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Policy and Legal Assessment International Expert - Digital Transformation
|Location :||Home Based with Travel Within BiH - Banja Luka, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA|
|Application Deadline :||31-Mar-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||March 2020 – May 2020|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||40 working days|
NOTE: Signed Offeror’s Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability - http://www.ba.undp.org/content/dam/bosnia_and_herzegovina/docs/Operations/Jobs/Offerors%20Letter%20to%20UNDP%20Confirming%20Interest%20and%20Availability.docx Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability.docx - to be sent to e-mail email@example.com with Subject: Job ID 90614.
The information and communication technology (ICT) industry in Bosnia and Herzegovina has started to flourish during the past few years and represents a rare growth area in the economy of the country. Immensely competent staff, relatively cheap workforce, a favorable geographical location and adequate Internet and software infrastructure allow the country to compete with the world’s largest ICT powers.
At the same time, globally, innovation became the key differentiator between successful and unsuccessful companies, and the contemporary competition between countries is fueled by their R&D capacity. Many countries have increased investment in R&D and have used innovation policy as a counter-cyclical instrument to economic downturn, to secure new sources of sustainable growth.
Currently, the knowledge base of research and technology to foster new sources of competitiveness in Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially in the ICT sector, is extremely under-developed, which hinders the potential for growth and contributes to brain drain. Key obstacles include low expenditure and investment in R&D and almost non-existing policy, fiscal or legal tools to incentivize stronger engagement of the ICT sector in R&D. The country’s estimated total allocations for R&D amounts to less than 0.3% of the Gross Domestic Product (compared to 2.15 % in the European Union).
Strengthening the link between business and research is part of the Science and Technology Strategy of Republika Srpska 2017-2021, as well as of the E-Government Strategy 2019-2022, which sets the long-term direction and priorities that aim to set in function an e-governance system based on advanced ICT infrastructure, launch of e-services and enhanced human capacities in this domain. Both strategies are implemented by the Ministry for Scientific and Technological Development, Higher Education and Information Society of Republika Srpska.
Against this background, the Consultant will support the Ministry for Scientific and Technological Development, Higher Education and Information Society of Republika Srpska, particularly its Sector for Information Society, and conduct a robust legal and policy analysis that will help identify a portfolio of viable public measures (policy, legal/tax, financial, etc.) that can stimulate R&D and innovation in the ICT sector in the short- to mid-term.
Duties and Responsibilities
Based on request for support by the Ministry for Scientific and Technological Development, Higher Education and Information Society of Republika Srpska, UNDP will deploy quality expert to support the thorough review of existing relevant RD-related policy and legal framework in the country, as well as in the entity of Republika Srpska and identify specific measures that can foster engagement of ICT companies in R&D, thus contributing to innovative economy and development in general, while increasing economic opportunities for the industry.
More specifically, the Consultant will perform the following specific tasks:
Conduct a participatory review of the existing R&D-related policy and legal frameworks and identify opportunities and gaps that can be translated into policy measures:
The analysis will be conducted in close interaction with UNDP and the Ministry for Scientific and Technological Development, Higher Education and Information Society of Republika Srpska, and will also entail discussions with representatives from all relevant institutions and ICT sector. The work under this Constancy will be captured in a sharp and thorough Analytical Report, which should include (but may not be limited to) the following chapters:
It is envisaged that this task will take place in March 2020 and will not exceed 10 expert days.
Apply analytical foresight to anticipate the social, economic and environmental effects and impacts of the potential strategic measures
• Further, the Consultant is expected to apply analytical foresight for each of the identified strategic gap/opportunity and forecast the potential social, economic and environmental effects and impacts (e.g. through basic economic modelling, quantitative forecasting) if each of these is applied in practice, with focus on gender equality aspect.
• The Consultant will then propose one, or a combination of strategic measures for stimulating R&D and innovation in ICT sector, which will evidently have positive social, economic and environmental effects and impact.
• These efforts will be captured within the Analytical Report through the following chapters:
(v) Analytical foresight for the identified potential measures and forecasts for their potential social, economic and environmental effects and impact.
(vi) Preliminary set of proposed structural, strategic measures (regulatory, policy, fiscal, etc.) which can evidently stimulate R&D in the ICT sector, which are in the direct jurisdiction of Republika Srpska entity.
It is envisaged that this task will take place in April 2020 and will not exceed 25 expert days.
Participatory definition of the final portfolio of proposed measures that will stimulate R&D and innovation in the ICT sector:
(vii) Final set of proposed structural, strategic measures which can evidently stimulate R&D in the ICT sector accompanied by description of legal changes/scope of measures, which are in the direct jurisdiction of Republika Srpska entity.
It is envisaged that this task will take place in May 2020 and will not exceed 5 expert days.
Job Knowledge and Expertise:
Required Skills and Experience
Qualifications as stated in the ToR
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 points would be considered for the Final Evaluation.
Technical Evaluation Criteria
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
Please scan all above mentioned documents and upload as one attachment only online through this website.
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.