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International Legal Expert to Review National Legislation and Support Process of National Climate Adaptation Development
|Location :||Home-based with expected at least two visits (4 day each) to Baku, AZERBAIJAN|
|Application Deadline :||28-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Crisis Response|
|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 :||(October 2021 – May 2022), 50 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.
Financed by Green Climate Fund (GCF) this project will support the Government of Azerbaijan to facilitate the development of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) and improve climate change adaptation (CCA) actions in three priority sectors identified by the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources (MENR) of the Republic of Azerbaijan through stakeholder consultations: water, agriculture and coastal areas.
The NAP readiness support objective is to increase capacity on climate resilience and adaptation in those three sectors through the implementation of actions and activities that will reduce or eliminate barriers for an effective adaptation process at both the national and local levels.
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK, RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED WORK
In the scope of the project, the UNDP Country Office in Azerbaijan will contract the services of the legal expert to assist the Project to analyze the current legislation and regulatory frameworks for the three sectors (agriculture, water and coastal areas). Based on the initial assessment, the consultant will organize roundtable discussions for participatory discussion to develop new legislation options (legislative acts), one for each sector and design TORs for an independent legal institution to design new legislative acts. In addition, The selected consultant in collaboration with local legal experts will help define and align proposed governing processes and institutional arrangements for oversight and coordination of adaptation related issues, multi-stakeholder coordination mechanism that includes the private sector as well as women and other vulnerable groups, the frequency and timeframes of the NAP planning cycles and of the related monitoring and evaluation systems with national legislation.
S/he will work closely with the project national consultants, under overall supervision of the National Project Manager.
Duties and Responsibilities
Specifically his/her responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:
- Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
- Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
- Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.
- Strong leadership, communication and interpersonal skills;
- Excellent organizational and time management skills;
- Strong oral and written communication skills - use of simple and clear language;
- Demonstrated ability to work in a team (strong task management and team leading competencies);
- Ability to work under pressure and in a politically sensitive environment;
- Demonstrated cultural sensitiveness and sound judgment;
- Sound knowledge and understanding of gender sensitivity and social inclusion in middle income countries.
Required Skills and Experience
REQUIREMENTS FOR EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
Working Experience in Azerbaijan would be considered as an asset.
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate eligibility of their qualifications:
Offeror’s Letter to UNDP confirming Interest and Availability For The Individual Contractor (Ic) Assignment and its Annex 2 can be downloaded here (please follow link below and scroll down to Hiring Consultants / Individual contract application forms section): https://www.az.undp.org/content/azerbaijan/en/home/procurement.html
If any of the above-mentioned documents is missing UNDP holds the right to reject the respective proposal altogether.
The payments will be made in accordance with the deliverables in the attached TOR. In the financial proposals, candidates should show the total amount expected for this work. The payment will be done due to the following schedule:
Experts will be evaluated based on the following methodologies:
Cumulative evaluation that takes into account both financial offer and the technical expertise of the potential candidates being reviewed and compared. The Price Component will be reviewed only for those individuals whose Technical Component meets the requirements for the assignment. The total number of points which individual may obtain for both components is 100.
A two-stage procedure will be utilized in evaluating the proposals, with evaluation of the technical component being completed prior to any price component
The technical component, which has a total possible value of 70 points, will be evaluated using the following criteria:
International will be hired if he or she meets the following requirements:
If the substantive presentation of a technical proposal achieves the minimum of 49 points, the competitiveness of the offered consultancy expenses will be taken into account in the following manner:
The total amount of points for the fees component is 30. The maximum number of points shall be allotted to the lowest fees proposed that is compared among those invited individuals which obtain the threshold points in the evaluation of the technical proposal. All other proposals shall receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest fees; e.g;
[30 Points] x [US$ lowest]/[US$ other] = points for other proposer’s fees
Note: Having reviewed applications received, UNDP will invite the top 3 shortlisted candidates for an interview.
EXPECTED DELIVERABLES AND TIMETABLE
Location: The assignment will be through providing guidance and backtopping remotely through various electronic means (e.g. e-mail and skype). However, at least 2 country visits (each lasting 4 days max.) to Baku (Daily DSA rate for Baku is 157 USD according to the latest UN’s DSA circular report) are envisaged under this contract. Please see below the tentative dates of country visits:
December 2021: Workshop 1 (Gap analysis presentation)
February: 2022: Workshop 2 (Recommendations and TOR/Work Plan for Legal Institution)
Travel: Travel expenses will be covered separately.
Note: The workshops should be conducted online if travel is restricted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
S/he will be reporting to the National Project Manager. The consultant must ensure timely fulfillment of his/her assisting and support actions, including reporting, thus making timely and sufficient contribution to the timely preparation and submission of the project implementation and procurement plan as well. The consultant should closely collaborate with the National Project Manager in order to complete the above-mentioned deliverables with high quality. The language of the report should be discussed with the National Coordinator priorly after finalizing the contracting process and shall be submitted in English.
The monitoring of fulfillment of the assignment by the consultant will be conducted by the Project Manager.
Please combine all your documents in one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.
Any request for clarification must be sent in writing, or by standard electronic communication to firstname.lastname@example.org. UNDP will respond in writing or by standard electronic mail and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all consultants.