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Consultant on Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism
|Location :||Putrajaya, MALAYSIA|
|Application Deadline :||26-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 :||100 man-days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||12 months (1 June 2019 to 31 May 2020).|
Malaysia, in the face of growing conservatism and fundamentalism in the country, augmented further by the increased politicisation of race and religion, as well as its highly porous borders within the South-East Asian region where ISIS linked incidents have been on the rise, is increasingly a fertile breeding ground for extremism. There are high rates of human mobility across its borders for instance in Sabah, due to its shared historical past with Southern Philippines, while also being a popular destination for migrant labour, refugees and asylum seekers. This has resulted in high numbers of undocumented and stateless populations, many of whom easily integrate into the society but without access to basic services and formal employment.
Hence, Malaysia faces serious threats and leanings toward two major concerns with different directions. First, is the exclusive and divisive notion of religion that impacts upon the fragile structures of unity and tolerance, and that in the context of a multi-ethnic country is leading to unhealthy polarisation, discrimination and infringement of rights. Second, is the susceptibility of those who live on the margins of development, especially non-citizens who lack formal recognition of their basic rights.
These issues have therefore been prioritised by the UN system in the country, toward an integrated and two-pronged approach to prevention. Key efforts have been mobilised since 2017, however, they are too under-resourced to gain the necessary traction they require. This Regional “Preventing Violent Extremism through Promoting Tolerance and Respect for Diversity” Programme therefore, provides a huge opportunity to bolster integrated prevention efforts in the country, using the approaches being prioritised.
The first approach, is the development of strategic and tactical initiatives to promote greater respect for ethno-religious diversity through the widening of the space for constructive and open dialogue on issues deemed sensitive and to develop counter narratives as proposed in the regional programme. The UN through its convening power and the support it provides on the mainstreaming and implementation of the SDGs, is able to bridge the divide with more conservative actors and bring together key influencers to promote tolerance and respect for diversity in the country, leveraging Malaysia’s own push for moderation on the global scene that was adopted in 2017 by the UN General Assembly. And the second approach to the prevention of violent extremism led by UNDP in collaboration with other UN agencies, is toward the recognition and empowerment of susceptible and excluded population groups, who live on the fringes of the economy, especially non-citizens with irregular status such as in Sabah, where risks of violent extremism and security concerns are very high.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Consultant is expected to address the following key areas (please note that these may vary subject to further in-depth discussions with Government and the UNDP).
Partnership Management Communications:
The consultant will report to UNDP Programme Manager and work in close collaboration with Ministry of Home Affairs and other contracted parties. The success of the project depends on the timely delivery of each component.
UNDP CO will have the following responsibilities: (i) Provide relevant documents; (ii) Discuss and agree on the methodologies of the assignment; and (iii) Monitor and evaluate the progress of the assignment. The contract and payments will be performance-based (lump sum milestone) and regularly assessed by the UNDP CO. All travel expenses to and from the target area should be included in the financial proposal.
The present ToR may be subject to modification, without changing the overall objective and the scope of work, on the basis of mutual consultations. UNDP will hold the copyright of the assignment deliverables.
Expected Outputs & Deliverables:
The Consultant is expected to submit monthly reports identifying progress towards the following outputs based on the Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism work plan:
Schedule of Payment:
Duration of assignment, Duty Station and Expected Place of Travel:
Contract duration: 12 months (1 June 2019 to 31 May 2020).
The individual consultant may be required to travel for project activities (based on methodology) or attend the events relevant to the project within Malaysia. All travels (envisaged or unforeseeable) need to be planned with and authorized by UNDP Programme Manager and the Project Manager of the Ministry of Home Affairs Malaysia. Travel expenses (flight tickets, living allowance and ground transport) shall be agreed prior travel and reimbursed following UNDP standard procedures after trips are completed. It is expected that the individual consultant will be involved in key meetings organized by UNDP/UN’s office as and when necessary.
Development and Operational Effectiveness:
Management and Leadership
Required Skills and Experience
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Interested individuals must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
How to Apply:
Forms and General terms & conditions to be downloaded:
Individuals will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individuals 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.
* Technical Criteria weight; [70%]
* Financial Criteria weight; [30%]
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.
Confidentiality and Intellectual Property:
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.