OCHA-UNDP Connecting Business Initiative (CBi) Local Networks, Innovations and Impact Consultant


Location : GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Application Deadline :06-May-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Crisis Response
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Jun-2018
Duration of Initial Contract :estimated 1 June 2018 – 31 May 2019
Expected Duration of Assignment :approximately 233 working days

Background

The World Humanitarian Summit was organized in May 2016 to address the scale of human suffering greater than at any time since the Second World War. The Summit generated more than 3,000 commitments to action and launched more than a dozen new partnerships and initiatives to turn the Agenda for Humanity into meaningful change for the world's most vulnerable people.

Leading up to the Summit, consultations with more than 900 companies called for more strategic private sector engagement across disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery. They also called for networks and a mechanism to be created to facilitate coordinated private sector engagement. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and a number of partners launched the Connecting Business initiative (CBi) as a response to this demand. CBi is a multi-stakeholder initiative that provides a mechanism for the private sector to engage with the United Nations system, national governments and civil society in a coordinated manner across all stages of disaster management.

CBi is supported by OCHA’s System-wide Approaches and Practices Section (SWAPS) in Geneva and UNDP Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD). These units collaborate with multiple other global units, as well as regional and country offices of OCHA and UNDP, as well as with many other private sector organizations, UN Agencies, NGOs and governments.

The Connecting Business Initiative (CBi) Local Networks, Innovations and Impact Consultant will be based in Geneva, Switzerland. The Consultant will report to the OCHA CBi Program Manager in Geneva and UNDP Global Program Advisor Private Sector in Istanbul. The Consultant will support CBi secretariat in strengthening CBi Member Networks, developing new work streams on innovations and impact measurement, liaising with key partners and supporting events and strategic work areas of the initiative. The activities will be carried out  in collaboration with CBi Member Networks, Executive Committee Members, OCHA and UNDP colleagues and other partners.

Read more about CBi at www.connectingbusiness.org, follow CBi Twitter @Connecting_biz and learn more through CBi YouTube videos.


Duties and Responsibilities

Many of the activities in this consultancy are ongoing as part of CBi’s annual work plan. To this end, the consultant shall prepare a monthly progress report that will detail all milestones reached, including but not limited the support provided to CBi Member Networks, discussions with prospective new Member Networks, number of events organized, products on the pipeline, assignment travel, and tools developed. The CBi Program Manager and UNDP Global Program Advisor Private Sector shall review and accept these reports, and the UNDP Program Advisor Private Sector will certify them for payment.

The following areas are considered to be within the scope of this consultancy: 

  • Supporting CBi Secretariat in relation to the CBi Member Networks (time allocated for this estimated 40% of the consultancy time)
    • Support some of the existing CBi Member Networks to strengthen their structures and advance their activities;
    • Organize events, including trainings on disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery and other relevant issues.
    • Developing a plan for including prospective new Member Networks and overseeing its implementation especially in Latin America and other regions as needed.
    • Conducting the due diligence process of new networks according to CBi due diligence procedure.
  • Leading the development of two new work streams on innovation and impact measurement (time allocated for this estimated 20% of the consultancy time)
    • Review the needs and opportunities for innovation and impact measurement work streams for CBi;
    • Identify effective strategies to develop these work streams;
    • Map and identify partners to collaborate with and funding opportunities for the new work streams;
    • Develop a concept and an action plan for each work stream and implement together with other members of the CBi team.
  • Supporting the CBi Secretariat in strategic partnerships (time allocated for this estimated 15% of the consultancy time)
    • Maintaining relationships with existing partners in coordination with the CBi team and per the agreed division of responsibilities;
    • Developing new partnerships, especially with key donors and partners in innovation and impact measurement space.
  • Supporting strategic events organization (time allocated for this estimated 15% of the consultancy time)
    • Supporting the organization of CBi’s participation in the Climate Conference COP;
    • Leading on the preparations for the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week (HNPW) and CBi Annual Event;
    • Supporting other country and regional events on a case by case basis.
  • Supporting CBi communications strategy implementation (time allocated for this estimated 10% of the consultancy time)
    • external and internal communications), including development of knowledge pieces, newsletter content, online portal community of practice.

Expected Outputs and Deliverables

Under the direct supervision of the CBi Program Manager: 

  • Conduct Network Assessments with CBi Member Networks.
  • Support CBi Member Networks to navigate the Network Foundation Guide materials relevant to their Network Assessment results.
  • Lead the stocktaking exercise on new prospective CBi Member Networks according to pre-agreed criteria.
  • Organize webinars to scope new prospective CBi Member Networks.
  • Develop a draft concept and action plan for the new work streams on innovation and impact measurement, including a mapping of potential collaboration partners and implement the action plan, including engaging potential collaboration partners.
  • Organize webinars and trainings to CBi Member Networks and partners on innovation and impact measurement.
  • Support relevant country, regional and global events, including development of the concept for the different CBi events, preparing panelist briefings, engaging panelists, organizing CBi participant travel, partner engagement and preparing final reports and outcome documents (e.g. UN General Assembly side event, 2nd CBi Executive Committee meeting for 2018, Climate Conference COP,  World Economic Forum, CBi Annual Event 2019, 1st CBi Executive Council Meeting 2019, and participation in the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week
  • Engage CBi partners to support the Secretariat in the implementation of the CBi Partnership and resource mobilization strategy.
  • Develop content pieces, including videos and case studies, for CBi external and internal communications (especially on innovation and impact measurement).
  • Undertake travel, as required by the CBi Secretariat team. Travel costs will be borne by UNDP and consultant expressly accepts UNDP travel policies.
  • Document and analyse best practices, innovative strategies and new approaches.
  • Participate in project meetings, as required.
  • Assist in preparing slides, presentation materials, briefing notes, surveys, draft reports.
  • Conduct relevant research, monitor projects, analyze country situations, and provide inputs for strategies, projects, and other initiatives.
  • Any other duties, as required.

Many of the activities in this consultancy are ongoing as part of CBi’s annual work plan. To this end, the consultant shall prepare a monthly progress report that will detail all milestones reached, including but not limited the support provided to CBi Member Networks, discussions with prospective new Member Networks, number of events organized, products on the pipeline, assignment travel, and tools developed. The CBi Program Manager and UNDP Global Program Advisor Private Sector shall review and accept these reports, and certify them for payment.

Description of deliverables - Target delivery dates - Payment schedule

  • Monthly Progress Report 1 - 1 month after contract signature - 8%
  • Monthly Progress Report 2 - 2 months after contract signature - 8%
  • Monthly Progress Report 3 - 3 months after contract signature - 8%
  • Monthly Progress Report 4 - 4 months after contract signature - 8%
  • Monthly Progress Report 5 - 5 months after contract signature - 8%
  • Monthly Progress Report 6 - 6 months after contract signature - 8%
  • Monthly Progress Report 7 - 7 months after contract signature - 8%
  • Monthly Progress Report 8 - 8 months after contract signature - 8%
  • Monthly Progress Report 9 - 9 months after contract signature - 8%
  • Monthly Progress Report 10 - 10 months after contract signature - 8%
  • Monthly Progress Report 11 - 11 months after contract signature - 8%
  • Final Report - 12 months after contract signature - 12%

Reporting Requirements

  • The Consultant shall report to the CBi Program Manager in Geneva and the UNDP Global Program Advisor Private Sector in Istanbul.
  • The Consultant shall be ready to undertake international travel on behalf of the CBi Secretariat during the assignment period if required and the travel expenses will be covered following UNDP rules and procedures. 
  • The assignment requires full presence in Geneva, Switzerland for the duration of the contract. Limited telecommuting can be considered in agreement with the CBi Manager.


Competencies

Corporate Competencies

  • Commitment to UNDP and OCHA mission, vision and values;
  • Sensitivity to cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age differences.

Functional Competencies

  • Strong analytical, communication and negotiation skills, including ability to produce high quality practical advisory reports and knowledge products with a focus on disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery;
  • Experience in private sector programs and partnerships in development and humanitarian situations;
  • Experience in catalyzing innovation;
  • Strong understanding of impact measurement;
  • Good project management skills to lead on strategy development and implementation;
  • Sensitivity to different perspectives and variety of cultures;
  • Familiarity and experience of the work and mandates of UN Agencies, Funds and Programs as well as other international oganizations;
  • Flexibility and entrepreneurial spirit with the ability to deliver high-quality outputs under sometimes tight deadlines.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Productive and efficient worker, highly motivated;
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize tasks;
  • Ability to seize the moment and capture emerging opportunities;
  • Strong initiative and confidence to pro-actively reach out to new and existing internal and external partners;
  • Performance-oriented and focused on results;
  • Persistence and willingness to follow through;
  • Ability to function in a diverse, multicultural team environment;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and flexibility;
  • Ability to take instructions and to learn on the job;
  • Curiosity and desire to work a complex, international environment.


Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications/Education:

  • Master's degree in Business Administration, International Relations, Economic Development, Development Studies, Social Science, International Development, Political Science, International Relations or other relevant field.

Experience:

  • Minimum 7 years of experience in humanitarian or development work, out of which at least 2 years are related to private sector partnerships;
  • Experience in disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery;
  • Experience in leading innovations;
  • Demonstrated understanding of impact measurement;
  • Experience in partnership development and management;
  • Experience in writing briefings, reports, periodic reporting;
  • Experience in working in or supporting a developing country in humanitarian or development programs, emergency or early recovery situations.
  • Experience in the UN system related to disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery desired;
  • Experience in working with international organizations and donors in terms of partnership building initiatives on disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery is an asset.

Language skills:

  • Excellent skills in English;
  • Fluency in Spanish and French are an added advantage.

 

Evaluation of Applicants

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal.

The award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and

b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical (P11 desk reviews and interviews) and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

Only candidates who will get min. 70% of points in desk review will be invited for interviews. Only candidates who get min. 70% of points in technical evaluation (includes desk review and interview) will be scored in financial evaluation.

Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation (includes desk review and interview) – max. 70 points:

  • Criteria A – Experience in humanitarian or development work and private sector engagement in disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery. (Max points 25)
  • Criteria B – Knowledge of innovations and impact measurement. (Max points 13)
  • Criteria C – Experience in partnership initiatives. (Max points 5)
  • Criteria D – Experience in humanitarian and development contexts. (Max points 5)
  • Criteria E – Experience in working with international organizations. (Max points 2)
  • Criteria F – Fluency in Spanish (or French). (Max points 5)
  • Criteria G – Creative thinking in building private sector networks for disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery and encouraging innovation in them. (Max points 5) (interview)
  • Criteria H – Leadership skills to scope new prospective CBi Member Networks. (Max points 5) (interview)
  • Criteria I – Flexibility and entrepreneurial spirit to deliver outputs under sometimes tight deadlines. (max points 5). (interview)

Please ensure that your experience related to criteria A-F and above mentioned competencies is very well documented in your P11 and cover letter.

Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation (max points 30).

 

Application procedures

Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website. The application should contain (all in one document):

  • Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position. Please paste the letter into the "Resume and Motivation" section of the electronic application.
  • Filled P11 form including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees
    (blank form can be downloaded fromhttp://www.eurasia.undp.org/content/dam/rbec/docs/P11_modified_for_SCs_and_ICs.doc); please upload the P11 instead of your CV.
  • Financial Proposal* - Specifying a) total lump sum amount for the tasks specified in this announcement (Please provide a daily fee and a total amount for 233 work days within 12 months. The daily fee should cover all expenses for your consultancy services.); b) travel to and from the duty station.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.

 

*Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period (e.g. fee, health insurance, vaccination, personal security needs and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services...). All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel. Other missions which could not be foreseen at the time of the recruitment will be covered separately as per UNDP rules. Payments will be made only upon confirmation of UNDP on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner.

Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under dss.un.org

General Terms and conditions as well as other related documents can be found under: http://on.undp.org/t7fJs.

Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply.

Due to large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.

Existing literature and further information to get a better understanding of the work can be found from www.connectingbusiness.org .


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.


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