CONSULTANCY SERVICES ON SPECIAL INITIATIVES AND INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIPS
||Home-based with partial presence on UNDP premises (NY, Brussels, Geneva)
|Application Deadline :||10-Aug-12|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||
English French |
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||7 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||7 months|
As the post-2015 deadline approaches and the High Level Panel on MDGs assumes its role in defining the new development paradigm and sustainable development goals, a number of new partners and new global initiatives to accompany this process are coming to the international scene. The most significant initiatives are those relating to the establishment of anew development architecture and a new development cooperation paradigm through global partnerships and global mutual accountability mechanisms. While this process on overhauling development cooperation to accompany the changing development environment has started in Paris, Accra and later in Busan (2011), and particularly with the establishment of the ECOSOC Development Cooperation Forum, there is general agreement that it needs to be scaled up and closely linked to the post-MDG consultations. UNDP, through its MDG mandate, support to aid coordination and management and global outreach, is at the center of this process and negotiations.
The UNDG has also taken the position that the new QCPR will need to respond and be adapted to the changing development cooperation environment and the new partnerships developing therein. In taking this stance the UNDG is responsive to the demands of the international community to couch UN reform in this broader context and meet new development cooperation realities.
The new development cooperation paradigm strongly hinges on innovative partnerships with civil society – NGOs, foundations, philanthropies, private sector, as well as with emerging economies (SSC and triangular cooperation) and decentralized cooperation actors.
UNDP BERA, based on its overall external strategy, is prioritizing innovative partnerships and active engagement in new international initiatives such as the UN DCF, Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, decentralized cooperation partnership with UCLG and FOGAR, as well as internalizing these in negotiations around the QCPR.
In view of current BERA capacities, as well as to ensure the most cost effective arrangement, BERA is seeking to consultancy services that would supplement the capacities of BERA clusters and provide support and guidance on innovative partnerships and new global initiatives on development cooperation.
Duties and Responsibilities
This consultancy is aimed to provide strategic support and advice to the BERA Management within the framework of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation and the DCF, on:
- Effective positioning of UNDP including its high-profile partnership programmes (UNDP ART) ;
- Global and regional political dialogue, partnerships and participation;
- QCPR text related to changing development cooperation landscape
Outputs/ Expected Results:
Expected Result: Effective UNDP positioning at the UN DCF and others.
- 3 UNDP position papers for UN DCF symposia and its Advisory Group with proposals to strengthen the DCF
- 3 proposals to UN DESA regarding agenda setting and innovative partnerships in the preparation of the DCF
- 3 UNDP position papers prepared for the OECD Global Partnership Steering Committee with focus on linkages to the UN DCF.
- Analytical review on supporting local development strategies in the framework of UNDP ART Programme
- BERA Strategy on positioning UNDP ART at events, seminars, workshops organized by international organizations.
- 2 position papers/briefs of decentralized cooperation for the UN DCF symposium in Vienna, October 2012.
- 2 position papers of decentralized cooperation in the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation
- Strategy note on resource mobilization in support of ART programmes and expansion of partners, including with private sector and NGOs (Turkey meeting October 2012)
Expected Result: Scaled up partnerships in the changing development cooperation environment resulting in substantive engagement, visibility and contribution to new initiatives on SSC and decentralized cooperation.
- Series of analytical papers which articulate UNDP/SSU/UNDESA troika joint positions on SSC initiatives, especially regarding the UN DCF and other initiative by members states and partner organizations
- Research to identify potential partnership and resource mobilization opportunities with foundation philanthropic organization, private sector actors and decentralized cooperation partners regarding their participation in the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation and the DCF.
Expected Result: Changing development cooperation landscape effectively positioned within QCPR
- 3 analytical reviews of QCPR’s language regarding changing development landscape
- Draft text for internal discussion and potential inclusion in QCPR text
- Demonstrates and promotes the highest standards of integrity, impartiality, fairness and incorruptibility in all matters affecting his/her work, acting as a role model for all staff;
- Advocates and promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of the UN;
- Ensures an organizational environment that respects diversity, gender equality and cultural sensitivity, and fosters openness to diverse perspectives;
- Helps clients navigate complex or sensitive issues, keeping the client’s best interests in mind and advising on best practices.
- Remains committed to helping the client long after initial solutions have been applied. Follows up to make sure desired outcomes are realized.
- Acquires a keen perspective on the client's business and operational needs. Uses that broadening view to help resolve more complex and difficult issues, and to anticipate new client needs.
Required Skills and Experience
- Advanced university degree in international affairs, development or other related social science.
- 15 years of international cooperation at different levels
- Extensive experience on developing substantive policy on development cooperation including on decentralised and SSC cooperation;
- Proven analytical and strategic thinking with knowledge of international development cooperation and multilateral political environment
- Experience in negotiations and writing of joint position papers and partnership agreements
- Experience and knowledge professional credibility, as well as senior-level working experience in a multilateral;
- Extensive network of development partners and proven track record of partnerships with international, regional organizations and governments, NGOs, CSOs;
- Good knowledge of the UN system (normative and operational) as well as experience with the OECD, G20 and other international partners
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 professional fee (if under a Company, indicate the management fees if applicable)
- Should the consultant be required to travel, s/he will be reimbursed for the travel costs in line with the IC Guidelines.
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on Cumulative analysis. 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 Weight: 70%
- Financial Weight: 30%
Technical Evaluation Criteria:
- Extensive experience on developing substantive policy on development cooperation: 20 points
- Proven analytical and strategic thinking with knowledge of international development cooperation and multilateral political environment: 20 points
- Experience in negotiations and writing of joint position papers and partnership agreements: 20 points
- Extensive network of development partners: 20 points
- Good knowledge of the UN system (normative and operational) as well as experience with the OECD, G20 and other international partners: 20 points
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 points in the Technical Evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
- The consultant will directly report to BERA Director as well as ART Programme Manager on ART related matters.
- This assignment requires partial presence on UNDP premises (NY, Brussels, Geneva), most of the work can be done by correspondence.
INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.