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|Location :||Home based consultancy with three (15 days) missions to Georgia|
|Application Deadline :||31-Jan-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||up to 50 days in February – June 2019|
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Georgia through its Country Investment Facility funded project “Sustainable Cities”, aims to develop a solution-oriented national platform for sustainable cities to kickstart a country-wide transformation of good governance sector – and particularly cities and towns in Georgia, towards greater sustainability and resilience in line with the 2030 development agenda. The platform intends to bring together engaged citizens, technology providers, local authorities, service providers and private sector to co-design, test and co-implement solutions to the persisting governance and urban challenges and gaps such as pollution, Greenhouse gas emissions, municipal waste, under-developed modes of mobility (public transit, walking, cycling, car-sharing), lack of green spaces for people and unsustainable urban planning practices etc. The platform will use the formula of “Start, Seed and Scale” and will provide space for a diverse range of stakeholders to experiment and help implement practical solutions for people-centric, participatory, climate-proof and ecologically safe urban planning practices, urban mobility, energy efficient technologies, waste management and employment generation. The proposal will bring together existing innovation platforms operating in Georgia such as Public Service Development Agency Innovation ServiceLab, Innovation Hub of Rustavi City Hall, Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency, Techno park of Georgia, Impact Hub Tbilisi, City Institute Georgia (urban planning company), eSpace (company dedicated to popularization of e-mobility in Georgia), tech and scientific communities from academia, private sector etc. In doing so, the initiative will contribute directly and indirectly to localizing national SDGs related to urban development.
At the national level UNDP Georgia is supporting the development of the cutting-edge expertise in policy development and implementation in line with the country’s development agenda. The current initiative focuses on the creation of the sustainable stream of local expertise in applied behavioral research and experimentation for policy decision-making to serve diverse policy areas in line with Czech-UNDP Partnership for SGDs’ mission and objectives, which is to contribute to socio-economic development in the partner countries through transfer of Czech expertise and innovative solutions for SDGs.
The prosed engagement of data expert will contribute to the establishment of a sustainable facility for behavioral research and experimentation by bringing together development actors, academia, government and think tanks at the local level will unfold against the ongoing initiatives targeting two policy areas, but not confined to:
These two initiatives form the first wave of experimentation in the Georgian public service when multi-stakeholder engagement for addressing persistent societal problems is driven by the results of the behavioral study findings and randomized control trials (RCTs).
At the national level UNDP Georgia is supporting the development of the cutting edge expertise in policy development and implementation in line with the country’s development agenda. The current initiative focuses on the creation of the sustainable stream of local expertise in applied data research and experimentation for policy decision-making to serve diverse policy areas in line with Czech-UNDP Partnership for SGDs’s mission and objectives, which is to contribute to socio-economic development in the partner countries through transfer of Czech expertise and innovative solutions for SDGs.
In parallel to building national ecosystem cutting edge capacities, the CO is building its own interface for fostering quick exploration, learning and adaptation by setting up an in-house innovation team with the new generation of agile professionals.
Duties and Responsibilities
With the above objective, UNDP Georgia in cooperation with the Czech-UNDP for Partnership for SDGs is seeking an International Data Expert to contribute to the work of the UNDP Georgia Innovation Team led activities presented above and under the overall guidance of UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, direct supervision of the CO Innovation Specialist and in close coordination with the local Behavioral Science Specialist, Data Specialist and Social Entrepreneurship Specialist of the Innovation Team.
Data Expert is expected to provide the deliverables outline below. The payments will be made upon the satisfactory completion/submission and approval of the deliverables by the supervisor.
1st Payment – 25%; End of February 2019
2nd payment – 25%; April 2019
3rd payment – 30%; May 2019
4th -final payment – 20% June 2019
The payments will be made upon the confirmation by UNDP of high quality performance and the submission of deliverable reports.
Required Skills and Experience
Offerors will be evaluated against a combination of technical and financial criteria provided in the below table. Technical criteria consist of a desk review (40 points) and an interview (30 points). fferors obtaining minimum 28 points as a result of the desk review (criteria 1, 2 and 3) will be short listed and invited for an interview. Offerors obtaining minimum of 21 points as a result of the interview (i.e. minimum of 49 points in the technical criteria) will be considered qualified and requested to provide financial proposal for the assignment.
The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the ToR. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount. Maximum 30 points will be assigned to the lowest price offer. All other price offers will be scored using the formula (inverse proportion): Financial score X = 30* the lowest price offer/suggested price offer. All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal as well. 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.
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.