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International Expert for Preparation of an Assessment Study for the Requirements for Preparation of a National Cyber Security Strategy
|Location :||Home-based with 5 days field mission to Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia|
|Application Deadline :||05-Mar-14 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Maximum 20 days, including 5 days of field work in the country|
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.
|In 2012, within the overall efforts to make progress in the accession process to the EU, a High Level Accession Dialogue (HLAD) was opened as a policy reform roadmap, mutually agreed between the Government and the EU Commission. The HLAD process managed to reinvigorate the national response to the EU accession agenda whereby authorities committed to demonstrate notable progress in five policy areas within a very short time frame.
Having in mind that developing national capacities to respond and effectively manage the EU accession agenda represent the overarching objective of the UNDP’s country programme along with the track record of UNDP’s work in some of the policy areas tackled with the HLAD process, upon request of the Secretariat for European Affairs (SEA), UNDP took this opportunity to assist the national institutions in this process.
The areas supported so far included also Chapters 23 and 24 whereby UNDP has facilitated exchange of knowledge with Croatia in the area of Judiciary, Fundamental Rights and Justice, Freedom, and Security, so that the Macedonian counterparts could share experiences with colleagues and peers about the most pertinent EU accession processes and issues at strategic and operational level.
The analysis made in the field of combating organized crime, with special emphasis on the cybercrime as a part of the national efforts under Chapter 24, has identified the need for development of a strategic document that will contribute to more effective fight against cybercrime, which will be synchronized with other relevant institutional efforts through application of a systematic and integrated approach. Furthermore, the adoption of the EU Cyber Security Strategy, where the combat against cybercrime is just one segment of the overall concept for cyber security, has also reinforced the need for designing and adopting a National Cyber Security Strategy for the country.
The necessity of adopting of such a National Cyber Security Strategy is primarily related to:
The process of preparation of the said Strategy will be coordinated/led by the Ministry of Interior and will include all relevant institutions and stakeholders, such as Ministry of Information Society and Administration, Ministry of Defense, and other institutions.
Given that the Strategy is envisaged to be rather comprehensive, inter-institutional and also cover different sectors, the Secretariat for European Affairs and the Ministry of Interior have approached UNDP to assist with commissioning an assessment study that would help assess the necessary parameters and factors related to the process of planning the preparation of this complex Strategy. The assessment study is envisaged to be instrumental in analysis of all the relevant aspects for design and implementation of a fully-fledged National Cyber Security Strategy and a related Action Plan.
The objectives of this assignment are broadly two-fold.
The first aim is to collect data on issues and state of affairs relevant for preparation and potential implementation of a cyber-security strategy: its extent, potential costs for development, implications as well as potential policy responses (especially in the areas of law enforcement….).
The second aim, in line with the EU accession goals, is to evaluate the preparedness and parameters for a fully-fledged Strategy in relation to a number of factors including institutional mandates, activities, resources, risks, coordination issues and potential impacts.
This overall process related to the preparation of an assessment study and the expected Strategy is expected to contribute to harmonization of the national legislation with the EU legislation and implementation of in-depth technical analysis of the European legislation in relation to Chapter 24 - Justice, Freedom and Security. The efforts around the consultations and preparations of the Strategy are also expected to contribute to creating better positioning of the country in terms of future negotiations with the EU and better planning of the fiscal implications of the activities related to cybersecurity. The Strategy will also help in strengthening the institutional and legal framework in the field of cybercrime and cyber security in general.
The overall process starting from the assessment study up to subsequent actual preparation of the Cyber Security Strategy will also contribute to better understanding of the EU acquis in the domain of cyber security, as well as in strengthening of the human and institutional capacities of the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Information Society and Administration, Ministry of Defense and other national institutions identified by the strategy.
Duties and Responsibilities
|Tasks (Scope of Work)
Based on the above-described objective of the assignment, the following tasks should be performed:
The consultant should deliver:
Duration of the assignment
The assignment should be completed in the period from 20 March to 30 April 2014. The overall duration of the tasks covered by this ToRs has been estimated to not exceed 20 days within this indicated period, including one mission to Skopje and related desk-work to pre-review documentation and finalize the study.
The mission will take place in the period between 20 March and 30 April 2014. The field research and interviews with stakeholders will take place in that period.
First instalment: 50% upon successful completing of the first draft of the assessment study;
Second instalment: 50% upon approval of the completion of the assessment study as described above.
Required Skills and Experience
The Consultant is expected to provide the following:
Individual consultants can be evaluated based on the following methodology for Combined Scoring Method principle, which takes into account a combination of the applicants’ qualification and financial proposal (70% technical and 30 % financial offer). When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview via Skype.
Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation – max. 70 points (see the qualifications):