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Individual Consultant - International Project Water Engineer
|Location :||Dili, Timor Leste|
|Application Deadline :||22-Aug-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding|
|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 :||3 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||23 September - 31 December 2019|
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.
In response to the commitment of the national government to reach all its citizens with quality public services, the Ministry of State Administration, in line with its policies for the decentralization of public administration, initiated a project “Supporting Decentralization of Public Administration through Effective Delivery of Public Services at Municipal Level” to build the capacities of civil servants within municipalities to effectively deliver public services that are accessible to all. Apart from the increasing role that municipalities will have in delivering these services in the long term, decentralization supports democracy from below by which all inhabitants and local actors actively participate in the decision-making process, reflecting their needs and future aspirations.
In 2010, the National Strategic Development Plan 2011-2030 established the four main objectives relative to decentralized administration: development of the private sector in rural areas; creation of new opportunities for democratic participation; promotion of strong institutions; and establishment of more effective, efficient and equitable provision of public services. To achieve these aims and to contribute to the decentralization of the public administration, a new level of municipal governance was introduced. This required improving the capacities of local administrations through the introduction of processes and procedures of local governance and through the design and execution of capacity building actions mainly in public financial management, planning, and monitoring and evaluation of public programs.
Since then, the government has undergone reform with the present legal framework underpinning the gradual transition of power to the Municipal Administrations and Municipal Authorities. Due to the complexity of the process, the transition was organized in three stages, starting with ‘administrative pre-deconcentration’ as outlined under 2014 Decree Law No. 04/14 – which entailed the beginning of institutional reform, the creation and approval of the necessary framework and the preparation of local development plans. While the second stage requires additional actions towards administrative decentralization, whereby the national government would apply the approved legislation and a staged delegation of competences to municipalities to deliver public services, the third stage entails full decentralization, including transfer the power, responsibility and duty to the local government structures, in time for local elections to be held.
In 2016, the national government established four Municipal Authorities (Baucau, Bobonaro, Ermera, Dili) and eight Municipal Administrations (Aileu, Ainaro, Cova Lima, Lautem, Liquica, Manatuto, Manufahi, Viqueque) in the country. This was further buttressed in the same year by the adoption of a new Suco Law, which stipulated new roles and responsibilities to Suco councils. In July 2017, three laws concerning the establishment of local government was passed in the National Parliament after years of delay.
Recent developments of legal frameworks are encouraging local elections, this being recognized by the Law on Local Government and the Law on Municipal Elections, approved in 2017. Together with the Law on Territorial and Administrative Division, approved in 2009 and amended in 2017, the legal framework governing the decentralization process will soon be in full effect under the 8th Government.
Through the UNDP ART (Articulation of Territorial Networks) Initiative, this project will establish a multi-level and multi-actor governance frameowrk for the delivery of public services, spearheaded by the municipalities and local communities. The initiation of such a platform, utilizing UNDP’s worldwide tools and methodologies to promote territorial development and decentralization, has become key for the local development agenda.
Duties and Responsibilities
OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT AND SCOPE OF WORK
The Project Water Engineer will work under the Decentralization Project Manager to manage the delivery of the engineering, procurement & construction of two key water infrastructure projects in the Municipality of Baucau and Municipality of Bobonaro.
The role will focus primarily on two broad areas:
The main responsibilities of the Project Engineer will be as follows:
The list of responsibilities is not intended to be exhaustive. Any deviations or additions are to be discussed with line manager for approval.
3) EXPECTED OUTPUTS AND DELIVERABLES
The Project Engineer will perform tasks listed under Section 3 and deliver the following outputs:
4) SCOPE OF PRICE PROPOSAL AND SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS
Lump Sum Contract
Travel arrangements will be coordinated according to the work plan and the project schedule.
The Project Engineer will be based at the UNDP Timor-Leste Governance Unit and report directly to the Project Manager of the Decentralization Project.
The Project Engineer will submit progress reports as defined in the Terms of Reference. The progress report should include achieved results by the end of each month up to the end of the Contract.
6) DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT, DUTY STATION AND EXPECTED PLACES OF TRAVEL
Duration: 3 months (23 September 2019 – 31 December 2019).
Duty Station: Dili, Timor-Leste.
Expected Places of Travel: Travel to project site in the Municipality of Baucau and Municipality of Bobonaro.
Required Skills and Experience
QUALIFICATIONS OF THE SUCCESSFUL INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTOR
The candidate should match the following criteria:
8) CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF THE BEST OFFER
Combined Scoring Method
The candidates will be evaluated as per Combined Scoring Method, where the qualifications and methodology will be weighted a max. of 70% and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a max of 30%. Only candidates with at least 49 points of the technical criteria will be considered for financial evaluation.
9) RECOMMENDED PRESENTATION OF OFFER
The candidate will submit the following documents to demonstrate their qualification:
This TOR is approved by: