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UNDP-OHR-RFP-008 Horizon scanning study for future
Procurement Process :RFP - Request for proposal UNDP1 - CPUP20-08   Click here to participate
Deadline :03-Aug-20 @ 12:00 PM (New York time)
Posted on :09-Jul-20 @ 02:01 PM (New York time)
Development Area :SERVICES  SERVICES
Reference Number :67690
Link to Atlas Project :
00101865 - OHR Learning Reserve
Documents :
RFP signed
Annex 3- Proposal submission form
eTendering user guide for Bidders
eTendering Coverpage with INstructions
FAQ for bidders
UNDP General Terms and Conditions
Amendment I
Amendment I
Overview :

Dear Sir / Madam:

We kindly request you to submit your Proposal for Horizon scanning study for future professional certifications, UNDP OHR. Please be guided by the form attached hereto as Annex 2, in preparing your Proposal. Proposals may be submitted on or before 31 July 2020 email, at 3:00 PM New York EST through the e-tendering portal. Your Proposal must be expressed in English and be valid for a minimum period of 90 days. Proposals must be submitted on or before the deadline indicated by UNDP in the eTendering system.

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Your Proposal must be expressed in English language and valid for a minimum period of 90 days. In the course of preparing your Proposal, it shall remain your responsibility to ensure that it reaches the address above on or before the deadline. Proposals that are received by UNDP after the deadline indicated above, for whatever reason, shall not be considered for evaluation. In submitting your Proposal by email, kindly ensure that they are signed and in the .pdf format, and free from any virus or corrupted files. The Technical Proposal and Financial Proposal files MUST BE COMPLETELY SEPARATE and sent separately and clearly marked as either “TECHNICAL PROPOSAL” or “FINANCIAL PROPOSAL,” as appropriate. Each document shall include the Proposer’s name and address. Services proposed shall be reviewed and evaluated based on completeness and compliance of the Proposal and responsiveness with the requirements of the RFP and all other annexes providing details of UNDP requirements. The Proposal that complies with all of the requirements, meets all the evaluation criteria and offers the best value for money shall be selected and awarded the contract. Any offer that does not meet the requirements shall be rejected. Any discrepancy between the unit price and the total price shall be re-computed by UNDP, and the unit price shall prevail and the total price shall be corrected. If the Service Provider does not accept the final price based on UNDP’s re-computation and correction of errors, its Proposal will be rejected. No price variation due to escalation, inflation, fluctuation in exchange rates, or any other market factors shall be accepted by UNDP after it has received the Proposal. At the time of Award of Contract or Purchase Order, UNDP reserves the right to vary (increase or decrease) the quantity of services and/or goods, by up to a maximum twenty-five per cent (25%) of the total offer, without any change in the unit price or other terms and conditions.

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Thank you and we look forward to receiving your Proposal.

Scope of work

A research study, through horizon scanning or similar research approach, for detecting early signs of potentially important developments through a systematic examination of potential threats and opportunities, with emphasis on new technology and its effects on the issue at hand.  The study should also explore novel and unexpected approach to professional certifications as well as persistent problems and trends, including matters at the margins of current thinking that challenge past assumptions.

The study is expected to consist of, but not limited to:

  • UNDP/UN Horizon Scan: Business needs, workforce projections, required capabilities, skills and competencies to support accelerating the 2030 agenda.
  • External Horizon Scan: Future of professional certifications (trends in the industry and relevance of certifications, exploration of global trends of future of work in Finance, Human Resources, Procurement, Project Management and IT; impact of AI, digital transformation, work automatization, transformation of labour market, demographic shifts in labour market, demand for agile programme and operations management. Exploration of benchmark companies, such as Fortune 500 companies but also start-ups, governments and public sector organizations.

The study is expected to seek answers to the following questions:

  • What is the current and projected future industry standard/benchmark for certifications, both in the private and public sectors?
  • For what purpose and target audience are future professional certifications needed?
  • What is the current Return on Investment of certifications and projected future ROIs?
  • What providers/institutions offer such certifications?
  • In projecting UNDP’s future of work in (IT, Finance, HR, Procurement and Project Management) the next 3-5 / 5-7 years, how are certification programmes expected to support business needs?
  • What new areas of work do we anticipate that would require certification?
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