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National Consultant - To Review targeted Laws, Draft Instructions and Gazette of By-laws under the Customary Land Records Act
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS|
|Application Deadline :||05-Jun-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Up to 73 working days including travel days over a period of 5-months’ work assignment.|
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.
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
The UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office has four main thematic areas:
Under the WPEL programme are the ‘Inclusive Governance of Natural Resources for greater social cohesion in the Solomon Islands’ (IGNR) project (December 2019 to December 2021) is the third of the UN’s Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) programme in the Solomon Islands. It is a project jointly implemented by UNDP and UN Women and aims to support partners to reduce actual or potential conflicts triggered by deficient legislative frameworks, private interest and lack of inclusivity with regards to decision on the use of land and natural resources and traditional governance in the Solomon Islands.
The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey through its relevant Customary Land Reform Division (Tribal Land Recording Unit) is mandated to provide policy guidance on how customary land is to be made available and accessible for future development.
In 2018, the Ministry of Lands with support from SPC and in conjunction with other customary land stakeholders commenced customary land recording in two pilot areas of Sahalu Ward in North West Guadalcanal and Barora Fa in Isabel Province. The main intention and focus of the customary land recording process for these two pilot projects was to secure and strengthen customary land rights as relates to tribes, clans and landholding groups.
Key challenges encountered in the recording process was the management of customary land after it has been recorded. These key challenges include but are not limited to:
These are but some key issues challenging customary land development in Solomon Islands. Ultimately, there are no by-laws or regulations under the Customary Land Records Act that address the challenges above. For example, the appointment of customary landholding representatives was mainly done under the custom of succession which mostly included men.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objectives of the Assignment
Based on the above legislative gaps the general objective of the proposed project is to:
Scope of Work/Duties and Responsibilities
UN Women Fiji MCO is looking for an individual consultant to support the Customary Land Reform Division of the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey and UN Women to:
Duration of the Assignment
The total duration of this assignment is tentatively planned for up to 5 months starting with early June 2020 with task being accomplished by end November, with an estimated number of working days not to exceed 73 (seventy-three).
Under the overall supervision of Programme Specialist Gender Equality, Women’s Rights and Governance and in collaboration with the National Project Coordinator and the National Land Recorder, the Consultant will undertake the following tasks as outlined in Section V.
Expected Deliverables, Timeline and Payment
The consultancy will be monitored and evaluated through an output-based approach, where each component of deliverables are as listed below and UN Women shall pay the Consultant according to major Milestones completed, as follows:
Required Skills and Experience
Required Qualifications and Experience
The Consultant should fulfill the following requirements:
Experience and Skills
Initially, individual consultants will be short-listed based on the following minimum qualification criteria:
The shortlisted individual consultants will be further evaluated based on a cumulative analysis process, with a total score being obtained upon the combination of weighted technical and financial attributes. Cost under this method of analysis is rendered as an award criterion, which will be 30% out of a total score of 100 points.
Evaluation of submitted offers will be done based on the following formula:
Technical evaluation will be represented through desk review of applications. Interviews and/or written tests will be organized if needed only, depending on the short-listed candidates’ qualifications.
Technical Qualification Evaluation Criteria: The technical part is evaluated on the basis of its responsiveness to the Terms of Reference (TOR).
Financial Qualification Evaluation Criteria: In the Second Stage, the financial proposal of candidates, who have attained minimum 70% score in the technical evaluation (at least 49 points), will be compared.
The winning candidate will be the candidate, who has accumulated the highest aggregated score (technical scoring + financial scoring).
Please note that only applicants who are short-listed will be contacted.