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Consultant – Citizen Budget Analysis Apps (Activity Manager)
|Location :||home based|
|Application Deadline :||01-Aug-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||120 days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||August 2020 to February 2021|
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the use of online tools in the Pacific. Even as connectivity remains limited, exciting partnership with regional and institutional partners open the access to previously restrained connected infrastructures. The current context calls for the development of innovative tools which will ensure that oversight, transparency and accountability are promoted during the crisis and beyond.
Public Finance Management is throughout the Pacific a topic of importance for international and local partners equally. Numerous stakeholders, institutions and international actors have been engaged in reinforcing the frameworks, tools and actors linked to public monies management. Civil society actors, Parliament and Supreme Audit Institutions form oversight function in public financial management across the Pacific Islands region have been identify as an area requiring strengthening. A specific focus of UNDP in this regard is the parliament’s role in budget scrutiny; effective external audit of government budget execution by the supreme audit institutions, inclusion of citizens and civil society in budget processes, thorough and transparent parliamentary oversight of the external audit, and follow-up with government on recommendations. This consultancy focuses on facilitating CSOs, citizens and Parliaments engagement on PFM cycles by the development of ICT tools.
The envisaged application will support citizen engagement on budgets: The app will most likely focus on providing basic information on budget processes and facilitating budget submissions for CSOs and citizens. Its exact objectives will be refined in coordination with a network of CSO partners established through UNDP’s Public Finance Management activities in the region. The app will ideally take the form of a game that can be replicated in real life with minimal connectivity.
Strengthening of public Finance Management and Governance in the Pacific Project (hereafter PFM) aims to strengthen oversight over public financial management in the Pacific region, though improving the budgetary scrutiny, public financial oversight and accountability capacities of parliaments, supreme audit institutions and civil society within the region, aligning with international public financial oversight and accountability standards, and fostering citizen engagement and oversight. Strengthening of Public Finance Management project is funded by the European Union (EU) and Implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
Reporting to the UNDP PFM Project Manager and working closely with the Pacific Accelerator Lab, the Consultant will be responsible for the following activities:
This consultancy might include unforeseen in-country missions might the context allow it.
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
The Consultant will report to the UNDP PFM Project Manager Effective Governance. Reporting and payment will be done on a monthly basis, using timesheets and referring to the deliverables of the contract.
The Consultant to provide their own IT equipment and access (computer and internet connection).
Duration of the Work
The consultant will be required to work for a period of up to 120 days between August 2020 to February 2020.
This consultancy is home-based. Online presentations and exchanges will be taking place on the Pacific time-zone. Unforeseen travel might take place as borders re-open.
Required Skills and Experience
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
Consultant must send a financial proposal based on Daily Fee. Consultant shall quote an all-inclusive Daily Fee for the contract period. The term “all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, consumables, etc.) that could be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment are already factored into the daily fee submitted in the proposal. If applicable, travel or daily allowance cost (if any work is to be done outside the IC’s duty station) should be identified separately. Payments shall be done based on monthly timesheets validated by supervisor.
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.
Evaluation Method and Criteria
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology Cumulative analysis
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as a) responsive/compliant/acceptable; and b) having received the highest score out of set of weighted technical criteria (70%). and financial criteria (30%). Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.
Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 70 points) [Please add/adjust the below criteria and points awarded to each as necessary]
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information (in one (1) single document as the application supports only one upload) to demonstrate their qualifications:
Incomplete, joint proposals and proposals sent to the wrong mailing address will not be accepted and only candidates for whom there is further interest will be contacted.
Individuals interested in this consultancy should apply and 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 using Annex II.
Above annexes can be accessed through UNDP website via following link:
Women applicants are encouraged to apply
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.