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Thematic Lead: Agricultural Technology
|Location :||Global Center for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development, SINGAPORE|
|Application Deadline :||31-Jul-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 :||19 August 2019 - 18 August 2020|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||230 Working days - 1 year|
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.
The Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development (GCTISD) was announced as a new initiative in late 2018 between the Government of Singapore and UNDP, supported by government partners including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR), the Singapore Food Agency (SFA), the Public Service Division (PSD) and the Economic Development Board (EDB).
The aim of the new Centre is to leverage the thriving technology and innovation ecosystems in Singapore to help the developing world achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development (GCTISD):
The GCTISD has the mandate to co-design and share innovative tech solutions for sustainable development. It will work closely with UNDP’s Accelerator Labs Network and Policy Advisors at Regional Hubs, in the Global Policy Network and at HQ who guide programme and policy.
On the whole, the Centre aims to catalyse new insights, partnerships and action on the ground. Above all, we want to make a difference in the development journeys of our partners – Governments and development partners who are working towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The GCTISD's current emerging areas of work:
Why we think Innovation, Technology and Partnerships are key to Sustainable Development:
GCTISD is seeking applications for a thematic leadership role on Sustainable Agriculture (including both agri- and aquaculture). The person recruited for this position will work in close partnership with the team on the delivery of the Centre’s workplan and on growing its impact at the country-level. The Consultant is expected to have specialization/expertise in a relevant area, professional experience with project design/management as well as a high level of energy to carry out liaison and support functions for events.
Thematic output under the Sustainable Agriculture Work Stream:
GCTISD seeks to explore partnerships, innovations and solutions (tech and non-tech) that lend themselves to adaption, co-design and/or scaling in developing country contexts. Specifically, this work stream would focus on:
The Consultant will be asked to connect the GCTISD to global thought leadership on the current and future direction of Sustainable Agriculture through her/his professional networks in the sector and a sound understanding of the opportunities and risks related to emerging technologies and innovation.
The ideal candidate for this assignment is a committed, creative self-starter with a passion for promoting Sustainable Agriculture and the Sustainable Development Goals
Candidates are expected to have experience (ideally in developing country contexts) in scaling existing innovations and emerging solutions relevant to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Duties and Responsibilities
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
Ability to make new partnerships and identify innovations
Collaborates and Integrates
Ability to persuade others to follow
Creates excitement for work through demonstrated excellence
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
Motivates excellence and engagement
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
Builds trust and creates lasting partnerships
Ability to get things done
Creates new standards of work
Required Skills and Experience
Minimum of 10 years’ work experience (after obtaining a postgraduate degree).
Demonstrated progressively responsible professional experience in designing and managing programmes as well as demonstrated substance knowledge on:
Professional experience in consulting/advisory, product development, solution design, technology innovation, start-up finance or business development function are desirable.
Research/publication/writing expertise on technology/innovation and relevant megatrends is an added advantage.
Knowledge and practical application of the following relevant themes and concepts is an added advantage: circular economy, climate change adaptation, ecosystem services, green economy, urban agriculture, innovative farming/aquaculture methods, value-chains, nutrition, food systems, inclusive growth and needs of small holder farmers, etc.
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments:
Consultant shall quote an all-inclusive Daily Fee for the contract period. The term “all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, consumables, etc.) that could be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment are already factored into the daily fee submitted in the proposal.
If applicable, travel or daily allowance cost (if any work is to be done outside the IC’s duty station) should be identified separately. Payments shall be done on a monthly basis based on actual days worked, upon verification of completion of deliverables and approval by the IC’s supervisor of a Time Sheet indicating the days worked in the period.
In general, UNDP shall not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources. In the event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon between the respective business unit and the Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed as per UNDP standard rules and procedures.
Evaluation Method and Criteria:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on cumulative analysis:
The award of the contract shall 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 set of weighted technical criteria (70%). and financial criteria (30%). The financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.
Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 70 points)
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
How to Apply:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload one single file:
Terms and Standard Form:
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.
Incomplete applications will not be considered, and only candidates for whom there is further interest will be contacted.