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International Technical Development Fund Expert
|Location :||Home-based and Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia|
|Application Deadline :||28-Jul-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Estimated 30 days (with one in-country mission, 20 days)|
UNDP is the development arm of the United Nations system, with offices in 180 countries. Globally the organization employs 17,000 people and manages a budget of USD 5 billion each year.
The UNDP office in Skopje employs a team of 65 and currently manages a portfolio of projects in environmental protection, good governance and social inclusion worth USD 15 million per year.
Local government institutions continue to struggle to improve the quality of life enjoyed by their citizens. To extract tangible benefits from funds available for municipalities from the central government, the European Union (EU) and international financial institutions and other donors, municipalities need to strengthen their capacity to prioritize, formulate and implement development projects.
As part of the efforts to address these challenges, UNDP is currently seeking an experienced International Technical Development Fund Expert to provide consulting services for designing and setting-up the Technical development Fund (TDF). The TDF is foreseen to provide financial resources that less-developed municipalities need to undertake necessary preparatory work for development projects that are eligible for EU, state or donor funding, either through direct grants or low-interest loans.
The project Building Municipal Capacity for Project Implementation aims to address the main challenges of local development and to support municipal capacity to design and implement local development projects. Establishment of the TDF for local development projects is one of the key components of this project. Ideally, the newly created fund would channel support specifically to those municipalities that are struggling the most in terms of local development. For this purpose, specially developed Municipal development index has been created (MDI) as part of the project to serve the main objective of the project.
Municipalities are the key point of delivery and development and, as such, they are central to the success of sustainable development. However, at the moment there is no reliable body to systematically channel the prioritized projects from local authorities as they often require complex preparation in order to obtain financing, especially those projects that bring long-term benefits and impact. The TDF is here to alleviate this problem.
The incumbent will work under the supervision of the Project Manager and under the guidance and close coordination with the Head of Democratic Governance Unit.
The incumbent will ensure that the provided consultancy services are in line with the overall objectives of the decentralisation process and sustainable development principles, as well as other relevant projects within the Governance Unit and relevant initiatives in other units in UNDP.
Objective of the assignment
The objective of this assignment is to design and establish the TDF based on available information on municipal capacities for project implementation and donor assistance in the country and formulate a set of objective criteria for the application process.
Duties and Responsibilities
The international consultant is expected to produce the following deliverables:
Duration of assignment
Tentatively, the assignment should be completed in the period from August 2019 to October 2019. The overall duration of the tasks covered by this ToR has been estimated not to exceed 30 days, including desk work, field work and presentation delivery.
The consultant is expected to work from home and is expected to have one in-country mission (20 days total, including weekends). Per diem is paid for overnight stay only.
No additional formal reporting is foreseen during the assignment apart from that specified in the deliverables. However, the consultant is expected to maintain constant communication with the Project Manager and/or Head of Democratic Governance Unit and regularly provide information on the progress of the tasks.
The payment of the Consultant on this project will be done in 3 (three) successive instalments upon completion of each deliverable or group of deliverables as outlined below, and based on corresponding time sheets:
Required Skills and Experience
Education: A Master’s Degree in Management, Organisational Development, Public administration, Business, Social sciences, Public policy creation and Administration or in other relevant field. PhD would be a strong asset.
Experience: At least 8 years of progressively relevant working experience in establishing/managing development funds, regional/local development and institutional development in developing countries, preferably in the Western Balkans.
Languages: Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills in English are required.
Other required qualifications:
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF BEST OFFER
Evaluation of Offers
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the combined scoring methodology. When using this method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated against below criteria and deemed the most favourable:
Technical Evaluation (70% of total evaluation – maximum 70 points):
Only candidates who will obtain at least 49 points and will score at least 70% of the maximum points obtainable for the technical criteria (1-5) will be considered for financial evaluation.
Financial Evaluation (30% of total evaluation – maximum 30 points):
The offer with the lowest price will receive the maximum of 30 points. Other offers with higher prices will receive their respective scores according the following formula:
------------------- x 30
The contract will be awarded to the candidate that will obtain the highest aggregate score based on the technical and financial evaluation.
Interested individual consultants must submit the documents/information listed below to demonstrate their qualifications. The system will allow only one attachment. Therefore, please upload all required documents as one file.
*The term “all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, consumables, insurance, international travel and per diems, etc.) that could possibly be incurred by the Consultant are already factored in the financial proposal. In country travel costs will be reimbursed separately.
Interested individual consultants must submit the documents/information listed in the “Documents to be submitted” section to demonstrate their qualifications. The system will allow only one attachment. Therefore, please upload all required documents as one file.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested documents/information.
Please note that shortlisted candidates might be interviewed.
If the deliverables are not produced and submitted by the consultant to the satisfaction of UNDP as approved by the responsible Programme Officer, no payment will be made even the consultant has invested man-days to produce such deliverables.
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.