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UNDP recruiting Framework Agreement Consultant for Operational Guidance


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Background

Low value grants (LVGs) and performance based payments (PBPs) may be categorized as 'grant instruments'. UNDP's approach to LVGs will build on UNDP's existing Micro Capital Grant modality. LVGs are distinguished by being ex-ante payments to end-beneficiaries, with limitations on grant size due to their inherent higher risk. PBPs are distinguished by being ex-post payments, with funding provided on the delivery of development results, verified by independent third parties. UNDP may work on grant instruments both directly – providing funding directly to end-beneficiaries – or indirectly, via third party intermediaries (typically national partners and funds).

Within UNDP, its Bureau of Management Services (BMS), Bureau for External Relations and Affairs (BERA), and Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) are working collectively on these activities. An informal UNDP working group on financial instruments, comprised of staff members from BMS, BERA and BPPS, has been established and will be chaired by the Deputy Director of BMS and the Executive Coordinator of UNDP-Global Environmental Finance (UNDP-GEF) unit within BPPS. The working group will provide the consultant with guidance and access to all relevant documents. This consultant will report to the UNDP-GEF Executive Coordinator. It is expected that this consultancy will coordinate and provide inputs to other consultancies managed by BMS, working on the financial policies and fiduciary regulations related to these instruments.

Duties and Responsibilitie

A number of potential tasks related to (i) low-value grants and (ii) performance-based payments are envisioned for the consultancy. The scope of the consultancy may include one or multiple such tasks, taking a flexible approach. Decisions on inclusion of specific tasks in the actual consultancy will be made on a case-by-case basis by mutual agreement between UNDP and the consultant.

Tasks may include the following work streams:

Low Value Grants (LVGs)

  • Drafting project management action plans, including roles and responsibilities of internal and external stakeholders for the completion of the deliverables for this work stream;

  • Draft operational manual and standardized programming templates:

    • This will build off UNDP’s “Guidance on Micro-Capital Grants” and the GEF Small Grants Programme Operational Guidelines (https://sgp.undp.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=108&Itemid=229#.WItc4RsrJaR);

    • The manual will provide updated guidelines for grant awarding (within a UNDP programming architecture) with transparent eligibility criteria and evaluation processes, grant award decision and procedures, and monitoring and results procedures & platforms for public access to information on beneficiaries and results.

  • Formulate updated policy and prescriptive content for LVGs;
  • Provide support for consultations under UNDP’s Policy Review Network (PRN), including preparing management response;

  • Finalize the operational manual and required prescriptive content for use of LVGs in UNDP’s POPP (based on feedback and guidance received by the PRN);

  • Assist (if required) in preparing documents for approval of instrument by UNDP’s Organizational Performance Group.

Performance Based Payments (PBPs)

  • Drafting project management action plans, including roles and responsibilities of internal and external stakeholders for the completion of the deliverables for this work stream;

  • Technical application case studies:

    • Prepare 4 case-studies, based on a project typologies identified from the UNDP-GEF portfolio, where PBPs would be appropriate as a financial instrument to achieve development objectives;

    • Prepare 2-3 case-studies from project typologies of other units within BPPS (non-GEF) where PBPs would be appropriate as a financial instrument to achieve development objectives.

  • Draft operational manual and standardized programming templates for PBPs, to accompany existing draft PBP financial agreement (to be developed by OFRM). This can include:

    • Defining PBP instrument and categories;

    • Summary of technical applications;

    • Defining targets, internal review of targets, and independent M&E of targets. This will involve consulting with UNDP’s Independent Evaluation Office;

    • Competitive selection of end-beneficiaries;

    • Due diligence of end-beneficiaries;

    • Internal assessment of risks, risk management approach, monitoring of risks, and escalation;

    • Assessing UNDP capacities, and building of UNDP capacities;

    • Exit strategies and procedures for non-performing PBPs;

    • Approach to implementation oversight, including monitoring and compliance;

    • Development of graphic, user-friendly process steps;

    • In addition, for indirect PBPs (with third party intermediaries/funds):

      • Due diligence of third party intermediaries/funds;

      • Governance, standards and control mechanisms for third-party intermediaries/funds.

  • Formulate updated policy and prescriptive content for PBPs;
  • Provide support for consultations under UNDP’s Policy Review Network (PRN), including preparing management response;

  • Finalize the operational manual and required prescriptive content for use of PBPs in UNDP’s POPP (based on feedback and guidance received by the PRN);

  • Assist (if required) in preparing documents for approval of instrument by UNDP’s Organizational Performance Group.

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