Facilitator of UN Common Country Analysis Development in Georgia


Location : Home based consultancy with two missions to Georgia, GEORGIA
Application Deadline :24-Sep-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :2d 0h 40m
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Expected Duration of Assignment :50 consultancy days during 1 October 2019 - 31 January 2020 (20 days in Georgia, 30 days home-based)


Background

The UN system in Georgia is entering the final stage of implementation of the United Nations Partnership for Sustainable Development (UNPSD) cycle which covers the period of 2016-2020. Being in the penultimate year of the UNPSD implementation, the UN system and all its stakeholders in Georgia are embarking on the process of formulation of the next generation Cooperation Framework for Development - to be referred to as the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), with the ultimate goal to accelerate progress towards achievement of the national SDGs and bringing about tangible action for people on the ground, especially those left furthest behind.

The UNSDCF will articulate the United Nation’s collective response to support Georgia in addressing national priorities and gaps on its way towards meeting the SDGs. It is the most important instrument for planning and implementation of UN activities in each country, supporting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This document is prepared and finalized in full consultation with the Government of Georgia as well the civil society and other relevant stakeholders.

The UNSDCF is informed by a cutting-edge Common Country Analysis (CCA). The CCA represents the best of the UN’s collective analysis of the development situation in a specific country context. The CCA will provide the essential evidence-base from which the theory of change underpinning the UNSDCF is developed in the context of Georgia. It drives the identification of what type of transformational change is needed and achievable in the country. 

The main objective of the UN Common Country Analysis (CCA) is to provide an independent, impartial and collective assessment and analysis of the situation in Georgia in order to inform the development of the UNSDCF for Georgia. The CCA will give a comprehensive overview of Georgia’s standing in each dimension of sustainable development - economic, social and environmental, reflecting on national development priorities and needs, existing gaps and challenges in achieving them, while taking into account the groups left behind or at risk of being left behind. The CCA also deals with the root causes for inequalities. It will highlight Georgia’s implementation of human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment commitments; the regional context and the priorities of regional and continental frameworks and strategies; as well as the potential risks and bottlenecks that may affect the country’s ability to achieve the SDGs.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the UN Resident Coordinator the selected candidate will facilitate the CCA development and provide substantive support to the UNCT Georgia in carrying out the Common Country Analysis. He/she will have the overall responsibility for preparing a high-quality draft of the CCA. The consultant will be guided by and work closely with the UNCT throughout the CCA process. It is also envisaged that he/she participates in the UNCT retreat in Kakheti from 2-4 October. On daily basis, he/she will be supervised by the Resident Coordinator. He/she will be supported by the RCO as well as all resident and non-resident agencies funds and programmes in Georgia.

The CCA facilitator will provide a detailed design and methodology of the CCA, including data collection (where necessary), analysis and consultations with stakeholders. The consultant will propose, and in collaboration with the Resident Coordinator Office, define a detailed work plan to be endorsed by the UNCT.

Other responsibilities of the consultant will include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Undertake close review of relevant UNSDG Guidance on the CCA process and CCA structure
  • Undertake desk review, and conceptual and analytical secondary research based on existing data and analytical outputs in line with the defined scope of work; 
  • Facilitate discussion of the cross-linkages of data, datasets and indicators, with relevant stakeholders from Government, UN agencies and other partners to ensure an integrated approach to data; 
  • Explore and propose new sources of data; 
  • Conduct additional data collection, as required;
  • Prepare a draft report in consultation with the UNCT;
  • Facilitate discussion within the UNCT and larger stakeholders’ community, as required
  • Support the presentation and validation of the draft CCA (CCA validation session) with different stakeholders;
  • Contribute to the Theory of Change, Visioning and Strategic Prioritization exercises as part of the UN SDC development process
  • Revise the report in line with feedback received from relevant stakeholders
  • Submit a final report

The scope of the issues to be explored and reflected in the CCA Report will include:

  • Country context, including demographic dynamics and Georgia’s progress with regard to the SDGs and towards achieving the 2030 Agenda including Georgia’s voluntary national review and SDG tracker.
  • National vision for sustainable development, key national priorities and main challenges in achieving the SDGs.
  • Leave No One Behind Principle: situation of groups left behind or at risk of being left behind, as well as the root causes for this situation and the legal barriers that exclude them. Also looking at key issues related to human rights (in particular rights of marginalized groups), gender equality and women’s empowerment. 
  • Georgia's implementation of its commitments under all relevant internationally agreed norms and standards (including the ones for Human Rights Gender Equality and environmental sustainability), UN Charter values, as instrumental to achieving Agenda 2030.
  • Regional, subregional and cross-boundary factors affecting Georgia's progress with regard to the 2030 Agenda, as well as the synergies and complementarities with regional and continental strategies and frameworks.
  • Various multi-dimensional risks and threats that could potentially impact Georgia's development trajectory across the political, development, humanitarian, peacebuilding and human rights spectrum.
  • Potential risks, gaps and challenges that may set back Georgia's progress on the 2030 Agenda and prevent resilience, stability, long-term inclusive development, human rights and peace.

Deliverables and Deadlines

  • Inception Report, with detailed CCA Work Plan, tools and methodologies, as well as other data collection methods proposed for in-country visits.
  • Participation in the UNCT retreat from 2-4 October 2019 in Georgia.
  • Support the sharing of preliminary findings with stakeholders;
  • A draft CCA report for comments from the UNCT as well as identified stakeholders for validation and quality assurance;
  • CCA Validation workshop report
  • Final CCA report
  • Inputs to the UN Visioning and Strategic prioritization exercises that will follow the finalisation of the CCA and which will lead into the drafting of the UNSDCF.

The tentative framework and the amount of working days should be seen as a guidance. Payment will be made based on delivery of satisfactory results.

Desk review (home-based – 10 Days) during October 2019

Activity: Desk review of all the available studies, evaluations, surveys produced by the country

  • Tentative timeframe and location: First week of October/ home-based
  • Expected outcome: Reference documents reviewed

Activity: Participating in the UNCT retreat if possible in person

  • Tentative timeframe and location: 2-4 October 2019/ Tbilisi, Georgia

Activity: Preparation of an Inception Report, that includes detailed CCA Work Plan, tools and methodologies, as well as other data collection methods proposed for in-country visits and out-country (on-line surveys, BigData)

  • Tentative timeframe and location: End of October 2019/ Home-based   
  • Expected outcome: Inception report developed, including
    • CCA Work Plan,
    • Data collection tools and methodologies 

Mission to Tbilisi, Georgia for data collection: October 2019 (10 working days)

Activity: resenting a Final Inception Report to RC and UNCT

  • Tentative timeframe and location: October/November 2019/ Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Expected outcome: Results of the desk review discussed, Final Inception Report presented and endorsed

Activity: Meetings with resident UN AFPs, key national partners, development partners, donors, focus group discussions as per the UNSDCF Roadmap              

  • Tentative timeframe and location: October/November 2019/ Tbilisi, Georgia  
  • Expected outcome: Qualitative data collected

Activity: Preparation of the debriefing presentation document on preliminary findings for the exit meeting            

  • Tentative timeframe and location: October/November 2019/ Tbilisi, Georgia  
  • Expected outcome: Debriefing presentation documents (Power Point and 2-3 pages overview) prepared

Activity: Exit meeting with key national partners and donors to discuss the preliminary findings and obtain feedback from the stakeholders  

  • Tentative timeframe and location: October/November 2019/ Tbilisi, Georgia  
  • Expected outcome: Feedback of the stakeholders on the preliminary findings obtained

Desk-work (home-based – 10 days): November 2019

Activity: Further data analysis based on all information collected               

  • Tentative timeframe and location: By 3rd week of November 2019/ Home-based         
  • Expected outcome: Draft CCA report prepared

Activity: Preparation of the draft CCA report and submission to the UNCT for review and feedback            

  • Tentative timeframe and location: 30 November 2019/ Home-based 
  • Excepted outcome: Draft report reviewed by the UNCT including NRAs comments obtained

Mission to Tbilisi, Georgia: December 2019 (10 days)

Activity: Facilitation of the CCA validation session with engagement of UN agencies          

  • Tentative timeframe and location: Early December 2019 Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Expected outcome: Feedback from the stakeholders obtained, findings discussed, verified and agreed

Activity: Participation in UN Visioning and Strategic prioritization exercises           

  • Tentative timeframe and location: Early December 2019/ Tbilisi, Georgia          
  • Expected outcome: Inputs to the UN Visioning and Strategic prioritization made

Desk-work (home-based – 10 days): December/January 2019

Activity: Consolidating the stakeholders’ comments and preparation of the final draft of the CCA report

  • Tentative timeframe and location: 15 January 2020/Home-based              
  • Expected outcome:
    • UNCT comments incorporated into the report;
    • CCA report finalized and approved

Duration of work

The initial length of the assignment for the International Consultant is 20 working days onsite and 30 working days offsite. If possible the consultant should participate in the UNCT Retreat 2-4 October. The consultancy will start on 1 October 2019 and must be completed before end of January 2020 with the submission of a final report on 15 January 2020.

  • Submission of Inception Report: 30% of consultancy fee, due by end of October 2019
  • First draft of the CCA report: 40% of consultancy fee, due by end of November2019
  • Final CCA report: 30% of consultancy fee, due by 15 January 2020

The output should be submitted by the Consultant to the RC and will be considered as accepted upon written confirmation from the UN Resident Coordinator. This is a lump sum contract that should include costs of consultancy; payment will be released upon satisfactory provision of respective outputs and acceptance by the Resident Coordinator. The USD lump sum amount will be paid in three installments upon completion and acceptance by the UN Resident Coordinator of the above indicated outputs by the due dates.

Monitoring and control

Activities and progress will be monitored through regular contacts and review of the deliverable by the RC and the UNCT. The Consultant is requested to inform on progress on a weekly basis. In case the deliverable is deemed to have been completed to a standard that does not fully satisfy UN performance criteria, the UN reserves the right to withhold the payment in part or in full. No interim payments will be executed.


Competencies

Competencies:

  • Shares knowledge and experience and provides helpful feedback and advice;
  • Conceptualizes and analyzes problems to identify key issues, underlying problems, and how they relate;
  • Ability to identify beneficiaries’ needs, and to match them with appropriate solutions;
  • Excellent communication and interview skills;
  • Excellent report writing skills;
  • Ability to handle a large volume of work possibly under time constraints;
  • Focuses on result for the UNCT Georgia and responds positively to feedback


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Advanced degree in social sciences, preferably economics, political science, international development, public or business administration, human rights or other relevant disciplines (Minimum Qualification Requirement: 8 points)

Experience:

  • A minimum of 10 years of professional experience specifically in the area of international development initiatives and development organizations (Minimum Qualification Requirement: 10 years - 10 points, more than 10 years additional 2 points);
  • Extensive knowledge of, and experience in applying, qualitative and quantitative analytical methods and in a wide range of analytical approaches;
  • Robust technical competence in undertaking complex analysis which involve use of mixed methods;
  • Strong comprehension of the sustainable development concept and knowledge of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs;
  • Excellent writing and analytical formulation skills with demonstrated experience in preparing CCAs, strategic notes or similar analytical documents (Minimum Qualification Requirement: 10 points, experience of CCA preparation - additional 4 points);
  • Strong understanding of the development and political context and working experience in Georgia or Caucasus region desirable (3 points);
  • Knowledge of UN role, UN reform process and UN programming at the country level a significant advantage (3 points); 
  • Grounded familiarity with and application of participatory and innovative methods of data gathering and UN Guiding/Programming Principles: i) Leave no one behind; (ii) Human rights-based approach; iii) gender equality and women’s empowerment; iv) resilience; v) accountability; and vi) sustainability.

Language Requirements:

  • Excellent written and spoken English

Note: in addition to applying online, interested candidates are requested to send sample reports/documents to the following e-mail: teona.kiknadze@one.un.org

Evaluation

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis method: Offerors will be evaluated against combination of technical and financial criteria. Maximum obtainable score is 100, out of which the total score for technical criteria equals to 70 (40 - desk review and 30 - interview) and for financial criteria – to 30. Offerors that do not meet Minimum Qualification Criteria will be automatically rejected, while the rest will form up the long list. The offerors who obtain minimum 28 points as a result of the desk review will be invited for the interview. Offerors who pass 70% threshold, i.e. obtain minimum 21 points, as a result of the interview will be requested the financial proposal. 

Financial Proposal

The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). 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. Maximum 30 points will be assigned to the lowest price offer. All other price offers will be scored using the formula (inverse proportion):  Financial score X = 30* the lowest price offer/suggested price offer. All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal as well.


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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