National Consultant for technical support and quality assurance of the online training programme content for university students - 4 positions


Location : Sarajevo, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Application Deadline :20-Oct-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :5 work 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.


Background

NOTE: Signed Offeror’s Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and availability - https://www.ba.undp.org/content/dam/bosnia_and_herzegovina/docs/Operations/Jobs/Offerors%20Letter%20to%20UNDP%20Confirming%20Interest%20and%20Availability.docx - Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability.docx - to be sent to e-mail ba.shared.hr@undp.org with Subject: Job ID 102392.

With financial support of the Government of Sweden, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) started “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Roll-out Support and Private Sector Engagement Project”, aiming to instigate landing of the Agenda 2030 in the country, as well as capacitate and prepare private and public sector partners for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’ implementation, thus directly supporting the country’s efforts to contribute to the largest global agenda that exists today – Agenda 2030. The Project envisages two outputs as follows:

  • SDGs Roadmap for Bosnia and Herzegovina developed, and implementation started;
  • Private sector actors sensitized and engaged in SDGs prioritization, planning and implementation.

Under the first output, the project supported governments at state, entity and Brcko District levels to design and adopt the SDG Framework in BIH, considered as a unique opportunity for introducing a holistic approach to long-term development that not only defines priorities for inclusive and sustainable growth but also serves as a platform for cooperation and partnership. The SDG Framework in BIH, adopted by the governments of Brcko District BIH, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republika Srpska and ultimately by  the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, will serve as the common development agenda providing an overall vision for all government levels in the country, along with key development pathways and 2030 targets.

The development pathways and corresponding accelerators and development drivers should contribute to a more prosperous society and a future where no one will be left behind and where people, prosperity, peace, partnerships and concern for the Planet are at the heart of a better and jointly shared future. Hence, in the political reality of BIH, the SDG Framework will serve as a unique cohesive country-wide strategic document that ties together the Agenda 2030, the EU requirements and domestic development priorities. Importantly, an additional review of the document from the perspective of resilience to crises was conducted, particularly in light of new realities resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak as well as possible future shocks. 

The SDG Framework identifies three long-term development pathways in the country: (i) Good Governance and Public Sector Management to improve accountability, transparency and efficiency, with focus on policy planning and coordination, public finance management, service delivery to citizens and businesses as well as on anti-corruption and judiciary; (ii) Smart Growth focusing on building a competitive, vibrant and sustainable economy by fostering green growth based on decarbonization, innovation, and digitalization and decarbonization and; (iii) Society of Equal Opportunities so as to achieve the principle of Leaving No One Behind, through enhancing access and quality of social protection and health care, inclusive education and job creation and employability for the socially excluded.  Considering the multi-tier governance structure of BIH, further operationalisation of the Framework is being ensured through its mainstreaming into national and sub-national development strategies. 

The SDG Framework in BIH recognizes the fact that, even though public budgets will be central for achieving the domesticated targets set in in the SDG Framework in BIH, public resources will not be sufficient to cover all the needs. Governments will need to mobilize broad-based partnerships with other actors such as the private sector, international and domestic financing institutions and employ innovative ways of financing for a greater development impact. The private sector must act as the primary engine of growth and thus crowding private capital into the domestic development agenda especially after the recent post-pandemic reality.

Providing capacity building to key stakeholders to engage and integrate the SDG Framework in BiH into their daily operations is considered vital at this stage and the online training approach as the fastest way to reach sufficient numbers and assure domestication and sustainability of the process.

An online learning training programme developer has already been engaged by UNDP BIH. The main objective of the consultancy is to offer independent quality assurance support of online training content of the module for university students, designed to capacitate university students to integrate SDG Framework in BIH into their daily work.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Project Manger, the Consultant will perform the following tasks:

Task 1: Technical support for adjustment of e-learning content

The Consultant is tasked with reading and analysing the draft e-learning content for training of university students in BIH, assessing the level of compliance with the prescribed methodology, the SDG Framework and Agenda 2030, as well as providing comments and suggestions for improvement.

As a next step, the Consultant will receive the final draft of the content in the form of a storyboard from the e-learning content programme developer. The Consultant is tasked with reading and analysing the finalized training programme, assessing the level of compliance with the prescribed methodology, the SDG Framework and Agenda 2030, as well as providing comments for improvement. This step includes assessment of the level of incorporation of previously delivered comments and suggestions for the improvement of the e-learning content.

The assignment is to be completed by no later than 8 November 2021 and the level of effort will not exceed 5 workdays.

Deliverables/outputs

#

Deliverables / Outputs

# of Days per Task

Due Date

Percentage

  1.  

Task 1: Technical support for adjustment of e-learning content
Draft e-learning content reviewed and inputs for improvements provided. 
Story board reviewed and quality assured.

5 expert days

By 8 November 2021

100%


Competencies

Corporate competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling 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 favouritism;
  • Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment

Functional competencies:

  • Strong interpersonal skills, communication and diplomatic skills, ability to work in a team
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback
  • Ability to work under pressure and stressful situations
  • Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities
  • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills


Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications/Education:

  • Masters degree from a recognized university

Experience:

  • Minimum 7 years of work experience as academic staff, at least 3 of which have been in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in a field related to sustainable development;
  • Published at least 1 academic paper/article/report on a topic in the field of sustainable development in the past 3 years OR proven experience in administering training on sustainable development in the past 3 years;

Languages Requirements:

  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills in in the official languages in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Longlisting/Shortlisting Criteria

Qualifications as stated in the ToR

Criteria:

Points

Relevant Education

max 6 points
max 4 points allocated for MSc/MA
+ up to 2 points for PhD 

Relevant professional experience

max 18 points 

Prior work experience with UNDP/UN Agencies

max 3 points 

Knowledge of BHS languages

max 3 points - will be assessed as:
3 points for fluency and the points decrease as per the level mentioned in the CV:
good - 2 points;
fair/upper intermediate – 1 point;
intermediate - 0 points;
beginner - 0 points. 

Technical Evaluation Criteria

Criteria:

Points

Rating based on Qualifications

30%

Previous experience in projects related to sustainable development in Bosnia and Herzegovina

20%

Previous experience in teaching related to sustainable development on a university level

50%

Evaluation

Individual  will be evaluated based on the following methodology:

Cumulative analysis

When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the candidate 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%

Interested candidated must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  1. Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work 
  2. Personal CV including experience in similar projects

Please scan all above mentioned documents and upload as one attachment only online through this website.

Note:

  • For an assignment requiring travel, consultants of 65 years or more require full medical examination and statement of fitness to work to engage in the consultancy.
  • Due to large number of potential applicants, only competitively selected candidates will be contacted for remaining steps of the service procurement process.



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