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Consultancy – Learning and Community Manager , Other/Accelerator Lab.-Home Based
|Location :||Home Based|
|Application Deadline :||19-Aug-21 (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)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||6 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||6 months with possibility of extension for additional 6 months subject to availability of funds and|
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 Strategic Plan 2018-2021 embraces the complexity of development and commits the organization to helping countries find faster, more durable solutions to achieve Agenda 2030. Important development trends like urbanization, climate change, and inequality pose significant challenges on our path to achieve the 2030 agenda of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
UNDP has begun incubating a number of strategic initiatives aimed at ensuring UNDP is ‘fit for purpose’ to deliver a new generation of solutions in line with the challenges the world faces. One such key strategic initiatives is the Accelerator Lab Network. The initiative is a recognition that increasingly interrelated development challenges require going beyond business as usual and single point, linear and silver bullet responses in development. Instead, they call for an interdisciplinary approaches and non-linear solutions that crowd in the collective efforts of variety of partners and tap into local insights and the knowledge of people closest to the problem and the solutions.
We are building the largest and fastest learning network of Accelerator Labs with 91 labs covering 114 countries embedded within UNDP’s global architecture. The new offering builds on the latest thinking from the fields of complexity science, lead user innovation and collective intelligence to accelerate development impact. This suíte of methods allows us to mobilize different actors – creating partnerships at all levels (national, regional, international) in areas such as research, entrepreneurship, identify and tap into local solutions, harness the potential of real-time data, learn quickly by understanding what works and what doesn't through hypothesis formulation and testing.
We onboarded a first cohort of 60 labs in 2019 and a second cohort of 31 labs in 2020. The presence of two cohorts is a critical configuration and momentum in several ways, on the one hand it allows for the integration, lessons learned and learning experiences of the first cohort to benefit the second, on the other hand there is a challenge in terms of alignment, and most importantly, for all cohorts, the opportunity to effectively contribute to one of the major goals of the labs, namely to learn quickly about emerging problem spaces and their potential solutions and opportunities.
The network is currently “firing on all cylinders” and we have set out an ambitious learning strategy. Yet we see a need and opportunity to facilities and strengthen lateral and vertical knowledge flows across the network (lab teams, cohorts, regions), UNDP as an organization, our partners and broader development ecosystem in order to accelerate toward Agenda 2030. The Accelerator Lab Global Team is looking for a Learning and Community Manager Specialist to help us further build the community of labs, solidify relations, strengthen its network and organizational learning capacity, enabling collaboration, new partnerships and collective learning.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant will play a pivotal role in implementing the Accelerator Lab network learning strategy. In this capacity, the consultant will support and develop collective learning activities, build and manage a “learning community” and adjacent partnerships, develop knowledge outputs that helps us socialize our learnings and make it actionable.
For the purposes of this assignment, it will be important to have:
Against the above background, the Consultant will perform the following Learning and Community Management tasks:
Expected outputs and deliverables:
The Consultant may be expected to participate in one or more workshops with representatives from the UNDP Accelerator Lab global events, and other relevant partner organizations.
Required Skills and Experience
The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):
Note: The above documents need to be scanned in one file and uploaded to the online application as one document.
Shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal.
The Financial Proposal is to be emailed as per the instruction in the separate email that will be sent to shortlisted candidates.
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:
Technical evaluation - Total 70% (70 points):
Having reviewed applications received, UNDP will invite the top three shortlisted candidates for a written test and interview. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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.
Financial evaluation - Total 30% (30 points)
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
p = y (µ/z), where
p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal
µ = price of the lowest priced proposal
z = price of the proposal being evaluated
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 contract with UNDP.
The consultant will report for 50% of her/his time to the Accelerator Labs Lead Learning Designer based in Istanbul and 50% to the Regional Advisor for Africa. In addition, the consultant will report on the progress of the assignment to the UNDP Accelerator Lab Team Leader.
The work week will be based on 35 hours, i.e. on a 7 hour working day, with core hours being between 9h00 and 18h00 daily.
Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):
Annex 1 - UNDP P-11 Form for ICs
Annex 2 - IC Contract Template
Annex 3 – IC General Terms and Conditions
Annex 4 – RLA Template
Any request for clarification must be sent by email to email@example.com
The UNDP Central Procurement Unit will respond by email and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all applicants.