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2614 Senior Consultant for Cybersecurity Facility in Data Center Innovation District (3 segments)
|Location :||Home based, SERBIA|
|Application Deadline :||11-Jun-23 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||June 2023 - July 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 advice and support to the Office for IT and e-Government (ITE) related to the detailed specification of three segments of the Cybersecurity facility in the Data Center Innovation District.
To support digital transformation of the public administration in Serbia by developing an Innovation District to gather all important stakeholders in order to provide secure, fast and reliable software services, platform services and infrastructure services to governmental institutions, Science and Research institution, science technology park and other important stakeholders within the innovative ecosystem.
Digital transformation of the national economy and public administration are among the key priorities of Serbian Government. In addition to providing high-level political support and institutional sponsorship, the government introduced a new institutional framework to manage this process and initiate internal changes. In 2017, the Office for IT and e Government (ITE) was created to consolidate government's ICT resources, develop shared infrastructures and support the transition from an institution-centric to a citizen-centric model of designing and providing e services. ITE was initially formed as a cabinet-level body, and in 2022 with the creation of the new Government, its status changed into a special organization. ITE also performs the tasks of coordinating the support to the international cooperation on the global market for digital, innovative and creative industries, as well as monitoring and promoting the connection of the public and private sectors in the areas of the digital innovative creative economy, aiming at sustainable and integrated economic growth of the Republic of Serbia.
ITE currently provides IT/infrastructure services to 87 state institutions and all (174) municipalities in Serbia. With digitalization high on the government agenda, this number is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. ITE will, therefore, need to adapt its business processes related to ICT infrastructure management, to provide for the anticipated growth, while maintaining the expected levels of service quality and security.
In early 2018, the ITE has decided to implement a central cloud platform to support fundamental and most urgently needed digital infrastructure and services. The cloud platform is intended to provide software services, platform services and infrastructure services to governmental institutions, public enterprises, municipalities and potentially other entities. Initial consultations between the key government stakeholders gathered in the Coordination Council for e-Government (35 institutions) indicated that available data center facilities will be insufficient or unqualified to provide for the required long-term computing, communication and security infrastructure needs. In response to this, the ITE has decided to establish primary government data center location in Belgrade (hosted in one of Telecom Serbia’s data centers). In addition, the Government of Serbia has decided to commission the construction of a new Data Center/disaster recovery facility, consisting of Building 1 and Building 2, in Kragujevac, and designated this project as strategically important. ITE was appointed as the investor and manager of the facility, on behalf of the Republic of Serbia.
In order to further support development of digital infrastructure and services, and fulfil the needs of Data Center commercial tenants, ITE plans to further expend Data Center complex to adjacent land plot, and develop an Innovation District dedicated primarily to cyber security, biotech and smart city technologies. Furthermore, the Innovation District will be open to science and technology parks, academic and research and development institutions in Serbia. The focus is on elaborating further a cybersecurity facility within the Innovation Districts and having that in mind, the assignment can be divided into following phases. Phase one reflects on determining the entire concept of cybersecurity facility, starting off with a high-level concept idea in terms of best practices and trends in cybersecurity by looking at worldwide examples of such facilities or cybersecurity labs. Moving further, phase two would be development of spatial and technical specifications for proposed concept ideas including specification of units within this facility (for example: specification of the number of premises, units within premises, purpose of each unit in terms of office space, laboratory, training center, simulation laboratory, co-working space etc.). Phase three reflects on usage of proposed premises/units within cybersecurity facility looking closely at concept, events, work protocols, giving recommendations and guidelines in terms of training curriculums in area of cybersecurity and ICT infrastructure to accommodate suggested content, events and trainings.
UNDP is now seeking, under the Digital Transformation project, to engage the Consultant who will provide ITE with assistance related to phase two - providing special and technical specification for cybersecurity facility in the Data Center Innovation District. It is expected that the Consultant provides a detailed elaboration and proposal of three segments (Laboratory for the protection of SCADA systems and IoT devices; Meeting room and office space; Coworking space) of the cybersecurity facility taking in consideration already prepared high-level proposal presentation of concept idea.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
The Consultant will provide expert advice related to the equipment and technical and special specification of the three segments (Laboratory for the protection of SCADA systems and IoT devices; Meeting room and office space; Coworking space) of the cybersecurity facility under guidance of the Project Manager and Director of the Office for IT and eGovernment which shall lead to informed and efficient planning and preparation for construction of Data Center Innovation District.
Detailed activities include:
Deliverables and Timeline
The Consultants will be responsible for the following deliverables:
Deliverable must be submitted in Serbian language and will be quality reviewed, approved and accepted by the UNDP Project Manager in consultation with ITE and Ministry of Information and Telecommunications. The Consultant will be provided by UNDP and ITE with input report - high/level concept presentation supporting ITE in moving further with activities regarding development of Innovation District.
Required Skills and Experience
The Consultant selected to undertake the assignment must fulfill the following minimal requirements:
Qualifications and work experience
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS.
Qualified and interested candidates are asked to submit their applications: UNDP in Serbia under section “Jobs” no later than 11th June 2023.
Application should include:
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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).
Home-based, no envisaged travel.
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Engagement of Government Officials and Employees
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