As part of UNDP’s global International Financial Institutions (IFIs) Partnerships strategy (https://intranet.undp.org/unit/pb/resmob/IFI%20Agreements%20and%20Templates/IFI%20Partnership%20Strategy%20-%20July%202016.pdf?Web=1), UNDP seeks to catalyze action that will help governments take advantage of multilateral funding for development and lead to new and innovative partnerships with IFIs in Europe and the CIS region.
Recognizing that traditional sources of development finance are increasingly limited, while the universal and comprehensive nature of SDGs calls for greater financing flows and national ownership, collaboration with IFIs is becoming more important to leverage greater development returns at a time of historic opportunities and significant risks.
Following two years of intense engagement with various IFIs active in the Europe and CIS region, the current assignment will contribute to the consolidation of UNDP’s’ partnership with IFIs such as the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) and the KfW Bank, and to translate the mutual interest to cooperate into tangible joint projects.
The EIB is a valuable partner, with which UNDP is developing a vibrant partnership, with mutual high expectations. Building on earlier ongoing cooperation in Armenia and intensive staff contacts, in October 2016, the MoU was signed with the Bank, followed by the first direct contract on early recovery in the Donbass Region in Ukraine. Cooperation opportunities with several countries in the region including Turkey, Serbia, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, and Kazakhstan need to be further nurtured. With EBRD, following the signature of MOU in 2014,UNDP is exploring programmatic synergies in Eastern Europe/Commonwealth of Independent States and Middle East and North African regions, in areas including SME and local economic development, water and municipal infrastructure, inclusive/ sustainable growth and gender and climate change. There are mutually acknowledged opportunities for cooperation in several countries in the region, including Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Turkey. In 2016, discussions with the CEB have restarted on the elaboration of a new MoU and a preliminary action plan was agreed. Tangible partnership ideas will have to be further explored in 2017. With KfW, UNDP is developing a growing corporate relationship, including one joint project in Turkey and potential for cooperation in Ukraine and other countries of the region.
Overall objective of the assignment:
Building upon the existing progress on IFIs partnerships in Europe and CIS, and in support of the implementation of the broader UNDP IFI strategy, the overall objective of this assignment is to build or support strong working-level relationships with EIB, EBRD, CEB and KfW support the development of a pipeline of potential joint initiatives with those IFIs.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work:
The consultant will:
The following deliverables are expected from the consultancy:
Payments will be made in 12 equal installments (once a month) upon submitted satisfactory progress report against deliverables and upon its acceptance by the Supervisor/Certifying Officer. All deliverables should be submitted to UNDP by the Consultant in English. Travel costs related to the possible missions to Europe and CIS region (and other regions as per needed), will be paid separately to the Consultant following UNDP’s rules and regulations.
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.
Only candidates who will get at least 70% of points in each step of the process (desk review and interviews) will be considered for financial evaluation.
Technical Criteria – 70% of total evaluation – max. 35 points:
Financial Criteria – 30% of total evaluation – max. 15 points.
Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website. The application should contain:
*Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period (e.g. fee, health insurance, vaccination, personal security needs, travel to join duty station/repatriation travel and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services…).
Payments will be made only upon confirmation of UNDP on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner.
Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under dss.un.org
Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply.