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Consultant: To Develop Practice Note on How Volunteerism Contributes to Environment and Climate Change Focussed on Food Security Through Sustainable Livelihoods
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Application Deadline :||13-Jul-09 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||20 Days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||20 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.
The United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) is the United Nations programme that supports sustainable human development globally through the promotion of volunteerism and the mobilization of volunteers. It operates against a background of growing recognition that volunteerism brings benefits to both society at large and the individual volunteer; that it makes important contributions, economically as well as socially; and that it contributes to more cohesive societies by building trust and reciprocity among citizens. Universal and inclusive, UNV embraces all types of volunteer action while holding to the values of free will, commitment, engagement and solidarity, which are the foundations of volunteerism.
UNV engaged 7,521 UNV volunteers in 2007, on a total of 7,766 assignments. With an average of 39 years and the requisite professional skills and qualifications of some 5 to 10 years relevant experience, UNV volunteers served in 139 countries in 2007 and came themselves from 162. The majority – 77 per cent – come from developing countries themselves. One third of UNV volunteers served in their own countries, with the others carrying out international assignments. The financial equivalent of programme activities exceeds US$150 million annually.
UNV is headquartered in Bonn, Germany and has approximately 150 staff positions – the majority in Bonn with some dozen positions in different UN peacekeeping missions, and other Headquarters locations (e.g. New York and Tokyo). The major organizational groups within UNV are:
The Programme Development and Operations Group (PDOG) of UNV has primary responsibility for programming in the organization and includes three geographic sections (Africa; ARLAC - covering Latin America, the Caribbean and Arab States, and APEC – covering Asia, Pacific, Europe and CIS).
Delivery of Basic Services
Crisis Prevention and Recovery
Environment and Climate Change
The strategy also has three crosscutting social inclusion pillars i.e. youths, gender, and marginalised groups. In addition, partnership must be an integral aspect of any UNV intervention.
The global environmental movement has been based on volunteerism. It is driven by individual volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations from all focus areas and levels of society carrying out initiatives in the field of environment and climate change, as well as promoting environmental social action and volunteerism. The Johannesburg 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (Rio + 10), in its call for major groups to participate in implementation, specifically singles out volunteer groups. An internal review of projects financed by UNV-administered funds between 2006 and 2009 revealed that almost 40% of said projects integrated volunteerism in the context of activities addressing environmental issues and concerns .
963 million people do not have enough to eat and the number of undernourished people in the world increased by 75 million in 2007 and 40 million in 2008, largely due to higher food prices . Climate change is likely to further impact the four dimensions of food security: food availability, food accessibility, food utilisation and stability of food systems. At the community level, sustainable food production depends on agricultural practices that respect local ecosystems. Community volunteerism can play a crucial role in promoting ecologically sustainable agricultural development.
UNV will actively pursue partnerships with UN agencies, funds and programmes such as FAO, WFP and UNDP which are directly responding to the food crisis. UNV will also work closely with the UN working group on the Food Crisis established by the Secretary General as a coordination mechanism.
In its Decision 2008/22 from 26 June 2008, the EB states: “Notes that the United Nations Volunteers programme can effectively contribute, at the community level, to addressing environmental sustainability, including climate change, and encourages the United Nations Volunteers programme to engage in community-level natural resources management and climate mitigation and adaptation activities, upon request by programme countries”.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultation will be under the overall supervision of the Chief of the Research and Development (R&D) Unit, who may delegate to colleagues within R&D as appropriate. Interim deliverables are defined for steps of the consultation for monitoring and quality assurance purposes.
The expect output is a Practice Note knowledge document with:
Key Areas/Issues to be addressed
UNV recognises that there is a wide range of expressing and promoting volunteerism and it varies among different people, contexts, and cultures. Based on the objectives of the programme or project and reviewing the volunteerism-related activities undertaken, the research will consider the following key questions:
Methods and Approaches
The consultancy will be home-based and done in part based on UNV sources, but will also require the consultant to identify and pursue additional primary and secondary information sources, in developing the case studies. Methods and tools can be combined at various stages in the process:
Steps in the review process and estimated number of working days and deadline for completion
The case studies will include not only UNV programme examples, but also examples led by civil society entities, NGOs, government, private sector, etc.
Required Skills and Experience
The contract shall be awarded to the consultant who is the most technically qualified and provides the best value for money who acheives the highest combined score (technical and financial). Only those who pass the 80% technical evaluation score will be considered. Interviews will be used to determine the technical competencies of the candidates. Only companies/consultants with relevant experience in supplying similar services will be considered qualified.
Evaluation criteria and weights for Cumulative Analysis
*The financial score is calculated as follows:
The lowest offer is awarded 20 points. The highest priced offer will receive 5 points. All other offers would be awarded a relative score between 5 and 20. The equation for this calculation is as follows: p = y (μ/z)
The candidate obtaining the overall highest score after adding the technical score and the financial score will be awarded the contract.
How to apply
Applications should be submitted on line and include an up-to-date CV or Personal History Form (P11). Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.