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International Coordinator for Local Development
|Location :||Dili, Timor Leste|
|Application Deadline :||26-Sep-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding|
|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 :||118 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||10 October 2018 – 10 April 2019|
In response to the steady commitment of the government to reach all its citizens with quality public services, the Ministry of State Administration, in line with its policies for decentralization of public administration, requested the initiation of the project “Supporting Decentralisation of Public Administration through Effective Delivery of Public Services at Municipal Level” with the aim of building capacities of the civil servants within municipalities to effectively deliver public services that are accessible to all. Apart from the increasing role that municipalities will have in the short- and long-term run in delivering public services, the initiated decentralization process supports a democracy from below in which all inhabitants and other local actors actively participate in the decision-making process, reflecting their needs and future aspirations.
In 2010, the National Strategic Development Plan 2011-2030 established four main objectives to be achieved through administrative decentralization policies: the development of the private sector in rural areas; the creation of new opportunities for democratic participation; the promotion of strong institutions; and the establishment of more effective, efficient and equitable provision of public services. To achieve these objectives and to contribute to the decentralization of the public administration, it is required the introduction of a new level of municipal governance. This indeed requires development of capacities within local administrations through the introduction of management systems, processes and procedures of local governance and through the design and execution of capacity building actions mainly in public financial management, planning, and monitoring and evaluation of public programs.
Ever since, the government went through a series of reforms that by means of the present legal frameworks has underpinned the gradual transition of the power to the Municipal Administrations and Municipal Authorities. Because of the complexity of the process, the transition is organized in three stages, starting first with ‘administrative pre-deconcentration’ – outlined under 2014 Decree Law No. 04/14 – which entails the start of the institutional reform, the creation and approval of the necessary framework and the preparation of the local development plans. While the second stage, requires future actions towards administrative decentralization, under which the national government would start to apply the approved legislation and a staged delegation of competences to Municipal Administrations and Municipal Authorities to deliver public services, the third stage entails full decentralization, whereby it would be possible to transfer the power, responsibility and duty to the local government structures which would be holding local elections by that time.
In 2016, progress was seen in deconcentrating government administration, with the establishment of four Municipal Authorities (Baucau, Bobonaro, Ermera, and Dili) and eight Municipal Administrations (Aileu, Ainaro, Cova Lima, Lautem, Liquica, Manatuto, Manufahi, and Viqueque) in the country. This was further buttressed by the adoption of a new Suco Law in 2016, which stipulated new roles and responsibilities to Suco councils. In July 2017, the package of three laws concerning the establishment of local government was passed in the National Parliament after several years of delay.
After several years pending in the National Parliament, recent developments of legal frameworks are encouraging local elections, this being recognized by the Law on Local Government and the Law on Municipal Elections, approved in 2017. Together with the Law on Territorial and Administrative Division, approved in 2009 and amended in 2017, the legal framework governing the decentralization process will soon be in full effect under the 8th Government.
Through UNDP ART (Articulation of Territorial Networks) Initiative, this project will establish a multilevel and multi-actor governance platform/framework for the delivery of public services, spearheaded by the municipalities and local communities. The initiation of such a platform, utilizing UNDP’s worldwide tools and methodologies to promote territorial development and decentralization, becomes key for the local development agenda and eradication of poverty.
Duties and Responsibilities
2) OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT AND SCOPE OF WORK
The International Coordinator for Local Development will work under the UNDP Governance Unit and will focus on the following area:
The overall objective of the assignment of the International Coordinator for Local Development is to supervise the municipal and community facilitators in each municipality as well as to provide coordinative support to enable the team to deliver quality outputs, as described in the PRODOC in the following areas:
a) Identification of priority areas in each pilot Municipality through ART methodology;
b) Design and implementation of at least one investment project in each municipality
The main responsibilities of the International Coordinator for Local Development are as follows:
3) EXPECTED OUTPUTS AND DELIVERABLES
Because of personal achievement, the International Coordinator for Local Development should present the individual outputs or group result and be ready to organize team work and involve key professional staff in preparation process. The expected outputs and deliverables of the International Coordinator for Local Development are linked to the project work plan of the Decentralization Project as per defined in the project document (ProDoc):
Output 1. One progress report of the following products (10th of November 2018):
Output 2. One progress report of the following products (10th of December 2018):
Output 3. One progress report of the following products (10th of January 2019):
Output 4. One progress report of the following products (10th of February 2019):
Output 5. One progress report of the following products (10th of March 2019):
Output 6. Final products (10th of April 2019):
4) INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS
The Consultant will be based at the UNDP Timor-Leste Governance Unit and Ministry of State Administration (MSA).
The Consultant will report directly to the Project Manager of the Decentralization Project.
The Consultant will submit a progress report as per defined in this ToR. The progress report should include achieved results by the end of each month up to the end of the Contract. Two weeks before the end of the Contract the Consultant will present a final report with main results during the assignment.
5) DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT, DUTY STATION AND EXPECTED PLACES OF TRAVEL
Duration: 6 months (10 October 2018 – 10 April 2019).
Duty Station: Dili, Timor-Leste.
6) SCOPE OF PRICE PROPOSAL AND SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS
Lump Sum Contract
The payment method is Lump Sum amount based on the monthly report at the end of each month up to the end of the Contract. Travel cost to arrive and depart to the Duty station is included in the Contract price. Travel arrangements will be coordinated according to the work plan and the project schedule.
Required Skills and Experience
7) QUALIFICATIONS OF THE SUCCESSFUL INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTOR
The candidate should match the following criteria:
8) CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF THE BEST OFFER
Combined Scoring Method
The candidates will be evaluated based on a Combined Scoring Method, where the qualifications and methodology will be weighted a max. of 70% and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a max of 30%. Note: Only candidates obtaining minimum 49 points or 70% of the technical criteria will be considered for financial evaluation.
9) RECOMMENDED PRESENTATION OF OFFER
The candidate will submit the following documents to demonstrate their qualification:
This TOR is approved by:
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.