Job Opening

Posting Title: International Consultancy for Resource Mobilization Strategy for UNSDCF 2022-2026
Department/Office: Resident Coordinator System
Duty Station: HANOI
Posting Period: 08 August 2022 - 26 August 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Resident Coordinator System-188098-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

a) Inception report outlining the development methodology, timeframe, outline, and key contents of the Resource Mobilization Strategy.
b) Draft and final report on 2022-2026 Resource Mobilization Strategy and a presentation to the UNCT and GOVN, including the following main components:
- A background on the CF 2022-2026 and its resource requirements, UN resource mobilization and mechanisms, etc.; (this part could be extracted from the CF 2022-2026).
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- A contextual analysis of the changing donor and financing landscape, and priorities of the development partners supporting Viet Nam, highlighting key challenges regarding mobilizing CF resources in the context of COVID/global economic conditions (a more forward-looking analysis); (with inputs from RCO and HOAs; DESA (resources on stakeholder analysis to deliver SDGs)
- An analysis on the past and current resource mobilization efforts for the OSP, and learnt lessons from those efforts; (background information for this part will be provided by RCO Partnership Officer)
- A mapping/listing of potential areas, possible available sources of funding, possible financial donors and mechanisms at the country, regional and global levels, for each CF outcome and by type of funding source, where the UNCT and the GOVN are best positioned to succeed in joint resource mobilization considering their development priorities and comparative advantages; (DCO Policy Branch would probably have the global/regional mapping/listing for reference).
- A suggested governance structures and mechanisms for the management, implementation, and monitoring of the strategy, identifying clear roles of the UNCT (including the UNRC and Heads of Agencies) and GOVN; (this part will be developed following the proposed action plan in light with existing relevant UN guidelines – tailored to the Viet Nam’s context).
- An action plan for CF 2022-2026 resource mobilization proposed by the consultant which has clear timelines and responsibilities by the UNCT and the GOVN.

The final strategy will consist of a maximum of 30 pages.

Regarding the mapping/listing of the possible financing sources, the following sources can be considered:
- Traditional OECD/DAC donors; including IFIs such as the World Bank, ADB and IMF;
- Emerging donors, such as BRICS;
- Government cost sharing;
- Global UN pooled funding mechanisms (Peacebuilding Fund, Human Security Trust Fund, Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women, MPTF open calls, etc.);
- Global and regional non-UN funds, including regional development banks, Global Challenge Funds, Global Innovation Facility Fund, Global Environment Facility Fund, Global Green Climate Fund, etc.
- Philanthropic foundations and major individual donors, including from the Diaspora;
- Public-private partnerships including domestic private sector; and
- Innovative sources of funding (such as thematic bonds like green, social, sustainability and pandemic bonds).

Regarding the prioritization of potential partners, the added value of the potential partnership should be considered, taking into account the following factors:
- Financial or technical resources at the partner‘s disposal at the country level;
- A good existing working relationship with the partner and UN system;
- Preferred partner of the government;
- High number of outcomes that the UN and the partner have in common;
- Other comparative advantages of the partner, such as technical expertise, access to political networks, proven track record, etc.; and
- Partner-specific overview of programmatic areas/outcomes that reflect the priorities of both the development partners and the UNCT.

Deliverables/Outputs Estimated duration to completion Target due dates Review and approval required
a. Inception report 5 days 1 week from contract signing UNCT/RCO and FERD
b. Draft Resource Mobilization and Partnership Strategy & Co-design session facilitated 27 days 5 weeks after contract signing UNCT/RCO and FERD
c. Validation workshop/Presentation of draft report to UNCT and GOVN 1 day 6 weeks after contract signing UNCT/RCO and FERD
d. Final Resource Mobilization and Partnership Strategy 2 days 7 weeks after contract signing UNCT/RCO and FERD

Work Location

home-based with 1 trip to Hanoi, Vietnam

Expected duration

15 September- 31 December 2022

Duties and Responsibilities

DUTIES AND OBJECTIVES:

The key objective of the consultancy is to develop a Joint Resource Mobilization Strategy for the UNCT in Viet Nam, which will identify adequate, predictable, multi-year and sustainable resources and diversified donor and partnership outreach to broaden the funding base (including foundations and private sector partners) with a view to achieve full, multi-year funding. This strategy should build on the shared vision of the UNCT’s engagement and strategic positioning in Viet Nam. The consultant will:

Phase 1
- Analyse the changing donor and financing landscape and priorities of the development partners supporting Viet Nam, highlighting key challenges regarding mobilizing CF resources in the context of COVID/global economic conditions (a more forward-looking analysis);
- Identify potential areas for partnership and possible available sources of funding where the UNCT and the GOVN are best positioned to succeed in joint resource mobilization considering its development priorities and comparative advantages;
- Assess lessons learned from the past and current resource mobilization efforts;

Phase 2
- Identify the UNCT and GOVN’s roles in implementing the strategy;
- Recommend suitable mechanisms within the UN and between the UN and the GOVN to implement the strategy;
- Facilitate co-design sessions with various stakeholders (both internal UNCT and external partners) in the development of the CF resource mobilization and partnership strategy
- Develop action plan with clear timelines and responsibilities by UNCT and the GOVN.
- Facilitate validation workshop on the draft strategy and action plan

In order to implement the above, the international consultant will carry out a desk review of existing documents and interviews/focus-group discussions with the UNRC and UNCT members/CF Results Group co-chairs, donors, and government agencies.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: o Core Values/ Guiding Principles
¿ Integrity: Demonstrating consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN inactions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
¿ Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity: Demonstrating an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrating an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity.

o Corporate Competencies
¿ Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN values and ethical standards.
¿ Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the UN in Viet Nam.
¿ Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
¿ Treats all people fairly without favouritism.
¿ Excellent analytical and organizational skills.

o Development and Operational Effectiveness
¿ Ability to lead strategic information collection, analysis and result-based use of information.
¿ Ability to lead formulation of strategies and their implementation.
¿ Ability to apply Resource Mobilization and Partnerships building theory to specific institutional contexts.
¿ Excellent analytical, writing and presentation skills.
¿ Demonstrated ability to deliver quality results within strict deadlines.
Academic Qualifications: Master’s degree in international development, public policy, economics, business administration, social sciences or related fields
Experience: ¿ A minimum of 7 years of professional experience specifically in the area of international development initiatives and development organizations; preferably in fundraising, resource mobilization or partnership building;
¿ Understanding of the development context in middle income states and emerging economies; regional/national experience;
¿ Experience of UN system operations and strategic planning processes;
¿ Previous experience preparing Resource Mobilization Strategy for UNCT/UN agencies, would be an asset;
¿ Previous experience in innovation, design and systems thinking preferred
Language: ¿ Fluency in spoken and written English.

Additional Information

GENERAL BACKGROUND:

The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Viet Nam will start implement the new UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework 2022 – 2026 (CF) approved by the Government of Viet Nam (GOVN) and the UN in February 2022. The new CF is the joint programmatic and operational framework for delivering UN support to the Government and people of Viet Nam and a vehicle for strategic partnership to achieve the SDGs and long-term national development priorities. This is the fourth generation of the One Plan in Viet Nam after the One Plan 2006-2011, One Plan 2012-2016, and One Strategic Plan 2017-2021.

The CF 2022 – 2026 identified 4 focus areas and priority interventions to be supported by 22 agencies (17 resident and 5 non-resident), including FAO, IFAD, ILO, IOM, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UN Habitat, UNICEF, UNIDO, UNODC, UNV, UN Women, RCO, UNDSS and WHO as well as ITC, UNCTAD, UNEP, OHCHR, UNHCR, with accompanying planned operations and programmatic budgets. UN-supported programmes and projects within the CF are to be implemented by national implementing partners and participating UN agencies in line with the GOVN’s regulations on management and utilization of ODA. The 2022–2026 CF is supported by an estimated CF budget, with an overall estimated budget of approximately $525,9 million USD from core and non-core sources, of which about $275 million USD is to be mobilized.

Although in general the UN in Viet Nam has been doing well in terms of resource mobilization so far, fund raising has been posing a great challenge for all UN agencies in Viet Nam. The regular core budget now counts for only about 20 per cent of the total UN budget while some UN agencies have been operating based only on non-core budgets. At the same time, grant ODA in Viet Nam has been on a sharply decreasing trend. Bilateral resources have become rarer. The UN system has been actively looking for funds from global and regional sources which more and more require a joint approach for joint programme proposals, especially in the context of UNDS reform. In addition, Viet Nam’s ODA framework still presents barriers for project and programme appraisal, approval, disbursement, and access to global and regional funds. The first Resource Mobilization Strategy was developed in 2013 under the One Plan 2012-2016. No resource mobilization strategy was developed specifically for the OSP 2017-2021 cycle.

The new CF 2022-2026 requires the UNCT and the GOVN to jointly develop a new Joint Resource Mobilization Strategy for 2022-2026. The strategy will guide the UNCT’s efforts towards strategically positioning itself as the partner of choice for the government and development partners to support national priorities of Viet Nam as articulated in its Socio-Economic Development Strategy (SEDS) 2021-2030, Socio-Economic Development Plan (SEDP) 2021-2025 and the national SDGs. It will set out the context and strategic direction for partnerships and resource mobilization, establish benchmarks and indicators for resource mobilization and individual agency contributions, and outline responsibilities and guiding principles, mechanisms for joint resource mobilization and accountability and reporting arrangements. This requires a robust forward-looking joint resource mobilization strategy which takes into account the changing financing and donor landscape, including traditional and emerging donors, to prioritize potential partners and identify possible available sources of funds/funding priorities; and assesses lessons learned from past and current resource mobilization efforts. This strategy will set the framework to compliment and supplement agency-based resource mobilization efforts. The Resource Mobilization Strategy will also contribute to the GOVN’s on-going development of a set of partnership modalities to accommodate the ODA graduation phase of Viet Nam.

The UNCT and GOVN agree to commission the development of the 2022-2026 Resource Mobilization Strategy with an accompanying action plan which will be conducted during June - August 2022

No Fee

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