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Consultant, Digital Agriculture Solutions
|Location :||Home-based, SINGAPORE|
|Application Deadline :||04-Aug-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||100 work days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||100 work days over eight 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.
The UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development (UNDP GC-TISD; the ‘Global Centre’) aims to identify, co-design and share innovative and technological solutions for sustainable development through catalysing new insights, partnerships, and action on the ground in the countries where UNDP works. Our areas of focus are: Sustainable and Digital Agriculture, Sustainable Finance, and Smart Cities and Digitalisation. We aim to leverage expertise in Singapore, as well as across our global network of UNDP Country Offices and UNDP Accelerator Labs, and from experts and partners around the globe.
The Global Centre is a joint initiative of the Singapore Government and UNDP, currently being led by a small team that is focused on programme and partnership development – both with the public and private sector in Singapore and international partners, including the above UNDP network. Singapore Government partners include the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE), the Economic Development Board (EDB), and the Public Service Division (PSD).
By 2050, the world’s population will grow to about 10 billion and feeding it will require increasing food production by up to 98 percent. The Sustainable and Digital Agriculture team is focusing on supporting developing countries all around the world to adopt cutting edge technologies aiming at improving productivity, efficiency, resilience and sustainability of the agriculture and food sector, resulting in improving food security.
Digital technologies hold great potential in transforming agriculture. Precision agriculture is a data-driven approach to farm management that caters to the needs of individual farms and farmers. It can improve productivity and yields, reduce the need for inputs like water, fertilisers, and pesticides, enhance farming profitability and reduce the environmental impact of agriculture. Similarly, initiatives such as blockchain technology can bring transparency and traceability into entire agri-food value chains -making them efficient, resilient, and equitable for smallholder farmers.
The adoption of various technologies was traditionally limited to large farms in developed countries. However, with advances in digital technologies like remote sensing using satellites and drones, Internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and cloud computing as well as the growing accessibility of mobile phones and the Internet, digital tools are becoming increasingly accessible even to smallholder farmers in developing countries. Still, there are several challenges that limit their widespread adoption including lack of affordability, lack of literacy and digital skills, absence of viable business models as well as a lack of enabling policy environments.
The Global Centre is looking to hire an Individual Contractor (IC) to help develop a prototype digital solution for precision agriculture using above technologies that could enhance livelihoods of smallholder farmers in developing countries.
Duties and Responsibilities
The IC (Individulal Consultant) will be responsible for developing a prototype solution that can demonstrate the potential of digital technologies to improve the lives and livelihoods of smallholder farmers around the world.
The scope of work will include:
The Consultant will develop a prototype of a digital solution that will offer precision agriculture applications for smallholder farming in developing countries. This will include:
The Consultant provide technical guidance to UNDP GC-TISD staff on various aspects of digital technologies and their application in agriculture. This may include reviewing of technical documents, concept notes, terms of reference, project proposals, etc.
The Consultant work closely with UNDP staff and partners for this assignment.
Knowledge of technologies relevant to precision agriculture like remote sensing, AI, IoT, and/or cloud computing is essential. Good knowledge of Python and blockchain technology is desirable
Required Skills and Experience
Offerors must submit the following documents with their application:
Important Note: Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document
How to Apply:
Forms and General terms & conditions to be downloaded:
Incomplete proposals may not be considered. The shortlisted candidates may be contacted, and the successful candidate will be notified.
Applicants are reviewed based on Required Skills and Experience stated above and based on the technical evaluation criteria outlined below.Applicants will be evaluated based on cumulative scoring.When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
The technical evaluation will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (49 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (70 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
p = y (µ/z), where
Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into a contract with UNDP.