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International Local Development Planning Expert
|Location :||Home-based with 2 missions to N. Macedonia|
|Application Deadline :||14-Oct-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Estimated 45 expert-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.
Over a period of four years (2019-2022), UNDP has successfully carried out the Sida-funded “Building Municipal Capacity for Projects Implementation” Project (hereinafter BMCPI or the Project) which was set to address some of the most pressing issues faced by the local government institutions in their efforts to improve the living conditions for their citizens.
To address the underlying causes behind the sub-optimal performance of the country’s local self-government system and development performance, the previous Project design comprised three separate, yet interrelated lines of intervention. These included:
By building upon the achievements of its first phase, the Project has recently entered its second phase (2022-2026) that aims at:
One of the Project’s key objectives is to catalyze an up-to-date unified integrated local development planning system that will encompass the elements of the European Green Deal and the most pressing environmental challenges. The planning capacities would be enhanced in way to consider the negative implications of these global challenges on and the corresponding development opportunities for women and vulnerable groups. The Project will seek to include these elements in the in the decision-making targeting local development priorities, in particular in designing and developing business, social and environmental infrastructure.
The expected results of this work will be reflected in the methodologies applied under the TDF to ensure prioritization of (infrastructure/development) projects that will address the above challenges.
These TORs describe the objectives, the scope and expected results of an international consultancy aiming at updating the existing local development planning methodology in line with the objectives the European Green Deal and the global response to the main environmental challenges. Enhanced stakeholder participation (models, and approaches) needs to be an integral part of the updated planning methodology. The international expert will be supported by a local expert with complementary qualifications, and in line with the requirements of the assignment.
OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT
The overall assignment includes a combination of consultancy work, educational/training and awareness raising activities targeting local self-government representatives, the civil society, and other stakeholders at local/municipal level. The core of the assignment is the necessary updating the existing UNDP Methodology on inclusive and integrated local development planning in line with the objectives of the European Green Deal and an improved sensitivity on the gender and social inclusion dimension of local development.
Moreover, it involves design and implementation of training programmes on the ‘improved’ local development planning that will bring about the necessary national-level expertise that will be instrumental in the future updating of the existing local development plans.
Besides this, the expert will take part in awareness raising and networking events aimed at reaching out to diverse stakeholders about the objectives, and the expected benefits of the green transition, inter-municipal and regional cooperation, preparing gender sensitive projects and addressing the needs of the vulnerable groups.
 For example, disaster risk reduction, more efficient use of resources, pollution reduction and biodiversity conservation and restoration.
 The project activities related to local development planning will be focused on vulnerability in broader terms than climate change alone, especially given the fact that vulnerability and exposure arise also from non-climatic factors and from multidimensional inequalities often produced by uneven development processes. Special emphasis will be placed on the economically disadvantaged, people with disabilities, the elderly, ethnic minorities, children etc.
 The existing (baseline) methodology that needs to be updated has been developed by UNDP as part of the EU-funded Improving Municipal Governance project and by building upon the experiences of the UN Women’s “Promoting Gender Responsive Policies and Budgets” project.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the BMCPI Project Manager, and the overall guidance of the Head of the Democratic Governance Unit, supported by a local expert, as well as in close cooperation with the key Project stakeholders, the international expert will be responsible for the following key tasks:
Task 1: Update the UNDP Methodology on inclusive and integrated local development planning
Estimated input (expert-days): 8 days
Task 2. Engage in conceptualization and implementation of educational, outreach and networking events in all eight (8) planning regions
Estimated input (expert-days): 10 days
Task 3: Develop and deliver training programme on integrated local development planning, including review and quality assurance of municipal local development plans
Estimated input (expert-days): 17 days
Task 4: Support organizing study visit for a small delegation (8-10 people) to a selected EU country from the region
Estimated input (expert-days): 10 days
Tentatively the payment for the services will be made in the following manner:
Note: The payment schedule may be adjusted in consultation with the selected experts prior to signing of contract.
DURATION OF THE ASSIGNMENT
Tentatively, all the tasks are planned to be completed in the period October 2022 – April 2023 (six months). The assignment start date and duration may be adjusted if deemed necessary in consultation with the selected expert.
The expert shall report to the BMCPI Project Manager. The detailed workplan with methodology and timetable of activities will be proposed by the selected expert in the inception process of the assignment.
The consultant is expected to work from home and visit the country for 2 missions. During these missions the expert is expected to spend at least 15 days in the country in total. All estimated mission related costs travel, accommodation, subsistence costs) need to be included in the expert’s financial offer (lump-sum) as a separate line for each travel in financial offer.
 The workload estimates per Task are for orientation purposes only. The actual input will need to be adjusted in line with the work requirements.
 1-2 regional events per day will be organized by the Project as logistically possible. The consultant will need to exercise flexibility in her/his availability for these events.
 80 plans need to be reviewed by the expert.
 The tentative timeline will be adjusted in consultation with the selected expert prior to signing of contract.
Required Skills and Experience
Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and implies that all expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period (professional fee, mission costs, communication, utilities, consumables, insurance, etc.) that could possibly be incurred by the Consultant are already factored in the financial proposal.
Failing to submit any of these documents may result in disqualification of the application.
Please note that shortlisted candidates might be interviewed.
EVALUATION OF OFFERS
Only candidates who will obtain at least 49 points and will score at least 70% of the maximum points obtainable for the technical criteria (1-7) will be considered for financial evaluation.
Financial Evaluation (30% of total evaluation – maximum 30 points):
The offer with the lowest price will receive the maximum of 30 points. Other offers with higher prices will receive their respective scores according to the following formula:
------------------- x 30
The contract will be awarded to the candidate that will obtain the highest aggregate score based on the technical and financial evaluation.