CROSS CUTTING PRACTICE National Experts Roster Myanmar (home based and various locations)


Location : Home based and various locations, MYANMAR
Application Deadline :26-Aug-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :14d 16h 39m
Additional Category :Crisis Response
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
09-Sep-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :The length of contracts varies


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.


Background

The post 1 February 2021 power shift in Myanmar has resulted in severe political and socio-economic instability in a climate of heightened uncertainty. The country faces challenges on multiple fronts, including COVID-19, poverty, food insecurity, and micro- and macro-economic impacts. Today, economic activity in Myanmar continues to be affected by substantial weaknesses in both supply and demand. The share of Myanmar’s population living in poverty is expected to have more than doubled compared to pre-Covid and pre-coup levels.

The political instability, economic volatility, and the collapse of basic services, compounded by the uncertainty over continued international aid and the severe disruption in financial and banking services, mean the risks faced by the Myanmar population are acute and urgent. Without rapid and sustained support, the most vulnerable population of Myanmar will face a shortage of the basic products, goods, and services. 

While meeting critical and immediate humanitarian needs where they appear is vital, these actions must be underpinned by simultaneous efforts to address rapidly growing multi-dimensional vulnerabilities, enhance resilience to shocks, protect development gains and invest in local capacities of civil society as an important agent of change in sustainable development. Furthermore, urgent efforts are needed to protect basic human rights like education, health, work, housing, and food, to address exclusion, intergenerational poverty that will further exacerbate the crises. In response to the current context and challenges UNDP has launched several initiatives that aims to enhance resilience of vulnerable communities by working directly at the community level.    

In this specific context and with the need to be able to respond to any type of conflict and/or disaster, the UNDP Country Office is taking measures to ensure its preparedness to support the Myanmar and its citizens in times of crises. In this regard, the UNDP Myanmar Country Office is launching development of National Experts Roster.


Duties and Responsibilities

To be considered for inclusion in the roster, applications would need to have expertise in one or more of the following areas of practice:

Communications/Public outreach

  • Development of communication and public awareness strategy on different aspects
  • Social media
  • Professional photographer
  • Graphic design
  • Web design
  • Translation/Interpretation including ethnic languages
  • Editing

Collaborative learning expertise

  • CSO’s OD and capacity building 
  • Development of trust and mutual understanding among different actors
  • Empowerment of national leaders
  • Conceptualization of training programmes
  • Agricultural topics related training
  • MSME business model development training

Programme and Project management

  • Administrative services support
  • Financial services support 
  • Procurement services support
  • ICT services support
  • Project implementation support
  • Civil engineer
  • Site engineer
  • Monitoring, evaluation, and reporting
  • Value chain assessments

Climate change

  • Environment
  • Energy efficiency
  • Disaster risk reduction

Community support

  • Coordination and local governance support
  • MSME, private sector, and entrepreneurship specialist
  • Loan facilitator
  • Cash based interventions specialist
  • Agriculture specialist
  • Community development facilitators
  • Livelihood specialist
  • Social Cohesion specialist

Research & Survey

  • Literature review
  • Development of survey methodologies
  • Statistics

ICT and Information Management 

  • Technology innovations
  • Data management and analysis
  • Mapping
  • Geospital data management, analysis and advocacy
  • Capacity building in information management
  • Technical partnership

Scope of Work

Tasks assigned in each individual assignment may include one or more of the following:

Policy and Strategy Development

  • Prepare Policy briefs, Status papers on developmental challenges/issues based on secondary review of existing literature for evidence-based advocacy and policy dialogue
  • Develop performance management systems
  •  Perform socio-economic analysis
  • Technical assistance to local community and non-state actors at all levels
  • Develop institutional and regulatory frameworks to facilitate climate change and adaptation and disaster risk reduction
  • Review of policy literature in respect to the subject
  • Formulation of community development policy
  • Identification of barriers and solutions for proposed interventions
  • Risk Identification, mitigation plans

Project Design, Formulation & other project related functions

  • Prepare conceptual framework/concept note on new area of work/developmental challenge
  • Provide technical assistance in identification of developmental challenges, target areas, beneficiaries and partners and formulation of implementation strategy for UNDP support
  • Provide technical support in development on new interventions/projects with Implementation (operational plan, monitoring, and resource requirement) Institutional and management arrangements
  • Identify issues, formulate, and implement interventions that focus on various activities.
  • Conduct studies on project/program highlights, activities and processes involved.
  • Prepare and review Project documents.
  • Proceed with administrative, finance, IT,  logistic and procurement related tasks. 
  • Identify areas/beneficiaries and partners; timing, sequencing of activities; mobilization of finance.
  • Prepare project proposals to ensure innovation in concepts, strategies, and incorporation of best practices
  • Partnership building and resource mobilization
  • Perform civil engineering services including small infrastructure construction.
  • Development and maintenance of different data management systems and platforms

Research and Documentation

  • Undertake secondary research in the new areas of developmental concern based on review of existing literature
  • Develop research design, research questions and scope of work for undertaking primary research in new areas
  • Develop research and survey methodologies
  • Document good practices, case studies, innovations and pilot models for wider dissemination and sharing
  • Undertake process documentation of models for upscaling

Capacity Development/Training

  • Based on capacity assessment, develop Capacity Development Plan to achieve the milestones identified and address the identified capacity gaps.
  • Develop target specific training tools/toolkits and manuals based on training needs assessment
  • Design training curriculum, conduct and/or coordinate trainings programmes for various stakeholders
  • Design and delivery of training toolkits, products etc.
  • Conduct and/or Coordinate trainings and workshops

Knowledge Management

  • Prepare knowledge and communications products related to the projects/programs (Audio, Video and Hard copies)
  • Review of Knowledge products (subject, design and content)
  • Prepare and publish featured articles and case studies in publications of the UNDP, other pertinent organizations, academic journals
  • Disseminate knowledge and communications products.
  • Develop literature on best practices and case studies.
  • Guidance of different media intervention (Radio, TV, etc.)

Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Monitor and evaluate effectiveness of national and sub-national policies
  • Carry out required independent monitoring and evaluation of UNDP projects
  • Facilitate community and process monitoring
  • Undertake Baseline and Client satisfaction surveys

 

 


Competencies

Core values and competencies 

Professionalism:  Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines, and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style, and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients " and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions.

Relevant skills:

  • Good track record in project management, with UNDP experience being an asset.
  • Understanding of Government functioning and systems.
  • Updated familiarity on, various international projects on across one or more areas of expertise.
  • Familiarity with UNDP ERP would be advantageous
  • Working knowledge of objectives-oriented project planning, or results-based management.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities skills.
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback.
  • Ability to plan, organize, implement and report on work.
  • Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines.
  • Proficiency in the use of office IT applications and internet.
  • Outstanding communication, project management and organizational skills.
  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Demonstrates integrity and ethical standards.
  • Positive, constructive attitude to work.


Required Skills and Experience

Educational Qualifications

Bachelors (for implementation support) and advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in Business Administration, Management, Economics, Finance and Banking, International development, Sociology, Communications, Agriculture, Law, Environmental sciences, Natural resource economics, or related fields.

Experience

Band 1, Implementation Support: Masters Degree in relevant field with minimum 3 years of relevant work experience, or Bachelors Degree in relevant field with minimum 5 years of relevant work experience.

Band 2, Specialist Support: Master’s Degree in relevant field with minimum 10 years of relevant work experience.

  • Demonstrated experience in research, analysis, policy support, programme and project development, project management, knowledge management, and/or monitoring, reporting and evaluation.
  • Proven experience working with a wide variety of development actors including governments, international development organizations (including United Nations agencies), donors and other funding agencies, private sector entities, and/or civil society organizations including community groups, academia, and the media.
  • Previous work experience with international agencies in Myanmar is an asset.

Language Requirements

Excellent oral and written native language skills and good command of English is required.

Application:

Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only uploading of one application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file. Your on-line applications submission will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary.

Applications should include:

  • A cover letter,
  • Updated CV + contact details of 3 referees and;
  • Proposed daily fee.

A brief cover letter, clearly identifying the “Areas of Expertise” as mentioned in the section above.

Travel

In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including economy tickets, lodging and terminal expenses will be reimbursed as per actual expenses in line with UNDP rules.

Successful candidates will be included in UNDP Myanmar Experts Roster for a period of 3 years. Inclusion in the expert roster does not guarantee a contract with UNDP.

Evaluation of Applications

Applicants will be screened against qualifications and the competencies specified above.

The inclusion into the Vetted Roster of Experts will be offered to those individual consultants whose offers have been evaluated and determined as:

a) Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and

b) Meeting requirements across the functional bands in each selected area of expertise.

Applicants may be requested to participate in a brief interview.

Contracting

When a request for services arises, the roster manager shall Contact the individuals in the specific area of expertise with ToR, location and dates of the assignment seeking confirmation of availability, as well as possible other costs.

The individual selected for the deployment will be contracted as per the UNDP IC modality. The Contract template and conditions are available at http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/procurement.html

Payment:

Payment(s) shall be made following certification by UNDP that the services related to each deliverable, as specified in the contract, have been satisfactorily performed and the deliverables have been achieved by or before the due dates specified, if any.

Other information

This call for experts is not linked to other UNDP rosters or to a specific UNDP recruitment opportunity.

Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are only able to inform the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.

For any clarification regarding this assignment please write to mmr.procurement@undp.org

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.

 



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