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Partnership & Research Consultant
|Location :||Project Office in Johor, MALAYSIA|
|Application Deadline :||31-May-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 :||May to December 2019 (8 Months) 120 Man-days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||May to December 2019 (8 Months) 120 Man-days|
In line with the 11th Malaysia Plan strategy to ensure geographical balance in regional growth to enhance inclusion for the bottom 40% (B40) income and other vulnerable groups, the Iskandar Malaysia Urban Observatory (IMUO) project is a 4-year collaboration between Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) in developing strategic and targeted outputs to support a larger, ongoing initiative to establish the IMUO at the subnational level.
This project contributes towards realising Iskandar Malaysia’s vision to become a sustainable, inclusive and smart regional corridor through evidence-based spatial planning and policy making. This project focuses on the development of the IMUO business plan through a robust process of stakeholder consultation and dialogue. The outputs from this project serve as building blocks to empower IRDA to better plan and implement subnational programmes that are more tailored to the needs of the B40 and vulnerable groups, with links to the SDGs, as well as guide IRDA in the operational establishment of the IMUO.
The IMUO functions lead to outcomes that closely ties back to the SDG agenda, of which Malaysia pledges to adopt. It serves as a facility where urban-related data can be comprehensively analysed and made meaningful for application in regional planning. An informed urban and regional development plan in turn can address poverty, improve health care services and quality of education, provide opportunities for decent work and economic growth, and reduce inequalities through strategic industry and infrastructure planning, development and management.
In this context, the project is looking to recruit a consultant with extensive experience in stakeholder / shareholder engagement to build co-ownership of IMUO, as well as in designing and conducting research / data collection to map national SDG indicators for Iskandar Malaysia.
In effort to showcase the preliminary functions of IMUO as data analytics platform, the data collected from the mapping exercise of the national SDG indicators is also meant to run a SDG localization pilot - analyse socio-economic data, fiscal data and local governance data. The SDG localization pilot will be assisted using a UNDP-developed “Local and Urban Governance Diagnostic Tool”. For this purpose, the consultant is expected to work closely with the UNDP Regional Advisor on local governance and decentralization.
Box 1. The ‘Local and Urban Governance Diagnostic tool’:
The “Local and Urban Governance Diagnostic tool” uses quantitative and qualitative data to map and analyze local inequalities (geographical, social-economic disparities, most vulnerable groups) and comprise of the following 3 sets of data/indicators:
Duties and Responsibilities
The main objectives of this consultancy are to:
More specifically, the consultant shall:
Strengthen partnerships and build new relations with relevant key stakeholders towards building co-ownership for IMUO
Map the national SDG indicators and data availability for Iskandar Malaysia and provide technical recommendations of methodology to monitor SDG indicators at the state and local levels; and
Work closely with the project team in rolling out a preliminary analysis on local governance.
The consultant will also work closely with the UNDP Regional Advisor on local governance and decentralization to:
Expected deliverable for the consultancy:
The consultant will work in close consultation with IRDA Urban Observatory division and UNDP Malaysia. He/She will report to the Project Director and Project Manager of the project.
Duration of work:
The consultant will be based in IRDA Office at Danga Bay, Johor Bahru. (Sunday to Thursday is the working week)
Note: The scope of work of the consultancy requires substantial engagements and research to be conducted with agencies at state / local levels. Hence, the candidate should expect that the majority of the consultancy duration will be spent in the state of Johor.
Management and Leadership:
Required Skills and Experience
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
*All travels and accommodation outside of duty station (IRDA office at Danga Bay, Johor Bahru), approved by IMUO Project Manager, will be borne by UNDP and shall be reimbursable by claims with proof of receipts.
** The scope of work of the consultancy requires substantial engagements and research to be conducted with agencies at state / local levels. Hence, the candidate should expect that the majority of the consultancy duration will be spent in the state of Johor.
3. Personal CV including areas of expertise and past experiences in similar projects and at least 3 references.
Lump sum contracts
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 daily fee should account for the cost of travel from the home base to the duty station (IRDA office at Danga Bay, Johor Bahru) and vice versa, where required. All travels and accommodation outside of duty station (IRDA office at Danga Bay, Johor Bahru), approved by IMUO Project Manager, will be reimbursable following UNDP standard procedures.
How to Apply:
Forms and General terms & conditions to be downloaded:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
UNDP applies a fair and transparent selection process that will take into account the competencies/skills of the applicants as well as their financial proposals. Qualified women and members of social minorities are encouraged to apply.
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.