2603 Consultant for Tourism Construction Planning

Location : Belgrade with visits to selected municipalities, SERBIA
Application Deadline :11-Jun-23 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Expected Duration of Assignment :June - December 2023

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To provide support to the Development Agency of Serbia (DAS) and the Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) Unit in implementing tourism investment projects.




To support the DAS and FDI Unit in facilitation and diversification of investment projects in Serbia.




Improving investment climate plays a central role in growth and poverty reduction. To improve the institutional infrastructure for supporting the development of business environment in Serbia, the Development Agency of Serbia (DAS) was established in 2015. In the previous period through “Improving the Investment Climate in Serbia” project, DAS was capacitated in terms of some structures, capacity building and procedures to effectively attract new investments and manage the existing projects. The structures developed through previous project was well placed and had good coordination role, helping both the DAS and investors to make promising progress in attracting more direct investments. However, there is a need for further strengthening the DAS capacities and coordination role of the FDI Unit.


The Development Services Agreement between Government of Serbia and UNDP is envisaged to provide a framework for services requested by the Government, for ongoing initiatives of the Government, for which it bears full accountability. Most development services envisaged under the Agreement relate to support to policy making through research, advocacy or policy alternatives, aimed at fulfilling priorities as articulated in the Government plans, presented before Parliament, and in line with progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.


The overall objective of the continuation of FDI Unit is to support effective coordination of all institutions in the Republic of Serbia, relevant for improvement of the investment climate, which in turn directly affects the country’s sustainable growth and development. This particularly will be needed in the next post-pandemic period and as an answer to economic impact of Covid-19. In that sense, UNDP will engage assistance for supporting policy work enabling investment projects, facilitating and attracting individual FDIs and for continuation of the capacity building of the Development Agency of Serbia.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of work


The Government of the Republic of Serbia has introduced various reforms in the past decade, with the aim to boost the construction industry and real estate development. With new business opportunities, the legislative framework for planning and construction sets ground for enhanced regional and local development, allowing municipalities in Serbia to better utilize their potentials in this sector. Besides the laws and bylaws regulating construction as economic and business activity, the availability of planning documents on the local level has immense impact on the region’s potential to attract large-scale investments in various sectors.


The FDI unit and UNDP are in search of a consultant who will provide expert support in assessing the state of planning documentation on selected investment locations in Serbia. The consultant shall provide technical advice on analysis of the planning documentation for tourism investment projects in the municipalities of Serbia. Under the direct supervision of the Technical Advisor for Investment Climate, the consultant shall have specific responsibilities as follows:


  • Analysis of Planning Documents and Regulatory Requirements: The consultant will conduct an analysis of adopted planning documents and other regulatory requirements in the process of adoption on the local level of government related to tourism development in the following locations: Surdulica – Vlasina Lake area, Stara Planina, Cacak – Atomska banja, and Vranjska Banja. This analysis shall include a review of relevant legal and regulatory frameworks, as well as an assessment of current planning documents related to tourism development in each location.
  • Mapping of Key Stakeholders: The consultant shall map the key stakeholders involved in the administrative procedures from tourism investment project concept and design to completion of construction works. This will include identifying the relevant government agencies, private sector actors, and other stakeholders involved in the tourism investment process. The consultant shall also assess the roles and responsibilities of each stakeholder and develop recommendations for improving stakeholder coordination and collaboration.
  • Assessment of Current Tourism Capacities: The consultant shall assess the current tourism capacities in line with available planning documents, including an overview of available projects for potential investors. This assessment shall include an analysis of the available tourism infrastructure and superstructure, with a focus on recommendations for improving the utilization of public areas in all four locations. The consultant will also develop recommendations for improving tourism capacities and infrastructure to attract more visitors.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: The consultant shall conduct interviews and organize meetings with representatives of stakeholders in each of the above-listed locations. The consultant will use these interactions to gather additional information related to selected locations.
  • Close Cooperation with FDI Unit and DAS: The consultant will work closely with FDI Unit and the Development Agency of Serbia (DAS) to ensure that the analysis and recommendations are aligned with the broader investment promotion strategy for Serbia.

Duties, responsibilities and key milestones


The Consultant is responsible for the following deliverables:


Service deliverables (In Serbian language)



Detailed report on the analysis of current planning documents and regulatory requirements related to tourism investments in four specified locations / Surdulica – Vlasina Lake area,                                               Stara Planina, Cacak – Atomska banja, and Vranjska Banja/, including an overview of available projects for potential investors, submitted and approved, /up to 60 pages/

1 July 2023


Stakeholder mapping report that identifies key stakeholders involved in the administrative procedures from project concept to completion of construction works, including investors and municipal administration representatives, submitted and approved / up to 30 pages/

15 August 2023


Draft Report on recommendations that provides actionable suggestions for improving the utilization of public areas with the goal to enhance tourism capacities in the four locations, with a focus on aligning with broader economic and development objectives, highlighting potential challenges and risks that may arise, submitted and approved /up to 30 pages/

1 October 2023


Final Report on recommendations that provides actionable suggestions for improving the utilization of public areas and enhancing tourism capacities and infrastructure in the four  locations /Surdulica – Vlasina Lake area,  Stara Planina, Cacak – Atomska banja, and Vranjska Banja/, with a focus on aligning with broader economic and development objectives, including a roadmap for the implementation of the recommendations, highlighting any potential challenges and risks that may arise, submitted and approved /up to 50 pages/

10 December 2023


* The timelines may be slightly adjusted once the contract is signed with the consultant in order to align with actual project implementation.

All deliverables shall be written in Serbian language, quality reviewed and accepted by the UNDP Technical Advisor for the Investment Climate.


  • Ability to summarize and systematize complex information and present findings clearly;
  • Consistently ensures timeliness and quality of project work;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills ;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling ethical standards;
  •  Full computer literacy in the use of MS Office package, especially Word;
  • Excellent written communication skills, with analytic capacity and ability to synthesize relevant collected data and findings for the preparation of quality analysis.

Required Skills and Experience



  • BA in Architecture, Civil Engineering, Urban Planning or similar field.



  • Minimum 7 years of professional experience in the relevant field of urban planning, architectural engineering, especially in preparation of construction technical documentation; 
  • Experience in working in complex environments and technical project documentation development ;


  • Fluency in Serbian and English.

Application Procedure:


Qualified and interested candidates are asked to submit their applications via UNDP Web site: UNDP in Serbia under section “Jobs” no later than 11 June 2023.


Application should include: 

  • CV in English language containing date of birth, contact information (home address, phone number, e-mail) and timeline of work experience (including description of duties).  
  • Offeror’s Letter (only PDF format will be accepted) confirming Interest and availability for the Individual Contractor (IC) Assignment. Can be downloaded from the following link: https://www.undp.org/sites/g/files/zskgke326/files/2022-07/confirmation.docx. The Offeror’s Letter shall include financial proposal specifying a total lump sum amount for the tasks specified in this announcement with a breakdown of costs (Offeror’s Letter, including Annex 2, Table A: Breakdown of costs & Table B) Breakdown of costs by deliverables).

In order to apply please merge above listed documents into a single PDF file. The system does not allow for more than one attachment to be uploaded.


The shortlisted candidates may be asked to provide copies of diplomas and any other certificates providing evidence of their education and experience in relevant fields.


Any request for clarification must be sent by standard electronic communication to the e-mail vacancy.rs@undp.org. The procuring UNDP entity will respond by standard electronic mail and will send response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all consultants.


Financial Proposal


  • Lump sum contracts

The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount in USD currency, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in instalments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon approval of each deliverable.  In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel in Serbia, per diems, and number of anticipated working days).



All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel and field visits to selected municipalities  Surdulica – Vlasina Lake area, Stara Planina, Cacak – Atomska banja, and Vranjska Banja.  In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.




Cumulative analysis

When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

a) responsive/compliant/acceptable in terms of relevant experience and academic background, and

b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

* Technical Criteria weight; 70%

* Financial Criteria weight; 30%

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points would be considered for the Financial Evaluation



Max. Point



70 points

Criteria A

Desk review of the CVs based on professional experience in project design related to tourism infrastructure (to be demonstrated trough CV)


Criteria B

Professional Experience in working with regulatory requirements and planning documents (to be demonstrated trough CV)




30 points



Additional Information:

In the case of engagement of Civil servants under IC contract modality a no-objection letter should be provided by the Government entity. The ‘no-objection’ letter must also state that the employer formally certifies that their employees are allowed to receive short-term consultancy assignment from another entity without being on “leave-without-pay” status (if applicable), and include any conditions and restrictions on granting such permission, if any. If the previous is not applicable ‘leave-without-pay’ confirmation should be submitted.


Engagement of Government Officials and Employees

  • Government Officials or Employees are civil servants of UN Member States.  As such, if they will be engaged by UNDP under an IC which they will be signing in their individual capacity (i.e., engagement is not done through RLA signed by their government employer), the following conditions must be met prior to the award of contract:

          (i)       A “No-objection” letter in respect of the individual is received from the Government employing him/her, and;

          (ii)     The individual must provide an official documentation from his/her employer formally certifying his or her status as being on “official leave without pay” for the duration of the IC.

  • The above requirements are also applicable to Government-owned and controlled enterprises and well as other semi/partially or fully owned Government entities, whether or not the Government ownership is of majority or minority status.   
  • UNDP recognizes the possibility that there are situations when the Government entity employing the individual that UNDP wishes to engage is one that allows its employees to receive external short-term consultancy assignments (including but not limited to research institutions, state-owned colleges/universities, etc.), whereby a status of “on-leave-without-pay” is not required.  Under such circumstance, the individual entering into an IC with UNDP must still provide a “No-objection” letter from the Government employing him/her.  The “no objection” letter required under (i) above must also state that the employer formally certifies that their employees are allowed to receive short-term consultancy assignment from another entity without being on “leave-without-pay” status and include any conditions and restrictions on granting such permission, if any.  The said document may be obtained by, and put on record of, UNDP, in lieu of the document (ii) listed above.

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