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Consultancy for the Formulation of a Common Country Analysis for the Republic of Mauritius
|Location :||Port Louis, MAURITIUS|
|Application Deadline :||07-Dec-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)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||20 working days from 13 December 2017 to 16 February 2018.|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||20 working days from 13 December 2017 to 16 February 2018.|
Formulation of a lite Common Country Analysis for the Republic of Mauritius.
Even with limited agency physical presence (only UNDP and WHO have country offices) and absence of a UNDAF, the work and support of the UN remains highly relevant. Mauritius remains committed to access the support and expertise of the UN development system although the request is not always primarily for grant based finance, but quality resources that enable access to rapid technical support.
The last UNDAF for Mauritius ended in 2003 and there has been no overarching UN/Government cooperation framework since. Mauritius is classified as a non-harmonised programme country (where UNDAF is not a mandatory process) but UNCT is continuously attempting to get in place a coordination framework.
Notwithstanding the absence of an UNDAF and formal DaO status, the RCO together with the UNCT consolidated its efforts to improve coordination whilst also tracking progress made on the DaO pillars and core elements. The RCO is also undertaking an exhaustive SAMOA pathway mapping with contribution of the UNCT, which will also support the ongoing Rapid Integrated Assessment of policies and strategies related to SDG achievement.
As a first building block towards DaO, a multi-disciplinary study was carried out far back in 2010. The United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office (UNRCO) in Mauritius now seeks the services of an individual contractor to support the formulation of a Common Country Analysis (CCA), which is intended to define both the current and projected (three years forecast) priority development opportunities and challenges alongside their underlying causes in the Republic of Mauritius, with due reference to the Island of Rodrigues.
The findings of the CCA will help to strategically position the UN system in the country based on robust evidence-based analysis on sustainable development. It will provide the basis for future programming and represents a powerful source of information to help the UN system engage with national stakeholders, including to advocate for policy changes. The CCA will be underpinned by the promise of the 2030 Agenda to Leave No One Behind, and the three programming principles (human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment; sustainability and resilience; and accountability). Closely linked to the CCA is a UN Comparative Advantage and Capacity Assessment exercise to highlight the areas where the UN is the most efficient and effective partner to take forward the development of the Republic of Mauritius.
This process will entail consultation and engagement with the Government of the Republic of Mauritius and other relevant stakeholders, such as Development Partners, the Private Sector, Civil Society Organizations, Academia and Research Institutions.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of work and key tasks
The CCA is a comprehensive assessment of the national development plan-Vision 2030 and other sectoral plans. The purpose of the assignment is to articulate Mauritius’ context, opportunities and challenges, encompassing sustainable development, human rights and gender equality. The CCA includes a SWOT analysis of the policy and legal frameworks and institutional capacity for formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies, and will look into the government’s capacity for coordination and management of development assistance.
This exercise will:
To the extent possible, the assessment will examine UN and other development partners’ contribution to national development results and thereby help to identify areas of UN’s comparative advantage.
The assessment will be based on secondary data review whenever possible, collect and draw on information from national and international development partners, including civil society organizations by way of consultations and draw from findings. The analysis of development results will identify challenges and strategies for future interventions. In doing so, in all development result areas, effort should be made to address crosscutting issues and include to the extent possible the assessment of the implementation of international conventions and the recommendations of relevant human rights monitoring mechanisms.
The following criteria will be applied for assessing development results:
Economic management of the country
Private sector development, domestic, regional and international trade
Human capital development
With focus on aspects of human capital development with a gender perspective as follows:
Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Security
Environment, climate change and natural resources management
In view of the significant vulnerability of Mauritius to climate change and disaster, the following critical points will be covered in the country assessment:
Expected outputs and deliverables
The CCA consultant shall prepare and submit:
The final CCA report should be ready to feed into the next UNCT Retreat (Strategic Engagement Workshop), tentatively scheduled for mid-February 2018.
The Final CCA report should describe the current development status, challenges and opportunities in Mauritius, using the MAPS approach on the SDGs, including:
All deliverables shall be submitted in draft form for comments and then in final format. Draft documents should be complete and not in schematic form. The documents shall be in English language. The government will endeavour to provide comments on the reports.
The consultant shall work in close collaboration with the RC Office, the UNCT members and relevant national stakeholders.
The RCO office will make the necessary arrangements for the consultations meetings, if necessary.
All draft and final reports shall be addressed to the UN office of the Resident Coordinator for Mauritius and Seychelles.
Duration of the work
The consultant will be engaged under a short-term individual/institutional contract, and the whole assignment will be for no more than 20 working days from 13 December 2017 to 16 February 2018.
The expected date of start of the contract is 13 December 2017.
Required Skills and Experience
Scope of price proposal and schedule of payments
Financial proposals must be “all inclusive” and expressed in a lump-sum for the total duration of the contract based on UNDP salary rules and regulations. The lump sum is fixed regardless of changes in the cost components.
Payment will be made based upon successful completion of the deliverables as per terms below:
Recommended presentation of offer
Interested parties must submit the following documentation:
Individual consultants are invited to submit applications on UNDP jobsite system as per requirements below. Applications that do not include all of these elements will not be considered.
Criteria for selection of the best offer
The award of the contract will be made to the Individual Consultant whose offer has been evaluated using the “Combined Scoring Method” and determined as:
The selection will be based on a Combined Scoring method – where the technical proposal will be 70% and combined with the price offer which will be weighted 30%.
Required expertise and Submission evaluation
All submissions will be assessed against the following criteria:
Technical evaluation (70%):
Financial evaluation (30%):
Value for money: The value that UNDP Mauritius will receive from the service provider.
Only the best candidates will be contacted for the next stage.
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.