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Consultant for Program Development of the Innovation Fund of Montenegro
|Location :||Homebased and Podgorica, Montenegro, MONTENEGRO|
|Application Deadline :||19-Jan-22 (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 February 2022 – 1 August 2022|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||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.
Recognizing the importance of innovation in the economic development of the country and strengthening competitiveness, the Government of Montenegro is constantly working to improve and stimulate innovation through legal and strategic frameworks. The new Law on Innovation Activities was adopted in July 2020, aiming at bringing more efficiency into the innovation policy, and striving for greater coordination and synergies of different actors in the innovation system in Montenegro. The amendments refer to the establishment of the Innovation Fund as the umbrella institution for implementing innovation policy measures and programmes intended for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and enabling technology transfer from public science and research institutions. Apart from the Law on Innovation Activities, a new Lex Specialis – the Law on Incentives for Research and Innovation is aimed to incentivise innovation and private sector investments in research and development.
The Innovation Fund should be positioned as an institution which has the key role in:
a) Innovative enterprise development - The purpose of the Innovation Fund is to complete the existing framework for funding the innovation value chain as a path from research and development to commercialisation of innovation and application of new technologies with the aim of improving competitiveness and increasing production. The experiences of other countries show that boosting innovative enterprises requires a well-designed and effective non-fragmented institutional framework, but also sizeable funding. Setting up an institution focused on innovative business will ensure synergies in delivering the innovation policy, which will ultimately lead to savings in public spending, greater impact of the measures taken, and more targeted measures adapted to innovative SMEs as intended recipients.
b) S3 implementation and monitoring - Montenegro showed strong political commitment to S3, but a fully developed innovation system, the critical mass of innovation actors in terms of more innovative enterprises, and measures to finance the overall innovation value chain are still missing. In institutional terms, the Innovation Fund is a key link currently missing for effective S3 implementation; the new measures it is to implement will be conducive to having more innovative enterprises and more innovation brought to the market. One of the Innovation Fund’s tasks, apart from fostering programmes and projects in line with the S3, will be to set up a performance monitoring and evaluation system. This will enable making improvements in the course of S3 implementation and using evaluation findings on S3 impacts as inputs for evidence-based policy-making. The Innovation Fund will also help identify a number of large-scale projects under the S3 for which EU or other donor funding can be secured; the Council for Innovation and Smart Specialisation will evaluate such projects.
c) Raising absorption capacities for EU funding and preparation for ESI funds - Currently, Montenegro has access to IPA II pre-accession funds and the possibility to take part in Union programmes, such as Horizon Europe. The Innovation Fund will play an important role in raising the absorption capacities for EU funding, primarily in the area of research and development, and innovative enterprises. The Innovation Fund’s operation will facilitate the development of administrative capacities in terms of structures, human resources, and the system and procedures to enable efficient implementation of the programmes and projects funded by the Union, fostering cooperation of SMEs with international partners in launching research and development (R&D) activities. Project implementation will give a further boost to the Innovation Fund beneficiaries to gain the required track records, knowledge and competences to participate in EU calls issued centrally across EU. Given Montenegro’s leading position in the EU accession process among the Western Balkan countries, in not-so-distant future it will gain access to ESI funds where each country is required, to be able to access such funding, to put a proper management and control system in place. Setting up of the Innovation Fund will create the institutional framework required for accessing ESI funds, and a critical mass of beneficiaries and projects for future funding.
The Government of Montenegro adopted the Decision on the Establishment of the Innovation Fund and Statute of the Fund, and new legal entity has been registered in September 2021 as a state-owned limited liability company (L.L.C.).
In September 2021, the Government of Montenegro adopted the Innovation Program 2021-2024. The goal of the Innovation Program was to present in one place all relevant innovation support programs planned in the coming period, which is informative as well for innovation community to recognize all instruments that will be available and focused on the entire innovation development cycle: from the idea itself to its commercialization and market entry. The Innovation Program 2021-2024 contains eight program lines of the Ministry of Economic Development, which will be implemented based on public competitions and it contains Information on the program framework of the Innovation Fund of Montenegro, which refers, to major support instruments such as: innovation grants for companies, collaborative grants for cooperation of different actors in the innovation system, as well as "proof of concept" grants, innovation vouchers, technology transfer and green jobs.
Duties and Responsibilities
UNDP office to Montenegro is recruiting a consultant for development of funding instruments of the Innovation Fund of Montenegro which will be launched and implemented in 2022. This package consists of several documents, forms and guidelines for application, evaluation, contracting and reporting processes of two program lines of the Innovation Fund:
- Innovation Voucher Program and
The tasks of the Consultant will include the following:
The expected results/deliverables:
Under the guidance of the Innovation Fund, it is expected for the expert to deliver the following results:
Timing and reporting:
Time duration and travel:
The duration of the total assignment is expected to be for 50 days within the period of six months, starting from February 1st, 2022 – August 1st, 2022 (50 consultancy days).
During this assignment, it is envisioned that the consultant’s work will require at least two trips to Montenegro: first in Feb/March 2022 (for 2 days) to meet with the Fund management and staff members and present developed draft documentation for two programs, while his second visit is foreseen for April/May 2022 (for 2 days) for capacity building and to conduct training to the employees regarding the evaluation process of the innovation voucher scheme.
Required Skills and Experience
Criteria for selection:
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.
Only offerors obtaining a 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 January 19, 2022 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".