The COVID-19 pandemic and its far-reaching socioeconomic impacts has clearly exposed the vulnerabilities of the informal economy and its world of work. These impacts have been most pressing for women and youth who are also overrepresented in the informal economy. At the same time, the policy response to COVID-19, particularly the social protection response, has fallen short of meeting the needs of informal workers and enterprises, particularly in low-middle income countries and did not address women’s economic security with the same intensity as it has been destroyed. As the informal economy continues to cater for the livelihoods of billions of people worldwide, enhanced policy and programmatic efforts to both protect and empower informal workers and businesses while facilitating transitions to formality will be key critical to avoid a deepening of poverty and inequality and promote inclusive and sustainable recovery pathways.
Against this background and as part of its broader support to the implementation of UNDP Strategic Plan 2022-2025 Signature Solution on Poverty and Inequality and related enablers (strategic innovation, digitalization and development finance), the Inclusive Growth Team of UNDP Bureau for Policy and Program Support (BPPS) is in the process of expanding its work and service offer on economic informality issues. The offer will include the provision of tools, knowledge products, capacity development, knowledge sharing and networking opportunities, as well as technical expertise and other resources to help UNDP Country Offices and their partners with the design, implementation and scaling-up of context-specific, evidence-based, and innovative policy and programmatic solutions to protect and empower actors of the informal economy and enable gradual transitions to formality. To expand technical support to Country Offices, a dedicated roster of experts is being developed under the UNDP’s GPN/Experts Roster for Rapid Response (GPN/ExpRes Roster), comprising of vetted capable and qualified individuals who can be called upon as International Consultants (ICs) to support UNDP policy and programmatic work on economic informality issues, with a particular focus on the following areas:
A screening procedure will be applied to select the prospective applicants to be registered in the Roster. The Roster will be maintained for a period of 3 years. Retention in the Roster of selected experts will be contingent on continuous delivery of satisfactory services
 The GPN/ExpRes Roster is a recruitment and deployment mechanism which maintains technically vetted consultants across 21 profiles and 79 sub-profiles to support the work of UNDP Country Offices/units and other UNDP partner agencies.
Duties and Responsibilities
Selection of candidates will be done by the Bureau for Policy and Program Support (BPPS) and Regional Hub Inclusive Growth team leaders in close collaboration with the relevant program or policy unit. Responsibility for management, contracting and payment of evaluators will be held by the program or policy units at the Country Office, Regional or Headquarters level.
The ICs will be assigned to provide research, policy, programmatic or capacity development support to selected projects and programs on informality. In cases where there is a national consultant (NC) as part of the team, the IC will act as a team leader. Specific reporting and working relationships will be specified at the time of contracting for a specific assignment. Detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) with relevant annexes and additional guidance will be provided for each assignment.
For each assignment, expected tasks and deliverables may include but not be limited to:
The exact timing, due dates and guidance for each deliverable will be outlined in each assignment-specific TOR.
Client Orientation and Communication:
Required Skills and Experience
Evaluation method and inclusion in roster:
Documentation to be submitted:
• Development of databases/ design and conduct of surveys of informal economy actors (workers and enterprises); including through the use of new data and metrics.
• Mappings and analysis of informal economy ecosystems
• Policy and program development for the expansion of social protection for informal workers, incl. through digital solutions
• Policy and program development for enhancing productivity and resilience of informal businesses, including through digital solutions (e- skill development, e-commerce, and other business e-services etc.)
• Analysis of innovation dynamics in informal sectors; role of informal economies in green transitions
• Reviews of national policy and legal frameworks that impact informal sectors.
• Monitoring and evaluation of informality-formalization policies and programs
• Fiscal space analysis for financing social protection and support to informal enterprises
• Organization/facilitation of multistakeholder policy dialogues, involving informal economy actors/grassroot organizations
• Cross-cutting – Policy and program development for enhancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in the informal economy
Kindly note you can upload only one document to this application (scan all documents in one single PDF file to attach). Incomplete applications will not be considered.
UNDP Personal History form (P11):
General Conditions of Contract for the ICs:
Annex II Offeror´s letter to UNDP confirming interest and availability for the Individual Contractor (IC) assignment
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