Location : Home Based
Application Deadline : 13-Aug-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category : Management
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 07-Sep-2020
Duration of Initial Contract : 60 working days over a period of 4 months with possible extension based on performance and budget
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP's policy and programme work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office (CO) levels, forms a continuous spectrum of deep, local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. Within this context, UNDP invests in a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan.
Within the GPN, the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP's Strategic Plan. BPPS's staff provides technical advice to Country Offices; advocates for UNDP corporate messages;represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogues, and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas. BPPS supports UNDP and partners to be more innovative, knowledge and data-driven including in its programme support efforts.
In order to streamline its financial and investment engagement, UNDP launched the Finance Sector Hub, a finance and innovation platform, that draws on a critical mass of UNDP expertise, initiatives, and partnerships to support the mobilization and leveraging of resources for the SDGs and lead the implementation of the new UNDP private sector strategy and other initiatives. The Hub is an integral part of both the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) and the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy (BERA), as well as part of the GPN.
Tax Inspectors Without Borders (TIWB) is a joint initiative of the OECD and UNDP designed to support developing countries to strengthen national tax administrations through building tax audit capacity and through sharing this knowledge with other countries. Within UNDP, TIWB is managed under the Finance Sector Hub, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, New York with resource persons embedded in the UNDP offices in Pretoria, Bangkok and Amman and a back office in Istanbul.
Under TIWB, tax audit experts work alongside local officials of developing country tax administrations on tax audit-related issues. TIWB aims to strengthen tax administrations by transferring technical know-how and skills to developing countries' tax auditors, and through the sharing of tax audit practices and dissemination of knowledge products. Apart from tax audits, TIWB is also launching a number of pilots to support countries in tax and crime investigations and effective use of automatically exchanged information.
In view of the fast and widely-spearding COVID-19 infection, which has put significant limitations on delivering tax advice and support to local tax administrations, TIWB is stepping up to provide remote assistance as an alternative delivery mechanism wherever feasible. This has underscored the importance of TIWB's potential contributions, as countries struggle to mobilize resources for the recovery.
The core objectives of TIWB are to:
TIWB is managed under the Finance Sector Hub (FSH) in UNDP's Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS), with resource persons embedded in the SDG finance teams in Pretoria, Amman and Bangkok with back office in Istanbul.
In consultation and under the direct supervision of the Project Manager, TIWB, UNDP the consultant will work to design and develop a project document for the new phase of UNDP Tax programme building on the Tax Inspectors Without Borders (TIWB) project following UNDP guidelines and template. The Consultant will work with all stakeholders within the UNDP system and outside and develop a new project document and obtain the required approvals. This should be completed in accordance with the revised UNDP Project Document template. The outline of the document is the following:
Expected outputs and deliverables:
Review & Approvals Required
Data collection through documents review, stakeholders' meetings, etc and submission and acceptance of the Draft Inception Report and detailed Workplan
Due at the end of the 1st month from the contract signature date
Submission and acceptance of the first draft of the UNDP Tax Project Document
Due at the end of the 2nd month from the contract signature date
Submission and acceptance of the second draft of the UNDP Tax Project Document with all required sections and annexes (addressing the comments of different UNDP teams, UNDP CO and others).
Due at the end of the 3rd month from the contract signature date
Final Project Document with all required sections and Annexes as per the scope of work has been accepted by the UNDP
Due at the end of the 4th month from the contract signature date
Self-Management & Emotional Intelligence:
Knowledge Sharing & Continuous Learning:
Master's degree in economics, finance, development studies, public policy, public administration or closely related field is required;
Fluency in English with experience in writing professional documents in English is a must;
The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):
Applications without sample and methodology will not be reviewed.
Note: The above documents need to be scanned in one file and uploaded to the online application as one document.
Shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal.
The Financial Proposal is to be emailed as per the instruction in the separate email that will be sent to shortlisted candidates.
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:
Technical evaluation - Total 70% (70 points):
Having reviewed applications received, UNDP will invite the top three/four shortlisted candidates for interview. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Interview: Weight = 20 %; Maximum Points: 20.
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:
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 contract with UNDP.
Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified above and deliverables accepted and upon certification of satisfactory completion by the manager.
The work week will be based on 35 hours, i.e. on a 7 hour working day, with core hours being between 9h00 and 18h00 daily.
Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):
Any request for clarification must be sent by email to email@example.com
The UNDP Central Procurement Unit will respond by email and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all applicants.
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.