LTA-IC-Conflict Resolution On Call Consultant


Location : Home based
Application Deadline :20-May-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
15-Jun-2017
Duration of Initial Contract :Long term agreement Framework-IC 3 years
Expected Duration of Assignment :Maximum 3 years

Background

The Office of the Ombudsman for United Nations funds and programmes (the “Office”) is established as an informal pillar of the system of administration of justice within the UN to make available the services of impartial and independent persons to address the work-related issues of staff members and non-staff personnel of the UN funds and programmes serving UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNOPS and UN Women.

The overall objective of this consultancy for one or more Conflict Resolution On-Call Consultants (the “Consultant”) is to enhance the capacity and flexibility of delivery of ombudsman and mediation services of the Office.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Ombudsman, the Consultant will be responsible for the following duties:

- Support the Office by providing conflict management services to funds and programmes’ staff members and non-staff personnel, as applicable;

- Inform parties in potential or active disputes about informal dispute resolution process;

- Facilitate informal resolution of workplace conflicts helping all parties to explore options and engage in a voluntary and confidential process, acting as a neutral third-party;

- Maintain neutrality and impartiality towards all parties and confidentiality within the process, gather information as appropriate, and help parties identify and understand issues and interests, explore options, and generate solutions to which all parties agree;

- Work collaboratively with relevant actors in the various offices to facilitate informal resolution to employment related problems raised by the parties, when requested;

- Offer creative and expert advice on the best service or dispute resolution technique to meet the visitor's needs and preferences;

- Where required, assist in following up with the parties after informal resolution to receive feedback and to advise clients of further services;

- Travel to field offices to respond to conflict situations, as required;

- Perform other duties to support the Office in non-core functions, as assigned.

Deliverables

  • Manage cases and tasks assigned in an effective and timely manner;

  • Maintain Ombudsman adequately informed of developments and matters requiring particular/immediate attention;

  • Perform all additional tasks in effective and timely manner and in accordance to pertinent instructions provided by the Office.


Competencies

Professionalism:

  • Knowledge and experience of conflict resolution, with particular reference to the work of Ombudsman offices;

  • Knowledge and experience of the United Nations organizational structure, rules and policies;

  • Ability to establish and maintain confidentiality;

Communication:

Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Client Orientation:

Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients" and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Judgement/Decision-making:

Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; gathers relevant information before making a decision; considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; checks assumptions against facts; determines the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; makes tough decisions when necessary.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in alternative dispute resolution, human resources management, law, social sciences or related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Training in conflict resolution is required.

Work Experience:

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience, including five at the international level, in conflict management and alternative dispute resolution, or related fields. Work experience in an ombudsman office is highly desirable.  Previous experience with the UN system is an advantage

Languages:

For this consultancy, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French and/or Spanish and/or Arabic is an asset. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

Travel

In the event that travel is requested by the Office, such travel shall be at the Office’s expense and the Consultant shall receive a Living Allowance (LA) not to exceed United Nations daily subsistence allowance rate in such other location(s).  Applicants, therefore, must not include any travel expenses, or LA, in their financial proposal.

LTA Contracting modality and On Call mechanism

The contract does not create a financial obligation or commitment from the Office; namely, there is no minimum amount of services the Office is obliged to request during the contract period. The rendering of services within the contract period will be activated by the issuance of a purchase order, as needed.  It is also important to note that the contract does not prohibit the Office from entering into similar agreements with other individuals or entities.

If there is a specific case or task to be assigned, the focal person in the Office shall contact and check the availability of the Consultant.  Upon receipt of this communication, the Consultant shall confirm their availability for the assignment.  Upon review of the same, the Office will send the Consultant a written communication confirming engagement and all pertinent details for the assignment.

Once the services are completed and approved by the Office, the Consultant shall send the following documentation for payment purposes: a) complete invoice indicating number of days/hours worked; b) supporting documentation (bills/vouchers) for reimbursements of applicable costs (e.g. airport fees).

The price paid will be based on the agreed upon daily fee included in the LTA and, if travel is requested, pertinent travel costs. No additional fees or costs will be reimbursed by the Office (increased number of work days/hours, or increased travel costs) unless there is prior written authorization by the Ombudsman.

Contract Management

The Office shall request the Consultant to report on a quarterly basis and shall monitor regularly their performance based on the following Key Performance Indicators (KPIs):

KPI 1 - Responsiveness: when a specific case or task is assigned, the Consultant should respond and confirm their availability within two days of the Office’s notification by email/telephone.

KPI 2 - Quality of interventions carried out, as instructed;

KPI 3 - Feedback from Office visitors.

If the Consultant fails to meet the Office performance requirements detailed above, s/he will receive in the first instance a warning to improve their performance. Continued failure to meet performance requirements may result in the termination of the LTA. Either the Office or the Consultant can terminate the contract, for convenience, by providing the other party at least 30 calendar days of notice.

Evaluation Method and Criteria

The selection of the Consultant shall be made in accordance with the quality and cost-based selection method (70% technical component; 30% cost component)

For the technical component, the ranking of Consultants shall be made based on proposals that are (a) responsive / compliant / acceptable; and (b) have received the highest score out the weighted technical criteria below:

Knowledge and experience in conflict resolution– Max 14 points;

Knowledge and experience in Ombudsman work– Max 28 points;

Knowledge and experience of the United Nations organizational structure, rules and policies - Max 28 points;

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) will proceed in the selection process and may be invited for an interview with the selection panel.  These candidates will be requested to submit a financial proposal which, as noted, is worth 30% of the final combined score.

Application Process and Documentation required

Interested candidates should follow UNDP standard application procedure, mindful of the following instructions:

In the online form, candidates will be prompted to provide a brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as suitable for the assignment. Candidates will then be provided the possibility of uploading their CV. At this stage, candidates should NOT include any financial proposal.  Candidates who provide their financial proposal before being asked to do so by the Office will be immediately excluded from the selection process.

After the technical evaluation, candidates notified that they have obtained at least 49 points on the technical score will be requested to complete and send a UNDP Personal History Form, including references, as well as a duly completed letter of confirmation of interest and availability, which includes the financial proposal.

Inquiries

For inquiries please write to ombudsmediation@fpombudsman.org specifying LTA-IC-Conflict Resolution On Call Consultant in the email.


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