Regional Electoral Consultant-Arab States


Location : UNDP-RBAS Regional Hub, Amman, JORDAN
Application Deadline :04-Jan-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
14-Feb-2019
Duration of Initial Contract :UP to 252 working days Over a period of 12 months from 14 February 2019 till 28 February 2020

Background

The Regional Electoral Support Project for Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is part of the Global Project for Electoral Cycle Support (GPECS), which is UNDP main instrument for contributing to the formulation and implementation of electoral policy. The GPECS consists of country, regional, global and gender components that sustainably support policy development, knowledge management and programme support and that use a process-driven approach rather than an event-driven one. In particular, the GEPCS adopts an electoral cycle approach –as opposed to election day- looking at the electoral process over time, while seeking also to integrate electoral assistance into a wider framework of democratic governance and peacebuilding, as well as to engage with different actors throughout the cycle. The overall goal to which GPECS contributes is towards deepening democracy and accelerating human development.

The regional component of the GPECS is carried out with the support of the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). Its overall aim is to improve accountability, participation and representation in the electoral and political processes in the Arab States by raising awareness and enhancing knowledge and capacity on elections and broader democratic governance topics throughout the region, as well as supporting civic engagement. The project provides expanded technical assistance to institutions, electoral stakeholders, and civil society on electoral issues. Some of the partners the project engages with include the newly established Arab Electoral Management Bodies (ArabEMBs) and the Electoral Affairs Department of the League of Arab States.

Against this background, the project is seeking a consultant to support planning and implementation of regional initiatives, also in developing concept notes and reporting on the initiatives in addition to support in implementation of the project. The Consultant will work under the management of Regional Electoral Advisor and the direct guidance of the Regional Electoral Policy specialist.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the Regional Electoral Advisor and direct supervision of the Regional Electoral Policy specialist, the selected candidate, contracted under IC contract modality, will support the Regional Electoral Support project with the following main responsibilities:

  • Organize the action plan of activities, assist in developing concept notes and agendas for the regional electoral Project for Arab states;
  • Undertake relevant research on electoral systems (including data collection, review of comparative reports, knowledge sharing, best practices);
  • Provide coordination support in developing knowledge products for the region;
  • Contribute to the development of regular UNDP project reporting, including drafting biweekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports as well as reports for the donor;
  • Assist in implementing project activities related to enhancing regional electoral capacity and knowledge;
  • Track all relevant electoral developments and activities in the region and analyze their implications on the project and project activities;
  • Provide general administrative, logistical and operational support related to HR, procurement and internal and external communication;
  • Assist in organizing team and sector meetings.


Competencies

Corporate

  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness, by modeling the UN/UNDP’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Functional

  • Solid experience in facilitation high level meetings;
  • Background knowledge about the SDGs, United Nations and UNDP;
  • Demonstrates ability in conducting creative-thinking and innovation learning events;
  • Good teamwork and interpersonal skills;
  • Flexibility and ability to handle multiple tasks and work under pressure;
  • Excellent computer skills especially Word, Excel and Power Point, Email;

Leadership

  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and to provide credible leadership;
  • Demonstrated intellectual leadership and ability to integrate knowledge with broader strategic overview and corporate vision;
  • Demonstrated flexibility in leadership by performing and/or overseeing the analysis/resolution of complex issues;
  • Strong managerial/leadership experience and decision-making skills with proven track record of mature judgments;
  • Ability to conceptualize and convey strategic vision from the spectrum of development experience.

Managing Relationships

  • Demonstrated well developed people management and organizational management skills;
  • Excellent negotiating and networking skills with strong partnerships in academia, technical organizations and as a recognized expert in the practice area;
  • Strong resource mobilization and partnering skills and ability to accept accountability for management of large volume of financial resources.

Managing Complexity

  • Ability to address global development issues;
  • Substantive knowledge and understanding of development cooperation with the ability to support the practice architecture of UNDP and inter-disciplinary issues;
  • Demonstrated substantive leadership and ability to integrate knowledge with broader strategic, policy and operational objectives;
  • A sound global network of institutional and individual contacts.

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Ability to strongly promote and build knowledge products;
  • Promotes knowledge management in UNDP and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example;
  • Seeks and applies knowledge, information and best practices from within and outside of UNDP;
  • Provides constructive coaching and feedback;
  • Demonstrates a strong capacity for innovation and creativity in providing strategic policy advice and direction.

Judgment/Decision-Making

  • Mature judgment and initiative;
  • Proven ability to provide strategic direction to the project implementation process;
  • Independent judgment and discretion in advising on handling major policy issues and challenges, uses diplomacy and tact to achieve result.


Required Skills and Experience

Academic qualification:

  • Master’s Degree in Political Science, International Relations, Public Policy or related fields.

Work Experience:

  • A minimum of two-years professional experience in international/regional capacity building in the field of elections;
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in facilitating and managing an information database;
  • Experience in professional writing and preferably UNDP reporting.
  • Two years of experience working with a UN agency and/or any relevant international organization;
  • Experience in academic research pertaining to public policy, electoral policy and social and political science;
  • Knowledge in electoral systems and processes in the Arab region;

Language Requirements

  • Proficiency in both written and oral English and Arabic. French is an asset.

SCOPE OF PRICE AND SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS

Payments will be made based on the number of days worked and upon completion and approval of time sheets following the submission of the relevant Certification of Payment (CoP) duly certified as well as confirmation of satisfactory performance of achieved work.

INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENT

  • The individual is required to exhibit his or her full-time commitment with the UNDP Regional Electoral Advisor;
  • S/He shall perform tasks under the management of Regional Electoral Advisor and the direct guidance of the Regional Electoral Policy specialist;
  • The supervision will include approvals/acceptance of the outputs as identified in previous sections. The supervisor will approve the deliverables/outputs for payments;
  • The individual is expected to liaise and collaborate in the course of performing the work with other consultants, project team, stakeholders and UN colleagues;
  • The individual is required to maintain close communication with the UNDP Regional Electoral Advisor on regular and needed basis at any period throughout the assignment in order to monitor progress. In the event of any delay, S/He will inform UNDP promptly so that decisions and remedial action may be taken accordingly. Delays that would affect the flow of the collaborative work and the delivery of outputs on schedule will lead to termination of contract. Should UNDP deem it necessary, it reserves the right to commission additional inputs, reviews or revisions, as needed to ensure the quality and relevance of the work.

Financial proposal

Interested candidates should provide lump sum fees for requested services with detailed breakdown of  (consultancy fees, round travel tickets, travel cost, living allowances during the missions., etc.) as per travel plan above

Travel cost shall be paid when travel take place. 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 upon UNDP IC rules and regulations.

DURATION OF THE WORK

The duration of the work is 252 days over a period extending from 14 February 2019 till 29 February 2020 for a total of 12 months.  

DUTY STATION AND TRAVEL PLAN

  • UNDP-RBAS Regional Hub, Amman (Jordan).
  • The consultant is expected to travel in accordance with needs identified during the implementation phases based on political situation and security conditions. travel table mentioned in Procurement Notice is indicative of probable travels within the Arab Region. 
  • Consultant shall provide the Reimbursable Lump Sum of travel cost. UNDP will process the payment upon actual receipts provided for tickets (should not exceed the unit price provided in the financial offer) and boarding passes/passport stamps (entry and exit) for each travel;
  • Unit price for tickets should be provided on most direct economic class (business and first-class airfare are not permitted as per UNDP rules and regulations);
  • Payments will be made upon confirmation of UNDP of satisfactory performance;
  • 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 https://dss.un.org/

DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Candidates that fail to submit the required information will not be considered.

  1. Duly accomplished using the template provided by UNDP;
  2.  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;
  3. One-page methodology describing the approach used to complete the assignment;
  4. Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per the table given in section template provided. 

 If an Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.

All necessary information including: Complete Procurement Notice, The Selection Criteria, and Annexes are found on the following link under Procurement http://procurement-notices.undp.org/

Interested candidate shall apply the CV/P11 to Job advertisement website, hence consultant should submit to e-mail: proc.contract.rscjo@undp.org not later than 4 January 2019. The following documents are:

  • Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability;
  • CV/P11;
  • Technical Proposal;
  • Financial Proposal.

EVALUATION

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies:

Step I: Screening and desk review:

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology.

Applications will be screened and only candidates meeting the following minimum criteria will progress to the pool for shortlisting:

  • Master’s Degree in Political Science, International Relations, Public Policy or related fields;
  • At least 2 years of relevant professional experience in the field of elections;
  • Proficiency in both written and oral English and Arabic

Shortlisted Candidates will be then assessed and scored against the following evaluation criteria noting that an interview will be conducted to the shortlisted candidates.

Technical evaluation Criteria - max 100 points (Weighted 70):

  • A minimum of two-years professional experience in international/regional capacity building in the field of elections; (20%)
  • Experience in professional writing and preferably UNDP reporting. (20%)
  • Experience in academic research pertaining to public policy, electoral policy and social and political science; (15%)
  • Two years of experience working with a UN agency and/or any relevant international organization; (15%)
  • A methodology describing the approach used to complete the assignment; (30 points).

Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation

For those offers considered in the financial evaluation, the lowest price offer will receive 30 points.

The other offers will receive points in relation to the lowest offer, based on the following formula:

(PI / Pn) * 30 where Pn is the financial offer being evaluated and Pl is the lowest financial offer received.

Step II: Final evaluation

The final evaluation will combine the scores of desks review, and financial proposal with the following weights assigned to each:

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis methodology (weighted scoring method), where 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 technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

Technical Criteria weight: [70%]

Financial Criteria weight: [30%]

Only Individual Consultants obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70%) on the Technical Evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation


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.


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