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Individual Contractor (IC) – Consultant for Enhancing Social Cohesion in Human Mobility Contexts in the Arab States
|Location :||Amman, JORDAN|
|Application Deadline :||30-Nov-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|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 :||35 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Three (3) calendar 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.
The Arab region hosted over 41 million international migrants in 2020, of which 9.5 million were refugees. This represents 14.6 percent of the 281 million international migrants globally and 27.8 percent of the global number of refugees (including asylum seekers). Refugee populations, notably those in protracted situations, are the largest globally in certain parts of the Arab region. In 2018, the total population of displaced people living in the region amounted to over 21.2 million, meaning the number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) was higher than the number of refugees. In 2020, the number of refugees and other migrants originating from the Arab region reached 30.6 million, of which almost half remained in the region.
Given the unprecedent levels of human mobility in the Arab region in recent decades, facing its consequences is both a complex and difficult process for people on the move and host communities alike. Regardless of the reasons for leaving their home countries or areas, IDPs, refugees and other migrants, either with regular or irregular status all share a common desire to seek new opportunities in their place of destination.
The Arab region hosts a high number of refugees and IDPs, who are at risk of becoming disconnected from their social, economic and local assistance networks. Protracted displacement does not only strain local resources and can create a marginalized population without access to peaceful ways of resolving its grievances, but it also can lead to rising tensions between displaced and host communities. In this respect, for example, the influx of Syrian refugees severally strained the socio-economic fabric and infrastructure of Lebanon, as both communities “competed” over the same resources and services, which resulted in misunderstandings and lack of trust leading to crisis.
The successful integration of people on the move depends on the host communities’ openness and attitudes, which are shaped by the complex local political and historical contexts . Migrant issues, especially when it refers to refugees, are in many cases instrumentalized by political rivals in host countries. While host communities can benefit greatly from the rich social, cultural, ethnic and religious diversity that can result from human mobility patterns, people on the move may be perceived as a threat to social cohesion by receiving societies, including when they are citizens from the same country, which is the case of IDPs. Intolerance can translate into discrimination (perceived or otherwise), stigma, racism, xenophobia, hate speech, marginalization and exclusion. These negative consequences can only lead to increased tensions and rejection of people on the move from host communities.
There is a high cost associated with these factors for both people on the move and host communities. Exclusion can negatively affect their well-being, physical and mental health, including their social and economic status. Their contributions to local labour and culture can therefore be compromised. Moreover, an environment that is not receptive and open to diversity leaves people on the move and host communities alike vulnerable to the threat of radicalization including risks of violent extremism due to social exclusion.
Building socially cohesive and inclusive societies for people on the move and host communities alike, taking into account the specific risks and vulnerabilities faced by girls and women, has the potential to lead to major benefits, including empowerment and resilience of its members, thereby contributing to positive sustainable development, specifically in the areas of socio-economic development and conflict prevention. Investing in building socially cohesive societies has become an imperative responsibility for policymakers and development practitioners alike, and UNDP is at the forefront of supporting social cohesion to mitigate potential crisis between people on the move and host communities.
Through its signature program, the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP), UNDP is advancing the humanitarian, development, and peace nexus, which brings together all actors (joint planning, programming and response) to support both refugees and host communities while enhancing national and local capacities.
For UNDP, social cohesion has become a vital goal and programming approach in recent years to prevent conflict and build lasting peace, most especially in conflict and fragile contexts. UNDP programmes range from initiating dialogue projects to strengthening local government capacities for consultation and building bonds across communities that focus on common values and aspirations. Social cohesion is the extent of trust in government and within society and the willingness to participate collectively toward a shared vision of sustainable peace and common development goals. Undeniably, social cohesion is a fluid and malleable concept that will differ based on the causes of its usage and desired outcomes. Its application in gender-responsive programming, policy and project development will need to accommodate for this reality.
The overall objective of the assignment is to conduct a comprehensive policy paper and provide recommendations for programmatic interventions and entry points at the regional level that seeks to strengthen social cohesion in human mobility contexts to inform development and sustainable and inclusive conflict prevention in the Arab countries. The policy paper and recommendations will feed into UNDP’s human mobility regional project. Four focus areas have been established that should form the pillars of the regional strategy on human mobility, including:
The policy paper and recommendations also aim at enabling UNDP country offices to better articulate their offer on human mobility and tailor their programming and advocacy. Additionally, the product will better prepare our regional approach on human mobility to align with the global offer on migration and forced displacement spearheaded by the Recovery Solutions and Human Mobility Team at the Crisis Bureau.
The policy paper should consider the following three focused areas:
Policy and programming:
Address cross-cutting issues:
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK, RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED WORK
EXPECTED OUTPUTS AND DELIVERABLES:
EXPECTED OUTPUTS AND DELIVERABLES:
F)Knowledge Management and Learning:
Required Skills and Experience
DURATION OF THE WORK:
The expected duration of the assignment is expected to be up to thirty five (35) working days over a period of three (03) calendar months from contract signature date.
Home based Assignment.
TRAVEL PLAN (OPTIONAL)
If any unforeseen travel outside the consultant home-based city is requested by UNDP and not required by?the Terms of References (ToR), such travel shall be covered by UNDP in line with applicable rules and regulations and upon prior written agreement. In such cases, the consultant shall receive living allowances not exceeding the United Nations (UN) Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) rate for such other location(s).
SCOPE OF PRICE PROPOSAL AND SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS:
Interested candidates should provide lump sum fees for requested services with detailed breakdown. This amount must be “all-inclusive”. Please note that the terms “all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, consumables, etc.) that could possibly be incurred are already factored into the final amounts submitted in the proposal. Also, please note that the contract price will be Deliverables/Outputs based - not fixed - subject to change in the cost components. The contractor will be paid an all-inclusive Deliverables/Outputs based lump sum amounts over the assignment period, subject to the submission of Certification of Payment (CoP) duly certified or an invoice and confirmation of satisfactory performance of achieved work (deliverables/outputs) in line with the schedule of payments table hereunder:
RECOMMENDED PRESENTATION OF OFFER:
Interested individual consultants must submit documents under point 1, 2 & to demonstrate their qualifications. Candidates that fail to submit these documents, the application will not be considered.
Interested candidates can find Procurement Notice, Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability and P11 templates on the following link: http://procurement-notices.undp.org/
Interested candidates shall submit required documents to Job Advertisement Website (https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_jobs.cfm) as one document not later than 30 November, 2021.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF THE BEST OFFERS
This selection criteria will follow the Combined Scoring method – where the qualifications and methodology will be weighted a max. of 70%, and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a max of 30%; using the following evaluation criteria
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies:
Step I: Screening and desk review:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology.
Applications will be first screened and only candidates meeting the following minimum requirements will progress to the pool for shortlisting:
Step II: Technical Interview:
Shortlisted candidates will undergo a technical evaluation which will include desk review and interview for shortlisted candidates as per above criteria,
Interviews will be conducted by the technical evaluation committee remotely.
Step III: Technical Review
Technical evaluation Criteria max 100 points (Weighted 70):
Shortlisted candidates will be assessed and scored against the following evaluation criteria:
Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation
For those offers considered in the financial evaluation, the lowest price offer will receive 30 points. The other offers will receive points in relation to the lowest offer, based on the following formula: (PI / Pn) * 30 where Pn is the financial offer being evaluated and Pl is the lowest financial offer received.
Step IV: Final evaluation:
The final evaluation will combine the scores of the desk review and the financial proposal with the following weights assigned to each:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis methodology (weighted scoring method), where the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined
Technical Criteria weight: [70%]
Financial Criteria weight: [30%]
Only Individual Consultants obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70%) on the Technical evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.