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Research Consultant on Volunteerism and Governance
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home based|
|Application Deadline :||23-Jan-14 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Four months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Four months|
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for recognition of volunteers, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing an increasing number and diversity of volunteers, including experienced UN Volunteers, throughout the world. UNV embraces volunteerism as universal and inclusive, and recognizes volunteerism in its diversity, as well as the values that sustain it: free will, commitment, engagement and solidarity.
UNV is headquartered in Bonn, Germany and has approximately 150 staff positions – with the majority in Bonn and some positions with different UN peacekeeping and political missions, and in other Headquarters locations (e.g. New York and Tokyo).
The major organizational groups within UNV are:
The Volunteer Knowledge and Innovation Section (VKIS) enhance UNV’s proactive capacity to mainstream volunteerism into peace and development initiatives through:
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of work:
This consultancy is to develop an evidence-based paper on international volunteering and governance. The paper will be a jointly sponsored effort of the International FORUM for Volunteering in Development and UNV. One of its purposes is as input into the 2014 State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (SWVR).
The paper should analyse whether international volunteerism helps to strengthen governance. UNDP defines governance as the exercise of political, economic and administrative authority in the management of a country’s affairs at all levels. Governance is a neutral concept comprising the complex mechanisms, processes, relationships and institutions through which citizens and groups articulate their interests, exercise their rights and obligations and mediate their differences. (//mirror.undp.org/magnet/policy/glossary.htm).
In this paper, volunteerism and governance may be explored in one or several areas such as collaborative governance, human rights, youth, gender, accountability, anti-corruption, access to information, conflict prevention and peace building, rule of law, social capital, poverty reduction, local governance, and multi-track diplomacy.
The work is home based. It will include desk reviews and making international contacts with informants.
Required Skills and Experience
The contract shall be awarded to the company/consultant who is the most technically qualified and provides the best value for money. The consultancy will be offered to the candidate with the highest combined score (technical and financial).
Evaluation Criteria and Weight (70% Technical 30% Financial):
For any queries, please send an e-mail to email@example.com, Att.: Iris Klesing with ‘55061 – Research Consultant – Volunteerism and Governance’ in the subject line.
We cannot accept applications by e-mail, fax or mail.
How to apply:
Applications should be submitted on line and include an up-to-date CV or Personal History Form (P11). Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.
If you submit an application, UNV expects that you have read and agree with the TOR and the UNV Terms and Conditions, available online:
http://www.unv.org/fileadmin/docdb/pdf/2011/procurement/UNV-IC_Terms%20%20Conditions.pdf Additional information needed:
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.
Any request for clarification must be sent in writing, or by standard electronic communication to the e-mail indicated below. UNV will respond in writing or by standard electronic mail and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all consultants/companies.
In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses would be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
Requests for further information must be sent in writing to the e-mail indicated above. Please note all applications must be submitted via the UNDP Job shop, we cannot accept application solely sent by e-mail.
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.