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International Consultant-Senior Programme Advisor
|Location :||Dhaka, BANGLADESH|
|Application Deadline :||25-Apr-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||80 days over a period of 12 months|
UNDP helps the people and government of Bangladesh to create a more sustainable, peaceful, innovative and resilient economy, environment and society. The UNDP’s work helps our partners to improve the quality of Bangladeshi governance, and reduces poverty and inequality in cities and villages across the country. It promotes new and innovative energy and climate solutions, and helps to make Bangladesh a leader in disaster preparation and management. It assists society’s most vulnerable, helping women, youth and minorities access justice and opportunities, to ensure no one is left behind. It provides assistance, support and guidance to initiatives at the community, institutional and policy levels, and gives new development ideas a platform to grow.
The Social Protection Policy Support (SPPS) Programme will help the government the need for re configure the current social security system so that economic growth is achieved in a more inclusive manner, with economic opportunities reaching the rural and urban poor and the protection of vulnerable groups against shocks.
Strengthening Women’s Ability for Productive New Opportunities (SWAPNO) is a social transfer project for ultra-poor women to be engaged in public works essential for the economic and social life for rural communities. It promotes employment, and most importantly future employability, of extreme poor rural women. Creating productive employment opportunities is generally considered the most efficient way to secure poverty reduction and inclusive growth. SWAPNO will promote and test innovations, offering a replicable model that will inform social protection strategy through a parallel policy programme designed to strengthen governance and the systems of social protection programmes in Bangladesh.
Description of the Assignment
Advisory services to the SSPS and SWAPNO Projects on programme design, results reporting and management advisory services with special focus on social protection policy, including rural and urban poverty reduction, building resilience and reducing vulnerabilities. The services will include programme management issues such as RBM, M&E and other senior level programmatic inputs and advice to the CO and projects.
These services will be coordinated through the UNDP Resilience & Inclusive Growth Cluster under Senior Management supervision and guidance.
There are multiple social safety net programmes in Bangladesh, fragmented across various sectors and ministries. Some 130 programmes are currently implemented by 23 different ministries. There is a clear need to consolidate and rationalize these programmes in order to increase coverage and effectiveness and to scale up the most successful programmes. There is also a need for innovative measures based on best international practices. Government of Bangladesh (GoB) committed development of a National Social Security Strategy (NSSS) which is now being implemented with UNDP assistance.
UNDP has been the prime development partner assisting GoB in developing the NSSS. In partnership with GoB – specifically, the General Economics Division (GED) in the Ministry of Planning, the Cabinet Division and the Local Government Division (LGD) in the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development & Cooperatives – UNDP has formulated two major social projection interventions to support roll-out and implementation of the NSSS. The SPPS Programme focuses on social protection governance and systems strengthening and is implemented in partnership with GED and the Cabinet Division. SWAPNO is an innovative delivery project implemented in partnership with LGD. The role of the consultant will be pivotal in taking the projects forward. The consultant will also generally support the roll-out of the NSSS with ancillary functions to advise and support the government and UNDP on the wider social protection agenda
Duties and Responsibilities
The UNDP Bangladesh has identified needs to provide programme advisory services to the SSPS and SWAPNO Projects on needs basis. Services required can be grouped into following categories:
Detail scope of works:
Programme Advisory support:
Research and results management services
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
Details of Deliverables
Notably, more details on the deliverables should be agreed and contained in the inception report
Impact of Results
Improved project delivery for projects receiving programme management services.
A dedicated and high calibre social protection resource, offering tailored and timely advice to CO on UNDP interventions in the areas of social protection / poverty reduction in Bangladesh.
An enhanced, comprehensive and coherent social security policy and delivery programme in line with GoB priorities.
GoB’s overall social security policy and delivery capacity is enhanced, in line with the National Social Security Strategy.
The consultant will report to the UNDP Assistant Country Director, who will also carry out a performance evaluation at the end of the assignment. Further, the consultant will be coordinated by the Resilience & Inclusive Growth Cluster of the CO in carrying out the assignment. The work will be guided and reviewed by the UNDP Deputy Country Director, with assurance support from the Resilience & Inclusive Growth Cluster.
Duration of the work and Duty Station
The duration of the assignment will be 80 days in the period 12 months
The place of Assignment is Dhaka, Bangladesh, with occasional travel outside Dhaka as required.
UNDP will provide fully equipped office space, vehicle support and other logistics support as required for successful completion of the assignment.
Required Skills and Experience
The award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant up on Cumulative Analysis/evaluation and determined as:
Only candidates obtaining a minimum 70% mark in technical evaluation will be considered eligible for financial evaluation.
Technical Evaluation Criteria (Total 70 marks)
Financial Evaluation (Total 30 marks)
All technical qualified proposals will be scored out 30 based on the formula provided below. The maximum points (30) will be assigned to the lowest financial proposal. All other proposals received points according to the following formula:
p = y (µ/z)
The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel, per diems, and number of anticipated working days).
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their 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.