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Communications Consultant for the UN informal Interagency Task Team for Sustainable Procurement in the Health Sector (SPHS)
|Location :||Istanbul, TURKEY|
|Application Deadline :||22-Jan-20 (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 :||03 February 2020 to 31 December 2021|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||A maximum of 432 working days|
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, as envisaged by 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We are on the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, working with governments and people on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners that can bring about results.
The Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan and help countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. BPPS’s staff provides technical advice to Country Offices; advocates for UNDP corporate messages, represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogues, South-South and Triangular cooperation initiatives, and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas. The HIV, Health and Development Group is part of BPPS and supports UNDP’s 2018-2021 Strategic Plan and countries to achieve the 2030 Agenda and making sure no one is left behind.
The UN’s journey towards their own operational climate neutrality began officially on 5th June 2007 when UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon publicly called on all UN agencies, funds and programmes to ‘go green’ and become climate neutral. Driven initially by the UN initiative “Greening the Blue”, with an interest to promote climate neutrality within the UN, the focus was largely on addressing associated greenhouse gas emissions. However, the Sustainable UN Facility in collaboration with sustainability focal points in about 60 UN entities and the High-Level Committee on Management procurement network has extended the focus area onto other critically important purchasing categories as well including the focus on resource depletion and eco- and human toxicity in the context of procurements for the health sector.
Linkages between the health sector procurement and the environment are still only partially understood despite the fact that the important role of procurement in influencing the environmental impact of health sector operations is well acknowledged. For example, studies show carbon emissions by national health systems and global health programmes are closely linked to procurement, especially with regards to pharmaceuticals and other health products throughout their life cycle including production, use and disposal.
The UN informal Interagency Task Team on Sustainable Procurement in the Health Sector (SPHS) was established in May 2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Ten SPHS members (UNDP, UN Environment, UNFPA, UHNCR, UNICEF, UNOPS, WHO, Gavi the Vaccine Alliance, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and UNITAID) conduct high volume procurement in the health sector, representing a sizable portion of some segments of the global pharmaceutical and other health products markets. The cumulative purchasing power of SPHS members in the global health aid market is about US$5 billion annually. The aim for establishing the Task Team was to facilitate and coordinate the introduction of green procurement in the health sector among members and to leverage the standard-setting and joint procurement volumes of member agencies to influence the global health sector (governments and other international development partners) and beyond. Thereby the SPHS Task Team intends to act as a driver for transformational change towards greener health systems and inclusive green economies.
Since its start, the SPHS initiative has been supported and coordinated by a Secretariat administered by UNDP. Within UNDP, the Secretariat is linked with the Bureau of Management Services (BMS) (Procurement Team, New York), the Nordic Liaison Office (UN Procurement Hub, Copenhagen), the Bureau of Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) (HIV, Health and Development Team, New York) and the Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS (RBEC, New York/Istanbul). The SPHS initiative has demonstrated how sustainable health procurement can play a significant role in reducing the environmental and social impact of the health sector. It also has great potential to contribute to inclusive green and ethical economies in the context of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. Hence, since January 2018, UNDP HIV, Health and Development (HHD) Team at the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub (IRH), as a host to the SPHS Secretariat, has been rolling out a 4-year project ‘Sustainable Health in Procurement Project (SHiPP).’ The project aims to reduce harm to people and the environment caused by the manufacture and disposal of medical products and by the implementation of health programmes in developing countries.
To facilitate communications support and inputs to the work of the SPHS Secretariat and strengthen sustainable health procurement in the UN system and in strategic countries, the UNDP HHD Team at the UNDP IRH is seeking the services of an international consultant with a track record of progressively responsible experience in communications, data base management, as well as relationship management, in the field of sustainable consumption and production, sustainable health public procurement or a related area.
This assignment is geared to broaden and deepen awareness of UNDP’s work in strengthening sustainability in the global health, engage with key audiences (donors, suppliers and manufacturers, media, as well as internal SPHS stakeholders), create brand recognition and lift the related UNDP/SPHS supported initiative’s media profile. The communication work will raise awareness of target groups (to be defined in consultation with the SPHS Secretariat and members) in SPHS’s work, particularly on engagement with suppliers and manufacturers on introducing sustainable procurement in the global health sector. The consultancy will aim to strongly support communications efforts related to the 3rd Saving Lives Sustainably Forum 2020, highlight individual projects to different audiences and mobilize partners, stakeholders, and the general public to advocate on results achieved through the portfolio (e.g. via the SPHS online engagement platform).
Objective of the assignment: UNDP is seeking services of an experienced International Communications Consultant for UN informal Interagency Task Team for Sustainable Procurement in the Health Sector (SPHS).
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the guidance of the SPHS Associate Coordinator and under the overall supervision of the SPHS Coordinator, and in close collaboration with the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub HIV, Health and Development (HHD) Team and the SPHS members, the Communications Consultant will:
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
Payments shall be done monthly based on actual days worked, upon verification of successful outputs delivery and approval by the IC’s supervisor of a Time Sheet indicating the days worked in the period.
The candidates must quote based on an all-inclusive daily fee including all foreseeable expenses. Candidates are advised not to include any travel related costs in their financial proposal.
Travel: Participate in the 3rd Saving Lives Sustainably Forum 2020. In the case of any other 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 paid in accordance with UNDP rules and travel policy.
Required Skills and Experience
Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation - max. 56 points:
Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation – max. 24 points.
Presentation of offer
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.