Capacity Development and Transition Consultant

Location : Home-based
Application Deadline :04-Jun-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :100 days
Expected Duration of Assignment :11 June to 31 December 2020


UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP's policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels, forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan.

Within the GPN, 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. 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, and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas. BPPS works closely with UNDP's Crisis Bureau (CB) to support emergency and crisis response. BPPS ensures that issues of risk are fully integrated into UNDP's development programmes.  BPPS assists UNDP and partners to achieve higher quality development results through an integrated approach that links results-based management and performance monitoring with more effective and new ways of working.  BPPS supports UNDP and partners to be more innovative, knowledge and data driven including in its programme support efforts.”


HIV, Health and Development Approach

UNDP is a founding cosponsor of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), a partner of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and a co-sponsor of several other international health partnerships. UNDP’s work on HIV, health and development leverages the organization’s core strengths and mandates in human development, governance and capacity development to complement the efforts of specialist health-focused UN agencies. UNDP delivers three types of support to countries in HIV, health and development.

First, UNDP helps countries to mainstream attention to HIV and health into action on gender, poverty and the broader effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Second, UNDP works with partners to address the interactions between governance, human rights and health responses. Third, as a trusted, long-term partner with extensive operational experience, UNDP supports countries in effective implementation of complex, multilateral and multisectoral health projects to fight the three diseases HIV, tuberculosis and malaria while simultaneously investing in capacity development so that national and local partners can assume these responsibilities over time. UNDP partners with countries in crisis situations, those with weak institutional capacity or governance challenges, and countries under sanctions.


UNDP’s Support to COVID-19

COVID-19 is a critical issue for UNDP. It is as much a health and development emergency as it is a human security crisis. In order to deliver on its mission eradicating poverty, reducing inequalities and building resilience to crisis and shocks, UNDP must help countries to urgently and effectively respond to COVID-19 in the context of the 2030 Agenda.

Urgently and effectively addressing COVID-19 is critical to safeguarding progress on the SDGs. Through its presence in 140 countries and its integrator role, UNDP together with UN and other partners can support countries to immediately scale up evidence- and rights-based multisectoral responses, i.e. whole-of-government/whole-of-society responses, needed to effectively tackle COVID-19. In so doing, the organization can rapidly leverage its extensive presence and networks at global, regional and country levels, its mandate to work broadly – to connect the dots – across humanitarian and development sectors.

UNDP’s offer to countries is to support an equitable, inclusive and multi-sectoral response. UNDP support focuses on ensuring that crisis management and recovery responses to COVID-19 are leaving no-one behind, as part of a wider and coordinated UN response in supporting countries to implement the WHO Strategic Preparedness Response Plan (SPRP).   


UNDP and Capacity Development

While managing Global Fund grants, UNDP simultaneously works to develop the capacity of governments and/or civil society organizations to serve as Principal Recipients (PRs) at interim when circumstances permit.  It works to develop national capacity with a focus on long-term sustainability, leveraging UNDP’s global experience and its experience in capacity development.

Capacity development is central to all of UNDP’s programmes, especially through setting flexible implementation arrangements, giving Sub-Recipients’ increasing levels of responsibility and through the design of the implementation arrangements which ensure that national systems are used for key functions such as programming, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), forecasting and supply chain management.  Utilization of national systems helps to strengthen them and prepare for a sustainable transition of the PR role to national entities.

The Capacity Development Toolkit provides a platform to further respond to the growing opportunities to strengthen national disease responses for HIV, TB and Malaria.

To respond to the demands in 2020, a Capacity Development and Transition Consultant is required to provide direct country support to countries where UNDP acts as the interim PR.


Under the guidance of the Manager, Global Fund Health Implementation Support Team (GFHIST), HIV and Development Group, the consultant will facilitate and support Capacity Development and Transition Planning processes based on demand at a country level, and to develop costed Capacity Development and Transition Plans with clear, measurable milestones (countries tbc) and contribute to knowledge management for capacity development and transition, taking into account the impact of COVID-19 and the service delivery for the three diseases. These processes include scoping, consultations, plans development and plans implementation.



Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Manager (GFHIST, Geneva) the Consultant will be responsible for the duties below:

  • Facilitate the Capacity Development and Transition participatory planning process with national stakeholders and partners;
  • Develop a Transition Strategy which should include;
  • Prepare a draft Capacity Development and Transition Plan with Action Plan and Budgets based on the participatory planning process;
  • Produce a final Capacity Development and Transition Plan with activities, indicators, timelines, responsibilities and budget;

            - The transition options selected together with the rationale for the decisions made.

           -  An action plan for the transition process, including timelines for each of the functions and grants.

  • Produce a monitoring plan for Capacity Development and Transition activities and a Results Rramework;
  • Document the Capacity Development and Transition Planning activities;
  • Contribute to the content of the Capacity Development Toolkit including the adapting, developing and revision of the Capacity Development and Transition templates and assessment tools in line with UNDP rules and Global Fund processes.

Expected Deliverables:

  • Capacity Development and Transition Plans with activities, time lines, budget and milestones;
  • Actions Plans and Budgets;
  • Transition Strategies;
  • Monitoring plan of Capacity and Transition activities and Results Framework
  • Case studies of Capacity and Transition activities;
  • Contribute to Capacits Devlopment toolkit updates and Capacity Development Transition Assessment tools.


The consultant shall report to the Manager, GFHIST.


This is a home-based consultancy. In the case of unforeseen travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, and living expenses will be covered by UNDP.

Duration of Assignment:

The duration of the assignment is from 11 June through 31 December 2020. 


The consultant will be paid on a daily rate (based on the number of days worked) and on the approved timesheet and Certificate of Payment.


Applicants will be screened against qualifications and competencies specified below through a desk review. Applicants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis method that combines the results of technical and financial evaluation results.

Technical Evaluation (maximum 70 points)

Criteria 1: Minimum 7 years of relevant working experience related to organisational development (15 points);

Criteria 2: Experience carrying out capacity development to strengthen national systems (15 points);

Criteria 3: Experience of designing and producing guidance material and tools for system strengthening (10 points);

Criteria 4: Work experience in a development context for an international organisation or UN Agency (15 points);

Criteria 5:  Experience of working and/or knowledge of the Global Fund for HIV, TB and Malaria (10 points);

Criteria 6: French language (5 points).


Financial Evaluation Criteria (maximum 30 points)

p = y (µ/z), where

p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated

y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal

µ = price of the lowest priced proposal

z = price of the proposal being evaluated




  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;  
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.


  • Strong analytical, negotiation and communication skills, including ability to produce high quality practical advisory reports and knowledge products;
  • Professional and/or academic experience in one or more of the areas of international development, public health or related field.
  • Project and Resource Management;
  • Ability to produce high quality outputs in a timely manner while understanding and anticipating the evolving client needs;
  • Strong organisational skills;
  • Ability to work independently, produce high quality outputs.

Communications and Advocacy:

  • Strong ability to write clearly and convincingly, adapting style and content to different audiences and speak clearly and convincingly;  
  • Strong analytical, research and writing skills with demonstrated ability to think strategically;  
  • Strong inter-personal, negotiation and liaison skills.

Partnership building and team work:

  • Excellent negotiating and networking skills; 
  • Demonstrated flexibility to excel in a multi-cultural environment.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s Degree in international development, public administration, public health or related field.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum 7 years of relevant working experience related to organisational development
  • Experience carrying out capacity development to strengthen national systems is desirable
  • Experience of designing and producing guidance material and tools for system strengthening;
  • Work experience in a development context for an international organisation or UN Agency;
  • Experience of working or knowledge of the Global Fund for HIV, TB and Malaria, is an asset.


  • Excellent written and spoken English;
  • Good level of written and spoken French is an asset.


Guidelines for Applications:

Interested applicants are advised to carefully review this advertisement and ensure that they meet the requirements and qualifications described.

Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website. The application should contain:

  1. Signed and Updated Personal History Form (P11). The template can be downloaded from this link
  2. Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability indicating financial proposal.

Please note that our system only takes one attachment. Therefore, kindly scan all your documents into a single PDF file to upload.

The financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period (e.g. rent of dwelling, fee, health insurance, vaccination, visa costs and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services). All envisaged costs (except of the unforeseen travel costs for missions, if any) must be included in the financial proposal. Unforeseen travel costs for missions, if any, will be paid separately according to UNDP rules and regulations. 

Security: Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.





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.

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