Consultant to support team “Democratic Governance and Social Advocacy”


Location : Bangkok, Thailand with possible travel for missions, THAILAND
Application Deadline :01-Oct-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
15-Oct-2019
Duration of Initial Contract :15 October 2019 – 15 April 2020, with maximum 126 days worked

Background

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 170 countries and territories, working with governments and people on their own solutions to global and national development challenges to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

 

UNDP is a founding co-sponsor of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), a partner of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and a co-sponsor of several other international health partnerships. UNDP’s work on HIV, health and development leverages the organization’s core strengths and mandates in human development, governance and capacity development to complement the efforts of specialist health-focused UN agencies. UNDP delivers three types of support to countries in HIV, health and development.

 

First, UNDP helps countries to mainstream attention to HIV and health into action on gender, poverty and the broader effort to achieve and sustain the Millennium Development Goals. For example, UNDP works with countries to understand the social and economic factors that play a crucial role in driving health and disease, and to respond to such dynamics with appropriate policies and programmes outside the health sector. UNDP also promotes specific action on the needs and rights of women and girls as they relate to HIV.

 

Second, UNDP works with partners to address the interactions between governance, human rights and health responses. Sometimes this is done through focused or specialized programmes, such as promoting attention to the role of legal environments (law and access to justice) in facilitating stronger HIV responses, including the use of flexibilities in intellectual property and human rights law to lower the cost of drugs and diagnostics and to increase access to HIV-related treatment. UNDP also works to empower and include people living with HIV and marginalized populations who are disproportionately affected by HIV - also known as key populations - such as sex workers, men who have sex with men, and transgender people. Beyond these focused efforts, UNDP plays a key role in ensuring attention to HIV and health within broader governance and rights initiatives, including support to district and municipal action on MDGs, strengthening of national human rights institutions and increasing access to justice for marginalized populations.

 

 

Third, as a trusted, long-term partner with extensive operational experience, UNDP supports countries in effective implementation of complex, multilateral and multisectoral health projects, while simultaneously investing in capacity development so that national and local partners can assume these responsibilities over time. The UNDP/Global Fund partnership is an important part of this work, facilitating access to resources for action on MDG 6 by countries that face constraints in directly receiving and managing such funding. UNDP partners with countries in crisis/post-crisis situations, those with weak institutional capacity or governance challenges, and countries under sanctions. When requested, UNDP acts as interim Principal Recipient in these settings, working with national partners and the Global Fund to improve management, implementation and oversight of Global Fund grants, while simultaneously developing national capacity for governments or local entities to be able to assume the Principal Recipient role over time.

 

 Responding to the threat of non-communicable diseases

 

Building on its experience in HIV and leveraging its core competencies in governance, poverty reduction and gender, UNDP is contributing to the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), especially through tobacco control. NCDs are one of the most serious global health and development challenges of the 21st century. Tobacco use is a key modifiable risk factor for a host of NCDs, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, various cancers and chronic respiratory disease. The 2011 Political Declaration on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases requests the agencies, funds and programmes of the UN system to support multisectoral responses to NCDs. The UN Secretary General’s Ad Hoc Inter-Agency Task Force on Tobacco Control explicitly requests UNDP to incorporate Article 5 of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) in its convening and coordinating role of the UN system at country level. The report also requests UNDP to incorporate Article 5 under its governance programming. Moreover, UNDP (with WHO and UNAIDS) co-convenes the work of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on NCDs (UN IATF on NCDs)(formed pursuant to ECOSOC resolution E/RES/2013/12) on Objective 2 of the WHO Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2020. Objective 2 aims to strengthen national capacity, leadership, governance, multisectoral action and partnerships to accelerate country responses to NCDs.

 

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes NCDs as a priority issue for sustainable development. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include two specific targets on NCDs: one on reducing premature mortality from NCDs and the other on strengthening implementation of the WHO FCTC in all countries. The depth and breadth of the SDGs will place increased demand on countries to identify synergies and efficiencies in health and development financing, including with respect to NCDs and HIV. UNDP supports countries to implement the SDGs, including through identifying innovative solutions for financing health and development.


Duties and Responsibilities

Objective of the Assignment

 

The consultant will provide expert policy and research support for UNDP’s work on both NCDs and tobacco control, and other focus areas of Democratic Governance and Social Advocacy team. Contributions will be made to both country-level programming/regional-level knowledge products if required.

 

Scope of work:

 

The consultant will be tasked to work in following areas:

 

  • Provide research, analytical, and writing support for the development of health and development policy guidance, issue briefs, stakeholder and project mappings, talking points, concept notes and other documents, including those related to non-communicable diseases, tobacco control, environment/climate change, disability rights, urbanization, anti-corruption, health governance, health procurement, among others.
  • Perform data collection and analyses of specific health and development issues in the Asia-Pacific region to help strengthen evidence-informed decision-making, programming and advocacy
  • Support the organization of the team’s activities, including communication, organizational, and partnership support.
  • Contribute to identifying opportunities to address social determinants of health within UNDP’s mandates and practice areas
  • Identify opportunities to mobilize resources and develop proposals.
  • Manage the environmental health portfolio, including coordinating for the UNDP/WHO/GEF “Asia Health” project.
  • Contribute in preparations for the Prince Mahidol Awards Conference (PMAC)

 

 

 

Expected Outputs and Deliverables:

 

The consultant is expected to deliver the followings:

 

 

Deliverables

Submission deadline

Deliverable 1: Conducted desk review and drafted region/country specific knowledge products, including NCD sectoral briefs and a tobacco- SDG briefs

10/30/2019

Deliverable 2: Finalized knowledge products region/country specific, including NCD sectoral briefs and a tobacco-SDG briefs

11/15/2019

Deliverable 3: Contributed to NCD and tobacco control Investment Case missions/initiatives at all phases of management process, in at least 1-2 countries in RBAP, including Institutional Context Analysis (ICA) exercises

11/30/2019

Deliverable 4: Conduct research, draft and review of knowledge products for multisectoral NCD responses and coordination – in the BRAP, leveraging UNDP’s energy and environmental portfolios to address health co-benefits, among others; Provide technical support in project design for environmental/health regional project.

12/15/2019

Deliverable 5: Provision of data and analyses to inform evidence-based decision making and programming on social determinants of health, NCDs, and other relevant issues as required in BRAP.

12/31/2019

Deliverable 6: Provision of technical support for FCTC 2030 and NCD 2030 projects as well as any other relevant activities as requested by the Team Leader. Coordinate environment/health regional project.

01/15/2020

Deliverable 7: Contributed to develop and execute a resource mobilization strategy on NCDs, tobacco control, and other portfolios of the UNDP HHD team in BRAP and/or other regions.

01/31/2020

Deliverable 8: Conduct research, draft and review of knowledge products to support at least 4 strategic UNDP COs and/or Regional to efforts for partnership development related to NCDs and health inequalities programming. Contribute in planning and preparing for PMAC.

02/28/2020

Deliverable 9: Produced end of consultancy report

03/31/2019

 

 

 

Institutional Arrangement:

 

The consultant will work under close supervisions of Team Leader/Programme Analyst/Democratic Governance and Social Advocacy.

 

The duration of the assignment is up to 126 days between 15 October 2019 and 15 April 2020.

 

 

Duty Station:

 

The consultant will be based in Bangkok with possible travel.

 

At the time of writing this TOR, the consultant may need to travel but mission can’t be identified.

 

In the case of unforeseeable travel, the respective business unit and Individual Consultant need to agree on the schedule and travel cost to be reimbursed prior to travel. UNDP will be arranging his/her travel (Ticket, living allowance and terminal allowance) as per UNDP travel rules and regulations.

 


Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling 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 favouritism.

 

Technical Competencies:

  • Analytic capacity and demonstrated ability to process, analyse and synthesise complex, technical information;
  • Proven ability to support the development of high quality knowledge and training materials, and to train technical teams;
  • Proven experience in the developing country context and working in different cultural settings.

 

Communication:

  • Communicate effectively in writing to a varied and broad audience in a simple and concise manner.

 

Professionalism:

  • Capable of working in a high pressure environment with sharp and frequent deadlines, managing many tasks simultaneously;
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills.

 

Teamwork:

  • Projects a positive image and is ready to take on a wide range of tasks;
  • Focuses on results for the client;
  • Welcomes constructive feedback.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Minimum Master’s degree in public health, law, international development, or a relevant field

Experience:

  • A minimum 5 years of relevant work experience in the area of HIV, health and development, including NCDs and tobacco control policy, planetary health or a related field;
  • Work experience in health and development from a low- and middle-income country highly desirable;
  • Experience with research on health and development
  • Knowledge of UN and/or UNDP procedures, grant applications and program implementation is highly desirable;

Language:

  • Fluency in English is essential.

 

 

 

Price Proposal and Schedule of Payment :

 

Consultant must send a financial proposal based on Lump Sum Amount. The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive and include all costs components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee, travel costs, living allowance (if any work is to be done outside the IC´s duty station) and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment. The contract price will be fixed output-based price regardless of extension of the herein specified duration. Payments will be done upon completion of the deliverables/outputs and as per below percentages:

 

Payment

Percentage

Deliverables

1st payment

 

10%

Deliverable 1: Conducted desk review and drafted region/country specific knowledge products, including NCD sectoral briefs and a tobacco- SDG briefs

2nd payment

20%

 

Deliverable 2: Finalized knowledge products region/country specific, including NCD sectoral briefs and a tobacco-SDG briefs

Deliverable 3: Contributed to NCD and tobacco control Investment Case missions/initiatives at all phases of management process, in at least 1-2 countries in RBAP, including Institutional Context Analysis (ICA) exercises

3rd payment

 

20%

Deliverable 4: Conduct research, draft and review of knowledge products for multisectoral NCD responses and coordination – in the BRAP, leveraging UNDP’s energy and environmental portfolios to address health co-benefits, among others; Provide technical support in project design for environmental/health regional project.

Deliverable 5: Provision of data and analyses to inform evidence-based decision making and programming on social determinants of health, NCDs, and other relevant issues as required in BRAP.

4th payment

 

20%

Deliverable 6: Provision of technical support for FCTC 2030 and NCD 2030 projects as well as any other relevant activities as requested by the Team Leader. Coordinate environment/health regional project.

Deliverable 7: Contributed to develop and execute a resource mobilization strategy on NCDs, tobacco control, and other portfolios of the UNDP HHD team in BRAP and/or other regions.

5th payment

20%

Deliverable 8: : Conduct research, draft and review of knowledge products to support at least 4 strategic UNDP COs and/or Regional to efforts for partnership development related to NCDs and health inequalities programming. Contribute in planning and preparing for PMAC.

6th payment

10%

Deliverable 9: Produced end of consultancy report

 

In general, UNDP shall not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources

 

In the event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and the Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.

 

Travel costs shall be reimbursed at actual but not exceeding the quotation from UNDP approved travel agent.

 

 

 

Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer:

 

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal.

The award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

 

a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and

b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical ( and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

 

 

  • Criteria A: Education – max. 5 points
  • Criteria B:  Experience in the area of HIV, health and development, including NCDs and tobacco control policy, planetary health - max. 20 points
  • Criteria C: Experience with research on health and development - max. 20 points
  • Criteria D: Knowledge of UN and/or UNDP procedures, grant applications and program implementation is highly desirable - max. 10 points
  • Criteria E: Experience in health and development from a low- and middle-income country highly – max. 10 points
  • Criteria F: Language skills – max. 5 points

 

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% of the total technical points would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

 

Criteria for Financial Evaluation (max. 30 points)

The following formula will be used to evaluate the financial proposal:

  • p = y (µ/z), where;
  • p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated;
  • y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal;
  • µ = price of the lowest priced proposal;
  • z = price of the proposal being evaluated.

 

 

Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:

Candidates wishing to be considered for this assignment are required to submit the following documents to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document/ or one ZIP File as the application only allows to upload maximum one document:

 

  • Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability and financial proposal using the template provided in Annex III.
  • Personal CV, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.

 

Incomplete proposals may not be considered. The shortlisted candidates may be contacted and the successful candidate will be notified

 

 

ANNEXES

Annex I - General Condition of Contract

Annex II- TOR_Consultant to support team_Democratic Governance and Social Advocacy

Annex III - Offerors Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability and Financial Proposal

All documents can be downloaded at :http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=59281
 


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