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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Democratic Governance Roster for Political Economy Analysis Experts
|Location :||Varies from home-based to assignments in headquarters/ regional centres or country office|
|Application Deadline :||18-Nov-11 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Varies from a few days to several months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Varies from a few days to several months|
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP supports over 132 countries around the globe in the areas of Poverty Reduction, Democratic Governance, Environment and Energy, Capacity Development, Gender, HIV/AIDS and Crisis Prevention and Recovery. The Bureau for Development Policy (BDP) is UNDP’s policy bureau. BDP plays a key role in helping country offices accelerate human development through UNDP’s programmes and initiatives.
The Democratic Governance Practice (DGP) is the largest practice area in UNDP/BDP. It works on building effective and capable states that are accountable and transparent. The principal areas of work are organized around 3 clusters: Inclusive Participation, Responsive Governing Institutions, and International Norms and Principles.
Political Economy Analysis in UNDP:
Over the past years, UNDP has developed rigorous analysis and assessment frameworks implemented by different parts of the organization to ensure that programming is based on solid and realistic evidence. There is, however, a growing recognition that as development practitioners, we lack tools to help us navigate the ‘enabling environment’, which plays a fundamental role in the success or failure of our efforts to support our national partners. Indeed, aid effectiveness and impact of the UN development assistance depends on a solid analysis and understanding of the underlying incentives that influence the behaviour of people working within formal institutions. These incentive structures are made up of a complex mix of context specific factors, including access to economic resources, political power relationships, cultural understandings, religion and identity. Formal institutions function according to the underlying political settlement and a complex mix of factors of the societal scaffolding that supports it.
This was also a key message stressed at the last Democratic Governance Community of Practice Meeting (Dakar, 15-19 February 2010): the need for thorough understanding of the context that UNDP works in, whether it is at the regional, national, or sub-national level. As stated in the meeting, regular and high quality political economy analysis is required for this so that the strategic support that UNDP provides is relevant and realistic.
In 2010 a UNDP working group was convened by the Democratic Governance Group (DGG) / Bureau for Development Policy to explore ways in which political economy analyses could be applied to support UNDP’s mandate and interventions. Since then, the Oslo Governance Centre (OGC) has coordinated a series of working group consultations and meetings geared towards the production of a UNDP Political Economy Analysis Practitioner’s Guide and development of learning opportunities for UNDP staff at countries offices, regional centres and headquarters. Against this background, UNDP is soliciting applications from highly qualified experts in order to expand the DG experts roster and enhance our capacity to respond quickly to demand for additional expertise from regional and country offices.
Duties and Responsibilities
The range of tasks that would typically be expected from a consultant includes:
Required Skills and Experience
Evaluation of Applicants
When a request for services arises, the hiring unit/office shall:
Payment/s shall be made following certification by UNDP that the services related to each deliverable, as specified in the contract, have been satisfactorily performed and the deliverables have been achieved by or before the due dates specified, if any.
Please note that an evaluation of the expert must be submitted by the hiring unit before issuance of the last payment on the assignment.
Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via the UNDP website.
This call for applications is specifically directed at Political Economy Analysis Experts. Interested candidates are advised to carefully review this ToR and ensure that they meet the requirements and qualifications described above.
Experts can apply to more than one expert roster. Candidates interested in being considered for other thematic rosters should submit a separate application, in response to the specific vacancy announcement for that thematic area.
All Democratic Governance Vetted Experts Roster announcements are accessible below:
Experts must submit all materials requested for each thematic area of interest. Applications (for each roster) should contain:
Qualified women and members of social minorities are encouraged to apply. Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are only able to inform the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.
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.