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Legal Affairs Advisor for the Innovation Fund
|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 – 25 July 2023|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||60 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. In July 2020, the Government adopted new regulatory framework for boosting innovation in public and private sectors and for improving governance structure for implementing innovation measures at national and local level. The Law on Innovation Activity regulates the institutional, governance and financing framework for innovation ecosystem in Montenegro, while the main aim of the Law on Incentives for Research and Innovation Development is to stimulate increased investment in R&D and innovation in the country and increase intensity of innovation activities through various fiscal incentives.
By pursuing the evidence-based policy and putting in place financial, expert and other assumptions, the aim of the Innovation Fund is to create a transparent framework for transforming innovation into commercial products for the market. By providing grants and by promoting and attracting investments in entrepreneurship, the Fund will provide an environment conducive to commercialisation of scientific outputs and development of innovative entrepreneurship within the existing or new businesses. The operation of the Innovation Fund will be based on the following operational principles:
The funds of the Innovation Fund will be distributed within designed programme framework and following the predetermined procedures within public calls. Each public call will clearly stipulate goals, application criteria and terms as well as the project selection process.
Designed programmes framework should be mix the Innovation Fund’s core and shared programmes. Core programs should cover main stages of the innovation value chain: concept testing and verification; development; and early commercialisation. In addition, to core programs idea is that the Innovation Fund will implement shared programmes, which will be mix of the core programmes in combination with specific goals in line with S3, European Green Deal goals and taking into consideration gender-sensitive policy design.
Duties and Responsibilities
UNDP office in Montenegro is recruiting a consultant to support development of legal documents necessary for efficient functioning of the Fund as well as to ensure that funding will the implemented respecting State Aid rules.
The Individual Consultant is expected to provide technical assistance to the Innovation Fund and perform the following activities:
The expected results/deliverables:
Under the guidance of the Innovation Fund, expert is expected to deliver the following results:
Timing and reporting:
The assignment will start in February 2022;
Time duration and travel:
The duration of the total assignment is expected to be for 60 days within the period of eighteen months, starting from 1st February 2022 until 25th July 2023.
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".