Senior Expert in Montreal Protocol Implementation - Customs


Location : Home-Based
Application Deadline :24-Aug-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Climate & Disaster Resilience
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English   Spanish  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
03-Sep-2018
Duration of Initial Contract :12 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :24 months

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.


Background

Background

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is one of the 4 (four) Implementing Agencies (IA) designated by the Multilateral Fund (MLF) to implement the Montreal Protocol´s Ozone Depletion Substances (ODS) phase-out projects. Under this International Treaty, the Article 5 countries committed to phase-out its ODS consumption.  UNDP supports these countries in the implementation of their ODS phase management plans, either as lead agency or cooperation agency.

Furthermore, the Kigali Amendment was adopted by the 28th Meeting of Parties to the Montreal Protocol on 15 October 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda. Under the amendment, countries committed to cut the production and consumption of Hydroflurocarbons (HFCs) by more than 80 percent over the next 30 years. This phase down schedule will avoid more than 80 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by 2050 —avoiding up to 0.5°Celsius warming by the end of the century. Earlier ratifications to the Kigali Amendment is a priority issue under the Montreal Protocol, as well as an important action of the international community to strengthen momentum to the climate change.

On the other hand, at the 79th Meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCom) for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol, held from July 3rd to 7th of 2017, the members had reached an agreement after deliberation, under the Decision 79/46, to provide support for the early ratification process of the Kigali Amendment. ExCom decided to approve enabling activities for Article 5 Parties on the following basis: (i) Countries would be allowed the flexibility to undertake a range of enabling activities to help their national ozone units to fulfil their initial obligations with regard to HFC phase-down in line with the Kigali Amendment; (ii) Enabling activities could consist of, but were not limited to: a. Activities to facilitate and support the early ratification of the Kigali Amendment; b. Initial activities identified in paragraph 20 of decision XXVIII/2, including country-specific activities aimed at initiating supporting institutional arrangements, the review of licensing systems, data reporting on HFC consumption and production, and demonstration of non-investment activities, and excluding institutional strengthening, as addressed in decision 78/4(b); c. National strategies that contained the activities in sub-paragraphs a. and b. above; (iii) Funding for the preparation of national implementation plans to meet initial reduction obligations for the phase-down of HFCs could be provided, at the earliest, five years prior to those obligations, after a country had ratified the Kigali Amendment and on the basis of guidelines to be approved in the future; (iv) Funding for stand-alone initial investment projects could be provided in accordance with the provisions of decision 79/45.

As part of this engagement, UNDP would like to engage a Senior Expert in Montreal Protocol Implementation – Customs to support the implementation of  these enabling activities.

The Senior Expert is expected to be engaged by 3 September 2018 through a non-exclusive Framework Agreement formalized through an Individual Contract (IC). A Framework Agreement is known in UNDP as an agreement that establishes the terms, conditions and prices that will govern future engagement (Thru issuance of Purchase Order) arising from the said Agreement, which could be issued at any time within the duration of the IC. 

It is important to note that, at the time of the issuance of the IC that serves as the Framework Agreement, both parties understand that no financial obligation or commitment is formed on the part of UNDP, and that such an agreement is non-exclusive (i.e., it does not prohibit UNDP from entering into another such framework agreement with another individual or entity).  Financial commitments will only be established each time the services are requested within the scope of the IC, through the agreed triggering action or document (Purchase Order) that signals the commencement of an engagement. 

This IC is intended for on-call intermittent engagement for a maximum of 240 working days spread over a period of 36 months (3 years). Any extension is subject to satisfactory performance review, project funding situation or other factors impacting the project operating environment.

Long Term Agreement Disclosure

UNDP at its own discretion showed interest to enter into a non-binding Framework/Long Term Agreement (LTA) as a result of this Individual Contract process under the following conditions: 
a) The supplier/contractor shall provide the types of services, goods and/or deliverables, quoted in this bidding, which shall be reflected in a non-binding Long Term Agreement in the form attached hereto as the "Model Long Term Agreement for the Provision of Goods and/or Services to United Nations Development Programme". 
b) UNDP does not warrant that any quantity of Goods and/or Services will be purchased during the term of this arrangement. 
c) In the event of any advantageous technical changes and/or downward pricing of the Goods and/or Services during the duration of this Agreement, the Supplier/Contractor shall notify UNDP immediately. UNDP will consider the impact of any such event and may request an amendment to the Long Term Agreement.


Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Senior Expert will work with UNDP, and will guide other MPU (International and National) Experts serving the countries of Angola, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Jamaica, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago and Uruguay,

1)  Support the countries’ national ozone units to the identify enabling activities to fulfil their initial obligations with regard to HFC phase-down in line with the Kigali Amendment; Enabling activities could consist of, but were not limited to:
- Activities to facilitate and support the implementation of an HFC licensing and quota system;
- Establishment of baseline and measures of HFC consumption;
- Review the data collection process for the preparation of Montreal Protocol’s reports.
- Adapted national strategies that contained the activities in sub-paragraphs a. and b. above.

2) Assist the countries’ national ozone unit in the strengthening of the legal framework for the fulfilment of their Montreal Protocol obligations.
- Assess current legal framework and give recommendations for its improvement.
- Identification of gaps in the control of import and consumption of ODS and HFC.
- Support countries in the ratification process of the Kigali Amendment.

3)  Reinforce the country’s Customs Agency to identify the necessary activities to fulfil their initial obligations with regard to HFC phase-down in line with the Kigali Amendment; could consist of, but were not limited to:
- Training on the development of inspections of HFC containing equipment.
- Incorporation of measurement in CO2-e when reporting consumption of substances controlled by the Montreal Protocol.
- Incorporation of HFC and blends into control mechanisms, including the identification of tariff codes.

4) Support the ozone unit of each country in the preparation of a work plan to improve or build capacities for the implementation of the Kigali agreement.

 

?Key deliverables:

  1. Review and assess legal frameworks for the regulation of Montreal Protocol Controlled Substances.
  2. Preparation of Customs plans for the implementation of the Kigali amendment.
  3. Conduct trainings for Customs officers and Technicians for the implementation of the Kigali amendment.
  4. Assist in the preparation, update or revision of customs code for HFCs.
  5. Assist in the preparation, update or revision of legal frameworks for the fulfillment of the Montreal Protocol.
  6. Assist in the preparation, update or revision of reporting procedures of substances controlled by the Montreal Protocol.
  7. Conduct missions to countries listed on item "Fees".

The Contract (LTA) will enter into effect upon signature by both parties, expected for 2 (two) years of duration and can be extended up to 1 (one) additional period of 1 (one) year up to a maximum of 3 (three) years. With a total of 240 days over the entire duration of the contract.

Duty Station

Home based, with possible 5-day missions to Angola, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Jamaica, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago and Uruguay, as mentioned in the Key Deliverables and detailed below.

?The consultant will receive payment based on his/her daily fees, for the maximum of 240 days under this assignment (including the additional period, if extended).

The candidate shall quote his/her services on a per diem amount basis or professional daily fees for services based on the deliverables identified below.

Mission-related expenses (TE, DSA and Airfare) will be paid by the Projects.

A Best value for Money approach will be used in the evaluation of the applicants and will lead to a combined score for technical capabilities and the financial offer.

A total contract value, which shall be based on the unit price agreed by UNDP and the individual, will be agreed by both parties that will sign the IC, and the said contract amount shall serve as the maximum cumulative value that UNDP will place over the duration of the IC.


Competencies

Corporate:

  • Demonstrate integrity by modeling UN values and ethical standards;
  • Promote the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the UNDP and MPU;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment;

Technical:

  • Ability to analyses policy documents and make constructive policy suggestions;
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and diplomatic skills, ability to work in a team;
  • Capacity building skills and flexibility depending on the public;
  • Demonstration of commitment to the Project’s mission, vision and values;
  • Good writing and reporting skills;
  • Good presentation skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure and stressful situations, and to meet tight deadlines.

Professionalism:

  • Works toward creative solutions by analyzing problems carefully and logically – inspires and fosters innovation by highlighting innovative;
  • Shares knowledge and is willing to provide support to others who request advice or help;
  • Facilitates meetings effectively and efficiently;
  • Resolves conflicts as they arise.

Client Orientation:

  • Sets priorities, produces quality outputs, meets deadlines and manages time efficiently;
  • Maintains strong relationships with partners and clients.


Required Skills and Experience

Qualifications and Requirements:

Education

  • First-level university degree in relevant discipline, such as engineering, law, public administration, management;
  • Masters or advanced degree in Environmental field desirable;
  • Through knowledge of ISO systems/14001, desirable.

General Experience:

  • Working experience of at least 10 years with activities in the environmental area;
  • At least 5 years of experience as a Consultant for Customs, development of legal framework or work with International Organizations directly related to the Montreal Protocol policies and agreements
  • At least 5 years of experience of training for Customs’ Agencies for the regulation of Montreal Protocol Controlled Substances or other environmental agreements related to chemicals (i.e. Stockholm, Basel, Rotterdam or Minamata).

Communication Skills:

  • Proficiency in English and ability to write reports, carry-out meetings, conduct seminars and perform trainings.
  • The ability to write reports, carry-out meetings, conduct seminars and perform trainings in Spanish is desirable.

 

Application Procedures (Instructions to Applicants)

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

Step 1: Interested individual consultants submit the following documents:

  • Personal History Form (P11), indicating all past experience from 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: UNDP P-11 Form.
  • Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment. Indicate available start date.

Step 2: Submission of Financial Proposal:

Only applicants who attain a score of 70% and above on the technical evaluation will be contacted and requested to submit a financial proposal.

Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments:

  • Financial proposals must be all inclusive and must be expressed on the basis of “a daily fee” in USD for this consultancy to bpps.procurement@undp.org  . using the financial proposal template available here: http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_file.cfm?doc_id=45780. The proposals should be sent via email with the following subject heading: “Financial Proposal for Senior Expert in Montreal Protocol Implementation – Customs" by the deadline for this vacancy. Proposals to be 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 and include a breakdown.
  • Payment will be made upon submission of a certificate of payment request, indicating outputs achieved and days worked to be verified and cleared for payment by the supervisor.

The term ‘all inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, utilities, consumables, insurance, etc.) that could possibly be incurred by the Contractor are already factored into the final amounts submitted in the proposal

In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses will be agreed upon, between UNDP and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed. In general, UNDP will 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.

Criteria for selection of individual consultant for award of contract:

The selection of the best offer from the shortlisted candidates will be based on a Combined Scoring method – where the qualifications and experienced will be weighted a maximum of 70 points and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a max of 30 points out of 100 points

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% 

Financial Criteria weight: 30%

Technical Evaluation

Only those candidates that meet the minimum level of education, relevant years of experience and language requirements will be considered for the technical evaluation. The technical evaluation will be conducted by a desk review to select the shortlisted candidates (those that score at least 49 out of total 70 obtainable scores). The technical evaluation may also include interviews with shortlisted candidate(s).

Only applicants obtaining a minimum of 49 points on technical evaluation will be considered for the Financial Evaluation

Technical Proposal (70 Points) 70% weight

Technical proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria: 

 

Evaluation Criteria

Max Points

70

Education

First-level university degree in relevant discipline. 

10

Masters or advanced degree in Environmental field desirable.

10

Thorough knowledge of ISO systems/14001 is desirable.

5

General experience

Working experience of at least 10 years with activities in the environmental area.

10

At least 5 years of experience as a Consultant for Customs / or work with International Organizations directly related to the Montreal Protocol policies and agreements.

5

At least 5 years of experience of training for Customs’ Agencies for the regulation of Montreal Protocol Controlled Substances.

10

Communication Skills

Proficiency in English and ability to write reports, carry-out meetings, conduct seminars and perform trainings.

5

The ability to write reports, carry-out meetings, conduct seminars and perform trainings in Spanish is desirable.

5

Interview

Interview

10

 

Financial evaluation (Weight 30%)

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

Financial Proposal (30% weight of combined score)

 

Contract Award

Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into contract with UNDP.

Institutional arrangement

The Consultant will be given access to relevant information necessary for execution of the tasks under this assignment;

The Consultant will be responsible for providing her/his own laptop.

Some travels to Dili, Timor-Leste (dates TBC) mentioned in the TOR are expected for this assignment;

Payments will be made upon satisfactory delivery of outputs, certification of payment form, and acceptance and confirmation by the Task Manager on outputs satisfactorily delivered.

Payment modality

  • Payment to the Individual Contractor will be made based on the actual number of days worked, deliverables accepted and upon certification of satisfactory completion by the manager.
  • Payments will be made upon satisfactory achieved deliverables and submission of time sheet in accordance with number of days worked and certification of payment. All payments are subject to the clearance and approval of the direct supervisor. The contract price is fixed regardless of changes in the cost of components.

 

References

Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):

Annex 1 - UNDP P-11 Form

Annex 2 - Financial Proposal Template

Annex 3 - IC Contract Template

Annex 4 – IC General Terms and Conditions

 



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