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Technical Specialist – Urban and Rural Entrepreneurship
|Location :||Home based consultancy with at least 4 travel missions to Tbilisi and Abkhazia, GEORGIA|
|Application Deadline :||31-Jan-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English Russian|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||up to 97 working days including up to 80 travel days during February 2019- January 2020|
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.
The UNDP implemented projects - “Horizons. Strengthening Community Resilience in Abkhazia” (Horizons), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the “Joint EU-UNDP Programme on Rural Development” (ENPARD III Abkhazia), funded by the European Union (EU) - seek an experienced international consultant for the implementation of activities in support of entrepreneurship in rural and urban areas of Abkhazia.
In line with the respective annual work plans and project documents, the projects aim to promote small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and private sector competitiveness across seven districts of Abkhazia in a complementary manner: the ENPARD III project supports small-scale agricultural development and the diversification of the rural economy, thus improving the livelihoods and access to basic services in rural areas across Abkhazia; whereas the Horizons project promotes social and economic resilience of local communities, especially youth, through improved access to high quality health and education services in Abkhazia, including business development skills and technical and vocational education.
The projects, funded by the EU and USAID respectively, are implemented jointly with other UN Agencies and partner with international NGOs and local entities. The projects promote an inclusive, integrated, gender-sensitive and environmentally sustainable approach to urban and rural development.
Duties and Responsibilities
The “Technical Specialist – Urban and Rural Entrepreneurship” will collaborate with both Abkhazia-based projects in coordination with and supported by the project teams. The Consultant will work under the overall guidance of CPR Team Leader of UNDP and with direct guidance from the Project Managers and in close coordination with the project teams of Horizons and ENPARD. UNDP will support with local transportation and arrangement of meetings in Sukhumi and target districts.
The incumbent will provide strategic support to the Centre for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD), established under the ENPARD III Abkhazia project, and to the Business Education Centres (BECs) set up under the Horizons project. In both cases the Technical Specialist will conduct a capacity needs assessment and a cost-benefit analysis for the CARD and BECs, and will help formulate a growth-oriented sustainability strategy for both entities in order to generate maximum benefits for target groups: rural farmers, micro and small entrepreneurs, local stakeholders, Local Action Groups (established under ENPARD), and youth-led social enterprises in urban areas. The analyses, to be carried out in close consultation with the stakeholders, will entail an identification of potential business consultancy service lines based on local labour market realities, development of one-stop referral services for potential clients, various financing schemes in collaboration with the local private sector, and development of risk mitigation actions.
In addition to the tasks outlined above, in collaboration with the ENPARD Project Manager, the consultant will
In addition to these tasks above, in collaboration with the Horizons Project Manager, the consultant will:
Tasks and Responsibilities
Ensure that the CARD develops an organizational management strategy and becomes fully functional adhering to clear objectives, work plans, and relevant targets:
Provide strategic planning assistance to local communities, including residents of rural communities, and SMEs to enhance livelihoods of rural residents:
Ensure that the BECs develop organizational management strategies and become fully functional adhering to clear objectives, work plans and targets:
Provide strategic technical assistance to the BECs in order to promote youth-led social enterprises in Abkhazia;
Provide strategic technical assistance in support of vocational education and training;
Missions: The Consultant is expected to complete assigned deliverables through traveling to Tbilisi and Abkhazia 4 times (up to 80 travel days) within the period of 1 February– 31 January 2020.
Total number of working days: In total, up to 97 w/days for the duration of 1 February – 31 January 2020, out of which up to 17 w/days are envisaged for home-based work prior to the mission trips to Abkhazia and after completing of the mission trips; and from total up to 80 travel days for the mission to Tbilisi and Abkhazia.
Deliverables and timelines:
Accordingly, the financial proposal should be submitted for up to 97 days of fee-paid expert work. All envisaged travel costs (ticket and living allowance fees) must be included in the financial proposal as well.
The consultant shall be paid lump sum in installments (according to deliverables stated in ToRs) after the satisfactory completion of each task as certified by UNDP.
Travel costs will be paid per conducted mission and deliverable as specified above. Additional travel related costs will be paid by the UNDP projects.
Required Skills and Experience
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on Cumulative scoring analysis, against combination of technical and financial criteria. Technical evaluation stage encompasses desk review of offers and interviews. Offerors not meeting any of minimum technical qualification requirements will be automatically excluded from the list of offerors for further technical evaluation. In addition, offerors not meeting Language requirements will as well be disqualified. Maximum obtainable score is 100, out of which the total score for technical criteria (desk review and interview) equals to 70 points (70%) and for financial criteria 30 (30%). Offerors who meet language requirements and pass 70% of maximum obtainable scores as a result of desk review (i.e. 40 x 70% = 28 points) will be considered as short-listed Offerors, and will be invited to the interview. Those offerors passing 70% threshold of maximum obtainable scores as a result of the technical evaluation (desk review and interview), i.e. obtain minimum 49 points will be shortlisted and requested to provide financial proposal.
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal: p = y (µ/z), where; p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated; y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal; µ = price of the lowest priced proposal; z = price of the proposal being evaluated.
Short-listed Offerors will be requested to provide financial proposal. The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount (with indication of specific sub-components of the payment, including daily fee, travel costs, living allowance etc.), and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables. The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive and include a breakdown of all cost components required to perform the deliverables identified in TOR.