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International Consultant to Support Business Development Partnerships
|Location :||Home-based, with Travel to Prague, Czech Republic|
|Application Deadline :||31-Aug-15 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Estimated September 2015 – November 2015|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Estimated 20 working days in total; 5 working days for field mission and 15 days for desk work|
Over the course of the past ten years UNDP (along with other international partners (1)) has been providing capacity building support to emerging donor countries in their new role as providers of development assistance. The Czech Republic became a member of OECD/DAC in 2013. Despite taking steps towards building an effective system of development assistance, the Czech Republic continues to face various challenges concerning the management of its Official Development Assistance (ODA) and the follow-up activities to engage Czech business and expertise in development.
Duties and Responsibilities
For the purposes of this assignment, business development partnerships are understood as opportunities of Czech contractors that have previously implemented Czech ODA projects and now intend to engage in projects/activities which lead to the conclusion of new contracts. These include commercial or other follow-up activities funded by other donor agencies, beneficiary´s state budget, international organizations (EU, UN agencies), international finance institutions (IFIs), as well as other private companies - “business to business” cooperation.
The international consultant will work under direct supervision of the Czech-UNDP Trust Fund Programme Specialist and in close collaboration with the CzDA and the Czech MFA. The consultant should also liaison with two independent development bodies uniting Czech entrepreneurs and NGOs, i.e. the Business Platform for Foreign Development Cooperation and the Czech Forum for Development Cooperation.
It is further expected that the consultant will conduct face-to-face interviews with various Czech ODA practitioners in the Czech Republic, as well as remote interviews with various organizations. The Programme Specialist will provide available data and official reports and will draft the agenda for consultant’s visit to the Czech Republic.
The consultant will draft a report taking into account the Czech contractors areas of expertise and geographical focus of Czech ODA that should include the following:
Deliverable – Analytical Report (approx. 20-30 pages, excl. annexes and summary)
Payment schedule and delivery dates
Draft analytical report is to be delivered by 31 October 2015. Final Report is to be delivered by 15 November 2015. 100% of total lump sum payable after delivery of the final report approved by UNDP.
As stipulated in the Act on Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid, effective from 1 July 2010, which has defined the concepts of development cooperation and humanitarian aid, as well as the roles of various actors in its implementation. Available at http://www.mzv.cz/jnp/en/foreign_relations/development_cooperation_and_humanitarian/act_on_development_cooperation_and.html
Required Skills and Experience
Evaluation of Applicants
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal.
The award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Only the highest ranked candidates who would be found qualified for the job will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation – max. 15 points
Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website.
The application should contain:
Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period (e.g. fee, health insurance, vaccination and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services...). All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal.
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.