National Midterm Review (MTR) Consultant


Location : Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
Application Deadline :30-Oct-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
13-Nov-2017
Duration of Initial Contract :20 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :20 working days

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.


Background

Cambodia’s landmine problem is the result of a protracted sequence of internal and regional conflicts that affected the country from the mid of 1960s until the end of 1998. The nature of landmine and explosive remnants of war (ERW) contamination in Cambodia is highly complex. The north-western provinces highly affected by landmines, the central provinces moderately affected by both landmines and ERW, while the eastern provinces highly affected by ERW, including cluster munitions.

By end of 2016, the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) has estimated that some 1,970 km² of land would require clearance for the next eight years.  The 2018 - 2025 National Mine Action Strategy (NMAS) aims to significantly address Cambodia’s remaining mine and ERW problem through the achievement of the eight goals of the NMAS.

The RGC has requested continued support from donors for this purpose. UNDP, together with the Australia and Swiss Governments, is currently supporting mine action through the Clearing for Results Phase III - Mine Actions for Human Development (CFRIII/MAfHD) Project (2016-2019).   The project seeks to support the government in the development of holistic approaches that would help maximise mine action results on human development impacts by putting in place institutional measures to strengthen the contribution of the national mine action programme to the development of poor communities.

CFRIII/MAfHD is implemented by the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) with technical and financial support from UNDP.  It builds on the successful implementation of the first and second phases of the project (Clearing for Results, 2006-2015) during which considerable gains were achieved in building CMAA’s capacities in the areas of quality assurance, strategic and policy formulation as well as the socio-economic management of mine clearance of land for productive use.

The CFR III/MAfHD is originally articulated around three key deliverables as follows:

  1. Mine action policies and strategic frameworks are aligned to national and sub-national sectorial policies and planning strategies,
  2. CMAA mine action programme performance monitoring system exists that delivers quality evidence on sustainable development outcome/impact and
  3. A minimum of 27 km² of the total mine/ERW contaminated areas located in the most affected and poorest provinces are impact-free.

Various evaluations were also conducted in 2016 which may have an impact on CFRIII/MAfHD, including the Independent Review of the Mine Action Sector, Environmental and Social Impact Assessment, CFRII Final Evaluation and the Gender Mainstreaming Strategy.

CFRIII is now looking to hire a qualified and experienced National Consultant to be part of the mid-term review team and conduct a mid-term review of the project under the guidance and direction of the international consultant/team leader:

  1. Provide an independent assessment for the CfRIII project board on the progress of the CfRIII project delivery in the following aspects:
  2. Mine action strategy
  3. Mine action performance monitoring system
  4. Land release
  5. Identify issues requiring decisions and actions;
  6. Identify initial lessons learnt about project design, implementation and management; and
  7. Examine measures to improve the likelihood of sustaining the results of the project.

Findings of this evaluation will be incorporated as recommendations for mid-course adjustments of the project as needed.

 


Duties and Responsibilities

The national consultant will work under the guidance and direction of the international consultant and is expected to:

  1. Compile and review key resources, including those that are available in Khmer only, and provide summary findings to the team leader for inclusion in the MTR report;
  2. Provide analysis, other input and assistance as relevant to the team leader to ensure the relevance of the MTR to the Cambodian context, including contributing to the draft MTR;
  3. Conduct consultations with stakeholders and key informants if relevant and as agreed with the team leader;
  4. As a resource person throughout the process, discuss trends and findings with the team leader to enrich and complete the analysis.

Interested offeror must read the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=41746 for more detail information about term of references, instructions to offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online.


Competencies

  • A high degree of political and cross-cultural sensitivity;
  • Collaborative working style and willingness to undertake a range of tasks, including translation when required;
  • Time management (in managing deliverables).
     


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in international relations, political science, international development, social sciences, evaluation or a related field

Experience:

  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience programme/project management and policy formulation experience in mine action and/or related field.
  • Knowledge of the Cambodian, both national and sub-national level, development and socio-economic context.
  • Prior projects/programmes/policies evaluation experience is a must.  In particular, the expert must be fully conversant with Project Cycle Management (PCM) based evaluation work.
  • Expertise in result-based management, gender equality, and capacity building are also important.
  • Strong analytical and research skills, including data analysis
  • Knowledge of the UN system and its relationship with government and other partners is desirable.
  • Prior experience with evaluation of projects commissioned by the UNDP and knowledge of Cambodia, in which this evaluation is to be carried out, would be an asset.

Language Requirement:

  • Fluency in oral and written Khmer. Excellent knowledge of oral and written English.

Interested offeror must read the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=41746 for more detail information about term of references, instructions to offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online.

UNDP reserves right to reject any applications that is incomplete.

Please be informed that we don’t accept application submitted via email.

Interested Offerors are required to submit application via UNDP jobsite system as the application screening and evaluation will be done through UNDP jobsite system. Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file. Your on-line applications submission will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.

Any request for clarification/additional information on this procurement notice shall be communicated in writing to UNDP office or send to email dalis.heng@undp.org and cc procurement.kh@undp.org. While the Procurement Unit would endeavor to provide information expeditiously, only requests receiving at least 5 working days prior to the submission deadline will be entertained. Any delay in providing such information will not be considered as a reason for extending the submission deadline. The UNDP's response (including an explanation of the query but without identifying the source of inquiry) will be posted in Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice page as provided above. Therefore, all prospective Offerors are advised to visit the page regularly to make obtain update related to this Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice.

 

 

 

 



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