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Research / Investigation Coordinator (Turkish Speaking)
|Location :||Nicosia, CYPRUS|
|Application Deadline :||15-Apr-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 :||Initially until 31.09.2019|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||possibility of further extension.|
The principal mandate of the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) is to establish the fate of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots who went missing as a consequence of the tragic events of 1963-1964 and 1974 and to provide answers to families of missing persons who remain in grief. CMP’s work includes the obtaining of information that may lead to the exhumation, identification and return of remains of missing persons. This process enables the relatives of the victims to recover the remains of their loved ones, arrange for a proper burial and provide closure to a long period of anguish and uncertainty, thereby promoting a process of reconciliation, healing and dialogue between both communities. The investigation process is a key component of the CMP project and it is particularly transversal to the whole identification process and will assist in locating burial sites of missing persons. The CMP project also aims to strengthen the capacity for civil society to engage in sustained cooperation and reconciliation, through the important participation of bi-communal activities and cooperation in all stages of the process.
The United Nations Development Programme, Programme Management Office (UNDP PMO) in Nicosia, Cyprus, seeks to contract on behalf of the CMP a skilled Research / Investigation Coordinator to contribute to CMP’s mandate.
The individual contractor reports to the UNDP Operations Manager and will work closely with CMP teams and the UNDP operations unit. CMP Member(s) will be requested to review deliverables/timesheets from the substantive side and provide their opinion prior to approval of services and payment by the UNDP
Duties and Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the contractor will be responsible for the following duties:
Professionalism: Excellent analytical, drafting and briefing skills; Strong ability to investigate and to analyze complex information and data from a variety of sources, or activities of related groups; Strong knowledge of the historical context in Cyprus (especially related to events in 1963/64 and 1974); Ability to employ sound professional investigative and analytical experience to facilitate the obtaining of information and the production of high quality work from the team; Knowledge and understanding of concepts and approaches relevant to investigations; Ability to approach and conduct sensitive interviews with witnesses and family members; Familiarity with and experience in the use of various research methodologies and sources, including digital sources; Ability to work in a high-tech environment; Shows pride in work and in achievements, is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is meticulous and pays attention to detail; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations; Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; Demonstrates lateral, objective and logical thinking with an enquiring mind; Proven ability to handle large amounts of data to produce assessment and provide creative and imaginative solutions to problems; Is self-motivated.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues from Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities and the UN to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; Places team agenda before personal agenda; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.
Communication: Excellent communication skills with the ability to deal with people at all levels and ages in order to develop a two-way exchange of information and ability to negotiate and influence decision makers on recommendations made.
Core Competencies: The candidate demonstrates
Required Skills and Experience
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
Evaluation / Selection Process
All applicants will be screened against their qualifications and the competencies set above. Candidates fully meeting the requirements will be further evaluated based on the criteria below.
Technical Criteria (CV review and interviews) – 70% of total evaluation – max. 70 points:
CV review: 30 points;
Only candidates who obtained at least 70% of points from the CV review (i.e., a score of at least 21 points) will be invited for an interview.
Interview: 40 points
Only those individual consultants who obtained at least 70% of points from the interview (28 out of 40) will be considered for a financial proposal evaluation.
Financial Criteria – 30 % of total evaluation – max. 30 points.
UNDP applies the “Best value for money approach” – the final selection will be based on the combination of the applicant’s qualification and financial proposal.
Monthly lump-sum payable upon submission of the monthly time-sheet, the monthly report and approval of the UNDP.
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.