Consultancy to Support Project Inception Phase focusing on Consultation with Duty Bearers


Location : Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
Application Deadline :30-Apr-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
08-May-2020
Duration of Initial Contract :20 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :May to June 2020

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.


Background

Over the past two decades, Cambodia has made significant economic progress, with growth being over 7%. The opportunity exists to underpin this progress towards an inclusive and equitable social contract by strengthening social capital, expanding trust among social groups and between groups and the government, establishing and improving access to participatory mechanisms and ensuring the voices of citizens are heard by decision-makers. Government and civil society each have a significant role to play in peacebuilding and strengthening relations with citizens at the national and sub-national levels. However, this potential has not been fully realised due to capacity gaps, limited civic space and a polarising political discourse. The ability of Cambodia’s vibrant Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) to deliver on their mission has been affected by these developments.

The overall objective of the project is, therefore, to promote a peaceful, inclusive and equitable society through expanding opportunities for inclusive dialogue. Specifically, the project seeks to build the space and demand for constructive, meaningful and inclusive engagement and collaboration among civil society, governmental authorities and citizens while also creating opportunities for dialogue on issues related to development, social cohesion and peacebuilding. At the same time and given the crucial role that civil society and government can play throughout this process, the project seeks to strengthen the institutional capacity of CSOs, CBOs, and governmental authorities, and provide the soft skills necessary to engage with each other and citizens.

The proposed project will bring a human rights-based approach to development. The design and implementation of activities under the project will be framed by human rights principles and the Royal Government’s international human rights obligations. It will also be guided by recommendations emanating from continuous broad and participatory consultation with CSOs, CBOs and other relevant stakeholders.

To ensure a consultative, inclusive, and the innovative design of the initiative and a careful analysis of the needs on dialogue at the national and sub-national levels among governmental authorities, UN agencies, Development Partners, CSOs and CBOs, UNDP is seeking to recruit two individual National Consultants to conduct further consultation and analysis during the inception phase.


Duties and Responsibilities

The specific tasks of the assignment will include:

Implementation of Inception Consultation

  • Familiarize with the Project Document;

  • Review the minutes from the Local Project Appraisal Committee, and other consultative meetings conducted in the project development phase to follow up with the issues being raised by concerned stakeholders;

  • Conduct stakeholder consultations principally with duty bearers including counterparts in the Ministry of Interior and others (individual or/and in groups) to get their feedback and comments on the project approaches, objectives and strategies, and reflect and incorporate the comments in the inception report;

  • Co-working with another national consultant to jointly deliver the following tasks:

    • Consult with UN technical partners (OHCHR and UN Women) and incorporate/reflect suggestions;

    • Consult with development partners, as deemed relevant,

    • In consultation with relevant stakeholders, identify specific target provinces and communes for the inclusive dialogue initiative jointly with one more national consultant;

    • Identify key training institutions and other entities to be engaged as implementing partners for the project

Co-prepare an inception report and co-update/adjust project documentation jointly with another national consultant whose analysis will focus on Rights Holders (CSOs and CBOs)

  • Produce a Joint Inception Report capturing the whole process and findings of the inception analysis including the discussions during stakeholder consultations that result in a change in the approach and scope of the project and other subsequence outputs that are developed during the start-up phase. All documents that are developed and updated should be included as Annexes to the Report;

  • Co-organize and co-facilitate an end inception phase consultation with key stakeholders (Embassy of Japan, MoI, UN agencies, CSOs) and UNDP team to validate the changes proposed as resulted from the joint inception phase analysis.

  • Work with UNDP assigned focal persons to identify key partners of the initiative to adjust the multi-year and annual work plans for 2020-2023 following the recommendation from the joint inception phase analysis with one more national consultant.

  • Co-identify entry points to mainstream gender in the project and develops Gender Mainstreaming Work Plan;

  • Co-update the project Theory of Change (ToC) in the Project Document based on the up-to-date data available and consultations with stakeholders;

  • Co-update project resource and result frameworks (RRF) and risks and issues logs as necessary in the Project Document.

 

Interested offeror must  read  the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=65245 for more  detail information about term  of references, instructions to offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online


Competencies

  • Solid analytical skills
  • Excellent communication skills (spoken, written and presentational);
  • Independent and initiative working
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in and with teams;


Required Skills and Experience

Education: Bachelor’s degree (or higher education) in political science, public policy, public administration, development studies, social science or other relevant fields.

Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in analysis and facilitation of issues and processes related to democratic governance and civic space in Cambodia;

  • Solid experience in providing strategic coordination and establishing inter-relationships with government and development partners;

  • Knowledge and understanding of development challenges in Cambodia, including an understanding of inclusive dialogue, democratic governance and participation;

  • Sound technical knowledge on project management, monitoring and evaluation and analysis report writing;

  • Familiarity with UN programming modalities;

  • Ability to facilitate diverse group discussion and workshop;

Language Requirement:

  • Fluency in English and Khmer language (spoken and written)

UNDP reserves right to reject any applications that is incomplete.

Please be informed that we don’t accept application submitted via email.

Interested individual offeror must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

1. Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work

2. Financial proposal

3. Personal CV including experience in similar projects, list of publication written by Candidate and at least 3 references.

Interested Offerors are required to submit application via UNDP jobsite system as the application screening and evaluation will be done through UNDP jobsite system. Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file. Your on-line applications submission will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.

Any request for clarification/additional information on this procurement notice shall be communicated in writing to UNDP office or send to email aphikovith.phin@undp.org and cc procurement.kh@undp.org . While the Procurement Unit would endeavor to provide information expeditiously, only requests receiving at least 5 working days prior to the submission deadline will be entertained. Any delay in providing such information will not be considered as a reason for extending the submission deadline. The UNDP's response (including an explanation of the query but without identifying the source of inquiry) will be posted in Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice page as provided above. Therefore, all prospective Offerors are advised to visit the page regularly to make obtain update related to this Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice.

 



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