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National Consultant Youth Engagement and Community Management consultant
|Location :||Bangkok, Thailand, with possible travel within Thailand, THAILAND|
|Application Deadline :||12-Mar-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 March 2019 – 31 December 2019 (with maximum of 200 Working days)|
In September 2015, the world’s leaders signed off on the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), a global agreement identifying the world’s policy priorities for the next 15 years. As the governments of Asia and the Pacific and the UN look towards implementation of the SDGs, it is increasingly being realized that one of the greatest challenges facing policymakers in the region is how to engage the region’s large youth population in their own governance and development. Youth voices and participation were an important part of the consultations for the Post-2015 development framework, with national dialogues undertaken and the online “MY World” global survey eliciting a huge response from youth aged 16 to 30.
The UNDP believes that youth can make a real and positive difference by engaging with challenges head on through innovation, exploring dynamic approaches to mobilizing their peers and communities and creating adaptive solutions. An emphasis on promoting innovative solutions can help ensure that scarce resources are leveraged for maximum impact and engagement.
Since 2012, UNDP has been investing in exploring innovation by providing seed-funding to initiatives with the belief that innovation happens through practical explorations of new ways to address old problems. “Innovation” has tended to be understood by lay people as focusing primarily on tech solutions, but it is important to recognize that innovation can occur in multiple ways using multiple media. Innovation encompasses the creation of new ideas and processes to better harness talent and the development of new understandings of old problems or solutions.
Thailand presents fertile terrain for leading innovation practices in the Asia-Pacific region. As Thailand has joined the ranks of middle-income countries, with high levels of youth reaching third level education, innovation can lead the way to address ongoing social challenges and enhance effective civic engagement. For UNDP in Thailand, innovation begins with a critical rethink of how we approach development challenges and identifying solutions outside of traditional project cycles, recognizing innovation as an intrinsic design principle to program development.
In Thailand, UNDP has already successfully run two social innovation challenges, one on the theme of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and one on the theme of Anti-Corruption. The DRR campaign recently concluded with 4 innovations being awarded prizes, and all 4 currently in discussions with private investors for scaling up the innovations. The Anti-Corruption campaign has also been concluded, with 3 innovations potentially being scaled up.
Based on the experiences of these past innovation challenges, UNDP in Thailand is seeking to design and deliver a social innovation service model that empowers and engages youth to internalize innovation, co-design and develop the next generation of services by prototyping new ideas and solutions that address national priorities and can be scaled by the Government or Private Sector Partners. It will support youth together with expert partners to:
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
Social Enterprise and Youth Co:Lab in Thailand
The social enterprise (SE) ecosystem in Thailand is still in its nascent stage and considerable effort is still needed to grow both the demand (SE) and supply (investors) of social impact investment and to create tools or platforms to connect them with each other.
In recent years, UNDP has become an active player in the SE ecosystem and had put forward several initiatives such as the Thailand Social Innovation Platform and Youth Co:Lab to drive social innovation and social entrepreneurship. The relationship and traction built has laid a solid foundation on which UNDP can develop further in the following areas to help scale social impact investment in the country. Firstly, most of the newly formed SEs are concentrated in Bangkok currently. Very few support such as capacity building and connection to market and resources are filtered down to the provincial level. The Youth Co:Lab program launched by UNDP in 2017 differentiates from other incubators by opening up the stage to young social innovators all over the country rather than focusing on any particular cities. UNDP may build on the momentum by replicating the Youth Co:Lab model utilising local partners in order to drive the development of local SE pipelines. Secondly, apart from incubating new SEs, UNDP may also play a role in helping the existing SEs to scale. As highlighted in the social impact investment landscape mapping report, most of the SEs are yet to be investment ready. This gap can be reduced by the provision of tailor made services such as business development and the preparation of financial documents for due diligence which many SEs lack the time and capacity to do at their current state. There may also be opportunities to encourage corporations from the private sector to set up their own SEs to drive social impact with proper guidance and incentives. Lastly, one major challenge raised in the landscape mapping report was the fragmentation of support initiatives and the overlapping resources focusing on only a certain section of the SE pipeline.
UNDP holds a unique position in the SE ecosystem that has the power to convene actors from the public, private and social sectors on the agenda of sustainable development. Hence UNDP can play a pivotal role in fostering collaboration among ecosystem builders, intermediaries, supporters and investors and encourage them to pool together resources and allocate them strategically in order to deliver collective impact
Summary of Key Functions:
1. Providing day- to - day support to Project Manager focusing on project implementation according to project strategies;
2. Assisting the creation of strategic partnerships and support;
3. Ensuring facilitation of knowledge building and management.
Expected Outputs and Deliverables:
The consultant will report to the Team Leader of Democratic Governance and Social Advocacy Unit through TSIP Manager, UNDP Thailand.
Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of Thailand Social Innovation Platform project manager and Team Leader/Programme Specialist of Democratic Governance and Social Advocacy Unit, UNDP Thailand. The consultant will be in-charge of coordinating the day-to-day management and operations of the project, ensuring high quality, efficient and effective project delivery and report directly to Thailand Social Innovation Platform project manager.
Duration of the Assignment:
1 March 2019 – 31 December 2019 (with maximum of 200 Working days)
Bangkok, Thailand, with possible travel.
The consultant may be required to travel to project sites or attend the events relevant to the project within Thailand. Travels will be authorized by Programme Specialist/Team Leader, Democratic Governance and Social Advocacy when required. Travel expenses (ticket, living allowance and local transport) shall be agreed prior travel and reimbursed after trips completed.
Required Skills and Experience
The following minimum qualifications are required:
I. Academic Qualifications:
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payment :
Consultant must send a financial proposal based on 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 (if any work is to be done outside the IC´s duty station) and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment. The contract price will be 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:
The consultant will responsible for all expenses related to the assignments including, travel costs, meetings, and publications or any equipment/materials required.
In general, UNDP shall not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the consultant wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.
In the event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and the Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer:
The criteria which shall serve as the basis for evaluating offers are as follows:
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as a) responsive/compliant/acceptable to the required qualifications; 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.
Technical criteria for evaluation (Maximum 70 points)
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Interested candidates must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualification. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document/ or one ZIP File as follows:
Incomplete proposals may not be considered. Proposals that fail to meet the required information as described above will not be considered. The short-listed candidates may be contacted, and the successful candidate will be notified.
Annex I - TOR_ National Consultant Youth Engagement and Community Management consultant
Annex II- General Condition of Contract
Annex III - Offerors Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability and Financial Proposal
All documents can be downloaded at :http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=52999
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.