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National Consultant on Long Term Agreement – Writer
|Location :||Male', MALDIVES|
|Application Deadline :||20-Jan-22 (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 :||2 years|
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.
A - BACKGROUND
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. UNDP is on the ground in about 170 countries and territories, working with national counterparts on solutions to global and national development challenges. In the programme countries, UNDP supports stabilization, state-building, governance and development priorities in in partnership with the host governments, the United Nations system, the development partners and other partners to help the country to achieve sustainable development by eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, accelerating structural transformations for sustainable development and building resilience to crises and shock.
UNDP has been a trusted development partner of the Maldives for more than 40 years, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, reduction of inequalities and exclusion in areas such governance, environment protection, climate change mitigation and adaptation. In each of its thematic areas of work, UNDP at the request of its national partners provides relevant policy advisory support, technical assistance, advocacy, and knowledge to help Maldives achieve its global commitment on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). With Maldives’s transition to Middle Income Country Status, Official Development Assistance from traditional donor sources has been on the continuous decline. UNDP is therefore working with its national partners to identify and tap into alternative and innovative financing mechanisms for development. This process involves broadening outreach and forging wide-ranging partnerships with stakeholders - including other UN agencies, the government, the private sector, philanthropic Foundations, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and International Finance Institutions to advance the country’s development strategies and objectives.
UNDP Maldives is seeking the services of a professional writer with experience in showcasing the development work done by UNDP Maldives. The writer will be tasked with creating stories for key projects/thematic areas under the UNDP Maldives country office portfolio. These materials will be used in our engagements to promote the work of UNDP Maldives to partners, donors, stakeholders, and other audiences including the general public.
Consultant(s) commissioned by the UNDP is expected to observe UN security recommendations. UNDP cannot provide insurance for any damage to the consultant(s) equipment or personal injury experienced during an assignment.
No consultant(s) should incur expenses without express authorization from UNDP. UNDP will not be responsible for penalties and charges incurred without authorization.
Duties and Responsibilities
B - DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Scope of Work
Under the overall guidance of the UNDP team, the consultant will be required to;
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
Under the overall guidance of the UNDP team, the consultant will be responsible for the following deliverables;
The copyright for all of the deliverables remains with UNDP Maldives, and the Writer is expected to carry out the work in an ethical manner.
Duration of the Assignment
The consultant will work under the guidance of UNDP and will be accountable to the assigned focal point for each deliverable as stipulated in the proposal.
Duty Station and Expected Places of Travel
All work will be undertaken within Maldives.
C -PAYMENT TERMS
The method of payment is output-based lump-sum scheme. The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive lump sum and include all costs components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee, travel costs, living allowance (if any work is to be done outside the IC´s duty station) and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment. The contract price will be fixed output-based price regardless of extension of the herein specified duration.
The payments shall be released upon submitting the required deliverables/outputs with satisfactory by the Focal Point as per agreement for each report in accordance with a set time schedule to be agreed in the contract.
Note: Payments will be based on invoices on achievement of agreed milestones i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR and certification of acceptance by the UNDP. The applicant must factor in all possible costs in his/her “All Inclusive Lump Sum Fee” including his/her consultancy and professional fee, travel, honorarium, board and lodging, and any other foreseeable costs in this exercise. No costs other than what has been indicated in the financial proposal will be paid or reimbursed to the consultant. UNDP will only pay for any unplanned travel outside of this TOR and Duty Station on actual basis and on submission of original bills/invoices and on prior agreement with UNDP officials. Daily perdiums and costs for accommodation/meals/incidental expenses for such travel shall not exceed established local UNDP DSA rates.
For an Individual Contractor who is 62 years of age or older, and on an assignment requiring travel, be it for the purpose of arriving at the duty station or as an integral duty required travel under the TOR, a full medical examination and statement of fitness to work must be provided. Such medical examination costs must be factored into the financial proposal above. Medical examination is not a requirement for individuals on RLA contracts.
Planning & Organizing:
Establishes, builds and maintains effective communication and working relationships with the supervisor to achieve the planned results.
Required Skills and Experience
E - REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
The consultant is expected to fulfill the following criteria in terms of the expertise and qualifications;
Evaluation Method and Criteria
The Long-Term Agreement shall be awarded to the consultant whose offer have been evaluated and determined as:
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant 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%). Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.
Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 70 points)
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) during the desk review/interview are acceptable would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document:
Long Term Agreement award:
The Long-Term Agreement might be awarded to one or more candidates whose offer have been evaluated and determined as:
Incomplete proposals may not be considered. The short-listed candidates may be contacted for interview and the successful candidate will be notified.