Consultant Expert on Governance Statistics


Location : Home Based
Application Deadline :22-Dec-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :7d 11h 22m
Additional Category :Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
05-Feb-2018
Duration of Initial Contract :40 days within contract period
Expected Duration of Assignment :5 February - 31 June 2018


Background

The UNDP Oslo Governance Centre (OGC) is UNDP’s Global Policy Centre for policy development and applied research with an overarching focus on democratic governance and peacebuilding in crisis, conflict and transitional contexts. The Oslo Governance Centre sits within the Governance and Peacebuilding Cluster, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support. It engages with Norwegian, Nordic and other partners from the South in undertaking applied research and developing policy options and tools for governance support in post-crisis and post-conflict environments, in order to find practical solutions on the ground. One of the four priority areas for the OGC is UNDP’s support to the implementation and monitoring of Goal 16 of the SDGs – promoting peaceful, just and inclusive societies.  This focus on peaceful, just and inclusive societies in the 2030 Agenda is new and includes key elements on democratic governance, peace, security, justice, human rights and institutional capacity There has never been a universally accepted approach to improving governance. Goal 16 thus represents a real opportunity for progress on some of the most intractable problems standing in the way of sustainable development.

 UNDP is the custodian agency for three global SDG 16 indicators that lack an internationally agree standard for measuring. To fulfil this responsibility, the Oslo Governance Centre with teams in the governance and peacebuilding cluster of the Bureau for program and Policy Support and within the Praia City group of Governance Statistics will be executing a workplan of activities in 2018 focused on advancing the methodologies for the indicators including convening consultations; undertaking research; and liaising with the UN Statistics Division and the IAEG-SDG, and selected national statistics offices.


Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of work:

The consultant will provide technical support to the Oslo Governance Centre’s cross-cutting area of work on governance assessment and measurement. This work will be focused on support to the measurement of SDG16 as part of UNDP’s interim custodianship for three SDG 16 indicators focused on methodological development.

Duties and Responsibilities;

  1. Provide technical support to the Oslo Governance Centre-led processes on methodology development for global tier 3 SDG indicators, included in targets 16.6 and 16.7 in particular through targeted research to inform and develop recommendations (10 days)
  2. Support the organization of expert meetings on indicator methodology development planned for 2018 through developing the meeting concept, meeting papers; participation in the meeting as an expert resource person, developing the final meeting report. (10 days)
  3. Provide support to the development and testing of data collection frameworks for the indicators in selected countries through coordinating with NSOs and collecting and analysing feedback from the pilots (10 days)
  4. Develop recommendations and proposals derived from the consultation meetings, research and indicator testing to be considered by the IAEG-SDGs during the first half of 2018. (10 days).

 


Competencies

Functional Competencies:

  • Direct experience with governance monitoring, measurement and statistics in the context of SDGs and SDG 16 implementation
  • Track record of applied research and programming on governance measurement/monitoring
  • Superior analytical and research skills
  • Experience with drafting conference reports and publications on governance statistics
  • Excellent organising skills including experience with arranging international meetings
  • Knowledge and understanding of UN/UNDP’s work and/or other multicultural/bilateral actors’ works and roles related to Governance

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP, and partner organizations;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Excellent understanding of international development issues and knowledge of the UN system.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Advanced University degree in political science, law, development, social sciences or other related disciplines.

Experience:

  • Minimum of 7 years’ professional work experience in a related field;
  • Expert knowledge and working experience with governance measurement and governance statistics;
  • Proven experience in conducting research and writing papers or policy guidance publications;
  • Experience from academia/think tank or developing programming environments;
  • UNDP experience is an asset.

Language:                  

  • Fluency in English, both written and oral;
  • Working knowledge of a second UN language is an asset.

Institutional Arrangements:

  • The Senior Research and Policy Advisor at the Oslo Governance Centre will supervise the consultancy, under the overall supervision of the Director.

Travel

Assignment is home based.

Application procedure

The application is a two-step process. Failing to comply with the submission process may result in disqualifying the applications.

Step 1: Submission of technical proposal. That will include providing application via UNDP Job-shop (jobs.undp.org )

Interested candidates should provide the following documents and information

  • Uploading a CV/P11 and a statement of interest indicating all past experience for similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the candidate and at least three (3) professional references (the template can be downloaded from this link: http://sas.undp.org/Documents/P11_Personal_history_form.doc;
  • A mandatory, brief description and justification (approx. 300-500 words) of the approach proposed to conduct the tasks required for this assignment, demonstrating how the applicant’s qualifications and experience will enable him/her to successfully deliver against the requirements of this assignment.

Step 2: Submission of Financial Proposals

Applicants are required to submit their financial proposals in US Dollars for this consultancy, using the financial proposal template available here: http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_file.cfm?doc_id=45780   Please fill in section A I and II on p. 4. The total sum of I and II should be divided by 120 days to get the “all-inclusive daily fee” to be filled in on p. 1, e)

The proposals should be sent via email to oslo.governance.centre@undp.org with the following subject heading: “Financial Proposal Expert on Governance Statistics” by the application deadline. Proposals received after the deadline may be rejected. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal should be all-inclusive professional daily fee, and include a detailed breakdown of the cost. The term ‘all-inclusive’ implies that all costs (professional fees, assignment related travel expenses to join the duty station, communications, tax, utilities, consumables, insurance, etc.) that could possibly be incurred by the Contractor are already factored into the financial proposal.

Criteria for selection

Only those candidates who meet the minimum level of education and relevant years of experience requirements will be considered for the technical evaluation. The technical evaluation will include a desk review, and may also include interviews with shortlisted candidates.

Combined scoring method – where the qualifications and methodology will be weighted a max of 70%, and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a max of 30%.

Method: cumulative analysis method will be used to evaluate proposals.

When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

Responsive / compliant / acceptable; and
Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

Technical criteria weight: 70 (70% of total obtainable scores).

Financial criteria weight: 30 (30% of total obtainable scores)

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 (70%) points on technical part will be considered for the financial evaluation.

Criteria and scores for technical evaluation (total 70):

  • Direct experience with governance monitoring, measurement and statistics in the context of SDGs and SDG 16 implementation (13)
  • Track record of applied research and programming on governance measurement/monitoring (13)
  • Superior analytical and research skills (12)
  • Experience with drafting conference reports and publications on governance statistics (12)
  • Excellent organising skills including experience with arranging international meetings (8)
  • Knowledge and understanding of UN/UNDP’s work and/or other multicultural/bilateral actors’ works and roles related to Governance (6)
  • Evaluation of the 300-500 word approach required in the submission of the technical proposal (6)

Criteria for financial evaluation (30 points maximum):

The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:

p = y (µ/z), where

p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated

y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal:
µ=price of the lowest priced proposal:
z = price of the proposal being evaluated:

The award of contract will be made to the individual consultant who receives the highest combined score out of the weighted technical and financial criteria as specified above.

General Terms and Conditions_Individual Consultant (IC) http://www.undp.org/content/dam/undp/documents/procurement/documents/IC%20-%20General%20Conditions.pdf

 


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