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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)|
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:
The scope of the issues to be explored and reflected in the CCA Report will include:
Deliverables and Deadlines
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
Activity: Participating in the UNCT retreat if possible in person
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)
Mission to Tbilisi, Georgia for data collection: October 2019 (10 working days)
Activity: resenting a Final Inception Report to RC and UNCT
Activity: Meetings with resident UN AFPs, key national partners, development partners, donors, focus group discussions as per the UNSDCF Roadmap
Activity: Preparation of the debriefing presentation document on preliminary findings for the exit meeting
Activity: Exit meeting with key national partners and donors to discuss the preliminary findings and obtain feedback from the stakeholders
Desk-work (home-based – 10 days): November 2019
Activity: Further data analysis based on all information collected
Activity: Preparation of the draft CCA report and submission to the UNCT for review and feedback
Mission to Tbilisi, Georgia: December 2019 (10 days)
Activity: Facilitation of the CCA validation session with engagement of UN agencies
Activity: Participation in UN Visioning and Strategic prioritization exercises
Desk-work (home-based – 10 days): December/January 2019
Activity: Consolidating the stakeholders’ comments and preparation of the final draft of the CCA report
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.
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.
Required Skills and Experience
Note: in addition to applying online, interested candidates are requested to send sample reports/documents to the following e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.