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Consultant in Legislative Processes
|Location :||Home-based with one mission to Georgia, GEORGIA|
|Application Deadline :||22-Feb-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Up to 20 consultancy days during March - May 2019 with one mission to Georgia (up to 7 days)|
Funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Project “Strengthening the System of Parliamentary Democracy in Georgia” is supporting the Parliament of Georgia to transform into a strong and credible institution capable of exercising its constitutional functions effectively. Among other activities, the Project supports the Parliament in engaging in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) initiative to increase openness and citizen engagement in legislative processes.
As an OGP member, the Parliament of Georgia has considerably progressed in implementing legislative openness reforms. Georgia became the first country in Europe with an extensive openness action plan co-designed with the civil society. The Parliament has already developed three biannual openness action plans and has been efficient in gradually fulfilling its commitments.
In 2018, as part of the openness reforms, the Parliament changed and adopted new structure of the explanatory note accompanying draft legislation (which was written into the Law on Normative Acts). The change was made to ensure that the Members of Parliament, government officials, civil society organizations and any other interested stakeholders are provided with clear aims of the new legislation and/or legislative changes, their compliance with international standards and impact on particular field of activity, including financial effect. As a follow-up, the Parliament approved the recommendation of the Transparency International (TI) Georgia - one of the members of the Advisory Group of the Permanent Parliamentary Council on Open Governance - to take a step further and create a Guide Book on Explanatory Note. The Guide Book would support legal drafting process, guide the initiators of draft legislation on how to draft explanatory notes and thereby, strengthen the skills of the legal drafters.
To facilitate this process, the Project seeks assistance of an International Consultant to support the Parliament of Georgia in the development of the Guide Book on Explanatory Note to draft legislation.
Duties and Responsibilities
The objective of the Consultancy is to produce a Guide Book on Explanatory Note which would be easily readable and used as a reference point for anyone, regardless of their qualifications or skills. The Guide Book shall serve the following objectives:
The International Consultant works closely with the Parliament of Georgia, in particular the Procedural Issues Committee and other Standing Committees (e.g. Legal issues and European Integration Committees), as well as other notable stakeholders such as representatives of the civil society organizations and supporting donor organizations. The international expert should meet the following objectives:
The Consultant is accountable and reports to the UNDP Project Manager on parliamentary development. During the assignment, s/he cooperates and coordinates closely with the TI Georgia to exchange information, advice, plan meetings and a workshop based on the past work and lessons learned.
The consultant will be paid a lump sum in two installments upon successful completion of the deliverables according to the following scheme:
Required Skills and Experience
Offerors will be evaluated against a combination of technical and financial criteria provided in the below table. Technical criteria consist of a desk review (40 points) and an interview (30 points). Offerors obtaining minimum 28 points as a result of the desk review (criteria 1, 2 and 3) will be short listed and invited for an interview. Offerors obtaining minimum of 21 points as a result of the interview (i.e. minimum of 49 points in the technical criteria) will be considered qualified and requested to provide financial proposal for the assignment.
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.
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.