International Consultant to Conduct Training on Labour Safety


Location : Home-based with 1 mission to ASHGABAT, TURKMENISTAN
Application Deadline :29-Aug-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Russian  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Oct-2019
Duration of Initial Contract :01/10/2019- 31/11/2019
Expected Duration of Assignment :8 working days

Background

The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population of Turkmenistan was established in 2011. Currently, the Ministry pursues the state policies in the areas of social security, pensions, labour relations, employment, labour protection, improvement of conditions of work, health and safety in the workplace and other labour related issues.

In 2015, the Government of Turkmenistan adopted the Programme on modernization of the employment services and creation of new jobs for 2015-2020, that sets forth the task of creation of favourable conditions for the people seeking jobs and promoting employment in all sectors of economy, underlining that is primary responsibility of the state and the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population of Turkmenistan.

The Partnership Framework for Development signed by the United Nations and the Government of Turkmenistan for 2016-2020, identify that the country’s economic growth must create more inclusive and high-quality jobs for those who are unemployed or underemployed. Another concern is to increase employment opportunities for young graduates, especially from foreign universities, returning to Turkmenistan. In this regard, the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection needs to: (1) deepen the understanding of the structure and composition of the labour market, (2) strengthen the evidence-base for labour market policies, including training and education, and (3) Build a technical and vocational education and training (TVET) system that provides learners with the skills and competencies required by a diversifying economy.

To address the above, the Government of Turkmenistan adopted the Programme and Action Plan for improvement of the youth employment system in Turkmenistan for 2018-2020 that envisages introduction of a statistical reporting form to keep track of young professionals’ employment, and plans measures designed to improve social and living conditions of youth and to render government assistance. The Government also approved the National Action Plan to fulfil the rights of people with disabilities to work and employment for 2017-2021 that addresses specific employment needs of people with disabilities.

Effective implementation of the abovementioned programmes requires strengthened capacity of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population of Turkmenistan in providing improved public employment services to unemployed population, monitoring changes in the demand for labor and ascertaining employers’ changing requirements for human capital and developing active labour programmes for specific target groups as youth, PWDs, etc.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population of Turkmenistan and UNDP engaged into the joint project aimed at supporting the Ministry in planning and implementing the labour and employment policies and strategies. The project includes the following three components: i) improving legislative basis in the area of labour and employment; ii) modernizing the current labour safety system; and iii) strengthening the national capacity to regulate labour market and employment.


Duties and Responsibilities

In accordance with the above-mentioned objective of the assignment and under the supervision of the Project Manager, the International Consultant (IC) will have the objective to design, prepare and conduct a 3-day training for the specialists of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population of Turkmenistan on labour safety as well as to provide final report on the training and recommendations for capacity building activities on labor safety for the Ministry.  To achieve the objective, he or she will work to produce the following:

  • Action 1: Design and prepare a 3-day training for specialists of the Ministry of Labour and Social protection of the Population of Turkmenistan on Labour Safety, including the information on international conventions, resolutions and standards on Labour Safety (ILO, UN and other); development of national policies, national systems and action plans on labour safety; best practices and evidence-based approaches in specific issues of labour safety, including certification, attestation, inspection, documentation on labour safety, sanitary epidemiological tests and certification, structuring the organization of labour safety, functions, legislation requirements as well as interstate cooperation in the area;
  • Action 2: Conduct training;
  • Action 3: Conduct consultations with Ministry specialists on the issues of labour safety;
  • Action 4: Prepare a final report with recommendation on further steps to increase capacity of the Ministry on Labour Safety.

Deliverables and timeframe:

  • Deliverable 1 prepared through Action 1 above: Agenda, materials, presentations and handouts for the training. Location: Home based. Number of days: 2 days.
  • Deliverable 2 prepared through Actions 2 and 3 above: 3-day training and consultations conducted. Mission report on training and consultations conducted. Location: mission to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Number of days:  4 days.
  • Deliverable 3 prepared through Action 4 above: Report summarizing the outcomes of the mission, training and recommendations. Location: Home based. Number of days: 2 days.

Payment Conditions:

This is an installment-based contract that should cover the costs of consultancy and all other costs required to produce the above deliverables. The final schedule of payments will be agreed upon in the beginning of consultancy. The payment shall be released via a bank transfer in two installments:

  • 40% upon submission and UNDP formal acceptance of Delivery 1;
  • 60% upon submission and UNDP formal acceptance of Deliverable 2 and 3.


Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Functional Competencies:

  • Knowledge of and extensive experience working with UN human rights mechanisms;
  • Excellent presentation, facilitation and communication skills;
  • Excellent writing skills, including the ability to convey complex concepts and recommendations, in a clear style tailored to match the audience;
  • Proven interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;
  • Diplomatic skills.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Advanced university degree in the field of Economics, Social Studies (in the field of labour safety) or a related field with particular focus on labour safety.

Experience:

  • At least 7 years of working experience in labour safety areas;
  • At least 5 years of experience in providing policy advice to the governments on design of the labour safety support policies/programmes;
  • At least 5 years of experience in conducting trainings on labour safety;
  • Knowledge of the UN/ILO Conventions in the field of human rights, Sustainable Development Goals and other international commitments;
  • Knowledge and experience of work in the CIS or Central Asia is an advantage.

Language requirements:

  • Excellent written and spoken Russian; English is an asset.

Submission of applications:

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  • Brief (1-2 pages) description of the methodology for the assignment. However, the specific design and methods for the workshop will be determined from consultations among UNDP Turkmenistan Democratic Governance program unit, the expert, and the national partner (Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population of Turkmenistan) about what is appropriate and feasible to meet the goals of the technical seminar;
  • Financial Proposal with the references to (1) the daily rate for the assignment and within the timing scale indicated in the present TOR, and (2) any other expenses (including transportation costs, accommodation costs, the possibility of vaccination and etc.). Template of the form named "Letter of Confirmation Interest and Availability" can be found at: http://www.tm.undp.org/content/turkmenistan/en/home/procurement.html. The UNDP will enter into an Individual Contract based on a lump sum amounts. The financial proposal shall represent a detailed, justified and “all inclusive” amount.  In order to assist UNDP in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount, including: a daily fee for the tasks and an estimated duration as specified in this announcement, travel (to and from the missions), per diems, any other possible costs (including vaccinations, dwelling, communication etc.);
  • Cover letter explaining why they are the most suitable candidate for the assignment;
  • Resume /CV.

Evaluation of proposals:

Individual Consultants will be evaluated based on the combined scoring methodology. When using this method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Responsive/compliant and
  • Having received the highest score – out of 100 points

Out of the maximum score, the score for technical criteria equals 70% - maximum 70 points, and for financial criteria 30%.

The technical evaluation will take into account the following as per the scoring provided:

  • Advanced university degree in the field of Economics, Social Studies (in the field of labour safety) or a related field with particular focus on labour safety – 15 pts;
  • Relevant working experience in labour safety:providing policy advice to the governments on design of the labour safety support policies/programmes; Experience in conducting training on labour safety; Knowledge of the UN/ILO Conventions in the field of human rights, Sustainable Development Goals and other international commitments – 30 pts;
  • Methodology – 20 pts;
  • Knowledge and experience of work in the CIS or Central Asia – 15 pts;
  • Fluency in Russian – 15 pts;
  • Knowledge of English – 5 pts.

Financial proposal – 30% of total evaluation.

Additional requirements for recommended contractor:

Recommended contractors aged 65 and older, and if the travel is required, shall undergo a full medical examination including x-ray, and obtain medical clearance from the UN-approved doctor prior to taking up their assignment. The medical examination is to be cleared by the UN physicians, and shall be paid by the 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.


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