Catalytic funding support for collective private sector engagement in COVID-19 response and recovery
The coronavirus disease (COVID19) was officially declared as a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020 as it affected more than 110 countries and territories. As of 15 April 2020, there have been 5,453 confirmed cases of COVID-19 positive individuals in the Philippines.
Although the Philippines has always been identified by the World Risk Index to be one of the most hazard-prone countries in the world, the pandemic was considered as a “new” problem that not everyone was able to prepare for. Government agencies as well as private sector actors have encountered challenges in developing programs and initiatives that will be able to cater to the needs of the people.
Recognizing that the country was under the state of calamity due to a public health emergency, the Philippine government implemented the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in the Luzon Region on 16 March 2020 to curb its spread. Initially identified as a health crisis, the COVID19 has shown its socio-economic impacts as the weeks under ECQ progressed. Economic shocks were more evident in the instances of business closures, worker displacement, and interrupted supply chains.
Micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) have directly felt the economic impacts. MSMEs, which form 99.6% registered establishments in the country and contribute 62.6% to the labor force, have always belonged to one of the most vulnerable sectors. Aside from being at risk to natural and human-induced hazards, they now face the unintended consequences of COVID-19 measures. Enterprise owners face the challenges of maintaining their financial resources, sustaining their workforce, and managing the production of goods and delivery of services.
The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) estimates that around 7,000 individuals may lose jobs within the first half of 2020. The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) revised its economic growth outlook for the Philippines this year, from a 6.5-7.5% gross domestic product (GDP) growth registered in late 2019 to a 5.5-6.5% GDP growth, following the pandemic. NEDA cited that there is a huge possibility in the decline of service exports, especially tourism. (https://set.odi.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Economic-Vulnerability.pdf)
This project is supporting a local organization in facilitating catalytic funding support for MSME and collective private sector engagement in COVID-19 response and recovery. The Foresight Planning Consultant will be contracted to support the project team and the supported local organization in development of policy briefs related to SME Covid-19 Recovery.
The Consultant shall report to, and be supervised by, the Programme Analyst of Institutions & Partnerships Team of UNDP Philippines. Outputs will be reviewed within 10 working days of receipt in close consultation with the project supported organization.
To achieve the intended results, the consultant will collaborate with various entities. The consultant will work closely with the UNDP Philippines Programme Teams and Project Supported Organization and partners, and will coordinate with various private sector association, relevant government agencies and SME support organization and other stakeholders.
UNDP Philippines will not provide a workstation, administrative support, transportation or ICT equipment for the consultant.
UNDP Philippines shall be entitled to intellectual property and other proprietary rights over all materials that have direct relation to the project.
Considering the COVID-19 pandemic and declaration of State of Public Health Emergency in the Philippines, all work of the Individual consultant shall be done within the guidelines and protocols set by the local and national government.
During the entire duration of the Community Quarantine, this consultancy shall be performed remotely and will be a home-based assignment. The Consultant is expected to have his/her own equipment, office space, and internet connectivity. The Consultant shall not engage in any meetings or activities outside their homes. Coordination/meetings shall be done through phone or online communication until such time that the quarantine is lifted.
UNDP and the Consultant shall assess, once the Community Quarantine is lifted, if it is safe and necessary to have in-person meetings and collaboration.
Duration of Assignment, Duty Station and Travel
The Contractor will be engaged from August 30, 2020 to December 15 2020 unless revised in a mutually agreed upon timetable by UNDP and the Contractor. Changes in the duration of the contract will be implemented through issuance of a contract amendment. The consultant is expected to render a total of 45 person days spread for 5 months from August to December 2020.
Duty station: UNDP Philippines Country Office, Rockwell Business Center Sheridan, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines. The Consultant is not required to report daily at the duty station but shall have an agreed reporting schedule with the Resident representative and other relevant UNDP personnel.
Travel: As may be deemed relevant to the assignment, the Consultant may be required to travel within the Philippines or the Asia-Pacific region. Travels will be endorsed by the Team Leader, Management Support Unit, for approval by the Resident representative. Travel expenses, to be covered by UNDP Philippines, will be agreed prior to travel and a travel report is to be submitted after trips are completed.
Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
The Consultant must send a financial proposal based on an all-inclusive lump-sum amount for the delivery of the outputs below. The total amount quoted shall include all cost components required to deliver the goods and services identified above, including professional fees and any other applicable costs (e.g. transportation to and from residence for meetings within Metro Manila, supplies and materials, equipment, reproduction, communications, etc.) to be incurred by the Consultant in completing the assignment.
The contract price will be a fixed output-based price. Any deviations from the outputs and timelines will need to be agreed on between the Consultant and the Resident representative effected through a contract amendment. Travel, as deemed relevant by UNDP, will be covered and arranged by UNDP following UNDP Financial Rules and Regulations.
Payments will be made upon satisfactory completion of the deliverables by target due dates. Outputs will be certified by the Programme Analyst of Institutions and Partnerships, prior to payments.
Target Due Dates
Upon submission and approval of the detailed Work Plan
September 10, 2020
Upon submission and approval of the Draft Foresight Plan for MSME recovery post COVID19
November 10, 2020
Final Foresight Plan for MSME recovery post COVID19 and End of Engagement Report
December 15, 2020