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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)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||15 October 2019 – 15 April 2020, with maximum 126 days worked|
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:
Expected Outputs and Deliverables:
The consultant is expected to deliver the followings:
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.
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.
Required Skills and Experience
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:
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.
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:
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:
Incomplete proposals may not be considered. The shortlisted candidates may be contacted and the successful candidate will be notified
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
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.