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National Consultant: Localizing Recovery and Resilience
|Location :||Juba and Field Locations in South Sudan, SOUTH SUDAN|
|Application Deadline :||25-Nov-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||Arabic English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||50 Working Days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||8 Weeks|
The prolonged and multidimensional nature of the crisis in South Sudan is the cause of recurrent shocks to local communities from a variety of sources. These shocks have undermined efforts to build capacities and institutions and achieve long term development goals at the national level. Instead, international development actors and their local partners are increasingly focused on supporting short term recovery and resilience to shocks in local areas to establish a stronger and more robust foundation for development, going forward.
In January 2018, a Joint Mission to Yambio involving over 90 participants from UN Agencies, donor agencies, NGOs, business leaders and government leaders resulted in the adoption of the Yambio 11-Point Agenda. This agenda is hinged on 4 pillars, namely: rebuilding trust in people and institutions, re-establishing basic services, restoring productive capacities, and nurturing effective partnerships. The Yambio Mission followed an earlier mission to Aweil in December 2017.
A High-Level Dialogue followed the Yambio mission on 22nd March 2018, which issued a Communiqué outlining a shared commitment to reduce vulnerability and enhance coping capacities in South Sudan. This Communiqué became the guiding framework for the Partnership for Recovery and Resilience (PfRR), which is currently organizing itself around a number workstreams and with a coordination structure.
The six commitments are a testament of the desire to reduce vulnerability and enhance coping capacities for people and communities. The commitments will be achieved when responsible stakeholders translate them into their own rules (e.g. policy instruments, by-laws, plans, budgets) and actions (e.g. expenditure), and become accountable to them. This interaction will be more effective when stakeholders, rules and actions are fully aligned with the specific conditions and challenges in local areas, as the effects of shocks and disturbances are inherently local. Support for recovery and resilience therefore needs to be localized in order to be effectively implemented.
Localizing the Partnership for Recovery and Resilience will mean customizing the six commitments of the communiqué to the local context – at Boma, Payam, County or State. Local stakeholders and partners will need to jointly assess and agree on priorities and then commit to corresponding actions that they jointly implement and account for. Partners at each level will include leaders in Business, Traditional/culture, Government, Civil Society, and the International Community.
Localization of the Partnership can be implemented through a process of joint consultation and assessment among local stakeholders and their local, national and international partners. This process would involve determination of the level and participation in the localization (state, county, boma, payam) based on existing interest and capacities among local actors, the sources of vulnerability and their related problems, as well as the suggested solutions and required commitments to implement them.
The consultative process would typically take the form of a 2-4 day workshop that convenes the relevant stakeholders from a specific area as determined by the PfRR. The workshop will draw from the support and participation of local champions and leaders that have demonstrated the will to help the community change for the better. The organizers of the workshops will come from the national level PfRR and will be supported by international agencies that are committed to the six points of the joint Communique.
The organizing group will ensure balanced participation in local workshops from representatives of:
Gender balance will require that there are not less than 2 persons or more than 3 persons of either male or female in each category as participants in the workshop. The organizers also ensure that participation and agenda of workshops are conflict sensitive and based on a do no harm principle.
As part of the organization of local workshops, the organizers determine in advance what the suggested geographical scope and level of the localization process is.
The goal of the workshop would be to establish a consensus on the main vulnerabilities to shocks in the local area and how different stakeholder groups are affected by these, what are the immediate causes, the underlying causes, as well as the structural or root causes of vulnerabilities. Following this, potential solutions could be identified and commitments to joint action agreed to achieve sustainable impact. This would include commitments to ensure effective work across the humanitarian/development/peace nexus, coordination, joint programming, and accountability and learning. Finally, the workshop could frame the commitments within the broader national and international development frameworks: The National Development Strategy and the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Joint Policy Advisory Team (JPAT) of the United Nations in South Sudan will support the development of a conceptual and operational framework for localizing the PfRR in close cooperation with other participants in the Partnership and under its overall leadership and guidance. JPAT will support a process of piloting and action learning to gather experiences and reflect on these and draw out lessons learned. These will be presented to the PfRR as a contribution to the implementation of the broader partnership through joint learning and reflection.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant team will undertake the following:
Total of 25 home based and 25 field/Juba based workdays for each consultant
Team composition and management
The team will be led by an experienced international consultant and supported by a national consultant. The consultants will report to the JPAT co-chairs. The draft concept and the final report will be quality assured by JPAT. JPAT members will provide additional support to and participate in the work, including in local workshops.
Required Skills and Experience
Required skills and experience
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:
Only candidates who will receive at least 70% in each step of the process (desk review and interviews) will be considered for financial evaluation.
*Written samples of previous work should be provided
Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation:
Financial Criteria – 30 % of total evaluation
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials. Please group all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.
*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 and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services...). All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal.
Payments will be made only upon confirmation of 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
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.
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.