National Consultant on Ecosystem Mapping for Air Quality


Location : Kyiv, UKRAINE
Application Deadline :08-Aug-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :Up to 3 months

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.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


Background

The UNDP Accelerator Lab is a new initiative and a global learning network established to address the development challenges. The idea is to transform our collective approach by introducing new protocols, backed by evidence and practice, which accelerate the testing and dissemination of solutions within and across countries. Four key approaches sit at the core of the Labs’ work: 

  • Building on locally sourced solutions, finding things that work and expanding on them 

  • Rapid testing and iteration to implement what works and go beyond the obvious solutions 

  • Combining the best understanding, ideas and expertise to generate collective knowledge 

  • Accelerating progress by bringing expertise, creativity and collective intelligence  

Accelerator Lab has been exploring, mapping solutions and experimenting within the domain of air pollution, air quality data, data visualization. Though this process the team has mapped the complexity of the problem: to change the situation with air quality in Ukraine, focused efforts needed by government, businesses and civil society. The ecosystem is currently lacking consensus and comprehensive understanding of the pollution levels, its impact on heath and wellbeing of communities. On the other hand, potential measures to counter air pollution might require substantial changes in applied technologies in large polluting enterprises. Lastly, the issue of indoor pollution remains largely unexplored for development partners in Ukraine.  

At the same time, Ukraine is lucky to have numerous teams that work on the issue of air pollution – there are technological teams, who develop data and engineering solutions, local businesses that invest in better quality and civic activist who know cases of pollution in depth. However, these actors remain largely uncoordinated and detached from each other.  

With regard to abovementioned, Accelerator Lab is looking for an experienced analyst who will take lead on mapping the existing ecosystem of air quality in Ukraine. The consultant will be required to identify key stakeholders on national, regional, local levels, projects, organizations, data sets and challenges and create a public ‘catalogue’ of the elements of ecosystem. Successful implementation of the assignment will require development of taxonomy, identification of methodology and the open-source platform where it will be published. 


Duties and Responsibilities

Main objective of the assignment 

The main objective of the assignment is to create visually appealing and interactable ecosystem map of air quality in Ukraine, that would capture main elements according to agreed taxonomy and methodology, the ecosystem should be a web-based solution allowing further elaboration by stakeholder (preferably on open source i.e. kumu.io, Airtable, Spreadsheets or similar). 

Example: https://kumu.io/gregorysmith18/sneak-preview-green-innovation-ecosystem-in-trinidad-and-tobago#primary-map   

The focus of the map should not be solely on the actors in the system. It should also represent connections/relations among the issue components. 

Example: https://www.druckerforum.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/Sarkar1.jpg 

 

Description of Responsibilities/Scope of work 

Under the direct supervision of Head of Exploration, the Consultant will be responsible for the following key tasks: 

  • Review existing materials of the Accelerator Lab Ukraine, UNDP Ukraine; 

  • Based on desk-research to suggest the approach to ecosystem mapping (taxonomy, connections, clustering, etc) 

  • Based on desk-research and testing to identify the suitable platform to host the developed ecosystem map (public facing, requiring minimum moderation, allowing self-reporting by members of ecosystem) 

  • Through desk-research, engagement with the ecosystem, discussions, and proactive approach to map key elements of the ecosystem 

  • To conduct semi-structured interviews (co-designed with the AccLab team) with representatives of ecosystem focusing on the future of Air quality policies/ecosystem in Ukraine 

  • To present the ecosystem map to a limited audience, capture their feedback and improve based on findings from such discussion; 

  • Organize and participate in relevant meetings; 

  • Organize and facilitate online presentation of the ecosystem map to key stakeholders; 

  • Provide other consultations to the UNDP Ukraine upon request. 

 

DELIVERABLES 

Deliverable # 

Task description 

Deadline 

Approach to the ecosystem mapping and platform to host the developed map agreed with the Accelerator Lab 

10 working days after the start of the contract 

At least ten ecosystem elements mapped and included into the mentioned platform 

15 working days after the start of the contract 

At least 5 semi-structured interviews (co-designed with AccLab team) with ecosystem representatives conducted, results summarized. 

Presentation and facilitated discussion of the prototype ecosystem map held with up to 10 representatives of the ecosystem, feedback captured. 

23 working days after the start of the contract 

At least 5 semi-structured interviews (co-designed with AccLab team) with ecosystem representatives conducted, results summarized. 

At least thirty ecosystem elements mapped and included into the mentioned platform (in English and Ukrainian). Self-reporting process for members of ecosystem developed.  

28 working days after the start of the contract 

Presentation and facilitated discussion of the ecosystem map, focusing on future of air quality policies, ecosystem in Ukraine held for representatives on the ecosystem, feedback captured.  

Up to 7 page report summarizing 10 semi-structured interviews prepared in Ukrainian.  

35 working days after the start of the contract 

 

MONITORING/REPORTING REQUIREMENTS 

Work-progress reporting/monitoring meetings will be held with the Consultant on a regular basis (weekly).  

UNDP will be the final authority to control the quality and evaluate the work. No reports or documents should be published or distributed to the third parties without prior approval of the UNDP.? The consultant will work under the overall supervision of the Head of Exploration.  

The consultant will interact with UNDP Ukraine to receive any clarifications and guidance that may be needed.  

The satisfactory completion of each of the deliverables shall be subject to endorsement of the Head of Exploration 

The Consultant will duly inform UNDP of any problems, issues or delays arising in the course of implementation of assignment and take necessary steps to address them. 

All reports and results are to be submitted to the UNDP in electronic form (*.docx, *.xlsx, *.pptx, and *.pdf or other formats accepted by UNDP). 

 

PROPOSED PAYMENT SCHEDULE 

Payment will be made in 1 tranche upon completion of the whole assignment.  


Competencies

  • Excellent communication and organization skills; 

  • Analytical and system thinking 

  • Excellent computer skills (including, MS Word); 

  • Ability to set priorities and meet specific objectives; 

  • Excellent team and networking skills; 

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards; 

  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability; 

  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism; 

  • Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment. 


Required Skills and Experience

Required Skills and Experience 

  • At least Specialist’s degree or equivalent in Public Administration, Environment, Economics or other related fields; 

  • At least 1 year of proven experience in development and / or implementation of innovative projects in the field of air quality and/or environmental issues;  

  • At least 2 years of proven experience in analytical, project role in the area of environmental policy and/or reforms coordination and/or project management; 

  • Knowledge of social innovation and/or complexity, system thinking theories and concepts; 

  • Experience in ecosystem and/or stakeholder mapping – at least 1 stakeholder/ecosystem map developed by the candidate, or where s(he) had a leading role; 

  • Experience with presenting data, reports, insight in visual and interactive format; knowledge of different system visualization tools; - at least 1 interactive and visually appealing presentation 

  • Fluency in Ukrainian and English is required;  

 

IV. DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSAL 

 

Applicants shall submit the following documents: 

  • Personal CV, including information about previous experience in similar projects/assignments and contact details for referees; 

  • Financial proposal; 

  • Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP; 

  • At least one example of ecosystem and/or stakeholder mapping where the candidate had the central role; 

  • At least one example of interactive presentation of data, report, insights prepared by the candidate;  

 

Financial Proposal 

 

Lump sum contract 

  • The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount and sums pertinent to specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables. Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR.? 

 

EVALUATION 

Evaluation criteria 

Criteria A: Education - 7 points max 

  • 7 pts  –  PhD in in Public Administration, Environment, Economics or other related fields; 

  • 5 pts – Master’s/Specialist’s degree in in Public Administration, Environment, Economics or other related fields; 

 

Criteria B: Work Experience – 23 points max 

  • Experience in analytical, project role in the area of environmental policy and/or reforms coordination and/or project management – 15 pts max 

  • 15 pts – 5 and more years of proven experience in analytical, project role in the area of environmental policy and/or reforms coordination and/or project management; 

  • 10 pts – At least 2-4 years of proven experience in analytical, project role in the area of environmental policy and/or reforms coordination and/or project management; 

  • Experience in development and / or implementation of innovative projects in the field of air quality and/or environmental issues – 8 pts max; 

  • 8 pts – 3 and more years of experience in development and / or implementation of innovative projects in the field of air quality and/or environmental issues 

  • 4 pts – at least 1-2 year of experience in development and / or implementation of innovative projects in the field of air quality and/or environmental issues 

 

Criteria C: Technical Skills – 25 points max 

  • Experience in ecosystem and/or stakeholder mapping – 10 pts max 

  • 10 pts – two and more sample, relevant in scope and nature to the requirements of TOR  

  • 5 pts - one sample, relevant in scope and nature to the requirements of TOR  

  • Experience with presenting data, reports, insight in visual and interactive format; knowledge of different system visualization tools – 10 pts max 

  • 10 pts – the provided sample is extremely well structured, the style is concise and to the point, and the content is interactable and visuals explains complex issues in a structured manner.  

  • 5 pts - the provided example has clear structure and the content is easy to follow.  

  • Language Skills – 5 pts max 

  • 5 pts – Fluent English, native-level knowledge of Ukrainian; 

 

Criteria D: Interview – 15 points max (only those obtaining minimum 34 points for Criteria A-C will be invited to the interview. The applicant should provide the relevant practical and well-elaborated examples to prove the following: 

  • 5 pts – knowledge of basic complexity, systems thinking and social innovation theories and concepts; 

  • 5 pts – experience in system visualization, explaining complex issues to divers audiences; 

  • 5 pts – building partnerships and networks, leading, developing and empowering people; 

 

Evaluation method: 

Cumulative analysis 

Contract award shall be made to the incumbent whose offer has been evaluated and determined as: 

a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and 

b) having received the cumulative highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation. 

* Technical Criteria weight: 70% 

* Financial Criteria weight: 30% 

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% from the maximum available technical score (49 points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation 

The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal and will equal to 30. All other price proposals will be evaluated and assigned points, as per below formula: 

30 points [max points available for financial part] x [lowest of all evaluated offered prices among responsive offers] / [evaluated price]. 

The proposal obtaining the overall cumulatively highest score after adding the score of the technical proposal and the financial proposal will be considered as the most compliant offer and will be awarded a contract. 



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