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International Consultant to Design a Comprehensive DIM to NIM Transition Strategy, Contextualized Implementation Guidelines and Capacity Development Framework for UNDP in Montenegro
|Location :||Homebased and Podgorica, MONTENEGRO|
|Application Deadline :||19-Sep-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 :||1 October 2021 - 25 December 2021|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||25 consultancy days|
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.
UNDP in Montenegro is about to launch the implementation of two new projects with Global Environment Facility (GEF) 7 Programming Cycle funding allocation for Montenegro - namely, the projects “Strengthening Montenegro’s Nationally Determined Contribution and Adaptation Activities Transparency Framework” and “Biodiversity Mainstreaming into Sectoral Policies and Practices and Strengthened Protection of Biodiversity Hot-Spots in Montenegro”, with total value exceeding $4 million.
For the first time, both projects will be implemented within the framework of UNDP’s National Implementation Modality (NIM), with the Ministry of Ecology, Spatial planning and Urbanism acting as an Implementing Partner (IP).
UNDP has a focus on developing national systems and capacities and utilizing them for the implementation of GEF - UNDP supported projects while the guiding principles of the process is determined by UNDP Programme and Operations Policies and Procedures.
Considering the above-mentioned context, UNDP Montenegro is seeking services of international expert who would develop a draft of a comprehensive implementation modality transition strategy, including a contextualized implementation guidelines and capacity development framework that will guide the Montenegro CO and the Implementing Partner in transition of the above projects’ implementation modality from a direct implementation (DIM) by UNDP to a national implementation (NIM) by the Implementing Partner.
The main aim of developing the transition strategy is to allow for a phased approach to introducing the NIM modality which is informed by the identified risks and gradual increase in the capacity and understanding of all IPs, National project director, GEF operational focal point, project and UNDP CO staff on their roles, responsibilities and accountability regarding the project implementation. The transition strategy and related implementation and capacity development framework should be fully aligned with Vertical Funds’ policies and are not meant to substitute for any official legal and regulatory framework either on UNDP or IP side. On the contrary, they are expected to build and where needed further clarify principles and standards for how the respective legal and regulatory frameworks are to be satisfied/implemented in the context of these two projects. At the same time, it is expected to provide key officials, programme and project management staff with a quick and accessible reference to the underlying principles and standards to ensure that UNDP-GEF supported projects are implemented in an efficient, effective and risk-informed manner.
The main end users of the framework are project management teams, with appropriate considerations given to the rules distinguishing UNDP oversight role and IP implementation role, UNDP and IP procurement personnel and senior management (National Project Director and GEF Operational Focal Point) directly involved in project implementation. The framework is envisioned as a guidance tool to help meet the expected levels of transparency and accountability as well as evidence of impacts that arise from overall outcome and objectives as outlined in the project documents. The framework should serve as a guide, provide tools, methodologies and approaches to legal and regulatory framework, transparency standards and sound project and risk management requirements.
The framework should provide guidance for all stages of projects lifecycle with the emphasis on providing IP with the guidance in inception phase resulting in applicable work plans, governance and management arrangements necessary for project implementation. Consequently, deliverables under this assignment will serve as inputs towards the overall CO transition strategy from DIM to NIM and adjustments in the UNDP’s internal accountability framework and risk management strategy to be adopted in the inception phase.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of work:
The consultant will develop and draft a comprehensive implementation modality transition strategy, which will include a contextualized implementation guideline and a capacity development framework that will guide the Montenegro CO and the Implementing Partner (IP) in transition of the above-mentioned projects’ implementation modality from direct implementation by UNDP to national implementation by the Implementing Partner.
The developed documents shall be based on UNDP rules and regulations and must be fully aligned with the GEF guidelines and requirements. They shall provide guidance and reference to the UNDP’s rules and regulations, and their respective procedures to be observed by UNDP and national counterparts for the national implementation of the GEF projects where UNDP is assigned with the oversight role.
Expected deliverables of the assignment:
Inputs and services which will be provided to the consultant by UNDP and Implementing partner:
The work of selected consultant will be supervised by Team leader responsible for Democratic Governance and Economy and Environment and facilitated by the UNDP team through access to rules and regulations relevant and applicable for project implementation. In addition, the consultant will be supported by a local expert to support legal and procurement aspects of design of a comprehensive implementation DIM to NIM transition strategy, contextualized implementation guidelines and capacity development framework.
UNDP team will help the consultant to receive information regarding applicable legislation, operating procedures and decision-making processes. The NCE/BPPS team can be consulted on the alignment with Vertical Funds’ policies.
Duration of the assignment:
The assignment should be implemented during the period from 1 October 2021 until 25 December 2021, for 25 consultancy days.
During the duration of the contract and in accordance with the Order for temporary measures to prevent the introduction into the country, to contain and to prevent the transmission of the novel coronavirus issued by Ministry of Health upon recommendation of the Institute of Public Health of Montenegro, one visit is planned for a period not exceeding 5 working days.
Required Skills and Experience
Combined Scoring method will be used. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as: (i) responsive, compliant, acceptable, and (ii) 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% - max. 700 points
Criteria A Background and Education – max. points: 100
Financial criteria weight - 30%. – max. points: 300
Only offerors obtaining minimum 490 points for technical criteria will be considered for the financial evaluation. For more information on procurement methodology for Individual Contractors, please refer to Procurement Notice.
Interested applicants are requested to submit their applications by September 19, 2021 by using the Apply now button. The application should contain CV or P11 that can be downloaded at https://www.me.undp.org/content/montenegro/en/home/jobs.html. Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file.
Only the short-listed applicants will be contacted and requested to submit a letter of interest including a price quotation indicating the lump sum (in EUR) requested for the work envisaged in the section "Description of Responsibilities".