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National Consultant- Junior Planner for District Development Plan (DDP), Cox’s Bazar
|Location :||Cox's Bazar, BANGLADESH|
|Application Deadline :||21-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||3.5 Months (69 Working Days from 22 September 2021 to 31 December 2021)|
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.
An estimated 624,000 refugees, mainly the Rohingya, have fled violence across the border from Myanmar into Cox’s Bazar and the Chittagong Hill Tracts since 25 August 2017. The rapid influx of these refugees into areas with high baseline levels of poverty and environmental vulnerability has put immense strain on infrastructure, services and the host population. As of January 2019, over 900,000 stateless Rohingya refugees reside in Cox’s Bazaar and the vast majority lives in 34 extremely congested camps. The camps and surrounding areas are vulnerable to landslides, flooding and cyclones. The population in sub-districts where camps are located have tripled after the refugee influx, and anger and dissatisfaction is growing among host communities. Unfortunately, since the arrival of the Rohingya refugees, there has been no progress in terms of voluntary, safe and dignified returns of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar.
The global COVID-19 pandemic that hit Bangladesh in earnest in March 2020 has further exacerbated the vulnerable situation in Cox’s Bazar. Even before the COVID-19 crisis, malnutrition and food insecurity were at high levels, and poverty is well above the national average. On average, 33% live below the poverty line and 17% live below the extreme poverty line. The COVID-19 crisis is still unfolding in Bangladesh and its full impact is therefore not yet clear. It is evident, however, that loss of income and trade flow disruptions of essential food and non-food items will even further stretch the capacities of communities to make a decent living and of the local government agencies to cover basic needs. COVID-19 is likely to further deepen inequalities, place considerable strains on social cohesion and place women and girls at higher risk of intimate partner violence and other forms of domestic violence due to heightened tensions in the household.
In this context, it is important to support all residents of Cox’s Bazar to not only transition smoothly from the humanitarian phase to the post crisis era but also to seize the opportunity to accelerate development, strengthen resilience and self-reliance, enjoy universal access to quality services, restored natural resources and decent livelihood opportunities. Development needs at present are dire and across a wide variety of sectors, including infrastructure (road, power, sanitation, etc.), quality essential services (health, education, water supply, solid waste management, etc.), local economic development, sustainable management of natural resources, disaster risk reduction and preparedness, etc.
Encouraged by the support from the UN and the other Development Partner teams, the District Administration of Cox’s Bazar and the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) initiated to prepare District Development Plan for Cox’s Bazar. Four major results will be achieved through the Cox’s Bazar District Development Plan as follows:
The Stakeholders of the project are DC’s Office and other relevant GoB institutions, Upazila Administrations, LGIs, UN agencies, ISCG/Development Cell at Cox’s Bazar level, Donors, I/NGOs, CBOs, Host Community and other stakeholder groups
UNDP is currently recruiting a National Consultant-Junior Planner for Cox’s Bazar District Development Plan Core Team to be embedded at the DC’s Office to coordinate and prepare the District Development Plan.
The National Consultant - Junior Planner will work under the supervision of Project Manager (DDP) of UNDP’s Rohingya Response Office in Cox’s Bazar, and overall strategic guidance of Team Leader (DDP).
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direction of the DDP Project Manager and Team Leader, UNDP Cox’s Bazar the National Consultant – Junior Planner will undertake the following duties and responsibilities:
Sensitivity to and responsiveness to all partners and respectful and helpful relations with all UN/UNDP staff, partners and communities.
Required Skills and Experience
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
Daily Fee. Consultant shall quote an all-inclusive Daily Fee for the contract period. The term “all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, consumables, etc.) that could be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment are already factored into the daily fee submitted in the proposal. If applicable, travel or daily allowance cost (if any work is to be done outside the IC’s duty station) should be identified separately. Payments shall be done on a monthly basis based on actual days worked, upon verification of completion of deliverables and approval by the IC’s supervisor of a Time Sheet indicating the days worked in the period.
All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel. In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.
In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed
Evaluation Method and Criteria
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology…
1. Cumulative analysis
The award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) Having received the 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 49 points or 70% would be considered for the Financial Evaluation
Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.
Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 70 points)
Financial Evaluation: (Total obtainable score – 30)
All technically qualified proposals will be scored out 30 based on the formula provided below. The maximum points (30) will be assigned to the lowest financial proposal. All other proposals receive points according to the following formula:
p = y (µ/z)
p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document: Maximum size per email is 7 MB.
Incomplete proposals may not be considered.
Please find attached the relevant documents: