Consultancy for the Elaboration of Cabo Verde UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF Country Programme 2018-2022


Location : Praia, CAPE VERDE
Application Deadline :19-Apr-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English   Portuguese
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-May-2017
Duration of Initial Contract :40 Working Days
Expected Duration of Assignment :3 Months

Background

N.B.

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Interested candidates are required to read the Procurement Notice for Individual Consultants and its related documents, which are available in the following websites:

Background

The Joint Office of UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF (JO) is in the process of developing strategies to inform programming for the next programming cycle, aimed to coincide with the Government of the Cabo Verde’s own development schedule, 2017-2021, as well as the United Nation’s Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) scheduled for 2017-2021. 

The current Common Country Programme Document (CCPD) was developed in the context of a singular organizational context - the Joint Office of UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF (JO). Cabo Verde became the first pilot Joint Office of the Ex-Com agencies (UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA and WFP) on 1 January 2006. This was a major step of UN reform towards the harmonization and simplification of UN activities in small countries, a common premise for the UN already existed since the early 1990s, but a call for further cost-effective and cohesive UN country programmes had led to the initiative to merge the organizations of these four agencies to one.  Since 2010, WFP ended its operations in Cabo Verde. The JO is now comprising only 3 agencies – UNDP, UNICEF and UNFPA. The Joint Office model consists of a single UN office of the participating agencies, led by one representative who equally represents all the participating agencies and is also the UN Resident Coordinator. The JO has one organizational structure and a single programme (Common Country Programme Document – CCPD) encompassing the activities and mandates of the three participating agencies (UNDP, UNFP and UNICEF), and uses one set of business processes, rules and regulations under a “support agency” arrangement.  It was decided that UNDP processes, systems and contracting arrangements would be adopted by the Joint Office.

The present CCPD 2012-2017 will end in December 2017 with the new CPD 2018-2022 scheduled to be developed in 2017. The new CPD is being designed to fully align with the strategy articulated in the new United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and the new UNDP, UNICEF and UNFPA strategic plans 2018-2022. The CPD is also being developed based on analysis and recommendations generated from the final evaluation of the current Common Country Programme Document (CCPD) 2012-2017 and from the UNDAF Evaluation.

Due the specificity of the Joint Office, the CPD elaboration process is particularly complex as it should capture the mandates of each agency, promote synergies and take advantage of the JO model. A roadmap was elaborated in order to ensure (i) a sound reflection on the programme components, consistent with national priorities, UNDAF and UNDP, UNICEF and UNFPA strategic framework, (ii) a broad consultation with national counterparts to agree on priorities and approaches, (iii) the detection of all support needs required to achieve a quality document, (iv) the production/submission of a first draft for submission to RO’s together with all required documents (final CP evaluation, resource mobilization/partnership plan, human resource plan, costed evaluation plan, Programme Strategy), (v) the finalization of a CPD consolidating all reviews and feedbacks.

The purpose of this consultancy is to support the Joint Office to elaborate and consolidate the next CPD and associated documents.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Representative and the overall guidance of the Representative, the international consultant will work closely with the programme team to conduct the following:

  • Undertake a desk review of JO, country documentation (e.g. current CCPD, evaluation of CCPD, strategic frameworks of the three agencies, draft CCA, outcomes of internal strategic moments of reflection exercises, gender reviews, National plan for Sustainable Development) and data analysis ;
  • Prepare, facilitate and participate in internal workshop/s and partner’s consultations on overall strategic focus of the new country programme, specific strategies and potential country programme outcome and output, using results-based management and theory of change tools, including a prioritization workshop to conduct the problem analysis, formulate the Theory of Change (ToC) and the RRF. 
  • Prepare a Country Strategy Note based on the above consultations, as well as desk review.
  • Prepare a first draft of the CPD, Theory of Change, and the Results and Resources Framework in line with the stipulated guidance and template, ensuring alignment with the UNDAF, the three Corporate Strategic Plan and the Government Strategic document (PEDS);
  • Incorporate discussions and comments from meetings with Government to produce a final draft CPD, with results framework.
  • Finalize the CPD draft after consultation and validation with key stakeholders after receiving final comments from UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF programme units, senior management and Regional Bureaus
  • Provide ongoing RMB capacity development support to the JO throughout the process.

The new CPD structure will follow the guidelines of the three agencies and will have at least:  

  • Programme Rationale: a) what are the 3-4 critical development issues; b) What were the 2-3 major outcome-level results/changes to which UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF made a significant contribution; c) Explain the opportunities open to UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF to effect development change at scale to achieve the vision and outcome of the new SP;
  • Programme Priorities and Partnership: Contents a) What are the 2-3 programme priorities that UNDP will focus on; b) Set out briefly and clearly the key components of UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF’s proposed programme; c) how do these priorities align with, or mutually complement, regional and global efforts by UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF to support national priorities; d) What are the main partnership (explain who we want to work with, on what and to what end);
  • Programme and Risk Management: contents a) how will local, national and international partners participate to ensure mutual accountability; b) a short analysis of the most significant political, financial, operational, programmatic risks and how programme and project design and management will ensure these risks are avoided and /or mitigated and managed; c) what early warning and risk management arrangement are in place to anticipate any significant change in circumstances (eg. Grievance mechanism); e) steps to ensure programme and project quality, effectiveness and efficiency is improved since the last cycle;
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Framework: a) What globally available and/or nationally owned sources of data, analysis and evidence will be used to track UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF contributions to national results? b) If there are issues with globally available or national data (availability, quality, periodicity of update, reliability), how will this be addressed? c) What traditional and innovative methods will be used to make monitoring and assurance more inclusive, and to obtain data at useful intervals? d) How will the cost of data collection, monitoring and assurance be met? e) What will be the role of SSTC in advancing UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF’s thought and leadership?
  • Resource Mobilization Strategy
  • Theory of Change/Programme Strategy Notes


Competencies

  • Proven excellent oral and written communication skills (with sample of writing report),
  • Proven facilitation skills in the context of participatory strategic and operational planning exercises.
  • Proven ability to deliver quality output including reports writing and making presentation under tight deadlines.


Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications:

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or above) in social sciences, or other relevant disciplines.

Years of experience:

  • At least 10 years of social or economic development experience;
  • At least 10 years of proven solid experience in programme design, development and planning, programme cycle management
  • Substantive knowledge in UNDP and/or UNFPA and/or UNICEF practice areas;
  • Substantive knowledge and practical experience of MDGs-based/SDGs-based planning;
  • Prior documented experience drafting a UNDAF or UN Agency Country Programme Document.

Languages:

  • Spoken and written fluency in English, with excellent writing skills is required;
  • Excellent working knowledge of spoken and written Portuguese is required.

Interested consultant are required to read the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at http://www.un.cv/anuncios.php for more detail information about the Terms of Reference, IC Procurement Notice, and the documents to be included when making the submission.

Application Process

All applications should be submitted to the following email address: procurement.cv@cv.jo.un.org on or before 19th April 2017.

Recommended Presentation of Offer:

  • Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP, Annex II;
  • Personal CV and P11, indicating all experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidates and at least three (3) professional references;
  • Brief description of why the Candidate considers as the most suitable for the assignment, and a brief methodological proposal on how the assignment will be approached and completed. The methodological proposal should include at least: Statement of the research problem: the conceptual framework and Proposed timeframes (hour days)
  • One sample of past publications in English, French, Portuguese or Spanish;
  • Financial Proposal: the financial proposal must be expressed in the following pricing option: Lump Sum Amount. The lump sum amount must be “all-inclusive” (honorariums, living allowance, trips, health insurance, etc.); the price should be in USD indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided. If an Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP – Template attached Annex II

Incomplete applications will be excluded from further consideration.

Please be informed that we don’t accept application submitted via UNDP JOBS site. Only applications emailed to procurement.cv@cv.jo.un.org 

UNDP applies a fair and transparent selection process that will take into account the competencies/skills of the applicants as well as their financial proposals. Qualified women and members of social minorities are encouraged to apply.


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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