INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANT TO SUPPORT THE CORPORATE TRAINING ON TEAM BUILDING FOR THE GENERAL DIRECTORATE FOR EU WITHIN THE MINISTRY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND EUROPEAN INTEGRATION
||home based and Podgorica, MONTENEGRO
|Application Deadline :||16-Aug-12|
|Additional Category||Democratic Governance|
|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 :||one month|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||up to 10 working days in the period from August 27th till September 21st, 2012|
Montenegro has successfully achieved very demanding tasks related to European Integration. Montenegro submitted application for EU membership in December 2009 and received the Candidate status for EU membership in December 2010. The negotiation of Montenegro on Accession Treaty with EU started on 29th of June 2012 with two chapters of EU acquis committed to Judiciary and Fundamental rights (23) and Justice, Freedom and Security (24).
Negotiation process is a massive challenge for administrative and institutional capacities of Montenegro. These challenges are even harder having in mind that the Government of Montenegro just year and half ago changed the number and composition of ministries and reorganized the institutional framework for the coordination of the EU integration process. The main institution for coordination of the overall process of accession to EU is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration. Within this Ministry a General Directorate for European Integration leads and manages the coordination activities related to overall European Integration process. The Head of this Directorate is the State Secretary for European Integration who is at the same time the Chief Negotiator and National Coordinator for Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance
General Directorate for European Integration provides leadership and coordination of the accession negotiation of Montenegro to the EU. This is primarily related to the coordination of work of 35 negotiation groups which should be very soon established; regular monitoring of the implementation of the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA), as well as coordination and monitoring of work of joint bodies established by SAA. The General Directorate for EI is coordinating the development and implementation of strategic documents related to the process of European integration and cooperation of state bodies with the EU institutions, EU Member States, candidate countries and potential candidates in the EU accession process. The General Directorate for EI is responsible for analyzing and coordinating harmonization of the legal system of Montenegro with the EU legal system, monitoring progress in meeting the political and economic criteria for membership by chapters of the EU acquis. The General Directorate for EI is performing activities related to the preparation and implementation of communication strategy for informing the public about various aspects of European integration and the process of Montenegro's accession to the EU. Also, task of the Directorate is to coordinate the translation of EU legislation with some of the official languages of the Union on the Montenegrin language, and support the development of the national version of the EU acquis.
Important challenge for the General Directorate for EI is need to provide additional support to capacities of horizontal coordination structures for European Integration process within the Government. This support is especially needed in the field of training of the newly nominated public servants and officials from line ministries and other state bodies included in coordination structures committed to: a) coordination of the overall process of European integration, and, especially, accession negotiations; b) coordination of programming and implementation the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance; 3) coordination of work on the harmonization of national legislation with EU acquis; as well as 4) coordination of future work of all 35 negotiation groups which will be established soon.
The General Directorate for EI has the following structure: Directorate for Accession to EU, Directorate for Legal Harmonization and Directorate for Translation; as well as the General Directorate for coordination of EU Assistance with: Office for coordination and horizontal issues, Directorate for programming and monitoring of Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) and Directorate for Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC).
General Directorate for EI has currently more than 50, mostly very young, employees, who perform different tasks but make a team that needs to cooperate and coordinate with all other state institutions, in order to provide synergy of the EI effects. Therefore, creative thinking, efficient team work and joint development of new ideas, are essential for addressing the cross-cutting activities, but also for creating good team environment.
Within this context, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration asked Capacity Development Programme to engage International Consultant for designing and implementing two-day corporate training on team building for the General Directorate for European Integration.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objectives of the assignment:
Short-term International Consultant will be engaged to design and provide the corporate training for the General Directorate for European Integration with the aim to: improve performance of the public servants employed in the Directorate; enhance generation and exchange of new ideas; stimulate direct communication and cooperation within the different sectors; and increase the quality of the creative thinking especially in relation to importance of horizontal coordination and cooperation within the Government.
The training should provide a systematic team building approach that influences perceptions which then leads to new ideas and better solutions of problems/issues, and consequently results in improvement of the overall performance of the team engaged in General Directorate. The training is expected to include: better understanding of the importance of cross-cutting cooperation and exchange of experience, exchange of information in general, better communication and interaction among various sectors and departments within the General Directorate, development of joint sectors or/and departments thinking, having joint approach as General Directorate, increase the awareness/self-conciseness of people about their own tasks, behavior and contributions within the Directorate, enhancement of the creative approach in problem solving etc.
Consequently, the training should help each participant to reach:
- Better understanding of the added value of being part of the General Directorate and his/her own role within the wider team in that context;
- Better knowledge of skills, responsibilities, challenges and achievements of members of all departments and sectors within the General Directorate for EI;
- Clear understanding of responsibilities and initiatives within the wider team of General Directorate for EI and how they contribute to the overall mission of the General Directorate for EI;
- Higher level of creativity in everyday problem solving.
The overall responsibility of the consultant is to:
- Design the questionnaire related to optimized team development that will serve as the starting point for the training
Summarize and analyze the responses on the questionnaire;
- Design two-day training with modern approach on topics in the context of the out of office, based on the inputs from the State Secretary for EI and CDP Programme manager that would address issues ranging from team building and inter-personal communication to raising awareness on benefits/added value of the EI, individual roles and responsibilities and encouraging initiative and flexibility. The expert will be expected to provide a first draft of the proposed training program at least one week before the designated dates of the training;
- Implement the training, providing facilitation as well as all necessary material and equipment;
- Provide a report that will outline the findings and provide recommendations for further action.
The expected results:
- Optimized Team Development Questionnaire developed and analyzed;
- Training on team building conducted
Timing of the work: The assignment will last up to 10 working days, in the period from August 20th, 2012 – September 21st, 2012.
Time duration and travel: Consultancy services will be performed as a combination of home based work and one visit to Montenegro in duration of three working days.
- Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
- Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UN/UNDP;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
- Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
- Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
- Demonstrates ability to manage complexities and work under pressure, as well as conflict resolution skills.
Required Skills and Experience
International expert should have following qualifications and expertise:
- University degree in Organizational management, business administration or any other relevant field;
- Minimum of ten (5) years work experience in the area of corporate trainings and facilitation with the emphasis on improving team effectiveness and team building;
- History of performance excellence in corporate trainings and facilitation with the emphasis on team effectiveness and team building;
- Excellent Communication and Analytical Skills; Excellent Delivery Skills;
- Excellent communication skills, facility in working with teams and capacity to compose clear and readable narrative reports;
- Modern approach to delivery of policy advice and work with civil servants, and governmental officials;
- Fluent knowledge of English
- Required knowledge of Montenegrin language.
Interested applicants are requested to submit their applications to UNDP Office in Podgorica by e-mail to email@example.com by Thursday, August 16th , 2012.
The application should contain:
The short-listed candidates only would be requested to submit a letter of interest including a price quotation indicating the lump sum (in EUR) requested for the work and travel envisaged in the section "Duties and Responsibilities".
UNDP is an equal opportunity employer.
************ Procurement notice related to this vacancy can be found on: http://www.undp.org.me/files/jobs/2012/12-055%20notice.pdf .
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.