Consultant to Develop International Anti-Corruption Day 2019 Online Platform and Related Visual Materials (IRH)


Location : Home-based
Application Deadline :17-Oct-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :estimated 21 October 2019 – 31 December 2020
Expected Duration of Assignment :approximately 25 working days

Background

Corruption is a complex challenge that continues to persist in many countries across the world. It has a direct impact on the three dimensions of sustainable development – social, economic and environmental – and affects each of the five pillars of the 2030 agenda: people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnerships.

Corruption drains and diverts public funds from local development as well. At the local level, corruption can affect access to health and education, equal opportunities, and the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Municipalities can be particularly vulnerable to corruption due to their tight networks of power and their central role in delivering basic public and licensing services, managing local municipally owned enterprises and procuring products and services. Through enhanced systems of public administration, transparent and accountable processes, and open and responsive public services, municipalities can profoundly alter the way citizens relate to government and access essential services.

The scale of corruption remains worrisome. Estimates show that businesses and individuals pay an estimated $1.5 trillion in bribes annually, and the developing world loses enormous sums in illicit financial flows, totaling over $1 trillion in 2013. Global Financial Integrity estimates illicit outflows to be 10 times higher than official development aid received.

Money lost to corruption is, essentially, development denied to those at risk of being left behind. Accumulated, lost budgetary resources exceed the estimated $10 trillion of resources required to end poverty by 2030.

No country is immune from corruption. Despite international and national legal instruments, which mandate national governments to effectively fight corruption, we still see large scale corruption scandals in every part of the world. Even Denmark, which over the last decades has always been a role model for clean governance, has recently witnessed a large-scale money laundering scandal involving the country’s biggest commercial bank.

There is no silver bullet for preventing corruption. What works in one country may not work in another. Although tech tools are able to decrease corruption in the long run, by themselves they are not enough either. Technological transformation is important, but not sufficient. What we need is strong political will and commitment.

Where political will and commitment is weak, citizens’ voices and civic engagement can be a motivating factor. Grassroots movements can help remind governments where communities’ priorities are.

As UNDP we conduct intensive work with governments and administrations around the region. It would be great to complement that work with an advocacy initiative that addresses communities more directly as well.

We propose an interactive platform that helps to demystify the amount lost to corruption annually. This “gamified” tool will allow people to visualize what $1 trillion dollars could achieve if it were not lost to corruption. By framing this amount in more personal and everyday terms, we intend to strengthen citizens’ voices (particularly young and millennial communities) around anti-corruption. The platform will be developed in English and in 5 other UN langauges (translated text will be propvided by UNDP). 

Indicative User Journey for the website

  • The user, upon arrival to the site, is “given” 1 trillion dollars and receives the prompt “What would you like to do with 1 trillion dollars? You are now welcome to shop around.”
  • The user is able to browse through the “shop” and pick things. The only difference from a regular internet shop like Amazon is that things that are available for sale are more abstract: clean water supply for a family, basic education for a child, ivy-league education for a young person, one day of fair labor, a year’s salary for a teacher, biking routes, recycling system for a city, free health care for a family, etc.
  • Based on the user’s remaining budget, the user can adjust quantities for each product they buy.
  • When the budget is spent, the user can “check out”.
  • The user receives advocacy information at this stage based on their purchases. These advocacy messages look something like this: “You purchased water supply for 9 million people. That is almost the entire population of Belarus.” These sentences are automatically generated by the website’s back-end, based on inputs by UNDP teams. In other words, the website has a functionality that matches the amounts the user picked with advocacy statements.
  • The user can restart and shop again for different things, or directly share to social media what they bought.
  • In the case of the latter, the social media post is optimised and automatically generated to prompt other users to also try the game.
  • When the user continues to scroll beyond the game, they can read a think-piece (visual) on anti-corruption and why this work matters.
  • The web platform includes a link to UNDP’s work in the area, including to https://corruptionfreecities.org.

The platform lives online, has its own sub-domain (ie. xxxxx.eurasia.undp.org, where xxxxx is the name of the platform) but links to UNDP Eurasia’s website and work. It is clearly linked to UNDP with the title “UNDP Europe and Central Asia presents” at the beginning, as on our other micro-sites, such as OutSpoken and Voyages

UNDP shall provide the subdomain. Consultant should include fees associated with hosting for 2 years in her/his proposal.

The visual character and artistry of the platform is key and will be one of its unique strengths.

The website is expected to launch on Dec 9, 2019 on International Anti-Corruption Day. Hence the web platform must be delivered in its final version by Nov 11, 2019.

Location:
Home-based with availability for meetings during working hours in Istanbul, TR


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance and supervision of the Governance and Peacebuilding Team specialists and Communications Team specialists, the consultant will:

  • Apply knowledge of layout, color theory, typography, and iconography to create an engaging brand identity for the platform;
  • Layout and design the platform with required gaming functionalities;
  • Transfer all domain rights to UNDP upon launch of the project;
  • Maintain the website on behalf of UNDP for 2 years, which includes bug fixes, hosting related issues, software updates, website behavior on various internet browsers, screen resolutions etc.
  • Follow UNDP branding guidelines (copies of which will be provided) to ensure consistency and quality across all visual outputs;
  • Design engaging visual content for the social media outreach of the platform (10 social media graphics to be developed in consultation with UNDP specialists);
  • Collaborate effectively across the institution to ensure delivery of on-time, high-quality deliverables;

Any data points required for the game will be prepared and handed over to the consultant by UNDP specialists.

 

3. Expected outputs and deliverables

  • Deliverable 1: Web platform containing online game and social media components, with web platform to be hosted as per arrangements made by consultant. (Deadline: Nov 11, 2019)
  • Deliverable 2: 10 social media graphics for promoting the platform, developed in consultation with UNDP. (Deadline: Nov 18, 2019)
  • Deliverable 3: Maintenance of the website. (Deadline: Dec 31, 2020)

Estimated work input: 25 days. Maintenance is expected to be ongoing and to last until the end of calendar year 2020.

Payment schedule: Payments will be made based on the following schedule with UNDP confirming that services have been provided on time and the required quality.

  • 1st payment – 30% of the lump sum, upon submission of a workplan providing detailed set of actions and timelines for delivering on ToR (deliverables 1) – one week after signing contract
  • 2nd payment – 60% of the lump sum, upon completion of the deliverables 1 and 2 in a satisfactory manner.
  • 3rd payment – 10% of the lump sum, upon completion of the maintenance period.

Travel: No travel is anticipated under this consultancy. In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.

Timeframe: The consultant’s assignment is expected to last app. 25 working days, completed from the moment of signing the contract until 31 December 2020.


Competencies

Corporate competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; 
  • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise.

Functional competencies:

  • A clear and mature style of design with an understanding to implement in an official UN setting.
  • Good understanding of new and evolving design technologies and digital platforms.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, communication and diplomatic skills, ability to work in a team
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback
  • Ability to work under pressure and stressful situations
  • Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities


Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications/Education:  

  • Bachelor’s Degree in graphic design, web design, gamified platforms, or related field (required.)
  • Additional course/diploma in relevant field is an asset. 

Experience:

  • A minimum of 5 years of professional working experience in web, graphic or digital and interactive design (required)

  • A minimum of 3 years of professional working experience in data visualization
  • Demonstrated relevant work experience in developing gaming products is an asset
  • Previous professional experience with UN in web, graphic or digital and interactive design area is an advantage.

Language skills:  

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Knowledge of another UN official language is an asset

Portfolio

Interested individuals shall share their brief vision of the type of approaches, including the technology, to be used during the development of the website and relevant portfolios (through a dedicated link) showing similar work, either individually or as part of a team. Only applications with accompanying portfolios will be considered.

Evaluation of Applicants

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 (desk reviews, methodology and samples evaluation and interviews) and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

Only those candidates who will obtain min. 70% of points in desk review (Criteria A-F) will be invited for interviews. Only those candidates who will obtain min. 70% of points in technical evaluation (Criteria A-H) will be invited for the financial proposal evaluation.

Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation – max. 50 points:

  • Criteria A – Education and additional course/diploma in relevant field – max points: 5
  • Criteria B – Professional experience in web, graphic, and/or digital design or data visualization – max points: 10
  • Criteria C – Demonstrated relevant work experience in developing gaming products – max points: 5
  • Criteria D - Previous working experience with UN– max points: 5
  • Criteria E– Samples of previous work – max points: 10
  • Criteria F – Methodology – max points: 5
  • Criteria G – Interview (interactive design expertise – max points: 5
  • Criteria H– Interview (language skills)– max points: 5

Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation – max. 21.5 points

Application Procedure:

The application submission is a two-step process. Failing to comply with the submission process may result in disqualifying the applications

Step 1: Interested candidates must include the following documents when submitting the applications (Please group all your documents into one (1) single PDF attachment as the system only allows upload of one document): 

  • Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the offered position. Please paste the letter into the "Resume and Motivation" section of the electronic application. 
  • Brief methodology on how you will approach and conduct the work
  • Sample(s) of your previous work relevant for the assignment.
  • Filled and duly signed P11 form or CV including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees (blank form can be downloaded from http://www.eurasia.undp.org/content/dam/rbec/docs/P11_modified_for_SCs_and_ICs.doc); 

Step 2: Submission of Financial Proposal - Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and requested to provide a financial offer.

Payments will be made only upon confirmation of UNDP on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner.

Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under dss.un.org.

General Terms and conditions as well as other related documents can be found under: https://www.eurasia.undp.org/content/dam/rbec/docs/UNDP%20General%20Conditions%20for%20Individual%20Contracts.pdf


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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