Location : Home Based and Various Locations (within Afghanistan), AFGHANISTAN
Application Deadline :04-Jan-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :22d 17h 39m
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :Various, depending on the assignment
Expected Duration of Assignment :Various, depending on the assignment


UNDP Global Mission Statement:

UNDP is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with national counterparts on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. Anchored in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and committed to the principles of universality, equality and leaving no one behind, the UNDP vision for the Strategic Plan, 2018-2021 is to help countries achieve sustainable development by eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, accelerating structural transformations for sustainable development and building resilience to crises and shocks. The Strategic Plan describes how UNDP will better adapt to the range of country contexts in which we work, framed through:

        a) The three broad development settings to which our approach responds;

        b) A series of signature solutions that define the core work of UNDP;

        c) The two platforms through which we will deliver our work;

                        i. Country support platforms for the Sustainable Development Goals;

                        ii. A global development advisory and implementation services platform;

        d) An improved business model to underpin our efforts.

All UNDP interventions contribute to a development output, which contribute toward one or more of the three development outcomes of the UNDP Strategic Plan:

  • Outcome 1: Eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions;
  • Outcome 2: Accelerate structural transformations for sustainable development; and,
  • Outcome 3: Build resilience to shocks and crises.

UNDP Afghanistan Mission Statement:

UNDP supports stabilization, state-building, governance and development priorities in Afghanistan. UNDP support, in partnership with the Government, the United Nations system, the donor community and other development stakeholders, has contributed to institutional development efforts leading to positive impact on the lives of Afghan citizens. Over the years UNDP support has spanned such milestone efforts as the adoption of the Constitution; Presidential, Parliamentary and Provincial Council elections; institutional development through capacity-building to the legislative, the judicial and executive arms of the state, and key ministries, Government agencies and commissions at the national and subnational levels. UNDP has played a key role in the management of the Law and Order Trust Fund, which supports the Government in developing and maintaining the national police force and in efforts to stabilize the internal security environment. Major demobilization, disarmament and rehabilitation and area-based livelihoods and reconstruction programmes have taken place nationwide. UNDP Programmes in Afghanistan have benefited from the very active support of donors. UNDP Afghanistan is committed to the highest standards of transparency and accountability and works in close coordination with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the UN system as a whole to maximize the impact of its development efforts on the ground.

Recently UNDP has reformed its internal structure to position the country programme as the SDG integrator in Afghanistan in order to more actively support the government by introducing 4 pillars under the SDG platform as follows:


Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Platform

Building on the progress made and institutional setup in place for achievement of SDGs in Afghanistan with the government on the forefront, including nationalization of SDGs, their alignment with the national priorities and prioritization of targets, it becomes important to recognize the link between sustainable development and other relevant on-going processes in the economic, social and environmental fields in Afghanistan. To this end, UNDP started to explore the introduction of an “integrative modeling” approach that could serve as a foundation for an SDG macroeconomic framework and a policy coherence among the key ministries of Economy, Finance, and other sectoral Ministries on synergies and trade-offs, fiscal/monetary implications, in support of ongoing GIROA efforts to prioritize, cluster, and sequence the SDGs from 2021-2030.


I. Governance for Peace

The Governance for Peace pillar builds on the comparative advantage of UNDP in public sector reform programs and peacebuilding through a cluster of concurrent programming tracks that provide policy support and technical assistance in:

  1. Planning, developing and implementing national and local governance reforms, improving equitable access to public services, strengthening governmental and legislative roles and responsibilities, promoting inclusive peace dividends;
  2. Strengthening citizen-centered public security, rule of law and justice sectors, supporting integration of anti-corruption measures, including transparency and accountability.

The Governance for Peace pillar is an integral part of the UNDP Strategic Plan and is its number two signature solution—strengthen effective, inclusive and accountable governance. It also directly contributes to the implementation of Afghanistan SDG Goals 1, 5, 8, 11, 16, and 17 and strengthens the means of implementation for almost all foundational SDGs in Afghanistan. The pillar is aligned with the Afghanistan Peace and Development Framework and National Priority Programmes on justice sector reforms and good governance. The Governance for Peace pillar is also aligned with the Afghanistan National Anti-Corruption Strategy and the Afghanistan Sub-national Governance Policy.


II. Inclusive Economic Transformation

The Afghanistan Peace and Development Framework and the 10 National Priority Programmes highlight the centrality of private sector development and job creation as a meaningful outcome of economic growth for Afghans. In support of these objectives, there is an urgent need to realign development work towards job creation to ensure that the success and sustainability of transitioning from a war to peace scenario. UNDP will launch an employment programme which will not only create employment opportunities but also link local goods and services to local and regional markets.


III. Social Protection

Social protection is a human right. However, the provision of access to social protection services such as health, education, shelter, nutrition for citizens, especially for the poor and the vulnerable, has become a significant development challenge in Afghanistan. In the context of the current war economy, taxpayers are in the minority as the majority of workers in Afghanistan are employed in the informal economy. The tax revenues required to support the implementation of the pro-poor economic and social policies needed are not available. Social protection should be an institutional response designed to reduce risks and vulnerabilities, yet the government has not yet put any social protection floors or policies in place. As an entry point, to improve social protection, UNDP will launch a public health initiative to complement its current programming under the initiatives currently supported by the Global Fund. This will entail the provision of health financing and clean energy to health facilities, as well as interventions that can be scaled-up into a comprehensive social protection programme that puts a minimum set of social protection policies and systems in place.


IV. Energy & Environment

UNDP will support the Government of Afghanistan and local communities to improve access to reliable, clean and affordable energy in Afghanistan and adopt policy measures to ensure the protection of natural resources and ecosystems across the country. UNDP provides policy support and technical assistance, including transfer of knowledge and best practices, to enable the Afghan government and local communities utilize clean and renewable technologies to meet the growing energy demand in Afghanistan.  This pillar also focusses on strengthening the capacity of the Government of Afghanistan to integrate Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) into development framework and planning, support the development of alternative climate resilient livelihood options for subsistence farmers as well as improve productive irrigation infrastructure so that agricultural productivity is not constrained under changing conditions. UNDP’s support, under this pillar, will also include finding ways that can ensure international support given to Afghanistan to access modern technologies and expertise for improving access to energy.

Duties and Responsibilities

Purpose of call for applications:

UNDP Afghanistan seeks to create a roster of International Consultants to work as team members under the SDG Platform through any one of the 4 pillars, which could be used to hire consultants on a need basis.

Required Profiles

Tasks assigned in each individual assignment may include one or more of the following areas. Experts will need to demonstrate extensive professional experience in at least one (preferably multiple) of the thematic areas listed below:


A. SDG Platform



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SDG Finance Expert

  • Creation of A-SDG coordination platform and business models for different stakeholders (UNCT, government, civil society, academia) to engage with the private sector around SDG financing.
  • Development of an A-SDG financing strategy.
  • Design and operate financing vehicles and mechanisms for A-SDG implementation. 
  • Test innovative blended finance schemes;


Policy Expert


  • Experts on analysis of the political structures and economic systems of country with an examination of the main domestic and external actors;
  • Strategic conflict assessment including conflict analysis to explain the causes and dynamics of conflict;
  • Experts on political economy analyses focusing on interests, incentives, and institutions relevant to i) economic transformation, ii) governance for peace, and iii) energy and environment pillars and identify/frame different plausible development scenarios;


B. Governance for Peace



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Local Governance

  • Local Governance experts on establishing local governance structures such the regional development authorities;
  • Experts on fiscal deconcentration with a link to SDG localization;
  • Experts on local governance reforms and policy;
  • Gender Responsive – Community Level Planning;
  • Policy & Regulatory Framework Development- Someone with legal background and able to draft legal and policy documents;
  • ICT systems & E-platforms for SNGs & LGs Development;


Support to peace and stabilization

  • Experts on post conflict stabilization and reintegration;
  • Expert on post conflict need assessments;
  • Experts on labor market survey and job creation;


United Nations Support to Elections

  • Designing a comprehensive Strategic Plan / M&E Plan;
  • Advisory on Election Operations (ICT, Security, Logistics etc.);
  • Advisory on Election Information Management Systems;
  • IEC Financial Management System are enhanced;



  • Experience in anti-corruption project design and/or implementation with legal background;
  • Experience in training/workshop design and facilitation for public servants in the area of anti-corruption; hands-on experience in prosecution, police or adjudication;   
  • Experience in incorporating innovation within projects/programmes including through social and behavioral change comm, use of data, citizens’ participation, etc.;
  • Experience working with field partners such as government and local NGOs/citizens;


Public Administration, including Civil Service Reform

  • Experience in the public administration and/or civil service reform processes, preferable with additional experiences in security, justice and broadly rule of law sectors;
  • Hands-on experience conducting institutional/organizational design, capacity assessments, functional reviews and HR reform processes;
  • Experience in advising senior public officials on public administration reform at the strategic and policy-level, citizen-oriented service delivery or related field preferably in rule of law and/or security institutions;
  • Advisory support in the areas of strategic planning, policy development, HR reform, public financial management and/or systems development;
  • Experience in designing, establishing and advising “one stop shop” or public service delivery centers in developing and/or fragile state contexts;
  • Hands on experience with "designing for service delivery” methodologies and approaches including process mapping/engineering, human-centered design, co-creation methodologies, systems development, etc.;


Justice Sector Reforms

  • Experience in the justice sector reforms – and / or justice-related work in developing and conflict contexts. Preferable experience in advising judicial institutions on criminal reforms, prisons and detention reforms, legislative drafting, constitutional drafting and analysis, legal matters in developing contexts for housing, land and property issues etc.;
  • Experience within the security, justice and broadly rule of law sector;
  • Hands-on experience in "justice sector reforms" advisory support to national-level justice and judicial institutions in developing and conflict contexts;
  • Experience in the areas related to EVAW and SGBV crimes in a developing or conflict context. Specific experience related to developing and strengthening justice and judiciary based institutional solutions to reduce EVAW and SGBV crimes in addition to identifying community-based solutions for reducing EVAW and SGBV crimes with specific reference to socio-economic and cultural factors;
  • Experience in gender issues related to security, justice and broadly rule of law sectors;


C. Inclusive Economic Transformation



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Macro/Micro economist


Experience in economic analysis in the macro and micro level. Experience in the region would be an asset;


Employment Advisor

Experience in job creation, job markets and market driven employments. Experience with focus on gender is an asset;


Urban Development Advisor

Experience in urban development in conflict and post conflict countries;


Value chain analysis expert

Experience in analyzing value chains for both agro and non-agro products and value-added productions;


D. Social Protection



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Health finance and economics specialist

Experience in analysis of health sector and financing strategy;


Health systems advisor

Experience in developing/revising health systems, policies, structures and institutional capacity building;


Social protection advisor

Experience in social protection and developing social protection floors and roadmaps;


E. Energy and Environment



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Environmental economist/Energy economist

Experience in economic analysis in the environmental sector focusing on climate change, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity, renewable energy. Experience in energy forecasting will be an asset;


Environmental policy expert/Energy policy expert

Experience developing environmental/energy policies and laws;

Experience in the region would be an asset;


Climate Change Adaptation expert

Experience in climate change adaptation projects including climate proofed infrastructure, improved seeds, innovative farming technologies and other relevant issues. Experience with GEF and GCF project would be an asset;


Climate change finance and economics expert

Experience in climate financing with innovative financing tools;


Programme/project development expert

Experience in programme/project development with focus on climate change, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity, renewable energy;


F. Operations



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General Operations

Overall experience with UNDP operations, i.e. HR, Procurement, Finance, General administration;


Human Resource

Experience with planning and recruitment process, contract management, learning and development, etc.;


Procurement and Supply Chain Management

Experience with public procurement, planning, national/international competitive procurement process, individual consultant recruitment process, contract management, logistics, supply chain management and customs clearance, etc.;


Financial Management, Internal Audit, Risk Management

  • Experience with Budgeting, payment and payroll processing, expenditure analysis and reporting, forecasting, internal auditing, financial risk management, etc.;
  • Experience in the public sector;
  • Experience conducting capacity assessments, providing policy-level support and reform planning on or related to Public Financial Management;
  • Experience in financial accountability and internal audit, including in public sector institutions;
  • Experience of applying the IA-CM (Internal Audit Capability Model) to evaluate audit functions and support audit functions to improve their operations across the Key Process Areas;


Information Technology

Experience with networking, software design and development, graphics design, web development, close circuit cameras (CCTV)


Engineering other technical services

Experience with civil engineering, electrical engineering, fleet management, generator maintenance and synchronization;


G. Other Profiles



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  • Develop, lead, plan, design, and implement communications strategies based on the analysis of data;
  • Organize the development, pre-testing, production and evaluation of culturally appropriate communication materials;
  • Identifies, develops and enhances strong partnerships with community groups, leaders and other partners across civil society for promotion of polio eradication goals;
  • development of training materials and activities to build capacity for participatory and behavior change communication;
  • Coordinate media relations for programme activities;


Research and Survey

  • Develop survey methodology, sampling issues, training of interviewers, field work, data sampling, data processing, data cleaning, data preparation, tabulation, data analysis, reporting drafting, review of draft report;
  • Carryout quality assurance of survey data through data validation;
  • Undertake background research on patterns, experiences and manifestations of the subject area;
  • Contribute to the finalization of the methodology for SDG;



  • Experience in conducting mid-term and terminal evaluations of projects;
  • Experience in evaluating UN/UNDP projects following UNDP evaluation guidelines is an asset;


Project Management

  • Experience with review and quality assurance of Project-level Annual Work Plans (AWPs) and AWP revisions to ensure that they comply with UNDP policies and procedures, IP and donor requirements;
  • Provides support to prepare and review the annual project budget and the recruitment and procurement plan, in coordination with UNDP staff;
  • Prepares operational procedures, maps business processes, and establishes and regularly reviews/updates internal Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in Country Offices for effective project management;
  • Provide training to CO staff on relevant areas, as required;


Capacity Development

  • Provide professional advice on strategic Development matters for institutional capacity building in collaboration with counterparts;
  • Support CO and Projects to organize and coordinate relevant training programmes;
  • Design a training needs assessment tool that can be used as a base-line measurement and guide for Individual staff training and training plan design;
  • Provide support on partnership building on capacity building between CO/Projects and development partners;


Organizational Design / Functional Review

  • Experience in conducting organizational / functional reviews and related methodologies to inform institutional reform processes in the public sector;
  •  Experience in developing complex survey methodologies, data collection tools with digital data analytical tools (preferable in the security sector);
  • Experience of research, evaluations as well as quantitative and qualitative research methods;
  • Experience in public sector reform, including directly advising on or managing change management and/or public sector reform processes;
  • Experience in organizational psychology and/or organizational culture approaches;


ERP/Business Technology Analysis

  • Experience in management sciences, public administration, organizational development, management of ICT / systems development projects;
  • Experience in working with public sector institutions in business process re-engineering / reform processes; preferably in a developing and/or post conflict country context;
  • Experience in project management/oversight of medium-to-large scale ICT projects;


International Aid Coordination

  • Experience in international development cooperation, aid effectiveness and/or aid coordination at the policy and programme-level;
  • Experience in serving in an advisory or capacity-building role;
  • Experience in working with Aid Management Information Systems;


Institutional Arrangements:

For purpose of carrying out the assignment, UNDP shall provide the consultants with working space, internet facility, transportation, assistance for obtaining Afghan visa.

Consultant shall be responsible for their own Laptop, mobile phones, travel arrangements, health and medical insurance, etc. in order to carrying out their deliverables under their contract.

Payment Modality; 

Payment(s) for contracts issued shall be made following certification by UNDP that the services related to each deliverable, to be specified in the prospective contract, have been satisfactorily performed and the deliverables have been achieved by or before the due dates specified, if any.


Core competencies;

  • Promotes ethics and integrity and creates organizational precedents;
  • Builds and promotes effective teams;
  • Creates and promotes environment for open communications;
  • Shares knowledge across the organization and builds a culture of knowledge sharing and learning

Functional Competencies

  • Good track record in project management, with UNDP experience being an asset.
  • Understanding of Government functioning and systems.
  • Updated familiarity on, various international projects on across one or more areas of expertise.
  • Familiarity with UNDP ERP would be advantageous
  • Working knowledge of objectives-oriented project planning, or results-based management.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities skills.
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback.
  • Ability to plan, organize, implement and report on work.
  • Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines.
  • Proficiency in the use of office IT applications and internet.
  • Outstanding communication, project management and organizational skills.
  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Demonstrates integrity and ethical standards.
  • Positive, constructive attitude to work.

Required Skills and Experience

Required Qualifications and Experience;


Educational Background

Professional Experience in the area of expertise

Junior Experts (Band 1)

Master’s Degree

Minimum 5 years in the respective area

Bachelor’s Degree

Minimum 7 years in the respective area

Experts (Band 2)

Master’s Degree

Minimum 7 years in the respective area

Bachelor’s Degree

Minimum 10 years in the respective area

Senior Experts (Band 3)

Master’s Degree

Minimum 10 years in the respective area



Excellent oral and written English language skills required. Working knowledge of any other local dialect is an advantage.


The applicant shall submit a price proposal as below:

  • Daily Fee – The applicant shall propose a daily fee in USD which should be inclusive of his/her professional fee, local communication cost and insurance (inclusive of medical health and medical evacuation, etc.). The number of working days for each position shall vary depending on the requirements of services. If the proposed daily fee is considered high, UNDP may either engage in negotiation with the candidate to agree on a mutually acceptable rate in line with UNDP’s scale, or UNDP may reject to include the candidate in the Roster.
  • When assignment is not home based, DSA shall be payable up to UN applicable rate for duty station to be determined in the TOR


Technical Evaluation (100 marks)

  • Educational Background – 20 points
  • Relevant Experience - 30 points
  • Overall Experience - 20 points
  • Experience with UN or multilateral and/or bi-lateral funding agencies - 20 points
  • Profile/Suitability for the Roster– 10 points

Applications obtaining minimum 70 points shall be considered for inclusion in the Roster subject to review and assessment of reasonableness of proposed daily rate.

Financial Evaluation:

Reasonableness shall be assessed based on the UN rate and market rate; once agreed upon a rate, the candidate shall be included in the roster. If the proposed daily rate is considered unreasonable or if a mutually acceptable rate cannot be agreed upon, UNDP may reject to include the candidate into the roster.

Contracting Arrangements:

Successful individuals will be selected and placed on the technical expert roster for a period of up to three years. It is to be noted that inclusion in the roster does not guarantee a contract during the period of three years.

Rostered experts will be contacted when specific service requests arise and will be asked to indicate availability and interest against a specific Terms of Reference (ToR) outlining the outputs of the assignment.

Upon secondary review, an Individual Contract (IC) or Reimbursable Loan Agreements (RLA) will then be awarded for specific ToRs, incl. detailing the time frame.

Mandatory documents to be submitted with application:

The application must include the following documents as one attachment, i.e. scanned as a single pdf file:

  1. Cover letter
  2. CV or UNDP P11
  3. Minimum 3 references with updated contact details


For Individuals who will be represented on behalf of an organization/company/institution, a Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA) will be signed between UNDP and the organization/company/institution. Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA): A legal instrument between UNDP and an organization/company/institution, according to which, the latter makes available the services of an individual delivering time-bound and quantifiable outputs that are directly linked to payments.

Payments will be made as specified in the actual contract upon confirmation of UNDP on delivering against the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner.

Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):

Incomplete applications will not be considered, it will be disqualified automatically. Please make sure you have provided all requested material. Please group all documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.


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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