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Roster of Expert & Senior Expert Consultants - Health Procurement & Supply Chain Management
|Application Deadline :||31-May-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life, as envisaged by 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We are on the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, working with governments and people on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners that can bring about results.
The Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan and help countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. BPPS supports UNDP’s 2014-2017 Strategic Plan, focusing on 7 outcomes including strengthening institutions to progressively deliver universal access to basic services (outcome 3). The HIV, Health and Development Group (HHD), within BPPS, is helping to contribute towards this outcome. UNDP is a founding cosponsor of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), a partner of the Global Fund and a co-sponsor of several other international health partnerships. UNDP’s work on HIV, health and development, as described in the HIV, Health and Development Strategy 2016-2021: Connecting the Dots, leverages UNDP’s core strengths and mandates in human development, governance and capacity development to complement the efforts of specialist health-focused UN agencies. UNDP delivers three types of support to countries in HIV, health and development.
First, UNDP helps countries to mainstream attention to HIV and health into action on gender, poverty and the broader effort to achieve and sustain the Sustainable Development Goals. Second, UNDP works with partners to address the interactions between governance, human rights and health responses. Sometimes this is done through focused or specialized programmes, such as promoting attention to the role of the law and legal environments in facilitating stronger HIV responses, including the use of flexibilities in intellectual property law to lower the cost of drugs and diagnostics. Third, as a trusted, long-term partner with extensive operational experience, UNDP supports countries in effective implementation of complex, multilateral and multi-sectoral health projects, while simultaneously investing in capacity development so that national and local partners can assume these responsibilities over time. The UNDP/Global Fund partnership is an important part of this work, facilitating access to resources for action on SDG 3 by countries that face constraints in directly receiving and managing such funding. UNDP partners with countries in crisis/post-crisis situations, those with weak institutional capacity or governance challenges, and countries under sanctions. When requested, UNDP acts as temporary Principal Recipient (PR) in these settings, working with national partners and the Global Fund to improve management, implementation and oversight of Global Fund grants, while simultaneously developing national capacity to be able to assume the Principal Recipient role over time.
Given the importance of the partnership with the GF, UNDP continues to provide high value-added services to the Global Fund both in its role as the interim PR, and, increasingly as a significant technical partner to governments and civil society organizations who implement Global Fund grants and other health initiatives. While the national and international health landscapes are rapidly changing, new health initiatives are emerging (e.g. noncommunicable diseases) and bring to light pressing challenges connected with health systems strengthening including health procurement and supply management that require a new modus operandi to optimize UNDP’s investments into global health. These opportunities go beyond UNDP’s partnership with the Global Fund. In addition, there is a need for UNDP to continue to expand opportunities for partnerships with key stakeholders on health procurement including GAVI, World Bank and UNITAID. UNDP has a broad range of partnerships including technical partners (e.g., WHO, UNICEF, UNAIDS, Stop TB) and emergency and humanitarian partners (e.g., UNHCR, IRC, OCHA).
In order to strengthen our capacity to effectively support our partners worldwide, UNDP seeks for candidates to send their applications for inclusion in the pre-approved Health PSM Roster of Experts and Senior Experts, who are ready to provide consultancy services for sustainable development in the area of Procurement and Supply Management (PSM), specifically pertaining the health sector. The qualified individual consultants based on competencies and value for money principles may be called upon to be contracted and deployed to provide specific technical advice and short term consultancies for periods, normally not to exceed 12 months.
To this effect, UNDP invites eligible and interested PSM experts, with experience and expertise in the health sector, to submit their application in response to this Expression of Interest, to be included in one or several of the specialized PSM roster categories which are presently defined below:
On an if/when required basis, consultants listed in the roster and matching the specific ToRs for each respective assignment, will be engaged by UNDP through the Individual Contract (IC) modality and deployed to work in any of UNDP Country Offices, HQ locations, or if/when needed work from their own respective locations through remote support modality. The roster will be maintained for a period of 3 years.
Procuredure for submission of applications
Interested individuals must submit the following documents to demonstrate their qualifications:
IMPORTANT: Please note that only 1 (one) file —the Health PSM Application Form— can be uploaded to the UNDP JOBS SYSTEM. Therefore, please submit this application form as one file. The template corresponding to Health PSM Application Form can be found in this link: http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=41698
The applications shall contain and include all information & documentation detailed above and will be assessed on a quarterly basis.
Evaluation, Selection criteria and process
The evaluation of each application will be based on a set of selection criteria as listed in the table below and on the basis of the information submitted by each candidate. Only candidates fulfilling the minimum expertise, experience and qualifications required will be considered. Candidates who score 65 or more points will be considered as technically qualified and eligible to be included in the roster. Candidates scoring 75 points or more will be eligible to be considered as “senior experts” for each of the categories they have applied for, provided their corresponding relevant expertise exceeds the minimum 10 years required.
UNDP may conduct an interview round with applicants, prior to issuance of a final recommendation to include the applicant in the roster, for purpose of determining fulfilment of language and competencies related requirements.
A review of the daily fees proposed by technically qualified experts will follow, to determine adherence to maximum allowed UNDP daily fees for experts and senior experts. In cases where daily fees submitted by consultants exceed maximum allowed UNDP daily fees for each band, the consultant will be invited to review his/her quoted daily fee downwards accordingly.
Qualified pre-selected consultants will be notified by UNDP of their inclusion in the resulting roster. Requests for engagement and deployment of experts will be channelled through the roster in the following manner;
Monitoring and reporting arrangements:
Duties and Responsibilities
The selected consultants are expected to provide procurement and supply management support services in a range of levels of responsibilities and functions, as below. However, context-specific Terms of Reference (ToRs) will be issued for each assignment.
Required Skills and Experience
Education and professional qualifications:
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.