BRIDGE Expert, Accrediting and workshop Facilitators - 10


Location : Abuja, NIGERIA
Application Deadline :31-Aug-12 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
03-Sep-2012
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year Retainer

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.


Background

The Democratic Governance for Development (DGD) project is managed by UNDP in support of elections and more broadly, the deepening of democracy in Nigeria. It is funded with contributions from The European Union, the UK Department for International Development (DfID), UNDP, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). The project duration is 2010-2015. It aims to consolidate and advance democratic governance and accountability in Nigeria to achieve the country’s stated development priorities and outcomes as specified in the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and the Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP).

These objectives are pursued through four components:

  1. Promoting Credible, Transparent and Sustainable Electoral Processes
  2. Improving the Democratic Quality of Political Engagement
  3. Enhancing Participation by Women, Youth and other marginalized groups
  4. Strengthening Channels of Civic Engagement

Among the institutions being supported, is the Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria (INEC) and State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs). Support to INEC will contribute to strengthening its strategic planning and operational capacities; ensuring credible systems for voter registration, results tallying and submission; improving the legal and policy framework for elections and supporting capacity building of staff. SIECs are responsible for organizing and overseeing elections for State Houses of Assembly and the Local Government. While there have been significant improvements in the management of elections at the Federal level by INEC, numerous challenges persist at State and Local Government. SIECs face the challenge of capacity, independence and credibility with voters. DGD II’s support will focus on building the capacity and skills of SIEC staff to enable them to organize transparent and fair elections.

As part of these efforts to build capacity for effective management of elections in Nigeria at Federal and State levels, DGD II will continue using the BRIDGE curriculum among other approaches. In the first and transitional phases of the project, several BRIDGE workshops were conducted for INEC staff. Two Train the Facilitator Workshops were conducted. Modular workshops were held on gender and elections, strategic planning and election observation. Participants were senior INEC Directors, training department staff, the Gender and Civil Society desk and other departments of INEC.


Duties and Responsibilities

The project therefore seeks the services of several BRIDGE Facilitators to conduct modular as well as Train the Facilitator Workshops. DGD is committed to building the national capacity for the training of election professionals. Therefore the project will partner previously trained semi-accredited facilitators with more qualified BRIDGE facilitators to help them improve their skills in delivering the curriculum.

We require Expert, Accrediting and Workshop facilitators to conduct workshops for INEC and SIEC staff between August 2012 and August 2013. The key objectives of this consultancy are:

  • To conduct various BRIDGE training workshops for INEC and SIEC staff;
  • To build the skills of the existing cadre of semi-accredited facilitators in Nigeria, to deliver the BRIDGE curriculum.

Summary of key functions:
 
The consultants will be expected to deliver the following:

Make pre-course training preparations including:

  • Convening meeting(s) of the facilitation team prior to the start of the workshop – virtually or in person once in country
  • Mentor semi-accredited facilitators to deliver segments of the BRIDGE trainings;
  • Develop a learning plan adapted to the needs of the client with clearly identified Key Understandings and Learning Outcomes
  • Review the selected course materials for relevance to the context and assignment to each facilitator 
  • Compile the Participant Handbooks

Facilitate BRIDGE workshops;

  • Lead the preparation of a consolidated workshop report containing contributions from the other facilitator(s) including following up on BRIDGE secretariat reporting requirements and accreditation processes.

The contracts will be on a retainer basis, with specific deliverables agreed upon for every assignment.

Functions/ Expected Results:

  • INEC staff gain new knowledge and skills related to various aspects of effectively administering elections.
  • An increase in the number of  fully qualified BRIDGE facilitators in Nigeria. 

Deliverables / Outputs:

  • Virtual or face to face team meetings held;
  • Course materials assembled in sample Facilitator Handbooks and Participant Handbooks;
  • Facilitation completed for assigned sections of the workshop;
  • A final workshop report to DGD within 1 week following the training.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Improvement in INECs capacities to administer various aspects of election administration 
  • Enhanced institutional capacity to provide cutting edge training on various aspects of election administration

Supervision:

The DGD Project Director will provide strategic guidance to the contractors. For quality assurance purposes and to ensure timely completion of the assignment the respective DGD component specialists will provide day to day technical backstopping to the contractors for the duration of the assignment.


Competencies

Corporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism

Payment Modality:

A daily rate will be agreed upon, with travel expenses and DSA provided, for all authorized travel, including travel from Country of residence to duty station for every approved assignment as well as travel to locations in Nigeria but outside the duty station for particular workshops.

Payment will be made in 3 phases:

  • Signing of the contract, submission and validation by DGD of the proposed course outline 30%
  • Completion of the workshop  40%
  • Submission of a final workshop report 30%


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • A degree in Political Science, International Relations, Development Studies, Public Administration and Management or relevant social sciences.

Experience:

Required Skills and Competencies:

Lead facilitators:

  • Not less than 10 years working and training experience in electoral administration including areas related to key BRIDGE modules including but not limited to Electoral Dispute Resolution, Electoral Planning, Electoral Technology, Gender, Voter Registration, Observation, Media and Electoral Contestants.
  • Extensive experience running BRIDGE courses.
  • Qualified as a BRIDGE Expert or Accrediting Facilitator.

Facilitators:

  • Not less than 5 years working and training experience in electoral administration in the areas related to key BRIDGE modules including but not limited to Electoral Dispute Resolution, Electoral Planning, Electoral Technology, Gender, Voter Registration, Observation, Media and Electoral Contestants.
  • Previous experience of running the BRIDGE curriculum.
  • Qualified as a BRIDGE Workshop Facilitator.

For all the positions the following skills and competencies are expected:

  • Strong communication skills, ability and willingness to travel to and within Nigeria

Language Requirements: 

  • Fluency in English

Other - SELECTION CRITERIA:

A. Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:

Interested individual contractors must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications alongside their proposal. Your proposal should specify if you are applying for a Lead facilitator or Facilitator position:

Proposal:

  • Explaining why you are the most suitable for the work – examples of previous similar work
  • Provide a detailed methodology on how you will approach and conduct the work
  • Implementation Plan and Timelines
  • All proposals must be submitted alongside a signed cover letter.

Personal CV including past experience in similar projects with detailed contacts relating to the project and at least 3 references

Financial proposal:

  • Lump sum contracts

The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, 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.  Your financial proposal shall include a breakdown of the lump sum

All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel.  All travels shall be refunded by UNDP at economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she shall do so using their own resources. In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets (economy class), lodging and terminal expenses shall be paid at UNDP rate.
Individual Contractors responding to this request for Individual Contractors should use the Price Schedule in Annex 1 below in their submission:

B. Selection Criteria:

Cumulative analysis:
The evaluation criteria as shown in the table below shall be used to assess all the proposals received. The award of the Individual Contractors Contract shall be made to the individual contractors whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
  • 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 that obtain a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation. The maximum 30 points will be allotted to the lowest bid, all other bids shall receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest fee e.g. [30 Points] x [Naira lowest] / [Naira other] = points for other proposer’s fees

Selection Criteria Weight Maximum Points Obtainable Points Obtained by Contractors:

  • Education 15 15 
  • Experience of workshop facilitation 25 25 
  • Training and work experience in the areas covered by the BRIDGE modules (e.g. Electoral Dispute Resolution, Electoral Planning, Electoral Technology, Gender, Voter Registration, Observation,  Media and Electoral Contestants) 30 30 
  • Financial proposal 30 30 
  • TOTAL 100 100 



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