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International consultant Programme Development and Management Expert for UNDP-SDG project
|Location :||Home based and Kabul, AFGHANISTAN|
|Application Deadline :||31-Oct-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||12 months (maximum 222 working days)|
The political and security situation in Afghanistan remains uncertain. UNDP and its Afghan and international partners are actively preparing for a possible political transition over the coming year. Whether in the form of a peace arrangement with the Afghan Taliban, or a transfer of power through the Presidential election, several analysts are warning that the political, economic and security conditions in Afghanistan could change swiftly. With a possible peace deal now rumoured for as early as 2019, UNDP has decided to move quickly to reassess its current impact and national footprint, act on newly identified strategic and programmatic entry points to reposition it as a policy leader and integrator on the SDGs in national development planning with government stakeholders and its international partners in Afghanistan. The overall strategic objective is to establish and leverage UNDP’s role as the SDG integrator to support the transition from a war economy to a peace economy in Afghanistan.
The “Programme Development and Management Expert” position is urgently required to help shape UNDP’s ongoing transition from a projectized approach to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), towards establishing a more comprehensive, holistic and integrated approach through the conceptualization and design of an SDG Country Support Platform (CSP) for Afghanistan. It is presently envisaged that the SDG CSP for Afghanistan will be underpinned by four new Pillars: (1) Inclusive Economic Transformation, (2) Social Protection, (3) Governance for Peace and (4) Energy & Environment.
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK AND DELIVERABLES
The Individual Consultant will provide technical assistance focusing on the following areas:
Expected Outputs and Deliverables:
The Consultant will submit monthly progress report and any other documentation as required by UNDP Senior Management. The monthly progress report shall report on activities conducted during the month for the scope of work described above and include specific deliverables completed during the month.
Payments under the contract shall be time-based. Payments under the contract shall be made on submission and acceptance of monthly progress report including specific deliverables completed during the month and a timesheet for the month as per UNDP procurement formats for individual contractors.
The International Consultant will work under the overall strategic guidance of the UNDP Resident Representative and his/her Deputy and will be supervised and report directly to the Head of Programme Strategy Result Unit (PSRU) which is leading the conceptualization and design of the SDG Country Support Platform. The consultant shall work in close collaboration and coordinate with other Front Office staff, PSRU M&E and SDG Project teams, programme and operations focal points within the UNDP Country Office, as well as various multidisciplinary, national and international experts and other relevant stakeholders.
The UNDP Country Office will provide office space and internet facilities, logistical and other support service including transport and security applicable to UNDP international personnel. The consultant however is expected to bring his/her own laptop and mobile phone and meet local communications costs (UNDP will provide a local pre-paid SIM card). Costs to arrange meetings, workshops, travel costs and DSA during field visits (if any), etc. shall be covered by UNDP.
Duration of the Work:
The performance under the contract shall take place over total contract duration of 12 months (maximum 222 working days), excluding joining and repatriation travel days. The target date for the start of work will be 1 January 2020 depending on the availability of the selected consultant.
The duty station for the contractor is Kabul, Afghanistan and homebased. Some field visits outside Kabul are envisioned under the contract. The Contractor will be required to report regularly and be present at UNDP (UNOCA) during the working hours, security conditions permitting. The contractor will follow the working hours and weekends as applicable to UNDP CO staff. Contractor’s movement for meetings and consultations shall be coordinated by the PSRU. The contractor is at all times required to observe UNDP security rules and regulations.
Job knowledge/technical expertise:
Conceptual innovation in the provision of technical expertise:
Advancing a policy-oriented agenda:
Required Skills and Experience
Master´s Degree in International Development, Social Sciences, Economics or public-sector management or similar.
Excellent written and oral English skills a necessary requirement
The Consultant shall submit a price proposal as below:
EVALUATION METHOD AND CRITERIA
Individual Consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
* Technical Criteria weight 70%
* Financial Criteria weight 30%
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Technical criteria (70 marks) will be assessed as follows:
Technical Proposal (20 marks)
Interview (20 marks)
Qualification and Experience (30 marks) [evaluation of CVs for shortlisting]
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Interested individual Consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document:
Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):
Incomplete application will not be considered, it will be disqualified automatically.
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.