Impact Consultant

  • Added Date: Monday, 12 March 2018
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 27 March 2018

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Background

Launched at the United Nations in 2008, the Business Call to Action (BCtA) aims to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by challenging companies to develop inclusive business models that engage people at the base of the economic pyramid (BoP) – people with less than US$8 per day in purchasing power – as consumers, producers, suppliers and distributors of goods and services.

The BCtA is a unique multilateral alliance among donor governments – including the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the UK Department for International Development (DFID, the Swiss Development Cooperation Agency (SDC), and with the United Nations Development Programme, which hosts the secretariat. 

Over 200 companies, ranging from multinationals to social enterprises, and working in 65 countries, have responded to the BCtA by committing to improve the lives and livelihoods of millions in developing countries through access to markets, financial services, affordable healthcare, water and sanitation, education and other critical services. BCtA member companies are market leaders that provide examples of successful, profitable and scalable models for reaching poor communities and contributing to global development.

The Impact Consultant will work under the supervision of the Programme Manager of BCtA. 

Duties and Responsibilities

BCtA is seeking a Consultant to support the BCtA team on a series of activities, pertaining to the implementation of the second phase of BCtA’s work on impact measurement and management of inclusive businesses. The Consultant will support BCtA with developing, implementing and deploying BCtA’s online Impact Measurement Lab and provide guidance to a broad IB audience. The Consultant will work with the BCtA team in engaging BCtA members to provide foundational support for improving their theories of change/results chains through conducting virtual or face-to-face impact measurement and management clinics and relevant webinars. Under the guidance of the Programme Manager, the Consultant will monitor and support the 21 companies that have participated in BCtA Impact Measurement Services (BIMS). 

The Consultant is expected to continuously engage with member companies in spurring them to measure, analyze and report results on their inclusive business commitments. The assignment requires extensive research  on public and private sources of data on member companies to ensure that all quantitative and qualitative metrics on their inclusive business commitments are gathered and analysed. The Consultant will also categorize self-reported results by sector, theme and geography and conduct verification where possible. The Consultant will also ensure BCtA’s impact measurement and reporting methodologies are in line with other leading measurement and reporting tools, including the Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS).

The Consultant will be essential to the BCtA team’s management of relationships with key actors in the field of impact measurement and management and establish relevant partnerships in developing and deploying BCtA’s work on impact measurement and management. The outcome of this research is the production of insights that will contribute to the evidence base of IB impact and their contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals. In close collaboration with the Programme Manager, the Consultant feed evidence into BCtA’s advocacy strategies for inclusive business; report to the Donor Steering Committee; and assist in widely disseminating the results of BCtA and its member companies. 

The following areas are considered to be within the scope of this consultancy: 

Impact Measurement on Inclusive Business 

  • Support BCtA in developing and deploying BCtA’s online Impact Measurement Lab to support its inclusive businesses members and other companies implementing inclusive business
  • As requested by the Programme Manager, provide advisory support to inclusive businesses on impact measurement and management, including guidance on theories of change/results chains and data analysis
  • As requested by the Programme Manager, provide ongoing support to 21 BCtA members who have received support under BCtA’s first phase of impact measurement services

Results Reporting and Communication 

  • Support the BCtA in coordinating annual results reporting process of BCtA’s member companies
  • Revise and update BCtA’s results reporting framework as instructed; 
  • Analyse and verify self-reported results submitted by BCtA member companies; 
  • Ensure BCtA’s indicators for results reporting are in line with other leading measurement and reporting tools;
  • Support the Programme Manager in preparing key reporting and other related documents for reporting to BCtA’s stakeholders
  • Support the design, selection and effective implementation of external mid-term evaluation and/or final evaluation of the initiative  
  • When requested by the Programme Manager, draft thought leadership pieces on impact measurement and management (in forms of blogs, reports, webinars and other forms of media) to position BCtA as a pioneer in the field
  • As requested by the BCtA Secretariat, support the development of other flagship reports demonstrating progress and impact of BCtA members.

Relationship Development and Stakeholder Management 

  • Work with the BCtA Secretariat on the building and forming partnerships with key actors in the field to further develop and deploy BCtA’s work on impact measurement and management, for instance with other membership organizations; company portfolio managers, or UNDP country offices.

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Manager: 

  • Identify and communicate relevant information for BCtA stakeholders;
  • Conduct relevant research, suggest methodologies, and implement research protocols; 
  • Document and analyse best practices, innovative strategies and new approaches; 
  • Participate in project meetings, as required;
  • Provide Advisory support, as required;
  • Assist in preparing slides, presentation materials, briefing notes, surveys, draft reports;
  • Assist in outreach to stakeholders; 
  • Submit comprehensive reports, as instructed by the Programme Manager; 
  • Undertake travel, as required by the BCtA team. Travel costs will be borne by UNDP and consultant expressly accepts UNDP travel policies;
  • Any other duties, as required.

Many of the activities in this consultancy are ongoing. To this end, the Consultant shall prepare a monthly progress report that will detail all milestones reached, including but not limited the number of companies that received capacity building, number of events organized; contents of the pipeline; assignment travel, and any and all tools developed. The Programme Manager shall review and accept these reports, and certify them for payment.  

Description of deliverables - Target delivery dates - Payment schedule:

  • Monthly Progress Report 1  - 1 month after contract signature - 8%
  • Monthly Progress Report 2 - 2 months after contract signature - 8%
  • Monthly Progress Report 3 - 3 months after contract signature - 8%
  • Monthly Progress Report 4 - 4 months after contract signature - 8%
  • Monthly Progress Report 5 - 5 months after contract signature - 8%
  • Monthly Progress Report 6 - 6 months after contract signature - 8%
  • Monthly Progress Report 7 - 7 months after contract signature - 8%
  • Monthly Progress Report 8 - 8 months after contract signature - 8%
  • Monthly Progress Report 9 - 9 months after contract signature - 8%
  • Monthly Progress Report 10 - 10 months after contract signature - 8%
  • Monthly Progress Report 11 - 11 months after contract signature - 8%
  • Final Report  - 12 months after contract signature - 12%

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
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment

Functional competencies:

  • Strong interpersonal skills, communication and diplomatic skills, ability to work in a team
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback
  • Ability to work under pressure and stressful situations
  • Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities
  • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills

Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications/Education: 

  • A Master's degree in international relations, international development, public policy, or other relevant fields such as social science, economics, business administration.

Experience: 

  • Minimum 7 years of combined experience in the private and in the development sector working on private sector issues; (whether in strategy consulting or corporate functions) or in the development sector working on private sector issues, inclusive of at least 3 years of experience in the area of inclusive business or sustainable business.
  • Minimum 2 years experience in impact measurement and management or monitoring and evaluation of inclusive or sustainable  business; 
  • Experience managing relationships and partnerships with leading businesses/impact investors or non-profit organizations is an advantage. 
  • Proven track record with using technology for data collection and analysis is an advantage;

Language skills: 

  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills in English
  • Working knowledge of other UNDP working languages, (French or Spanish) is an advantage. 


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: a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and b) having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical (P11 and cover letter desk review and interviews) and financial criteria specific to the solicitation. 

Only highest ranked candidates who would be found qualified for the job based on the desk review will be invited for an interview.

Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation – max. 35 points:

  • Criteria A - Minimum 7 years of combined experience in the private and in the development sector working on private sector issues; (whether in strategy consulting or corporate functions) and/or in the development sector working on private sector issues, inclusive of at least 3 years of experience in the area of inclusive business or sustainable business; - max points 9; 
  • Criteria B – Minimum 2 years’ experience in impact measurement and management or monitoring and evaluation of inclusive or sustainable business - max points: 9;
  • Criteria C – Experience managing relationships and partnerships with leading businesses/impact investors or non-profit organizations - max points: 3;
  • Criteria D - Proven track record with using technology for data collection and analysis max points: 4;
  • Criteria E – Interview Criteria -  Language skills, communication skills and technical knowledge in impact measurement or M&E- max points: 7;
  • Criteria F - Methodology (evaluation of the brief approach on how the candidate would approach and conduct the activities (shall be uploaded by the applicant during online application) - max points: 3.

Only candidates who will get at least 70% of points in Criteria A, B, C, D, F will be considered for the Interview; and only candidates who will get at least 70% of points in the Interview will be considered for financial evaluation.

Application procedures

Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website. The application should contain:

  • Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position and a brief approach on how you will approach and conduct the work. Please paste the letter into the "Resume and Motivation" section of the electronic application. 
  • Filled P11 form including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees (blank form can be downloaded from http://www.eurasia.undp.org/content/dam/rbec/docs/P11_modified_for_SCs_and_ICs.doc); please upload the P11 instead of your CV. 
  • Financial Proposal* - specifying a) total lump sum amount in US dollars for the tasks specified in this announcement, b) travel from/to the duty station. 
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials


Terms of Payment 

The assignment is based on a lump sum contract amount and payment is based only upon the certification and acceptance of the deliverables received as indicated in the TOR. In the event of non-performance and pre-termination where payments cannot be made in full or may have to be suspended, the final payment will be pro-rated against received and accepted deliverables.

*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 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
General Terms and conditions as well as other related documents can be found under: http://on.undp.org/t7fJs


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