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Decentralized Cooperation Consultant
|Location :||Home based|
|Application Deadline :||01-Jul-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||5d 10h 29m|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English French|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||max. 90 days until the 31.12.2022|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||max. 90 days until the 31.12.2022|
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 Decentralized Cooperation Consultant will work under the supervision of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Geneva Representation office (GRO)– Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy (BERA) team – that is responsible for managing the institutional relationship between UNDP and France.
UNDP and the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MFA) – through the Delegation for the External Action of Local Governments (MFA/DAECT) – have been cooperating since 2013 to promote support to local governance and strenghten the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Previous collaboration focused on facilitating the contribution of French decentralized cooperation (DC) actors and strenghtening their understanding and role in the implementation of the global agendas (2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Paris Climate Agreement, Busan Partnership for effective development cooperation, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, etc). French decentralized cooperation actors (cities, departments, regions, and other multi-stakeholder groupings at national level) were notably encouraged to participate in UN and UNDP knowledge exchange processes, events and platforms and use the tools co-designed by UNDP and DAECT to increase their ownership of the SDGs.
With the adoption of its new Strategic Plan for 2022-2025, UNDP is committed to focus more strongly on local governance systems and their linkages to multilevel systems, where there is most potential for change and capacity to prevent and recover from shocks and make progress towards the 2030 Agenda. Strengthening the role of local actors in developing countries is also key to promote an inclusive and green recovery to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In parallel, France has a long tradition and experience in engaging in decentralized development cooperation. Over the years, decentralized cooperation has become an integral part of the French development policy by evolving from traditional North – South aid towards strategic cooperation and exchanges of experiences between equal partners. With the new French law on international solidarity adopted in August 2021, a decision was also made to double the French governmental support to these local initiatives and to consider new methods and partnerships to scale-up their impacts.
In this context, the UNDP Geneva Representation Office has established in 2022 a new partnership with the French MFA/DAECT to foster collaboration between French local entities and UNDP’s worldwide multilateral network at country-level. The activities are undertaken under the framework of the UNDP “Geneva Inclusive Partnerships and Advocacy for Change” (GIPAC) Engagement Facility/project. The Decentralized Cooperation Consultant will be based in Paris, to facilitate day-to-day liaison with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, DAECT, and other French actors.
Following an exploratory phase and mapping of needs and interests conducted between January and June 2022, the main objective of this consultancy is to create the process for and initiate the implementation of a concrete cooperation mechanism promoting innovative linkages between UNDP’s initiatives in support of local authorities in developing/programme countries on the one hand and expertise and resources of French local governments and entities on the other hand, coordinated under the joint oversight of the DAECT and UNDP Geneva.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Decentralized Cooperation Consultant will work under the supervision of the UNDP Geneva Partnership Specialist providing overall guidance, and in close collaboration with the rest of the Geneva Office. S/he will be in day-to-day contact with the French MFA Delegation for the External Action of Local Authorities, based in Paris.
The Decentralized Cooperation Consultant is expected to produce a number of advocacy and programme management products to facilitate the articulation and engagement of French decentralized cooperation actors within the local development initiatives implemented by UNDP’s network of country offices to meet the needs of partner’s countries local authorities.
As part of UNDP’s overall cooperation with the Government of France, s/he will also support the preparation and implementation of a set of capacity-building initiatives and activities related to the localization of the SDGs and and the promotion of the partnership between UNDP and the Delegation for the External Action of Local Authorities (DAECT) - French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.
Official travel may be required as part of the consultancy, including one mission per month to Geneva, in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions and regulations and depending on business exigencies
Specific outputs, activities and deliverables:
A. Programme design - Develop, test and launch a pilot mechanism to facilitate the articulation of French decentralized cooperation initiatives with UNDP’s work at country and local level
B. Outreach and Advocacy – Promote visibility of this partnership and foster stakeholders’ engagement in this programme, through developing a set of communication and advocacy material targeting UNDP country offices and their partners, and French decentralized cooperation actors
C. Support to project management
Required Skills and Experience:
Required Skills and Experience
The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):
Note: The above documents need to be scanned in one file and uploaded to the online application as one document.
Shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal.
The Financial Proposal is to be emailed as per the instruction in the separate email that will be sent to shortlisted candidates.
Applicants are reviewed based on Required Skills and Experience stated above and based on the technical evaluation criteria outlined below. Applicants will be evaluated based on cumulative scoring.? When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical evaluation: Total 70% (70 points)
1// Review of CV/P11 and screening of relevant experiences: 70 points
Financial?evaluation - Total 30%?(30 points)
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
p = y (µ/z), where
p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal
µ = price of the lowest priced proposal
z = price of the proposal being evaluated
Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into contract with UNDP.
Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):
Annex 1 - UNDP P-11 Form for ICs
Annex 2 - IC Contract Template
Annex 3 – IC General Terms and Conditions
Annex 4 – RLA Template
8 .Annexes to the TOR