program Specialist, also based in New York.
Duration of contract
The consultants will be engaged under an IC Agreement for a period of 18 Months, for 120 or up to maximum of 140 working days in total.
Duty Station or Location of assignment
The consultant can work remotely from any location of her/his choice.
The assignment is home-based with travel to programme regions as necessary.
UNCDF will pay separately travel expenses (economy airfare, terminal expenses and per diems which include hotel and food expenses) according to on standard UN rates based on evidence of approved and actual travel.
Competencies are reflected under Qualifications.
Required Skills and Experience
Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
Criteria for the Selection of Best Offer
The offers will be evaluated based on financial and technical criteria: a weighted combined notification method will be adopted:
Global score = 70% technical score + 30% financial score
Technical score = 60% for the CV (or P11) + 40 % for the approach/ methodology
Step I: Longlisting
Applications will be screened, and only applicants meeting the following minimum criteria will be shortlisted:
Step II Part A: Technical Review of CVs by Desk Review – 60% out of the technical evaluation
UNCDF will conduct a desk review to produce a shortlist of candidates by evaluating the following criteria with the corresponding points (100 points):
Criteria Maximum obtainable points
Step II Part B: approach/ methodology – 40% out of technical evaluation. In a document of a maximum of four (4) pages, the candidate shall submit a work plan that presents his understanding of the assignment with a proposal and description of activities, approach, and methodology and, timelines, he shall also present and explain the tools he is aiming to use, and a risk analysis and mitigation plan regarding the proper achievement of the mission-related tasks.
Step III: Financial Proposal Evaluation The following formula will be used to evaluate the financial proposal: lowest priced proposal/price of the proposal being evaluated x 30%.
Step IV: Contract Award The contract shall be awarded to the applicant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as: · Responsive/compliant/acceptable vis-à-vis the requirements of the TORs. · Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical (70%) and financial (30%) criteria. Individual consultants and individuals employed by a company or institution are welcome to apply. Any individual employed by a company or institution who would like to submit an offer in response to a Procurement Notice for IC must do so in their individual capacity (providing a CV so that their qualifications may be judged accordingly). UNCDF 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. UN 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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