Senior Impact Measurement and Management Advisor

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Background

The UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development (the ‘Global Centre’) identifies, co-designs and shares innovative and technological solutions for sustainable development. We aim to catalyse new insights, partnerships and action on the ground in the countries where UNDP works. Our initial areas of focus are: Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainable Finance, and Smart Cities and Digitalisation. We aim to leverage expertise in Singapore, as well as across the network of 60+ new UNDP Accelerator Labs, and from experts and partners around the globe.

The Global Centre is a joint initiative of the Singapore Government and UNDP, currently being led by a small team that is focused on programme and partnership development – both with the public and private sector in Singapore and international partners (including the above UNDP network). Singapore Government partners include the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR), the Public Service Division (PSD), and the Economic Development Board (EDB).

The Centre also has experience with venture accelerators, both with its internal workstreams as well as support to the wider accelerator ecosystem at UNDP. UNDP impact venture accelerators (IVA) are one of the practical approaches to help enterprises scale up effective business-based solutions to development issues. IVAs combine business acceleration programs with robust and dedicated efforts on SDG impact alignment, and impact measurement and management (IMM) practices.

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and as part of the Centre’s work on sustainable finance, it is working together with UNDP’s Finance Sector Hub, UNDP SDG Innovative Finance (UNSIF) and Private Sector Centre to establish a UNDP COVID19 Response and Recovery Impact Venture Accelerating and Scaling Initiative which will include ?Future of Healthcare Impact Venture Accelerator and Venture Capital Fund.

Ventures accelerated by UNDP have already been instrumental in providing effective solutions to the COVID19 crisis through their digital platforms, healthcare products and services supporting public authorities, infrastructures and SMEs. Now, this dedicated UNDP IVA is being set up to support growth stage and established businesses with viable and effective solutions to be deployed across a diverse set of users and contexts globally. The initiative is focused on both innovative technology solutions and transformative business models, services and products addressing challenges related to healthcare, critical market needs, sustainable development and overall economic recovery. UNDP is undertaking the overall project management, internal and external communication activities as well as the SDG impact-related aspects of the acceleration program.? The IMM approaches will be adjusted to boost the effectiveness of addressing COVID19 challenges in the short, mid and long term, all in the context of the SDGs and holistic impact.

Duties and Responsibilities

Impact Measurement and Management (IMM) is one of the fundamental pillars of impact investments. IMM is considered to be an essential component for decision-making and for assessing the contribution of investment activities towards the SDGs. IMM practices have grown increasingly sophisticated as investors shift from building consensus for IMM to strengthening its integration within investment processes (GIIN, 2020). IMM is equally essential for venture accelerator programmes that support growth stage companies to scale. In such programmes, IMM is essential to understand both the impact of the participating enterprises (and to pitch that impact to potential investors) as well as to understand the performance of the incubation and acceleration programmes themselves.

In this context, one of UNDP’s primary service offerings relates to providing IMM services to accelerators, to enable these stakeholders to understand and apply IMM tools. UNDP’s application of IMM for accelerators builds on the work done by UNSIF (SDG Alignment Toolkit for Venture Accelerators) as well as the Private Sector Center’s Business Call to Action (BCtA) team (Impact Lab for enterprise-level impact assessment). Under the current scope, UNDP will provide IMM Advisory Services for the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Impact Venture Accelerating and Scaling Initiative, as well as for the accelerator programme focused on agritech which the Global Centre runs and for the fintech accelerator it supports in Copenhagen. Additionally, UNDP will offer IMM training for the accelerated enterprises, to introduce them to the basics of IMM, as well as to build their capacity to apply the SDG Alignment toolkit.

EXPECTED OUTPUTS AND DELIVERABLES

The consultant is expected to deliver on the following IMM efforts:

  • Deliverable 1: Design and conduct an Impact Screening of ventures participating in identified accelerator programs, to identify those that aim to contribute to the SDGs and to achieve and scale impact in areas that help the global community to effectively respond to the crisis.

  • Deliverable 2: Develop a strategy to support Impact Scaling of ventures to boost their impact in addressing COVID-19 related challenges, and improve efficiencies of enterprises in a way that helps them respond to challenges

  • Deliverable 3: In coordination with UNDP SDG Impact, the Private Center’s BCtA initiative and UNDP SDG Innovative Finance, further develop UNDP’s IMM and SDG Alignment Toolkit for accelerators, its application to measure performance across a set of key indicators specific to particular challenge areas, and advise on the measurement of impact of solutions developed by the ventures, with the aim to inform effective solutions in the future. Contribute to the design and development of digitalized, online/web-based tool for scaled implementation of IMM and SDG alignment framework, subject to the availability of adequate financial resources within UNDP.

  • Deliverable 4: Build a virtual IMM training plan to develop the capacity of the accelerated enterprises. This will consist of virtual training on the fundamentals of IMM, key tools such as Theory of Change, Monitoring Plan and Evaluation plan, and how to develop an Impact Pitch for investors. Upon need, provide mentorship and guidance to impact venture acceleration initiatives for country-specific and regional level implemented by UNDP.

Competencies

CORE COMPETENCIES

Ethics and Values:

  • Demonstrates commitment to the UN’s values and ethical standards
  • Demonstrates and promotes the highest standard of integrity, impartiality, fairness and incorruptibility in all matters affecting his/her work and status.

Organisational Awareness:

  • Promotes the mission, vision and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment understands the structure and hierarchy of UN/UNDP, process flows throughout the organization, products and services, their measures of effectiveness, and perceptions of clients;
  • Excellent knowledge of development issues and internationally-agreed development goals;

Working in Teams:

  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work;
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues inside UN/UNDP as well as its partners and other stakeholders to pursue common goals.
  • Ability to work at ease in a multicultural setting.

Communicating Information and Ideas:

  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively;
  • Delivers verbal/written information in a timely, clear, organized and easily understood manner;
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to listen and take direction and leadership from others.

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Learning:

  • Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s Degree in a relevant field. Equivalent relevant experience combined with a bachelor’s degree may also be considered.

Experience:

  • A minimum of 8 years of professional working experience in relevant fields, such as sustainable finance, supporting impact venture accelerators or venture capital funds (required);
  • Minimum of 3 years of progressively responsible professional experience in a performance monitoring and/or evaluation role with international development organizations, sustainability-oriented organizations or impact investment funds (required);
  • A supporting qualification in monitoring and evaluation (desirable);
  • At least 3 years of experience in practical application of impact measurement approaches following IRIS metrics as well as advance knowledge relevant methodologies i.e. GIIRS, SROI etc. (required);
  • Demonstrated ability in data analysis, project design, monitoring, and evaluation of development activities. Experience developing results frameworks, logical frameworks, or similar tools (required);
  • A minimum of two years working in international development (desirable);
  • A minimum of two years working in the developing countries (desirable);
  • Proven experience organizing and managing virtual and in-person events and workshops (desirable);
  • Knowledge of the UN system (desirable);
  • Proven ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines, and to deliver in a timely manner within cost and quality standards (required);
  • Proficiency and proven experience in the use of Microsoft Office suite, e.g. Word, Excel, Power Point (required);

Language:

  • Proficiency in written and spoken English required. Proficiency in other official UN languages is an asset.

Important Note:

The Contractor is required to have the aforementioned professional and technical qualifications**. Only the applicants who hold these qualifications** will be shortlisted and contacted

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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 and financial criteria specific to the solicitation where technical criteria weigh 70% and Financial criteria/ Proposal weighs 30%.

Technical evaluation - Total 70% (70 points):

The technical evaluation will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Criteria 1: Relevance of educational background (5 points)
  • Criteria 2: Experience in M&E, social and environmental impact analysis of projects, implementing IMM frameworks for investment projects (25 points)
  • Criteria 3: Experience and knowledge of accelerators, VC/PE investment funds, analysis of their business and impact performance (20 points)
  • Criteria 4: Experience with the UN (10 points)
  • Criteria 5: Practical application of impact measurement approaches following IRIS metrics as well as advance knowledge relevant methodologies i.e. GIIRS, SROI etc. (10 points)

Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (49 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (70 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.

Financial evaluation - Total 30% (30 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

Contract Award

Candidate 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 a contract with UNDP.

Payment modality

  • Payment to the individual consultant will be made based on the actual number of days worked, deliverables accepted and upon certification of satisfactory completion by the manager;
  • The workweek will be based on 35 hours, i.e. on a 7-hour working day, with core hours being between 9h00 and 18h00 daily.

DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION.

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

1. Proposal:

(i) Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work

(ii) Provide a brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work (if applicable)

2. Financial proposal and availability form: Offeror's Letter to UNDP

3. Personal CV including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references

General Conditions of Contract is available here: GENERAL CONDITIONS OF CONTRACT

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