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National Individual Consultant on Civil Society Organizations Research for Donetsk oblast, Government Controlled Area
|Location :||Home-based, UKRAINE|
|Application Deadline :||31-Jan-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Up to 3 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Up to 3 months|
The Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme (RPP) addresses priority needs in eastern Ukraine following the conflict that erupted in the spring of 2014. The Programme’s overall objective of the action is to contribute to peace, economic revitalization and reconciliation in Eastern Ukraine through social and economic recovery, with special focus on Government Controlled Areas (GCAs) of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.
According to the programme’s vision, planned activities should, among other, empower women and men to participate in decision-making and enjoy human rights, gender equality, effective, transparent and non-discriminatory public services to enhance social cohesion and reconciliation through implementing of civic initiatives.
The ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine has had a direct and highly negative impact on social cohesion, resilience, livelihoods, community security, and the rule of law. Recognizing the need to urgently address reconstruction, economic recovery and peacebuilding needs in areas affected both directly and indirectly by the conflict, in late 2014 the Government of Ukraine requested technical assistance and financial support from the international community to assess priority recovery needs. In late 2014, the United Nations, the World Bank and the European Union conducted a Recovery and Peacebuilding Assessment, which was endorsed by the Cabinet of Ministers in mid-2015.
UNDP has been active and present in eastern Ukraine for the past decade, prior to the conflict, with a focus on community development, civil society development, and environmental protection. Work on addressing the specific conflict-related development challenges discussed above built on this earlier engagement and established partnerships and started in 2015 through the Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme (RPP), a multi-donor funded framework programme formulated and led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Government of Ukraine and in cooperation with a number of partnering UN agencies (UN Women, FAO, UNFPA).
The RPP was designed to respond to and mitigate the causes and effects of the conflict. It is based on findings of the Recovery and Peacebuilding Assessment (RPA) and is aligned to the State Target Programme for Recovery as well as to the two oblast development strategies up to 2020. The RPP involves three pillars for action: 1) restoration of infrastructure and economic recovery; 2) support to local governance and related capacity building; and 3) social resilience and peacebuilding. It is an integral component of the UNDP Country Programme and is therefore fully aligned with the United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPF) It is closely interlinked with the Democratic Governance and Reform Programme, operating nationally and in all of Ukraine’s regions and is consistent with the SDGs, in particular SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong institutions).
As an area-based programme specifically developed for the conflict-affected areas of eastern Ukraine, the RPP addresses the key stabilization, peacebuilding, economic and governance priority needs in eastern Ukraine following the start of the conflict. It takes into account the opportunities that have arisen from the Minsk Protocol of September 2014 and the renewal of its cease-fire provisions (the latest cease-fire having been agreed in March 2018) and is also fully adjusted to the humanitarian-development nexus.
The Programme’s interventions are grouped under the following key Programme components, which reflect the region’s priority needs:
Component 1: Economic Recovery and Restoration of Critical Infrastructure
Component 2: Local Governance and Decentralization Reform
Component 3: Community Security and Social Cohesion.
The Programme, which operates on the basis of a pooled funding arrangement, follows a multi-sectoral programme-based approach and is implemented using an area-based methodology. With the current project, it is a unifying interventions framework for 16 projects funded by 10 international partners.
In October 2018, four UN agencies (UNDP, UN Women, FAO and the UNFPA) have countersigned a new joint project document, funded by the European Union. The overall objective of the project is to restore effective governance and promote reconciliation in crisis-affected communities of Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine thereby enhancing the credibility and legitimacy of local governments in the government-controlled areas of the regions. It will contribute to peace-building and the prevention of further conflict in Ukraine through effective and accountable decentralization, gender-responsive recovery planning and equal access to services, as well as enhanced community security and social cohesion.
This endeavor will be achieved through pursuit of the following specific objectives:
1. Improved regional and local government capacity in recovery planning and service delivery, that is gender-responsive, participatory and in line with decentralization and local government reform agenda.
2. Enhanced community security for people in conflict-affected areas, with a focus on IDPs and host communities.
3. Social cohesion restored and strengthened between local authorities and communities, including IDPs.
4. Enhanced capacity of gender equality advocates and women affected by conflict to demand accountability and transparency on local decision-making and spending
As one of the most important strategies for strengthening the participation of men and women in decision making in target hromadas is supporting local non-governmental organizations (NGO). Regardless the fact that NGOs are relatively new component of Ukrainian civil society, their role in community-based development is very important because they are intricately connected to external actors and potentially capable of participating in policy processes. Increasing the role of NGOs in regional policy making and protecting rights of vulnerable groups should make the enjoyment of human rights tangible and relevant for the individual. The effective cooperation with public sector and local authorities should reduce tensions within and between communities, and as such should diminish the risk of further conflicts, thus reinforce personal and community security. In turn, this should reinforce the protection of human rights and generate further trust in the state in a kind of virtuous circle.
While the influence of civil-society organizations on the political sphere arguably represents one aspect of Europeanisation, the political role NGOs can play in Eastern Ukraine still cannot reveal its full potential. The main obstacles faced by NGOs are low organizational capacities, the low level of education and public activity, inability to build sustainable partnerships and the lack of motivation. Successful integration of local civil society organization in policy making requires actions towards strengthening their organizational potential, which in turn requires developing of comprehensive CSOs profile of the region that represents their overall organizational development index and indicates the structure of their needs and capacities to create the foundation of UNDP intervention and indicate the baseline for the further assessment of its efficiency.
To develop and implement the research of the civil society sector of RPP target communities, UNDP Ukraine invites applications from highly qualified and experienced Ukrainian professionals for the post of the National Individual Consultant on Civil Society Organizations Research.
Duties and Responsibilities
II. MAIN GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The main goal the current assignment is to provide structured analytical review of non-governmental organizations, registered and acting in those localities of Donetsk oblast where UNDP plans activities on social cohesion and community security (namely Dobropillia, Sartana, Krasnohorivka, Velyka Novosilka, Myrnohrad, Pokrovsk, Slovyansk, Svitlodarsk, Siversk, Soledar, Novhorodske, Volnovakha, Manhush, Vuhledar, Druzhkivka), including:
1: Development of the methodology (including the questionnaire) for NGO sector screening (overall assessment of all registered public organizations activity level, areas of priority actions carried out by NGOs during the last year and current educational / training needs) including data collecting, scoring and rating methodology.
2: Development of the methodology (including the questionnaire) for complex analytical assessment of organizational capacity (in its strategical, financial, cooperation, advocacy and human resource aspects) of selected organizations, including data collecting, scoring and rating methodology.
3: Conducting and aggregation of results of (a) NGO screening and (b) Complex analytical assessment of organizational capacity and needs of selected civil society organizations that are implementing (regardless the source of budgeting) activities on strengthening community security and social cohesion
4: Preparing the analytical reviews summarizing the results of (a) Donetsk oblast non-governmental organizations screening and (b) Complex assessment of at least 20 selected organizations in 15 target communities with findings received, overall rating and recommendations on strengthening of organizational capacities of local civil society organizations and improvement of their partnership potential.
III. SCOPE OF WORK AND EXPECTED OUTCOMES
Within the period from February 2019 to April 2019, the Consultant should implement the following activities approved by the UNDP:
Estimated implementation period: 2 weeks from the beginning of the assignment.
2. Development of the methodology for complex analytical assessment of organizational capacity, educational / training needs, including the questionnaire, data collecting, scoring and rating methodology:
Estimated implementation period: 2 weeks from the beginning of the assignment.
3. Conducting and aggregation of results of (a) GO screening and (b) Complex analytical assessment of organizational capacity and needs of selected civil society organizations that are implementing (regardless the source of budgeting) activities on strengthening community security and social cohesion
Estimated implementation period: 8 weeks from prior task completion
4. Preparing the analytical review.
Estimated implementation period: 2 weeks from prior task completion
V. MONITORING/REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
The Consultant will work under the overall guidance of Community Security and Social Cohesion Component Lead of the Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme.
The Consultant should adhere to the system of monitoring, evaluation and quality control implemented by the UNDP and provide the necessary information, reports and statistics according to the preset schedule or as soon as possible (within a reasonable time).
All reports and studies UNDP shall be transmitted electronically (Formats of: * .docx, * .xlsx, * .pptx, * .pdf) on electronic source or in the form of electronic communication with the attached final product, which is also accompanied by an official letter in paper version of the Consultant about the data transmission of products to the UNDP. The studies/research should be written in Ukrainian.
VI. PROPOSED PAYMENT SCHEDULE
UNDP will pay the negotiated amount in two tranches. First tranche (50%) will be paid upon Deliverables 1 and 2 completion. Second tranche (50 %) will be paid upon completion of Deliverable 3.
Both installments will be paid upon the full completion and acceptance of corresponding contractual obligations whereupon the Community Security and Social Cohesion Specialist signs the certification of acceptance.
VII. EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS
Required Skills and Experience
VIII. DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS
Applicants shall submit the following documents:
IX. FINANCIAL PROPOSAL
Lump sum contract
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 (including travel, per diems, and number of anticipated working days).
The Consultant will be responsible for all personal administrative expenses associated with undertaking this assignment including office accommodation, printing, stationary, telephone and electronic communications, and report copies incurred in this assignment.
All envisaged travel costs should 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 the Consultant prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
X. EVALUATION CRITERIA
UNDP will use a two-stage procedure for evaluating applications with an evaluation of the technical proposal being completed prior to any price proposals are compared. The technical part will be evaluated on the basis of its relevance to the Terms of Reference. The following criteria will be rated as indicated below:
XI. EVALUATION METHOD
Contract award shall be made to the incumbent whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) having received the cumulative highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
* Technical Criteria weight: 70%
* Financial Criteria weight: 30%
Only candidates obtaining a minimum 70% from the maximum available technical score (49 points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation
The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal and will equal to 30. All other price proposals will be evaluated and assigned points, as per below formula:
30 points [max points available for financial part] x [lowest of all evaluated offered prices among responsive offers] / [evaluated price].
The proposal obtaining the overall cumulatively highest score after adding the score of the technical proposal and the financial proposal will be considered as the most compliant offer and will be awarded a contract.
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.