Programme Consultant - GSSD Expo


Location : New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Application Deadline :20-Jun-18 (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)
16-Jul-2018
Duration of Initial Contract :7 months with potential renewal
Expected Duration of Assignment :7 months with potential renewal

Background

The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) aims to be a robust knowledge hub providing advisory and consulting services to Member States and United Nations entities on South-South and triangular cooperation enabling developing countries to effectively face their leading development challenges and harness global opportunities to address them, in tandem with monitoring progress on implementing the Buenos Aires Plan of Action, New Directions Strategy and the Nairobi Outcome.

UNOSSC engages with Member States globally, regionally, as well as within the UN system to facilitate practical expressions of Southern solidarity towards the achievement of internationally agreed development goals.  UNOSSC works with a wide range of partners including global centers of excellence to intensively explore how building endogenous capacity be encouraged, how broadening and sharing technological advances within the global South will systematically occur, and how emerging innovative financing mechanisms can be harnessed through South-South and triangular cooperation. UNOSSC ensures that our Southern constituencies have timely access to high quality analytical planning, mapping, programming, and reporting on data, trends and opportunities that will propel South-South and triangular cooperation in ways that ensure success.

The Global South-South Development (GSSD) Expo is an annual event organized by UNOSSC in its capacity as the General Assembly-mandated global and United Nations-system wide coordinator and facilitator for South-South and triangular cooperation. It is designed to showcase evidence-based successful development solutions and initiatives. The 2018 GSSD Expo will be hosted by the United Nations and take place in New York, USA in the last quarter of 2018.

The Programme Consultant will report to the Deputy Director for Programmes and Operations and assist the Programme, Operations and Knowledge Management teams.


Duties and Responsibilities

FUNCTIONAL RESPONSABILITIES

The full-time Programme Consultant will work closely with the Programme, Operations and Knowledge Management teams under the supervision of the Deputy Director for Programmes and Operations, UNOSSC.

Functional duties:

  • Assist with overall planning, coordinating and implementation of UNOSSC events particularly the Global South-South Development Expo;
  • Assist with development of concept notes and event logistical arrangements, invitations and communications;
  • Assist with preparing talking points, briefing notes, session reports and other documents;
  • Act as the focal point to develop contents and provide updates for the GSSD Expo webpage, event materials, and communication pieces;
  • Assist with project management, administration and operations, as well as other tasks upon request of the Deputy Director or other members of the team including support to other UNOSSC programmes and initiatives if required.

 

  1. Major Deliverables

Deliverable

Due Date

Payment

Monthly progress report summarizing achievements submitted and approved

Month

Agreed monthly amount


Competencies

Professionalism: Strong analytical and negotiation skills. Ability to handle effectively multiple tasks and proven ability to work and act under pressure and with discretion in a politically sensitive and challenging environment. Sound political judgment as well as diplomacy, impartiality and discretion. Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines, and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Remains calm in stressful situations.

Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours. Acts without consideration of personal gain. Resists undue political pressure in decision-making. Does not abuse power or authority. Stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular. Takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.

Communication: Strong interpersonal and communication skills (spoken/written), including the ability to listen to and incorporate the views of stakeholders. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively (both verbally and written). Ability to tailor language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Ability to communicate effectively via tele-communication tools.

Teamwork:  Proven ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity. Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accept joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Client orientation: Ability to identify clients’ needs and suggest appropriate solutions; ability to establish and maintain productive partnerships with clients. Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Planning and Organizing: Ability to develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; ability to foresee risks and allow for contingencies when planning; and, ability to identify priority activities and adjust them as required. Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.

Respect for Diversity: Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability. Proven ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity, including gender and geographical balance. Respect for, and understanding of, international political processes; ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and discretion.


Required Skills and Experience

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  1. Demonstrated knowledge of SDGs and South-South cooperation.
  2. High-level proficiency in English with demonstrated excellent writing and research skills including previous experience writing high-level briefing notes, summaries of reports, and preparing presentations.
  3. Experience in the organization of international high-level events including knowledge of appropriate protocols for interacting with Member States, UN agencies, and other stakeholders.
  4. Experience in organizing events at the UN Secretariat in NY desired.
  5. Excellent organizational and time management skills, attention to detail, multitasking and proven ability to work under tight deadlines.
  6. Demonstrated high-level skills using the Microsoft Office Suite with emphasis on Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  7. Experience in UN working environment preferred.
  8. Knowledge of UNDP operation and finance tools and procedures preferred.
  9. Skills of using professional software to develop and design webpages and programme brochures and flyers considered as assets.
  1. Knowledge of UN administrative and financial processes, and the Atlas system considered as an asset. Qualifications

Degree Level

Additional years of experience required

Master’s degree related to international development areas, such public health, economics, environmental sciences, sociology, or related.                                                      

2 - 3

 

  1. Required Language Skills

 

  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another of the official languages of the United Nations is considered an asset.

 

  1. Application Process

Interested applicants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  • Brief cover letter (max 1 page) outlining relevant experience and motivation for role;
  • Personal history form (P11) or CV/Resume;
  • Financial Proposal: Available resources to fund this Individual Contract are limited to a Junior Consultant fee. Proposal exceeding USD 4,400/month might not be considered, as they fall outside the budget available for this engagement;
  • Submit contact details of 2 references.

Evaluation / Selection Process

  1. Applicant’s CV and cover letter will be assessed against alignment with functional responsibilities and required skills and experience to create a longlist.
  2. Longlisted candidates will be invited to complete a written test.

For shortlisted candidates, a cumulative analysis method will be used. The award of the Individual Contractors Contract shall be made to the individual contractors 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; 70%

Applicant interview performance will be evaluated against listed required skills, experience, and competencies.

  1. Demonstrated knowledge of SDGs and South-South cooperation (10 points).
  2. Previous experience writing and developing high-level briefing notes, summaries of reports, programme brochures and preparing presentations (20 points).
  3. Experience in the organization of international high-level events including knowledge of appropriate protocols for interacting with Member States, UN agencies, and other stakeholders (25 points).
  4. Experience in organizing large events at the UN Secretariat in NY desired. (10 points).
  5. Experience in the UN working environment (20 points).
  6. Knowledge of UNDP operation and finance tools and procedures preferred (5 points).
  7. Skills of using professional software to develop and design webpages and programme brochures and flyers considered as assets (5 points).
  8. Experience of developing and maintaining website, reports and flyers (5 points).

 

Financial Criteria; 30%

The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal: p = y (µ/z),

  • 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;

 

Other Information:

Incomplete application and applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Only longlisted candidates will be notified.

UNDP Individual Consultant General Conditions for Contract apply and can be downloaded at:

http://www.undp.org/content/dam/undp/documents/procurement/documents/IC%20-%20General%20Conditions.pdf


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