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Chief Technical Advisor (International Consultant)
|Location :||Manila, PHILIPPINES|
|Application Deadline :||18-Jan-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|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 :||85 days spread over 6 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||January 2019 to July 2019|
Project Title: Pipol Konek
The Philippines is recognized as a high user of online services: an estimated 67 million Filipinos use Facebook. Yet 59% of the population and 72% of all households lack access to the internet. The Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places Project, otherwise known as Pipol Konek, was implemented starting June 2016. Pipol Konek aims to provide free broadband Internet access to public places across the country. The target beneficiary sites of Pipol Konek is 13,024 by December 2018. As of August 2018, a total of 3,509 sites have already been installed, with 1,592 live sites and 1,689 sites with access points installed but awaiting telco links.
On August 2, 2017, Republic Act No. 10929 otherwise known as the Free Internet Access in Public Places Act of 2017 was enacted, which mandates the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) as the lead implementing agency that will oversee the effective and efficient implementation of said Act. Under said law, the Free Public Internet Access Program was created that shall provide free access to internet service in public places throughout the country such as the national and local government offices; public basic education institutions; state universities and colleges, and TESDA technology institutions; public hospitals, health centers and rural health units; public parks, plazas, libraries, and barangay reading centers; public airports and seaports; and public transport terminals.
The vision is to reach 200,000 sites by 2026. However, challenges in the bidding and implementation process, limited access to cost-effective and up-to-date technology options, as well as limited capacity of Philippine telecommunications companies at the local level have slowed progress toward this goal.
This proposed project will support DICT’s commitment to accelerate the roll-out of the?Pipol Konek project. Working in partnership with DICT, UNDP will use its National Acceleration Modality to draw international expertise and temporarily apply its procurement system for managed services contracts for designated areas that currently have no or limited access to internet in public places. This phase of the DICT-UNDP partnership aims to expand internet access in up to 6,000 additional sites.
The project will contribute to closing the digital divide in the Philippines by providing incentives to encourage new and existing local and international service providers to expand internet coverage in designated areas. The project will incorporate third-party monitoring mechanisms to ensure internet service providers meet service quality standards. The project will also include resources to develop the capacity of DICT staff to oversee the procurement, management and implementation of future large-scale Information Communication Technology (ICT) investments. Governance arrangements will be established for the project that ensure proactive management of project activities and performance.
Duration of Work?
To undertake the tasks, procedures, and expected outputs, the consultant shall be engaged for a period of up to 85 days over six (6) months. Effectivity of the engagement will be upon signing of the contract and will be valid until all outputs have been delivered and accepted. The target start-of-work date is January 31, 2019 and the expected completion date is July 31, 2019.
The position will be based in Manila to allow accessibility and availability for discussions and reporting on progress of activities as may be required by the UNDP. Though the consultant will not be required to report regularly, status reports and feedbacks on the outputs shall be expected from time to time.
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments?
Consultant must send a financial proposal based on a Lump Sum Amount. The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive and include all costs components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee, travel costs, living allowance and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment. The contract price will be a fixed, output-based price regardless of extension of the herein specified duration. Payments will be done upon completion of the deliverables/outputs and as per below percentages:
1st Tranche (10%) -?Signed contract; submission and approval of a proposed workplan?
2nd Tranche (20%) - Submission and acceptance of Report on the Philippine Free Wi-Fi infrastructure
3rd Tranche (20%) - Submission and acceptance of Pipol Konek project document; study design and methodology of relevant studies
4th Tranche (30%) - Submission and acceptance of?Final bid documents; technical inputs to the bid evaluation process
5th Tranche (20%) - Submission and acceptance of Final Report
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
A key member of the project management team, the Chief Technical Advisor is expected to perform the following duties:
Required Skills and Experience
Master's degree in Business Administration, Economics, Project Management, Information Technology/Computer Science/Computer Engineering/Electronics and Communications Engineering or related subjects (30 points)
Evaluation Method and Criteria
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as a) responsive/compliant/acceptable; and b) having received the highest score out of set of weighted technical criteria (70%) and financial criteria (30%). Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications.
Incomplete proposals may not be considered.
Application requirements should be emailed to email@example.com on or before 18 January 2019, 5pm (Manila Time).
Attachments can be downloaded at the link below (Financial proposal and P11 Form):
Please make sure that your email does not exceed 4mb.
In view of the volume of applications UNDP receives, only shortlisted offerors will be notifed.
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.