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The skills and AI
|Location :||Suva, FIJI|
|Application Deadline :||08-Aug-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 :||20 days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||August – November 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.
Pacific Islands countries (PICs) boast “big ocean” economies, with young and mobile populations and highly resilient and adaptative societies. Past and recent investments have however fallen short of developing diverse economies offering inclusive services and opportunities, resilient to external shocks and the increasing pace of climate disasters. While the scale of Pacific economies does not allow them to respond to all these challenges alone, public investment and revenues would gain from empowered officials accountable to keep basic service delivery and development priorities in mind while driving fiscal decisions.
For this reason, the “Accountable Public Finances to serve Pacific people – Vaka Pasifika” project (hereafter Vaka Pasifika project) builds on the results of the “Strengthening Public Finance Management and Governance in the Pacific” (PFM) project implemented between 2018 and 2022. The proposed overarching goal of this project is to strengthen the governance mechanisms enabling Pacific countries to deliver public services that are better calibrated to meet specific needs of the people. Its specific focus will be to ensure scarce Pacific resources are better managed and the resource base available for achieving national development goals will be increased. To achieve this goal, PIC economies require stable and reliable institutions implementing the right mix of creativity and rigor informed by ground reality. The Project will contribute to this vision by (a) supporting oversight institutions and decision makers to define and implement their priorities through leadership and institutional capacity strengthening and (b) enhancing responsiveness of service delivery and public finance management by developing institutional mechanisms for engagement and openness and strengthening civil society capacity.
A major challenge in the Pacific region is the quality and timeliness of audit reports with an even greater challenge in the follow-up and implementation of recommendations from audits. Both are impaired by delays in producing whole of government financial statements and capacity of parliaments in the region to follow-up on reports, factors which are external to Audit Offices. Yet a major challenge also relates to human resource. Supreme Audit Institutions cannot compete with the private sectors and very few manage to recruit from the extremely limited pool of qualified accountant, with some Auditor Office functioning without any certified auditor.
Starting from this specific challenge, the focus of this consultancy is to understand what skills are actually worth investing in for Pacific Supreme Audit Institutions and where it might be worth investing in ICT and artificial Intelligence tools. The report will lead to the Vaka Pasifika project focusing energy on developing and piloting some of these tools to accelerate the transition and ensure SAIs can focus on the essential human resources capacity and cut down on capacity building of the past.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
Reporting to the UNDP Vaka Pasifika PFM Project Manager, the “Skills of the Past” consultant will be in charge of facilitating a collaborative reflection on the futures of SAIs and human resources in the Pacific with relationship to ICT and AI tools. Specific responsibilities will include:
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
The Consultant will report to the UNDP PFM Project Manager Effective Governance.
The Consultant to provide their own IT equipment and access (computer and internet connection).
Duration of the Work
The consultant will be required to work for a period of up to 20 days between August and November 2022.
Duty Station home based.
Required Skills and Experience
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
Lump Sum Amount. The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive 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 fixed output-based price regardless of extension of the herein specified duration. Payments will be done upon completion of the deliverables/outputs and as per below percentages:
Evaluation Method and Criteria
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology Cumulative analysis
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)
UNDP may interview the technically qualified candidates as a means to validate the technical evaluation.
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications to the link provided .
Note: Successful individual will be required to provide proof of medical insurance coverage before commencement of contract for the duration of the assignment.
Incomplete, joint proposals and proposals sent to the wrong mailing address will not be accepted and only candidates for whom there is further interest will be contacted.
Individuals interested in this consultancy should apply and will be reviewed based on their own individual capacity. The successful individual may sign an Individual Contract with UNDP or request his/her employer to sign a Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA) on their behalf by indicating this in the Offerors letter to Confirming Interest and Availability using Annex II.
For further information concerning this Terms of Reference, please contact UNDP Pacific Office by email: email@example.com.