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UNDP Philippines Innovation Challenge: TAWID COVID-19
Procurement Process :Innovation Challenge
Office :UNDP Country Office - PHILIPPINES
Deadline :09-Nov-20
Posted on :16-Oct-20
Development Area :OTHER  
Reference Number :71531
Link to Atlas Project :
00127818 - Strengthening PHL Covid19 Response
Documents :
Annex C Proposal Form Word Format
Financial Proposal Template
Call for Proposal and Annexes
Overview :

This Call for Proposal (CFP) is specifically related to the UNDP Strengthening PHL COVID19 Response .

 #TawidCOVIDChallenge is an innovation challenge prize undertaken by UNDP to promote innovative ways for socioeconomic recovery from the pandemic through recognition of community-based innovations and greater collaboration between local government, civil society, and business. The challenge aims to find, improve, test, and scale novel solutions. The Terms of Reference (Annex A) may be referred to for the complete information and objectives of this challenge.

The Innovation Challenge is open to all innovators—whether individuals, non-profits, startup enterprises, or others—who have created solutions that could help reduce poverty under the new normal, and which could be tested and scaled. Details of the challenge - scope and eligibility and mechanics can be found in Annex A. 

In this respect, we would like to invite you to submit an innovative proposal. Please be guided by the forms attached hereto as Annex C, in preparing your submission. 

Proposals may be submitted on or before 9 November 2020, 5PM Manila (5AM EDT) and via the following means (choose 1 only):


1) Via Online Form -

By accomplishing this online form version of the template and uploading all the supporting attachments in the relevant fields. This is the most advised manner of submission as it allows UNDP to quickly review and evaluate the proposals.

In addition to the online entry form, please also download the Financial form, please click this link -


2) Via Email:

Email Subject Line to Use: CFP-119 TawidCOVID Innovation

File size limit: 7MB. It is advisable to compress your files, send in batches, and/or provide the documents through a secure cloud storage.


Your Proposal must be expressed in English, and valid for a minimum period of 120 days from the deadline submission date.

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.  If you are 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 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.

The full Call for Proposal and Annexes are attached as a file in this advertisement.



The proposed mechanics of the innovation challenge is detailed in the Terms of Reference, Part E: Mechanics and Criteria for Selection.

Only one submission per individual or organization is allowed. Once the application is complete and submitted, revised versions of proposal documents will not be accepted. 

Proposals shall be reviewed and evaluated based on completeness and compliance as well as responsiveness of the proposal with the requirements:


The following documents must be submitted in order for the submission to be considered: 

1) Proposal Template (Annex C)

2) Documentation supporting the requirements/priority materials you would like to put out


Proposals will then be evaluated based on scope and eligibility. Please refer to TOR Part D and E. 

Only applications that score above 50% will be evaluated in full and considered for awarding the project.

Bidder Presentation: UNDP may invite bidders (top 4 highest scored) to prepare a presentation of their innovation proposal.

The shortlisted solutions will also be evaluated based on value for money and cost efficiency and if necessary, can initiate discussions or negotiations on the cost. 


a) Evaluation methodology: Quality based under Fixed Budget Selection (QB-FBS)

QB-FBS methodology implies that all proposals may have the same maximum overall price (which cannot exceed a known fixed budget amount, indicated in Part V.e), focusing the selection on the eligibility and quality of the proposal and the innovator’s proposed approach and methodology. Innovator’s will have to provide their best innovative technical proposal and financial breakdown (within the budget) in one single envelope (clearly stating proposed overheads). Evaluation of all technical proposals shall be carried out, in accordance with the outlined evaluation criteria set in the Terms of Reference (Annex A, Part D and E), and the institution/individual/firm which obtains the highest technical score shall be selected. Exceeding the established fixed budget in their financial proposals will be rejected.

Proposals have to translate community needs into implementable activities by the innovator. Under QB-FBS, assessment focuses on maximizing transfer of value to the beneficiary user within a given budget.


b) Budget size and duration

Three (3) to four (4) innovative solutions will be provided by UNDP with an award prize in the range of $20,000 to $40,000 each. The mechanics will follow the UNDP corporate policies and procedures for innovation challenges. Please also refer to Part E and F of the Terms of Reference.

UNDP support through the challenge prizes shall be for a four (4) -month period from 16 November 2020 to 15 March 2021, with a tolerance for extensions of up to 31 March 2021 at the latest. 



The UNDP will review proposals through: (i) determination of scope and eligibility; (ii) technical review of eligible proposals; (iii) scoring and ranking of the eligible proposals based on the assessment criteria outlined in the previous section to identify highest ranking proposal; (iv) round of clarification (if necessary) with the highest scored proposal; and (v) Innovation Challenge Award and Contract

Potential applicants may send in their questions through email – and copy furnish the

Note: UNDP reserves the right not to fund any proposals arising from this Call for Proposals



UNDP contract document for the Innovation Challenge (including the General Terms and Conditions) should be read carefully by interested parties. Please click the link to access the documents - 

UNDP implements a policy of zero tolerance on proscribed practices, including fraud, corruption, collusion, unethical practices, and obstruction. UNDP is committed to preventing, identifying and addressing all acts of fraud and corrupt practices against UNDP as well as third parties involved in UNDP activities. (See and for full description of the policies) 

In responding to this Call for Proposals, UNDP requires all Proposers to conduct themselves in a professional, objective and impartial manner, and they must at all times hold UNDP’s interests paramount. Proposers must strictly avoid conflicts with other assignments or their own interests, and act without consideration for future work. All Proposers found to have a conflict of interest shall be disqualified. Without limitation on the generality of the above, Proposers, and any of their affiliates, shall be considered to have a conflict of interest with one or more parties in this solicitation process, if they: 

* Are or have been associated in the past, with a firm or any of its affiliates which have been engaged UNDP to provide services for the preparation of the design, Terms of Reference, cost analysis/estimation, and other documents to be used in this competitive selection process; 

* Were involved in the preparation and/or design of the programme/project related to the services requested under this Call for Proposals; or 

* Are found to be in conflict for any other reason, as may be established by, or at the discretion of, UNDP. 

In the event of any uncertainty in the interpretation of what is potentially a conflict of interest, proposers must disclose the condition to UNDP and seek UNDP’s confirmation on whether or not such conflict exists.