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National Consultant for Assessing the Development Management System in Canton Sarajevo
|Location :||BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA|
|Application Deadline :||14-Aug-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||20 working days in period September –October 2019|
The consultancy is planned within the ILDP, a joint project of the Government of Switzerland and UNDP, aimed at strengthening development through introduction of a systematic approach to strategic planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of strategy realization and harmonisation of planning system at the local level with those at the higher levels of government. The project is implemented in partnership with the Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees, the FBiH Ministry of Justice, the RS Ministry of Administration and Local Self-Government and both Associations of Municipalities and Cities (AMCs).
Back in 2014 the ILDP supported the participatory creation of a standardised development planning methodology that was successfully applied in all 10 cantons, which have designed their integrated development strategies by 2020. Following the adoption of their development strategies, the ILDP partner cantons received support in preparing and adopting three-years strategy implementation plans and annual development reports.
Within its support package, the ILDP assisted Canton Sarajevo to prepare its development strategy in line with the standardised approach and secondly and strengthen its implementation capacities.
The purpose of this consultancy is to contribute to strengthening of the development management system in Canton Sarajevo.
The main objective of this consultancy is to provide expert assistance in conducting a participatory analysis of the existing development management functions in Canton Sarajevo with focus on access to external funding for projects’ implementation, followed by recommendations for improvement where necessary.
Duties and Responsibilities
More concretely, the Consultant will be expected to perform the following tasks:
Task 1 – Preparatory activities and design of work plan
As part of the preparatory work, the Consultant is first to familiarize herself/himself with relevant legal and methodological framework for development planning and management in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as the existing practices in Canton Sarajevo.
This will include obtaining required information from relevant documents, such as: (i) the cantonal development strategy (relevant parts related to organizational aspects of strategy implementation and monitoring and related action plans and reports), (ii) existing legal framework and rulebooks on internal organization; existing legal framework and rulebooks on internal organization; (iii) other formal decisions and acts that Sarajevo Canton may provide for this purpose, such are public investment procedures and plans, annual cantonal budgets and reports, etc.
Based on the initial review, the Consultant will prepare a detailed work plan for the validation by the Cantonal Planning Institute and the ILDP, including a proposed structure of the assessment document.
Reference materials and guidance documents will be shared with the Consultant by the ILDP and the counterparts from the Development Planning Institute of Canton Sarajevo.
Task 2: Assessment of the existing development management system in Canton Sarajevo with focus on project identification, preparation and implementation
Based on preparatory work described under Task 1, the Consultant will prepare the assessment tools and brief notes/initial findings to be used during the participatory assessment.
The assessment report will include, inter alia, the following key chapters:
In conducting the assessment, the Consultant will review relevant documents, including annual reports on the cantonal development strategy’s implementation, reports on execution of cantonal budget, implementation of the Public Investment Programme, the report on the work of the cantonal government, etc. Particular focus will be directed towards:
In addition to the desk work, in conducting the assessment the Consultant is obtain additional information from interviews with a number of stakeholders in Canton Sarajevo, such as the Planning Institute, the Office of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Finance, SERDA and members of the Cantonal Development Board, including representatives of constituent local governments. The meetings should be structured in a way that the Consultant firstly explains the purpose, steps and expected results of technical assistance.
The assessment meetings will be scheduled in close collaboration with the Cantonal Planning Institute and coordination with ILDP. The meetings venues and dates will depend on Sarajevo Canton representatives’ availability and will be timely communicated by all included parties.
Task 3: Presentation of the Draft Assessment Report and finalization
Following the validation of the Draft Assessment Report by the ILDP, the Consultant will present the document to key cantonal institutions and decision makers, where the presentation will focus on main findings and recommendations. The presentation will be conducted in an interactive manner and will encourage representatives of Canton Sarajevo to provide critical observations, particularly in relation to the proposed model and its applicability in light of existing human resources and readiness of leadership to pursue formal changes in the internal organization. More specifically, changes and amendments to the legal framework, including relevant regulatory framework, rulebook on internal organization, as a formal step to embrace the development management improvements in administrative set-up are likely to be needed, which may require new employments or internal transfers of staff. Moreover, the Consultant will initiate preparation of a draft action plan, which should reflect envisaged activities and timelines for formalization and operationalization of the proposed recommendations. The presentation meetings will be organized by the Development Planning Institute in close coordination with ILDP.
Upon the presentation of Draft Assessment Report, the Consultant will leave at least one week for the stakeholders from Canton Sarajevo to submit their additional feedback and suggestions, which will be incorporated in the final report. The final report section elaborating development management and project identification, preparation and implementation functions and specific jobs descriptions (in central development management unit and/or other departments), should be prepared as much as possible as ready-made inputs for subsequent changes and amendments of the relevant legal framework and rulebooks on internal organization.
The final report, including the final action plan will be validated by the Development Planning Institute of Canton Sarajevo and the ILDP.
Task 2: Assessment of the existing development management system in Canton Sarajevo with focus on project identification, preparation and implementation -12 work days by 15 October 2019
Corporate Responsibility and Teamwork:
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Required Skills and Experience
Instructions for Applicants:
Applicants are required to submit an application including:
The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including fee, travel expenses and all other applicable fees).
Technical evaluation criteria:
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.