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Programme Support Consultant to Coordinate and Provide Technical Guidance on the SI Project Verification Exercise
|Location :||Harare, ZIMBABWE|
|Application Deadline :||03-Jul-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||7d 10h 16m|
|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 :||40 Working Days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||40 Working 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.
The Spotlight Initiative is a global partnership to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. It was launched in September 2017 by the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General and the European Union (EU) High Representative. It is a visible political and financial investment from the EU in the multilateral relationship with the UN and in gender equality. The Spotlight Initiative in Africa is being implemented in 8 countries (Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, and Zimbabwe). The focus for the African initiative is GBV, SRHR and Harmful Practices (HP) In Zimbabwe the SI is being implemented by six UN agencies Namely, ILO, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF and UN Women (RUNOs).
The overall vision of the Spotlight Initiative in Zimbabwe is that women and girls realize their full potential in a violence-free, gender-responsive and inclusive Zimbabwe. The Spotlight Initiative will directly contribute to Zimbabwe’s achievement of three of the country’s prioritized Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Goal 5 on Gender Equality, Goal 3 on good health and well-being and Goal 16 on inclusive and peaceful societies. The programme will contribute to the elimination of SGBV and HPs through the creation of a broad partnership with Government, Civil Society, Private Sector, Media, among others; and build a social movement of women, men, girls and boys as champions and agents of change at the national, subnational and community levels. A specific focus will be on reaching and including in the programme women and girls who are often marginalised and most vulnerable to SGBV and HPs due to intersecting forms of discrimination. The programme will also seek to address the SRHR needs of all women and girls using a life-cycle approach.
The Spotlight Initiative is an EU funded project which is subject to spot checks, investigations, and verifications in accordance with the procedures and rules agreed upon between the UN and the EU. The Spotlight Initiative Programme Zimbabwe is set to undergo an EU verification exercise scheduled for mid-2022. Verification missions proffer an opportunity for the EU through its representative, to acquire an understanding of, and to report on, the adequacy of the systems of accountability, in terms of accounting system, procedures, reporting, and audit mechanism in place.
It is within this background that the UNDP CO is seeking to engage a National Consultant (IC) to provide technical support to the project team in undertaking the necessary preparatory work for the verification and ensuring a smooth verification exercise. In collaboration with the project team, the IC will ensure all required documents for the verification exercise are in place, and he/she will also provide guidance and assistance during the verification exercise.
EU Verification Exercise 2022
Under the Verification Clause annexed to the Finance and Administrative Framework Agreement (FAFA), the European Commission (EC), its representatives and other competent bodies of the EU (such as the European Court of Auditors) may carry out checks related to operations financed by the EU. The objective of the verification mission is to acquire an understanding of the UN organisation’s system of accountability (accounting systems and procedures, internal control and procurement procedures, reporting, oversight/audit mechanisms) in place, and enable the EC to report to its own institutions on the proper use of its funds under the selected contribution agreement.
EU and UN entities have agreed on Common Terms of Reference for Verification Missions (“ToRs”) which set the objectives, scope, and methodology of the verification mission in practice. According to the ToRs the verification has a twofold scope: (i) to review of the adequacy of the system of accountability put in place by UN entity to account for, and report on, the use of the funds provided by Delegation Agreement for the Action, (ii) to check on the adequacy of the information supporting the implementation of the Delegation Agreement and the UN entity’s use of the EC funds.
It is therefore imperative for the CO to ensure that all files requested by the verifiers are in place, accurate and of high quality in terms of content of the information. The CO also has to ensure for a collaborative and smooth EU expenditure verification through providing the necessary documents in a timely manner, providing support to the auditors as per the FAFA agreement, and taking all necessary measures to facilitate the verification exercise.
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK
In line with the highlighted project background, and the envisaged verification mission, the consultant is expected to coordinate and support the preparatory work for the verification exercise, and more importantly provide guidance and assistance during the verification exercise. In undertaking this work, the IC will work closely with the project team, and will be guided by: (i) Financial and Administrative Framework Agreement between the EU and the UN,ii) Terms of Reference for Verification Missions, (iii) UNDP Zimbabwe Standard Operating Procedures for European Union (EU) Project Verification, (iv) UNDP EU Verification checklist, and (v) the list of selected transactions for the verification exercise. Specific tasks include:
Undertake Verification Preparatory work:
Support the verification process:
The expected deliverables for the consultancy are:
Ability to work under stress and work overtime when required.
Required Skills and Experience
Applicants are requested to upload copies of:
Please group all your documents (CV, P11, Technical Proposal, Financial Proposal and Certificates) into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document. Incomplete applications will not be given consideration.
Applicants must reply to the mandatory questions asked by the system when submitting the application
Note that all payments to the IC are dependent on the satisfactory completion of deliverables. Monthly Payment is linked to deliverables as per table below:
Verification Preparatory Work - 50%
Technical Support during the verification exercise- 40%
End of consultancy reporting obligations- 10%
INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR MANAGEMENT OF THIS CONSULTANCY
The principal responsibility for managing this assignment lies with the UNDP Country Office, Zimbabwe. UNDP will contract the consultant and ensure the timely provision of reimbursable costs and remuneration. UNDP will mobilise internal technical expertise to support the consultant’s work. UNDP will support the consultant’s engagement with stakeholders, arrange for meetings, field visits and coordinate with Zimbabwe Government,
Under the overall supervision of the UNDP Programme Specialist, the consultant will be in charge of the delivery of quality work as per the TORs,
The consultant, through the coordination of UNDP will be expected to work closely with Government officials and other partners
“UNDP is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staff, and equal opportunities for people with disabilities. Well qualified candidates, particularly women and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.