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Individual Consultant: Long Term Agreement (LTA) for on-call Resource Persons /Subject Matter Experts (For Filipino Nationals Only)
|Location :||Various Locations, PHILIPPINES|
|Application Deadline :||04-Jun-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 :||on-call basis|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||2 years|
Efficient, resilient, and well-planned road networks ensure that no one is left behind in the drive for inclusive growth. This is why roads are considered as an important foundation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and a prerequisite for bringing communities together.
At present, only 24.6% of all provincial roads in the Philippines are of acceptable quality. Of the 12,726km of provincial core roads, 57.2% are unpaved and in need of upgrading, while 20.2% are in poor condition and in need of rehabilitation. The situation is similarly dire for the 19,098 km of non-core roads, with 67% needing upgrading and 7% in need of rehabilitation.
To address this situation, the Department for the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has launched the Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CMGP) initiative to improve the quality of the local road network across the country, by providing both financial investment for capital outlay, as well as strengthening the governance processes so that provincial governments are themselves able to effectively plan, design, implement and maintain their road networks. The Program addresses the underinvestment in local roads, and improvement of national-local roads connectivity to increase economic activity, and improve public access to facilities and services in the provinces.
The Program, however, is not only a road engineering intervention, it is also a governance reform program in local roads management (LRM) and public financial management (PFM). Thus, in partnership with DILG, UNDP has launched the project “Paving the Roads to SDGs through Good Governance (Roads2SDGs)” which aims to provide support to the governance reform and quality assurance components of CMGP through the ‘Roads to SDGs’ framework. This framework will anchor the prioritization, planning, design, implementation, and maintenance of infrastructure projects to the achievement of the SDGs, incorporating the elements of partnership building, climate change and disaster risk reduction, gender mainstreaming, and citizen participation for transparency and accountability.
In 2018, a number of key deliverables have been completed, such as: formulation of Provincial Governance Reform Roadmap (PGRR); establishment of G-HUBS; development of the QA Tool; hiring of UNDP and DILG-CMGP Field Engineers; Training-Workshops on Quality Assurance; Conduct of Quality Assurance Inspections by PASUC, GHUBS, UNDP and DILG Field Engineers; and Finalization of the Road Projects Quality Management Manual for LGUs.
For 2019, there are planned activities aimed at intensifying technical assistance to DILG and provincial LGUs (PLGUs) to address other capacity needs along local road construction and management and public financial management. Also, there appears to be a need to strengthen knowledge and skills of LGUs related to Procurement and in public financial management in general. These are but some of the observed needs among LGUs and addressing them will help build competencies in line with a holistic approach to road governance.
With these activities in the pipeline, the Roads2SDGs project needs to engage Individual Consultants who will serve as Resource Persons (Subject Matter Experts) and Activity Facilitators.
Duties and Responsibilities
UNDP requires the services of individual consultants as Resource Persons /Subject Matter experts and Activity Facilitators from time to time to provide trainings as and when required by R2SDGs Project or any UNDP project as appropriate.
Scope of work
The consultant will work under the overall supervision of the UNDP Project Manager and work closely with the focal person for particular engagement as defined in the terms of reference (TOR). The consultant will be responsible in carrying out the following tasks, as applicable:
Expertise required in following Subjects:
The Resource Persons/Facilitators will work under the overall guidance of the UNDP Project Manager.
Duration of Assignment
The duration of the roster will be 2 years on on-call basis. Most of the conferences are expected to be 2-4 days duration. Selected resources persons shall be paid one or two days extra for preparation and report writing.
Duty Station and Travel
The Resource Persons/Facilitators shall be required to travel to the locations where the workshops will be conducted, therefore, should be willing to travel to areas of assignment. They are also expected to attend meetings relative to the preparation and assessment of conducted peace formation sessions.
Payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging etc. should be agreed upon, between the UNDP and the Resource Person prior to travel and will be reimbursed on actuals in line with UNDP rules OR shall be arranged by UNDP.
LTA Contracting modality and Call-off mechanism
Contract management mechanism
UNDP will regularly monitor the performance of these LTA holders, based on the following Key Performance Indicators (KPIs):
If the consultant fails to meet UNDP’s performance requirements detailed above, s/he will receive in the first instance a warning to improve their performance. Continued failure to meet performance requirements may result in the termination of the LTA.
The Long Term agreements will be issued to technically qualified consultants at the below mentioned rates.
The Resource Persons/Facilitators will submit a timesheet for their efforts on a particular assignment and receive the total amount as - daily fee rates agreed in the LTA multiplied with the number of days spend for each assignment.
100% Payment will be made upon satisfactory performance /completion of work and acceptance by UNDP.
Required Skills and Experience
Strong experience in working with national/local government, international/local Non-Government Organization (NGOs), Civil Society Organization (CSOs); experience in Road Management, planning and design, construction management, road asset management, road maintenance; public financial management and procurement; Governance reforms, capacity development, citizen participation, organizational development and management, social protection, project development and management, program/project monitoring and evaluation
Criteria for evaluation of proposals
The offer will be evaluated based on the documentation submitted by consultants. Technical evaluation will be based on the following:
Only candidates with 70% or above (49 marks) will be considered for the roster.
Submission of Proposal
Annexes to the TOR:
Documents to be submitted by Consultant:
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.