Special Skills Expert (SSE) on Governance

Location : Juba, SOUTH SUDAN
Application Deadline :01-Jul-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :1d 20h 4m
Additional Category :Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :6 Months
Expected Duration of Assignment :130 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.


Successful implementation of the 2018 Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) provides a better opportunity for Revitalized Government of National Unity (RTGoNU) to carry out reforms skilfully, structurally, systematically, symbiotically and synthetically in the key public institutions. This will necessitate the placements of well-trained capacity of public servants with motivation to effectively and efficiently deliver peace dividends impactfully for the welfare of over 12.58 million population whose human development index stands lowly at 0.418. That is why governance early support and leveraging coordinated partnerships is needed urgently during the transitional period with concentration on delivery capacity of Change Agents (CAs) in the institutions of Presidency, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (PMDAs) mentored by Special Skills Expert (SSE) on Governance Cluster.

It is for this purpose that the GEMS Project has been designed with enabling functional tools of professional discharge of duties in public governance sector, including communication technology applied in conducive physical infrastructure and secure working environment. The Project has been envisioned to induce behavioural change in conduct of public affairs, learning from relevant comparative experiences and adjusting attitude of civil servants to match the standards of “good governance” through serious implementation of Chapter I of the R-ARCSS with adoption of relevant comparative best practices. The performance of RTGoNU shall be enhanced with help of SSEs and CAs, providing dynamic inputs, including assessing, analysing, deciding, planning, organizing, training, staffing, leading, controlling, performing, evaluating and redressing the fundamentals of public administration and management of the public sector. The processes outputs shall be considered with cost-effectiveness in generating outcomes within PESTLE (Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal and Environmental) context of operation informed by validated SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis

Duties and Responsibilities

The assignment is results-based with payments directly linked to the following deliverables/outputs provided from the commencement of the contract to the end:

  • Inception Report and Workplan (10 days after contract commencement).
  • First monthly report (June – July 2022) on the work done in the Office of the First Vice President and Governance Cluster as per the described duties.
  • Second monthly report (July – August 2022) on the work done in the Office of the First Vice President and Governance Cluster as per the described duties.
  • Third monthly report (August – September 2022) on the work done in the Office of the First Vice President and Governance Cluster as per the described duties.
  • Fourth monthly report (September – October 2022) on the work done in the Office of the First Vice President and Governance Cluster as per the described duties.
  • Fifth monthly report (October – November 2022) on the work done in the Office of the First Vice President and Governance Cluster as per the described duties.
  • Final Report (December 2022) on the work done in the Office of the First Vice President and Governance Cluster as per the described duties.

The reports compiled by the SSE are subject to review and endorsement by the Executive Director of the Office of First Vice President and UNDP’s Manager of GEMS Project.


Corporate Competencies:

  • Excellent teambuilding, diplomatic and interpersonal skills.
  • Resourcefulness, initiative and maturity of judgement.
  • Ability to work in a complex environment requiring liaison and collaboration with multiple actors.
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity, tact and diplomacy.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational and negotiation skills, especially resource management systems.
  • Excellent networking skills.

Functional Competencies:

  • Advanced University Degree in economics, financial economics, development economics, finance, commence, business administration & management, public administration/policy or other relevant fields. Alternately, a first-level university degree combined with 5-10 years professional experience in economics reform sector can be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Demonstrated experience and analytical skills on PFM issues with emphasis on economic reform.
  • 5-10 years of experience working with national and international organizations on economic issues.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Innovation - Ability to make new and useful ideas work and communicate them to colleagues
  • Leadership – strong persuasion, inter-personal and negotiation skills
  • People Management - Ability to work under pressure and improve performance
  • Delivery – ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
  • Communication - Excellent inter-personal and negotiation skills

Required Skills and Experience


Advanced University Degree in economics, financial economics, development economics, finance, commence, business administration & management, public administration/policy or first-level university degree combined with relevant specialized professional experience


5 to 10 years of progressively responsible experience working in economic sector. Extensive experience of providing policy advice (including report writing) at national or international levels.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in spoken and written English and Juba Arabic

Application Procedure:

The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):

  • A cover letter with a brief description of why the Offer considers her/himself the most suitable for the assignment;
  • Personal CV, indicating all past experience from similar projects and specifying the relevant assignment period (from/to), as well as the email and telephone contacts of at least three (3) professional references;
  • Two pages to describe the methodology to respond to the TOR (understanding of the project requirements.

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 should specify an all-inclusive daily fee (based on a 7-hours working day - lunch time is not included - and estimated 21.75 days per month).
  • The financial proposal must be all-inclusive and take into account various expenses that will be incurred during the contract.
  • In the case of unforeseeable travel requested by UNDP, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between UNDP and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
  • If the Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under a Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.

The Financial Proposal is to be emailed as per the instruction in the separate email that will be sent to shortlisted candidates.

Evaluation Process:

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:

  • Being responsive/compliant/acceptable; and
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation where technical criteria weighs 70% and Financial criteria/ Proposal weighs 30%.

Technical Evaluation - Total 70% (700 points):

  • Criteria 1: Professional working experience in relevant fields related to public sector with particular focus on economic sector reform or within the MoFP or cluster ministries: Weight = 10%Maximum Points: 100;
  • Criteria 2: Proven technical experience working in capacity development and coaching of technical staff, especially at managerial level in economic, resource, revenues and financial management: Weight = 15%Maximum Points: 150;
  • Criteria 3: Demonstrated experience working in knowledge management, strong background in planning, policy designs, professional leadership, intra government relations, inter-departmental coordination: Weight = 10%Maximum Points: 100;
  • Criteria 4: Proven relevant work experience and knowledge of corporate social networking-based platforms/tools, and competence in computerized office applications, data basing and visualization software, including faster adaptation of new updates: Weight = 7%Maximum Points: 70;
  • Criteria 5: Experience organizing and managing events and workshops: Weight = 7%Maximum Points: 70; and
  • Criteria 6:  Proven experience to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate information collection and monitor own work plan: Weight = 21%Maximum Points: 210.

Having reviewed applications received, UNDP will award the top candidates with highest scores . Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (49 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (70 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.

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

Contract Award:

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.

Institutional Arrangement:

The consultant will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the Undersecretary of MoFP and the UNDP GEMS Project Manager and will be responsible for the fulfilment of the deliverables as specified above.

Payment Modality:

  • Payment to the Individual Contractor will be made based on the actual number of days worked, deliverables accepted and upon certification of satisfactory completion by the manager.
  • The work week will be based on 35 hours, i.e. on a 7-hours working day, with core hours being between 9h00 and 18h00 daily.

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