Recovery Livelihoods Officer (1 position)


Location : Sarajevo, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Application Deadline :23-Mar-16 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :130 days within 10 months period

Background

Purpose
The purpose of the consultancy is to ensure high quality economic expertise and support in conducting quality assurance process for the EU Flood Recovery Programme, in line with the broader programmatic scope of the intervention and the general scope for the economic development component as defined within the EU FRP Description of Action. 

 

Objective
The primary focus of the consultancy is to provide expert monitoring and data collection services for the Livelihoods Component activities.

 

Background Information

In May 2014 heavy rains fell over Bosnia and Herzegovina, causing massive flooding in northern, eastern and central parts of the country bordering Croatia and Serbia. The floods are the worst in 120 years and have brought enormous destruction in a country that is still recovering from the consequences of the 92-95 war and where significant groups of the population suffer from chronic poverty and unemployment. The natural disaster affected a quarter of the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina and approximately one million people, which is approximately 27% of the country’s population of 3.8 million. Some 50% of local governments were affected by the floods with a number suffering near-complete flooding of urban, industrial and rural areas. Consequently, houses, infrastructure, schools, hospitals, private facilities, farms and crops were damaged or destroyed, causing deterioration of public services, local economy and agriculture activities.
In cooperation with national and local governments, the UN, European Union and the World Bank are conducting a recovery needs assessment to identify short, medium and long-term recovery priorities in a variety of sectors. The results and findings of this assessment will inform the design of relevant interventions to address the consequences of the floods in an integrated and sustainable manner.

In the meanwhile, and based on an assessment conducted on the 46 most affected local governments, the UN has identified the critical recovery demands and their financial projections for the next few months, in the following sectors:
 

  • Rehabilitation and reconstruction of public buildings and services;
  • Shelter and Housing;
  • Debris Management and demining;
  • Community Infrastructure: small roads & bridges;
  • Water, Sanitation and Sewage, and
  • Livelihoods and Agriculture


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the EU Flood Recovery Programme Coordinator, Recovery Livelihoods Officer will be responsible for monitoring and quality assurance for all 116 MSMEs originally included in the programme. The programme will continue to follow the economic activity impact created through new equipment and business infrastructure acquired/rehabilitated during the programme and provide support to direct beneficiaries as needed.

Scope of work

The Recovery Livelihoods Officer will provide assistance to the EU Floods Recovery Programme team in the livelihoods component with specific focus on post-assistance monitoring as well as review of development progress of 116 MSMEs.

Key functions

The functions of the Recovery Livelihoods Officer will include the following:

  1. Post-assistance monitoring and quality assurance of the activities implemented through 116 MSMEs and review of development progress of MSMEs;
  2. Support Recovery Programme Project Manager in terms of data collection;
  3. Support to the Recovery Programme Coordinator in terms of effective reporting of gender index.

1. Post-assistance monitoring and quality assurance of the implementation of the livelihoods component

  • Support the EU Recovery Programme Coordinator – conducting extensive post-assistance quality assurance of grant implementation;
  • Review the current state of play (within two specific time periods) against set targets during the Programme implementation;
  • Review of development progress of MSMEs against set targets (in terms of financial indicators as well as number of employees);
  • Provides support in organization of external evaluation of the project.

2. Support Recovery Programme Project Manager in terms of data collection.

  • Collect key business data from MSMEs as defined in the progress reports for defined business periods;
  • Analyze impact of EU FRP grants based on the key business data collected (including trends).


3. Support to the Recovery Programme Coordinator in terms of effective reporting of gender index:

  • Support to the Recovery Programme Coordinator in ensuring gender mainstreaming throughout the Livelihoods programme component activities, work plans, budgets, reports, research, analyses  and, where specifically relevant, analyzed in detail.

c. Reporting

  • Progress report on implemented activities on monthly basis;
  • Final report for the monitoring conducted;
  • Interim monitoring report for each MSME;
  • Final monitoring report for each MSME


d. Deliverables and timelines

The Recovery Livelihoods Officer is responsible for completion and submission of the following deliverables:


Deliverables (outputs) Deadline

  1. Technical monitoring (80 days).
  • Monitoring of 116 MSMEs and the contracted activities at the end of two financial reporting periods, continuous, November 30th , 2016

      2.   Reporting (50 days)

  • Monthly progress report; End of each month.
  • Interim reports for each MSME; August, 15th, 2016
  • Final reports for each MSME; 30th November, 2016.
  • Final progress reports, December 15th, 2016

 

 


Competencies

Competencies
The minimum required experiences of the proposed Consultant are:

Core Values:

  • 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, disabilities, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

Core Competencies:

  • Knowledge in agribusiness and state of the art agricultural techniques and practices;
  • Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office and in the field;
  • Ability to assist in  implementation, monitoring and evaluation of agriculture projects;
  • Good communication skills, both orally and in writing, in a clear and persuasive style tailored to match different audiences.


Building trust:

  • Deals openly, honestly and transparently with issues, resources and people.

 


Required Skills and Experience

  • University degree in the field of business, economics, development, political sciences and other relevant social sciences;
  • At least 4 years of relevant professional experience in the field of economic, rural or private sector development experience in BiH;
  • Understanding of development trends in Bosnia and Herzegovina;
  • Familiarity with key public documents, strategies, trends and initiatives related to economy and economic development in Bosnia and Herzegovina;
  • Excellent team leadership and inter-personal skills required;
  • Previous experience with an international public and/or private sector organization would be considered as an additional asset;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, PPT etc.);
  • Excellent command of B/C/S languages;
  • Fair command of English.

Application procedures

Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website. The application should contain:

  • Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position and a brief methodology on how you will approach and conduct the work (if applicable). Please paste the letter into the "Resume and Motivation" section of the electronic application.
  • Filled P11 form including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees (blank form can be downloaded from http://europeandcis.undp.org/files/hrforms/P11_modified_for_SCs_and_ICs.doc ); please upload the P11 instead of your CV.
  • Financial Proposal - specifying a total lump sum amount for the tasks specified in this announcement. The financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (number of anticipated working days, travel, per diems and any other possible costs). 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 and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services...). All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal.

 
Please scan all above mentioned documents and upload as one attachment only online through this website.Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.

Note:

  • For an assignment requiring travel, consultants of 62 years or more require full medical examination and statement of fitness to work to engage in the consultancy;
  • Due to large number of potential applicants, only competitively selected candidates will be contacted for remaining steps of the service procurement 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.


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