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Consultancy - Gender and Social Environmental Standards Specialist
|Location :||Home-based with 15 days travel to BVI|
|Application Deadline :||29-Apr-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||45 days (15 of which will be in Road Town, Tortola BVI)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||45 days|
On September 6, 2017, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) suffered extensive damage and widespread devastation from the passage of Hurricane Irma (HI). The territory was further impacted by Hurricane Maria (HM) on September 20, 2017. These hurricanes followed the torrential rainfall event over the period August 7 and 8, 2017. All social and economic sectors suffered substantial impacts due to these events. Essential services such as health, social services, telecommunications, electricity, water, sewerage and waste management systems were, and continue to be, severely compromised.
The Government of the Virgin Islands (GOVI) has obtained a loan of USD 65 million from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) for financing for a project to assist in the recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction of social and economic infrastructure to overcome the cumulative damaging effects of the floods, HI and HM. The scope of the Project includes, among other things, the rehabilitation and reconstruction of critical social and economic infrastructure, such as roads, water and sewerage, docks, schools, education and other public buildings. Also included in the scope are: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment for various sectors and school supplies, provision of technical assistance (TA) for a climate risk and vulnerability assessment, design and contract supervision services, and psychosocial support to targeted groups.
As part of the Project’s implementation, the Government has requested UNDP to provide technical assistance for a year, including, as applicable, the procurement of supplies required for carrying out the Technical Assistance in accordance with the Agreement. Towards this, UNDP has established an Implementation Support Team (IST) in the British Virgin Islands for one year to support the implementation of post Hurricane Irma Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Loan (RRL).
Duties and Responsibilities
The objective of the consultancy is to provide technical support to mainstream Gender and incorporate Gender and Social and Environmental Standards (S&E standards) within the implementation of the CDB Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Loan in the BVI.
The Consultant will report directly to the Head of Project Office (BVI). The Consultant will liaise with the Engineer/Project Management Expert and the Procurement Specialist in the UNDP IST, BVI, to provide updates on the status of the work and seek inputs or clarifications.
The Consultant will submit the following deliverables:
Required Skills and Experience
Application Submission process:
Interested individuals are invited to submit offers to undertake tasks over a 15 days period.
Note: The above documents need to be scanned in one file and uploaded to the online application as one document.
Shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal.
Applicants are reviewed based on Required Skills and Experience stated above and based on the technical evaluation criteria outlined below. Applicants will be evaluated based on cumulative scoring. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical evaluation - Total 70% (70 points):
Criteria of desk review:
Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (70 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (100 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.
Financial evaluation - Total 30%
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
p = y (µ/z), where
p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal
µ = price of the lowest priced proposal
z = price of the proposal being evaluated
Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into contract with UNDP.
The Consultant will be supervised by the Head of the Project Office in BVI.
The Consultant will be responsible for providing her/his own laptop
Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):
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.