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Consultant for the Survey of Youth Perceptions on Preventing Violent Extremism
|Location :||Home-Based, MALAYSIA|
|Application Deadline :||28-Oct-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)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 November 2021 – 1 February 2022|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||60 working days over three months|
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 Global Mission Statement:
UNDP is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 170 countries, working with national counterparts on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.
Malaysia continues to be at risk of violent extremism, particularly due to its porous borders within the Southeast Asian region where attacks as well as radicalisation activities are still being conducted by violent extremist organisations operating in the region. There are also growing concerns in Malaysia about the rise in non-violent extremism, often rooted in political, racial and/or religious extremism, which poses an additional potential danger of self-radicalisation. Whilst exposure and subscription does not automatically lead to violence, it must be acknowledged that non-violent extremism can exacerbate polarisation that could eventually result in acts of violence.
To that end, the role of the youth remains vital, particularly with regard to involving them as partners – and not mere beneficiaries – in developing and implementing Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) strategies and activities. In this regard, there remains a need for more in-depth research on youth radicalisation and violent extremism to be conducted as well as the roles in which they see themselves playing in peacebuilding.
Whilst there is existing literature on youth radicalisation in Malaysia, the following gaps have been identified:
Given that the youth remain susceptible to violent extremism, continuous research is essential for the purpose of ensuring that subsequent PVE strategies are evidence-based, appropriately targeted as well as sustainable with the goal of ensuring long-term impact. With that context, UNDP Malaysia is seeking a consultant to conduct a survey on youth perceptions on preventing violent extremism (PVE) initiatives in Malaysia. This project is in relation to the Monitoring and Evaluation framework for Malaysia, under the EU-UNDP regional project entitled “Preventing Violent Extremism through Promoting Tolerance and Respect for Diversity”.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work:
The consultant will work with a contracted research entity to develop a methodology and carry out the conduct of an online survey to measure youth resilience to violent extremism. Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager, Prevention of Violent Extremism, the consultant will deliver the following tasks:
The consultant will report to the PVE Project Manager at the UNDP Malaysia Country Office and will work in close consultation with the PVE Team at the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub.
Duration of the Work and Duty Station
The assignment will need to be completed in 60 working days over three months, beginning 1 November 2021 to 1 February 2022. This is a home-based assignment, and the consultant is expected to be based in Malaysia.
Expected Deliverables and Payment Breakdown:
All information and production of the knowledge product to the assignments, as well as, outputs produced under this contract shall remain the property of the UNDP who shall have exclusive rights over their use. The products shall not be disclosed to the public nor used in whatever format without written permission of UNDP in line with the national and International Copyright Laws applicable.
Price proposal and Schedule of payments
The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables. The financial proposal should include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including all related costs such as travel costs, per diem etc.)
Payments are subject to submission of deliverables duly approved by UNDP Malaysia’s Project Manager, Prevention of Violent Extremism which shall serve as the basis for the payment of services.
Any unexpected travel beyond Klang Valley, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya will be paid by UNDP Malaysia per UNDP travel rules and regulation. The consultant will need to discuss and obtain approval from the supervisor at least a week before the travel.
Planning & Organizing
Required Skills and Experience
The consultant should ideally have the following expertise and experience:
Master’s degree or bachelor’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, political sciences, peace and conflict, international development, international relations, psychology, anthropology, economics, statistics, or related field.
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS
Interested individual applicants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
General terms & conditions to be downloaded:
Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA): A legal instrument between UNDP and a Company/institution, according to which, the latter makes available the services of an individual delivering time-bound and quantifiable outputs that are directly linked to payments
Incomplete proposals may not be considered. Only short-listed candidates may be contacted, and successful candidates will be notified.
Evaluation Method and Criteria
Only candidates which are responsive and compliant will be evaluated. Individual Consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
Combined Scoring method
The award of the contract shall 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 set of weighted technical criteria (70%) and financial criteria (30%).
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 points for technical criteria (approx. 70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
The application receiving the Highest Combined Score will be awarded the contract.