Asia Pacific, with its rapid urbanization, remains the engine of global economic growth with more than 50 per cent of the population expected to reside in urban areas by 2030. This is in part due to the emergence of economic/transport corridors that link cities and towns. In the Greater Mekong Sub-region, progress has been made in establishing good road networks and energy infrastructure. Yet, many cities located along these corridors have not been able to effectively tap into the benefits offered by this strategy. Many of the region’s major cities struggle with congested infrastructure, inadequate public services and insufficient jobs which in turns is creating social divides and inequality. Asian cities located along coastlines and rivers, under typhoon belts and on top of earthquake-prone fault lines face the added pressures associated with climate change and natural disaster. Crisis has become the new normal.
Access to capital and financial resources is key for a city to develop a reliable, climate resilient infrastructure. Despite cities hosting nearly half the population and contributing up to 80% of global GDP, their municipal revenues and national transfers remain largely insufficient to meet their large and pressing urban infrastructure investment needs and, accessing additional global finance is not easy. In most countries of the Mekong region, funds allocated from central government are often unpredictable and traditional aid mechanisms are no longer an important source of financing. Since few secondary cities can develop robust tax bases, the ability to attract funds from market sources remains difficult because of their limited financial management capacity. In many parts of the region, small and medium size urban centres are not able or permitted to access the capital markets with archaic legal frameworks in place. In addition, many cities lack capacity to develop and manage a viable pipeline of projects to invest in and this lack of capacity to direct and/or absorb existing financing opportunities remains a major challenge preventing cities from acting effectively towards their resilient future.
To date, UNDP Cambodia Country Office has been involved in consultations in shaping an urban resilient urban programme with the support provided by UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub (BRH) through a rapid needs assessment, consultations with city authorities and donor discussions. There is high demand for support from the government for an urban resilience programme that addresses the challenges outlined above.
The third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in October 2016 will define the ‘new urban agenda’ and offer a platform for UNDP to discuss the opportunities that urbanization brings to the implementation and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of Agenda 2030. Within this global context, a regional urban resilience programme for the Greater Mekong Sub-region offers the opportunity to expand its services and expertise to national and local government as they deal with the complexity and challenges of building more resilient cities, crucial to achieving the SDGs in this region.
Duties and Responsibilities
The objective of this assignment is to undertake a needs assessment, identify entry points and facilitate exchanges to support selected cities in Cambodia to develop urban resilience programming proposals.
To develop and mobilize resources for an urban resilience programme proposal in Cambodia, the consultant will work closely with and be guided by the Urban Resilience and Sustainable Development Goal International Consultant to focus on the following activities:
Required Skills and Experience
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
Consultant must send a financial proposal based on Lump Sum Amount. The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive and include all costs components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee, living allowance (if any work is to be done outside the IC´s duty station) and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment. The contract price will fixed output-based price regardless of extension of the herein specified duration. Payments will be done upon completion of the deliverables/outputs and as per below percentages:
Travel destinations and number of trips required to complete this assignment will be discussed and agreed after the consultant commences his/her contract with UNDP. Travel expenses are payable on a lump sum basis at the end of each trip, upon submission of supporting documents, and at the amount quoted in the revised financial proposal submitted by the consultant following the bilaterally agreement between the hiring unit and the consultant.
In general, UNDP shall not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.
In the event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and the Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
Evaluation Method and Criteria
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology;
The award of the contract shall 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 set of weighted technical criteria (70%). and financial criteria (30%). Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.
Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 70 points)
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document:
Incomplete proposals may not be considered.
All document can be downloaded at http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=33343