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2613 National Consultants for Mentorship (5 positions)
|Location :||Home Based with travel to project locations, SERBIA|
|Application Deadline :||18-Jun-23 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||June 2023 – December 2023|
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.
To provide expert support to the UNDP to establishing and functioning of the Air Quality Accelerator (AQ Accelerator) as part of the Pillar 3: Depollution of the environment with a strong focus on air quality, and Pillar 4: 4: Protecting and investing in biodiversity and ecosystems, under the project “EU for Green Agenda in Serbia”.
To support results oriented, effective, efficient and accountable implementation of the project activities necessary for establishing and supporting work of AQ Accelerator.
UNDP Serbia supports the Government of Serbia to comply with international conventions and European Union regulations on climate change, adaptation and mitigation, emission-reduction, and promotion of the transition to low-emission and climate-resilient development.
The European Green Deal and the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans offer a blueprint for joint action to tackle the challenges of the green transition. The Green Agenda was shaped into regional action through the Sofia Declaration and the Action Plan for the Implementation of the Sofia Declaration on the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans 2021 – 2030.
The green transition requires a cross-sectoral approach and broad societal participation to trigger transformative change. In line with this ambition, the “Green Agenda for Serbia” project funded by the EU, was designed to build broader engagement and participation. The project objective is to contribute to the efficient, inclusive, and sustainable implementation of the Green Agenda by improving the strategic and legislative framework, co-financing the implementation of innovative pilot projects, and mobilizing additional financing for scale-up investments. In this way, the project will contribute to the green transformation of the economy and society in Serbia. The project will also contribute to the decarbonization of the economy and achievement of the Paris Agreement goals, reducing environmental pollution (air, soil, and water) and support the alignment of Serbia’s regulatory framework with the EU acquis in following five pillars of the Green Agenda:
UNDP developed and applies mechanisms for selection and technical support of pilot projects, through Innovation Challenge Calls and Acceleration process – in close cooperation with the EU Delegation and relevant institutions.
Under the Green Agenda project, the Challenge Call for Proposals for Innovative Solutions for the Green Transition of the Serbian Economy was open from February 23 until May 12, 2023. In total, 12 application were submitted for pillar 3, and 10 applications for pillar 4 of the Call. Evaluation process will determine the number of projects to be been selected for „acceleration“ phase, and most mature projects will be selected for co-financing. UNDP is looking for mentors who will suport the selected projects’ teams in the acceleration phase.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of work:
The Consultants shall, under direct supervision of the UNDP Portfolio Manager, provide expert support to the UNDP team in the organization and facilitation of the Air Quality Accelerator, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Environmental Protection. Preliminary evaluation of applications was conducted, which resulted in selection of seven projects for acceleration under pillar 3, and also seven projects for acceleration under pillar 4.
Under pillar 3, two out of seven projects are located in Belgrade, and other projects are located in, Mataruska Banja, Krusevac, Petrovac na Mlavi, Cacak and Novo Milosevo.
Under pillar 4, three out of seven projects are located in Belgrade, and other projects in Titel, Pancevo, , Vrsac and Sremska Mitrovica.
Note: Additional locations might be confirmed after final evaluation process is completed.
The Consultants shall conduct at least one one-day site visit to each team during contract duration and ensure regular at least bi-weekly consultation. Consultants shall submit two progress report for each of the teams, as well as a Final Report for each team, in line with the Report Template provided as an Annex to this ToR. Consultants shall be responsible for mentoring and supporting each team assigned in order to achieve project defined milestones and successfully transform project ideas into mature projects and ready-made solutions. Consultant will provide mentorship services and guiding and advising the teams for the purpose of transforming project ideas into mature projects and solutions ready for implementation. Also, under direct supervision of the UNDP team, the Consultant will identify required complementary technical assistance that the teams may require and facilitate the provision of such assistance through the AQ Accelerator.
This mentorship will also include: capacity building support during at least one hybrid general workshop for all teams, sharing of good practices, exchange of data and information, provision of expert assistance in preparation of project related technical documentation, solving open issues and challenges (such as for example those related to permits etc.), testing of the proposed technical solutions/prototypes, organization of matching and pitching events and linking with financing institutions and mechanisms to support implementation and blending of resources. Due to different types of stakeholders (local self-government, academia, public and private companies) specific acceleration support may be needed and provided also by other institutions in order to develop ideas into mature project proposals (all project documentation developed) ready for co-financing.
Under the direct supervision of the UNDP Portfolio Manager, in consultation with Project Coordinator, and Project Analyst, Consultants shall complete the following tasks:
Consultant for mentorship for pillar 3 – Air Quality (LOT 1) (1 position)
Consultant for mentorship for pillar 4 – Biodiversity (LOT 2) (2 positions)
Consultant for mentorship for pillars 3 and 4 – Business Planning (LOT 3) (2 positions)
Task 1 – Providing continuous support to pillar 3 Accelerator teams in the cluster
Task 2 – Organize and communicate with teams, other consultants and external mentors
Task 3 – Track and report progress of Accelerator teams
Task 4 – Support in technical documentation preparation
Deliverables and timelines
The Contractor will be responsible for the following deliverables:
Important notice: All deliverables have to be quality reviewed and accepted by the UNDP Project Manager. None of the materials, reports, designs, brochures and articles produced under this Contract will be used, released, and/or disseminated without prior approval by UNDP.
Required Skills and Experience
Consultant for mentorship for pillar 3 – Air Quality (LOT 1)
• Fluency in Serbian and English language
NOTE: For LOT 1, one position is positions is envisaged, for a consultant with a background in engineering and/or environmental sciences with experience in air quality sector.
Consultant for mentorship for pillar 4 – Biodiversity (LOT 2)
NOTE: For LOT 2, two positions are envisaged, one position for a consultant with a background in forestry management, and one position for a consultant with a background in biodiversity sector.
Consultant for mentorship for pillars 3 and 4 – Business Planning (LOT 3)
NOTE: For LOT 3, two positions are envisaged, both with a background in business administration, economics and/or finance, with experience in business development and budgeting.
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS
Qualified and interested candidates are asked to submit their applications via UNDP Web site: UNDP in Serbia under section “Jobs” no later than 18 June 2023.
Application should include:
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 email@example.com. 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.
The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount (USD), and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR. 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, per diems, and number of anticipated working days- Annex 2, Table A: Breakdown of costs & Table B: Breakdown of costs by deliverables).
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: Belgrade, Mataruska Banja, Krusevac, Petrovac na Mlavi, Cacak, Novo Milosevo, Sremska Mitrovia, Pancevo, Vrsac and Titel. Please refer to Scope of Work for additional information regarding locations for pillars 3 and 4. 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.
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, 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
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
(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.