CONSULTANT FOR THE UN AND INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS, MULTILATERAL AFFAIRS UN COHERENCE CLUSTER (MAUC)
||New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
|Application Deadline :||29-Jun-12|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||6 Months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||6 Months|
The UN and Intergovernmental Affairs (UNIA) Team, Multilateral Affairs UN Coherence Cluster (MAUC) in the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy (BERA) of UNDP is responsible for representing and promoting the strategic interests of UNDP in key intergovernmental and inter-agency fora. The Division is also responsible for official communications and developing partnerships with agencies of the UN System as well as Member States of the UN. DUNA keeps UNDP management apprised of key developments in inter-agency and intergovernmental bodies and ensures that delegations to intergovernmental bodies are properly briefed on UNDP matters as they negotiate legislation of strategic interest to UNDP.
We seek to hire one (1) consultant to serve in the Division for UN Affairs (DUNA) for six months to provide support during the critical period of the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) process. Under the direction of the Director, Division of UN affairs, the Consultant will support BERA in the QCPR process from the analysis stage to the final resolution, including UNDP’s s input to the consultants’ and Secretary-General’s reports, Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) discussions and General Assembly discussions and resolution negotiations. The consultant will also support the team in other coherence issues, as relevant especially UNDG- related activities.
The consultant will also be responsible for preparing relevant inputs with regard to interagency meetings; ensuring and tracking UNDP specific follow-up to interagency meetings; liaise with UNDG focal points, and DOCO; and, support the development of UNDG positioning in key areas.
The work will take place in New York for six (6) months between 1 August 2012 and January 2013.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Support BERA in covering the UN System/member states consultations, particularly on the QCPR resolution, noting important developments which may have implications for UNDP in summaries.
- Support UNDP’s consultations with member states to obtain guidance on their views on opportunities and challenges on UN reform and coherence.
- Liaise with the UNDG focal points, Regional Coordination Specialists, Coordination Officers and DOCO, as necessary, to inform the analysis and recommendations.
- Help prepare UNDP’s position and messages for key meetings including inter-agency meetings and UNDP Executive Boards, ECOSOC, and General Assembly discussions.
- Help prepare UNDP positions for input to draft ECOSOC/GA resolutions and other key documents.
- Monitor and assist UNDP’s progress in support of the QCPR.
- Consolidate the mapping of products, processes and stakeholder positions on QCPR issues including Delivering as One.
- Write and edit briefing notes for senior management for meetings with donors, inter-agency officials in the Chief Executives Board (CEB) and its subsidiary bodies and others as needed. Support preparation and follow-up to UNDG meetings, liaise with UNDG focal points and support the development of UNDG positioning in key areas.
- Attend related meetings, task forces and workshops as needed, drafting Notes for the Record.
- Drafts and contributes to briefing notes and talking points for senior UNDP staff.
Major deliverables to be accomplished:
- Meeting summaries alerting UNDP staff about key issues (at least 6 short summaries).
- QCPR key messages/position defined for UNDP Board (June and September), ECOSOC (July), General Assembly discussions (September and November/December) (at least 5 papers).
- UNDP’s position consolidated for consultants’ and Secretary-General’s reports and ECOSOC and General Assembly discussions (contribute to at least 6 position papers).
- Monthly reports on progress and implementation.
- QCPR stakeholder mapping developed (with products, processes and stakeholders) and updated as relevant.
- Timely and accurate briefing notes and analytic materials for CEB/UNDG Meetings (four), UNDP’s Board (September), ECOSOC (July), General Assembly discussions (September - December) (contribution to at least ten briefing notes).
Management and Supervision:
The incumbent reports to Ms. Alison Drayton, Director, Division of UN affairs, DUNA.
- Commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values.
- Sensitivity to cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age differences.
Productive and efficient worker, highly motivated:
- Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize tasks.
- Strong initiative and is comfortable cold calling companies operating in inclusive business.
- Performance-oriented and focused on results.
- Commitment, Diversity and Inclusion, Integrity, Communication, Working with People, Drive for Results, Leading and Supervising, Formulating Strategies and Concepts.
Required Skills and Experience
- Advanced university degree in international affairs, development or other related social science.
- UN and international work experience required.
- In-depth knowledge of UN inter-agency and intergovernmental work and processes required.
- Experience in General Assembly or ECOSOC resolution negotiations and preparation preferred.
- Familiarity with current UN and intergovernmental discussions preferred.
- Proven analytical skills.
- Five years of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience.
- Fluency in English. An additional UN language is preferable.
Application Requirements. Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
- Proposal explaining why they are the most suitable for the work, drawing on their knowledge and previous experience.
- P11 or Personal CV and at least 3 references.
- Financial proposal specifying the daily fee, which should include all related expenses including related benefits and insurance. All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal as a separate line.
In the case of unforeseen travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
- Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
- Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
*Technical Criteria weigh: 70%
*Financial Criteria weigh: 30%
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 points would be considered for the Financial Evaluation
INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
- Hands-on in depth knowledge in intergovernmental work and processes required: 30 points
- Understanding and familiarity with current environmental, social and governance [ESG] issues and cooperation for development: 30 points
- Experience in working on multistakeholder partnerships in development: 20 points
- Understanding of policies, rules and procedures in international organizations especially in relation to governing bodies: 20 points
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