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Individual Consultant for Communications Support
|Location :||Dili, Timor Leste|
|Application Deadline :||13-Aug-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|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 :||60 days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||3 September - 23 November 2018|
The United Nations in Timor-Leste has enjoyed a long and valuable partnership with the Government of Timor-Leste, now focusing on supporting the country in its sustainable development efforts through implementation of National Strategic Development Plan 2011-2030 and Sustainable Development Goals 2030. On 22nd June 2018, the VIII Constitutional Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste was formally formed. The UNCT recognizes strategic and strong communications as an essential component of development work; it is important for the UN system to come together to advocate and raise awareness on key development challenges for Timor-Leste and highlight the support provided, and results achieved by UN’s cooperation with partners. The UNCT seeks improve its communication strategy, in order to enhance the impact of UN measures in support to the newly formed Government of Timor-Leste in short and long terms.
Therefore, the UNCT agreed to hire a consultant for a three months works on communication strategies of the key development areas to be focused on by the new government and other relevant communication works.
Today, the UN Agencies work in Timor-Leste under the UN Resident Coordinator system, focusing solely on sustainable development. The partnership between the government and the UN is outlined in the United Nations Development Assistance Framework 2015 – 2020 (UNDAF) for Timor-Leste. The UNDAF is a strategic programme framework to support the national development priorities of Timor-Leste encapsulated in the Strategic Development Plan 2011-2030 (SDP). The SDP reflects the aspiration of the Timorese People to become a high performing, middle income country by 2030.
Timor-Leste is now at a critical juncture. Many development milestones have been achieved, but key challenges remain. The country successfully and peacefully conducted its eighth parliamentary election on May 12th 2018, with the new Prime Minister sworn in on June 22nd 2018. The UN is committed to supporting the VIII Constitutional Government in achieving the 2030 aspirations of the SDP.
The UN Resident Coordinator leads the UN Country team of 15 UN Agencies in Timor-Leste. The Office of the Resident Coordinator (RCO) plays a critical role in supporting the Resident Coordinator, and the UN Country Team (UNCT) by providing coordination, planning, advocacy, analysis, information management and communications support. Furthermore, the RCO liaises with the counterparts, including the Government, the Office of the President, Parliament, civil society and the international donor community on a regular basis to keep national and international counterparts abreast of developments in UN programming, and provide information and support when requested.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant will be responsible for communications and outreach, to provide visibility of the UN work in Timor-Leste, support advocacy initiatives and support consistent reporting of the UN programmes in the country. S/he will do this by:
The consultant will work under the overall direct supervision of the RC, Head of RCO and the UNCT for communications strategies for the new government and relevant activities. The consultant will also work collaboratively with the UN Communications Group (UNCG) and relevant groups.
The successful individual consultant is expected to deliver the following outputs/key deliverables:
Under the supervision of the RC and Head of Office, the consultant will work with the RCO team to ensure implementation and quality of delivery.
The successful individual consultant is expected to perform the above-mentioned outputs/key deliverables within 60 working days of the assignment. He/she is expected to start on the 3 September 2018 and all outputs have to be delivered by the 23 November 2018.
The main duty station will be Dili. The consultant must be available for regular meetings with the RCO team, RC and other meetings with the UN Groups and UNCT when required.
Required Skills and Experience
Minimum a master degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Administration, Political Science/development, or related field.
Lump Sum Contract
The Financial Proposal must be expressed in the form of an all-inclusive Lump Sum Amount, linked to the Expected Outputs and Deliverables, supported by a breakdown of costs as per the template provided by UNDP. Under the lump sum approach, the contract price is fixed, regardless of changes in the cost components or duration of the assignment.
All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel. In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.
In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
Schedule of payments
I. Recommended Presentation of Offer
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
This TOR is approved by: Roy Trivedy, UN Resident Coordinator
L. Annexes to this TOR
ANNEX 1- INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
 The term “All inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, travel costs, living allowances, communications, consumables, etc.) that could possibly be incurred by the Contractor are already factored into the final amounts submitted in the proposal
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.