Transparency and Accountability Consultant


Location : FIJI
Application Deadline :22-May-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Jul-2020
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :131 days

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

The Gov4Res Project works with Pacific island countries to ensure that countries adapt their decision making and governance systems towards more resilient development. The projects theory of change rests on a core assumption that Pacific island people will be more resilient to the impacts of climate change and disasters if countries manage all development through a risk-informed approach. This is consistent with the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific (FRDP) which calls for the ‘mainstreaming’ of climate and disaster risk treating risk management as fundamental to all development decisions.

The Gov4Res project has three outcomes areas: 1) government planning and financing systems enable gender and socially inclusive risk-informed development; 2) country oversight and accountability systems require gender and socially inclusive risk-informed development; and 3) regional organisations, policies and practices are actively supporting gender and socially inclusive risk-informed development.

The project is being delivered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office, in partnership with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

In Asia, Strengthening the Governance of Climate Change Finance to Enhance Gender Equality (GCCF) has been supported by the government of Sweden. Support to Pacific is one of key components of GCCF programme and within that support accountability and transparency activities around strengthening key institutions (such as Parliaments, SAIs and CSOs). This entails supporting parliament for budget scrutiny with climate change lens, working with PASAI for working on different options for expenditure audits, possibly climate performance audits. This will lead to government being held accountable for effective climate investment in Pacific. The project has also a strong regional angle and supports south- south and peer to peer learning for replication of reforms across the region. This provides an opportunity of taking reforms from Pacific to South and East Asian countries and vice versa. 

For a detailed Terms of Reference ,please visit UNDP Pacific Website

https://www.pacific.undp.org/content/pacific/en/home/procurement.html


Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant is required to work with UNDP Fiji Office and SDG Finance Team at UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub to support the implementation of the ongoing Gov4Res Project in the Pacific, and the GCCF regional project in Asia. The consultant will provide technical inputs on specific products, with a focus on governance, transparency, accountability, engagement with CSOs and parliaments in Pacific countries and Asia.

The consultant is also expected to provide substantive and administrative support in reporting to the donors of the project, including progress reports, and country work-plans. The scope of works can be divided into 3 areas:

  • Support an implementation of the overall Output 2 both under Gov4Res project in the Pacific and Sweden supported GCCF.

  • Provide technical inputs and quality assurance on the delivery of output 3.1 under Sweden supported GCCF project in Asia.

  • Provide substantive support in reporting to the project donor, in particular progress reports, and work-plans for both Gov4Res project in the Pacific and Sweden supported GCCF.

  • For a detailed Terms of Reference ,please visit UNDP Pacific Website

    https://www.pacific.undp.org/content/pacific/en/home/procurement.html


Competencies

  • At least 10 years of proven experience working with government partners. Working with high-level officials in Asia is an asset.

  • Demonstrated, substantive knowledge on governance, and accountability issues

  • Proven experience in policy analysis, and advisory role to senior government stakeholders.

  • Excellent analytical and writing skills

  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.

  • Proven experience in overseeing and ensuring technical soundness of research and analysis products

  • Work experience in an international organization is an advantage.

  • Knowledge of UNDP’s policies, procedures and practice is an asset.

  • Ability to work as a part of a team, sharing information and coordinating efforts with multi-country teams


Required Skills and Experience

Minimum Masters degree in development studies, political science, law, social sciences, or other related fields. 

Shortlisted candidates may be contacted for an interview.

Offerors must send the following documents.

  • CV including names/contacts of at least 3 referees.

  • A cover letter indicating why the candidate considers himself/herself suitable for the required consultancy

  • Completed template for confirmation of Interest and Submission of Financial Proposal.

    Individuals applying for this consultancy will be reviewed based on their own individual capacity. The successful individual may sign an Individual Contract with UNDP or request his/her employer to sign a Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA) on their behalf by indicating this in the Offerors letter to Confirming Interest and Availability

Consultant must send a financial proposal based on a Lump Sum Amount. The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive and include all costs components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee, travel costs, living allowance (if any work is to be done outside the IC´s duty station) and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment. The contract price will be fixed output-based price regardless of extension of the herein specified duration. Payments will be done upon completion of the deliverables/outputs.

 

In general, UNDP shall not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources

 

In the event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and the Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.

 

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Women candidates are encouraged to apply.

 



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