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International Consultant – UNDAF Preparation - The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
|Location :||Home-based and up to two (five-day) missions to Skopje, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia|
|Application Deadline :||10-Aug-14 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Estimated up to 40 expert days in the period August 2014-February2015|
|In 2014 and early 2015, the United Nations agencies in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are preparing a new United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for the 2016-2020 period. This five-year strategy will present the key development challenges that the country faces and, in line with national priorities, outline the UN activities that are designed to address them.
A cornerstone of this process is the Country Analysis (CA). The CA will present a concise analysis of the country’s development challenges and the areas in which the UN agencies are best prepared to offer support. The CA is to be prepared in August-October. The CA will rest on two main inputs:
The UNDAF itself will drafted after the strategic prioritization workshop. A strategic document of no more than 15 pages (12,000 words), the UNDAF is designed to serve as an orientation framework for all UN activity in the country over the 2016-2020 period. The UNDAF includes a results matrix and a set of indicators to be used to measure progress towards the chosen outcomes. It must incorporate five key UN programming principles: a human rights based approach; gender equality; environmental sustainability; capacity building and results-based management. In addition, it will need to reflect, where relevant, the basic principles of the “Delivering as One” approach.
The Office of the UN Resident Coordinator is recruiting an international consultant to prepare the Country Analysis for the UNDAF process. If the Country Analysis is of satisfactory quality and is endorsed by the UNCT, the consultant will also be asked to prepare the UNDAF document itself.
Templates and guidelines for both documents are available at: http://www.undg.org/?P=226. Sample CAs and UNDAFs that could be used as models will be shared with the selected consultant. The current UNDAF for the country, for 2010-2015, can be found at: http://www.un.org.mk/.
Duties and Responsibilities
|The scope of work is divided into two parts: 1) the Country Analysis and 2) the UNDAF document. The consultant will be asked to prepare the UNDAF document only if the UN Country Team accepts the Country Analysis as satisfactory in quality and meeting all prescribed standards.
For the Country Analysis, the consultant will be engaged in the following stages of the process:
Provided the Country Analysis is completed on time and the final draft is accepted by the UN Country Team, the consultant will be ask to proceed with the drafting of the UNDAF document itself.
Work on the UNDAF includes two related elements: 1) the Strategic Prioritization Review (SPR), at which development priorities are agreed with national counterparts, and 2) the drafting and revision of the UNDAF document itself. For this second phase of activity, the consultant will be expected to:
Preparation of Country Analysis report:
All deliverables will be reviewed by and require the approval of the UN Resident Coordinator.
Content and structure of the CA:
The CA document is expected to include:
Section 1: Introduction: The introduction should be brief, explaining the preparation process and scope of the CA, the efforts made to ensure national ownership of the process, and how the CA will add value to the development framework formulation.
Section 2: The Analysis: This section should contain a focused analysis of the national development situation. Major problems or challenges will be analyzed to identify trends, disparities and the most affected population groups. It will assess the level of implementation of national priorities, while also referring to internationally agreed development goals and country treaty obligations.
Section 3: Priority development problems and their common root causes: The final section will identify the priority development problems. Prioritization will guide where the UNCT can bring its comparative advantages to bear to make the biggest difference over the next five years, including:
The UNDAF should satisfy the following criteria in terms of:
Section 1 – Introduction contains a brief narrative. This should pay particular attention to the position and the potential of the UN in the country, its comparative advantages, including key normative work being done by resident and non-resident UN agencies in relation to national development priorities, as well as the alignment of the UNDAF with the national planning process.
Section 2 – UNDAF Results comprises a narrative and a results matrix with a common budgetary framework. This forms the core of the document. The UNDAF results matrix is presented at Outcomes level (including indicators, baselines and targets). The narrative complements the results matrix, and should describe in narrative form: (i) The results expected from UNCT cooperation, a clear rationale for the choices made, their expected contribution to national development framework and global goals (MDGs and emerging SDGs); (ii) Why the UNCT and partners have focused on these results; and (iii) How the expected results will be achieved, and with whom.
The narrative further describes how each UNDAF outcome will make a contribution to the achievement of one or more selected priorities from the national development framework, internationally agreed development goals and treaty obligations. It provides the rationale for the choices made and describes why certain results were chosen over others, making reference to the Country Analysis, the national priorities, and the comparative advantages of the UNCT over other development actors, particularly for country capacity development. It provides a summary of the expected results from contributions of all UN agencies, including specialized agencies and non-resident agencies. In particular, this section highlights the anticipated synergies between the agencies for the achievement of UNDAF outcomes, and describes any joint programmes.
The narrative also identifies the government and/or other partners, including South-South partners, that are expected to contribute to the achievement of UNDAF results. It also summarizes the coordination mechanisms for working with partners and for promoting greater national ownership and capacity.
Section 3 – Initiatives outside the UNDAF results matrix describes agency-supported activities that respond to specific country demands but which fall outside the common results matrix of the UNDAF. The initiatives and expected results are briefly described, along with the agency responsible, and the estimated budget and timeline.
Section 4 – Estimated resource requirements includes a Common Budgetary Framework, which provides an estimation of required resources, resources available and committed, and funding gap over the full UNDAF cycle. It provides the basis for setting targets for joint resource mobilization to cover the funding gap. Technical cooperation or contributions in-kind should be indicated in terms of their equivalent monetary value, taking care not to double-count funding obtained through other UN agencies. The Common Budgetary Framework is further detailed as part of the Joint Work Plan(s).
Section 5 – Implementation: For each outcome, this section describes the specific coordination, management and partnership arrangements that are needed for success. In line with the focus on capacity development, these arrangements support the use of national systems for implementation, management and monitoring based on internationally recognized standards and good practice.
Section 6 – Monitoring and Evaluation: This section explains how the UNCT and partners will monitor and report on UNDAF achievements, and how they will evaluate the effectiveness of the UNDAF as a contribution to the national development framework.
Annexed Results matrix with the relevant outputs and outputs’ indicators (with baseline and targets), in support of the UNDAF outcomes, which will later be reflected in the Joint Work Plan/s and/or agency specific workplans.
Required Skills and Experience
The assignment will be completed in the period from August 2014 to February 2015. The overall duration of work has been estimated to not exceed 40 days, including two five-day missions to Skopje and related desk-work to review the required documentation and to finalize the reporting.
The contractor will issue the contract in two lots:
Interested individual consultants should submit the following documents:
The consultant will report to the UN Resident Coordinator through the UN Coordination Officer, a.i. and the deliverables and feedback required will be provided in line with the milestones noted above.
Payment shall be made in accordance with the financial offer of the successful applicant:
Individual consultants will be evaluated using the cumulative analysis method. The award of the contract will be made to the applicant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Only candidates obtaining at least 49 points in the technical evaluation will be considered for the financial evaluation. Candidates will then be scored in a cumulative weighted system, with the technical evaluation criteria assessed at 70% of the score and the financial evaluation at 30%.
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.