International Consultant – Senior Police Expert (Advisory support to ongoing Police Projects)-COPS project- UNDP Kabul Afghanistan

Location : Kabul with travel to provinces, AFGHANISTAN
Application Deadline :10-Aug-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :Five months (with maximum 100 working days) starting from 1 August 2020 to 31 December 2020.


UNDP Global Mission Statement:

UNDP is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with national counterparts on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.

UNDP Afghanistan Mission Statement:

UNDP Afghanistan is supporting the Government to find innovative solutions to its development challenges based on the Country Programme Document approved by the Executive Board for the period 2015 – 2020.  Key priority areas for UNDP assistance are strengthening accountable governance, justice and rule of law, equitable and inclusive development, and social equity, with special attention to women. UNDP Afghanistan seeks to achieve transformational change in an environment of high complexity and insecurity. Conflict sensitivity is applied throughout the programme and is mainstreamed in all projects. Political, economic, and conflict analysis of the provinces where UNDP works will be undertaken through UNDP’s regional hubs at the sub-national level. This will have to be accompanied by greater use of national systems, focus on capacity development instead of capacity substitution and helping to phase out parallel structures, and strengthen approaches to regionalization.

Organizational Context

UNDP has administered the Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA) and supported the payment of salaries of the Afghan National Police (ANP) personnel, the institutional development of the Ministry of Interior Affairs (MOIA), and police professionalization of the ANP since 2002. Based on consultations conducted in 2017, a growing view emerged that the scope of LOTFA should be expanded to include the entire justice chain (police, courts and corrections) and cover all institutions across the entire Rule of Law sector, with an increased focus on anti-corruption.  Accordingly, the LOTFA Steering Committee approved a new Trust Fund Terms of Reference (TOR) with four Thematic Windows: 1) Security, 2) Justice, 3) Anti-Corruption, and 4) MOIA Payroll.

The Security Window is LOTFA’s largest programme window given the volume of programmatic resources, the total number of projects, as well as the range of programmatic areas it supports from community and urban security policing services to public administration reform in MOIA.  Under the Security Window, new projects are currently being designed and developed in alignment with the national strategies, plans and policies and with the Fund’s Strategic Framework. Developing relevant projects under LOTFA which are relevant and impactful for the MOIA, the ANP and the community is of utmost importance given the changing security environment in Afghanistan.

A survey conducted in 2018 found that only 42.1% of Afghans view the ANP as being “honest and fair”, while 42% of respondents expressed “fear of encountering the Police”[1].

The survey results show that significant improvements are needed if the MOIA is to achieve the objective of transforming the ANP into a professional community-centered law enforcement agency using community policing as a critical methodology to refocus police priorities to provide community-police services.

Under the LOTFA Security Window, the Community-oriented Policing Services (COPS) project builds and expands on proven methods of improving relations between police and local communities in Afghanistan with the objective to improve the delivery of police services at the community level. This is expected to improve security and security within communities, resulting in improved public trust towards the rule of law and security institutions. The project will initially focus on the Provincial Headquarters and Police Districts in Kabul.   

The project is expected to achieve four outputs: (1) Improved capacity of Police Provincial Headquarters to lead and sustain reform; (2) Improved police response to community needs and priorities; (3) Constructed/rehabilitated standard Police Districts (PDs) to support community-oriented policing; (4) Improved administrative services at PD levels to support police services.

A consultant will be recruited to provide technical supervision on policing activities in line with international standards and best practices.  The consultant will also support the ROLHS Unit in providing technical advice as needed related to policing and the provision of police services.


[1] Asia Foundation (2018). A Survey of the Afghan People: Afghanistan in 2018. page 46

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work and Deliverables:

  • Prepare an implementation work plan in cooperation with the ROLHS Unit identifying the activities required to produce the expected outputs and deliverables.

  • Provide technical advice to the implementation of the new COPS Project and the Police Emergency Response Support (PERS) Project. The Consultant is expected to specifically advise on police aspects of the project based on international standards and best practices suited for the context of Afghanistan.

  • Provide technical advice to one or several “quick-win” projects related to the police.  As part of the assignment, the consultant will (i) hold consultations with counterparts in the MOIA, Afghan National Police and other partners; (ii) develop concept notes; (iii) advise on the resources and technical knowledge required to implement such activities; and (iv) advise as needed on the implementation of the projects.

  • Facilitate and develop strategies for strengthening the partnership between (i) Afghanistan: the MOIA and the Afghanistan National Police and (ii) the Ministry of Home/Interior Affairs and the Police Force of select countries in the region.  The activity will include (i) Facilitate coordination between MOIA and the Police Force of select countries of the region; (ii) identify possible areas of cooperation; and (iii) advise on the design and implementation of recommended activities.

  • Provide ongoing technical and advisory support to UNDP ROLHS unit, LOTFA projects and the MOIA in the process.

Expected output/Deliverables and estimated timeframe:

Deliverable 1 – 10 working days:

  • Inception Report: Implementation workplan.

Deliverable 2 – 20 working days:

  • Report identifying implementation strategies with respect to the COPS Project.

Deliverable 3 – 20 working days:

  • Report on summarizing technical advice provided to improve implementation of the COPS Project .

  • Report on recommendations provided to the PERS Project.

Deliverable 4 – 20 working days:

  • Report on summarizing technical advice provided to improve implementation of the COPS Project .

  • Report on recommendations for Afghanistan to further its cooperation with the police force of select countries of the region.

Deliverable 5 – 30 working days:

  • Report on summarizing technical advice provided to improve implementation of the COPS Project.

  • Report summarizing all concept notes developed during the contract period (est. 3).


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Maturity combined with tact and diplomacy;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

Functional Competencies: Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office;
  • Ability to conduct required research, analyze and produce proposals and reports;
  • Excellent analytical aptitude, communication, writing and presentation skill;
  • Commitment and enthusiasm for development work;
  • In-depth knowledge on development issues;
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.

Special skills requirements

  • Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Leads teams effectively and shows conflict resolution skills;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in a multi-cultural and multiethnic environment;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Demonstrated ability to speak and write professionally in English;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Ability to work independently with strong sense of initiative, discipline and self-motivation

Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Law, Science, Humanities, Public Policy, or related disciplines. A Bachelor’s Degree with an additional 2 years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the Master’s degree.
  • Completion of basic training (or equivalent) at a police academy/institution is highly desirable


  • Minimum of 10 years of policing experience related to community-oriented policing at senior leadership level. Previous policing experience within the context of counter-insurgency environments is highly desirable.
  • Minimum of 5 years experiences working on capacity building projects within the security sector in post conflict countries is required.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working as a policeman/woman is required, experience in planning and/or heading units is desirable.
  • Previous experience in senior advisory capacity with UN policing missions and/or projects is highly desirable.
  • Relevant experience and knowledge of the socio-political context of Afghanistan, in particular in relation to current trends in the area of security sector reform is preferred or other similar post-conflict country scenarios.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English is a requirement. Knowledge of Dari, Pashto is -an asset .

Working Arrangements:

Institutional Arrangement

  • The consultant will be provided with office space in the UNDP country office ROLHS unit and at the LOTFA MOIA offices as required for the duration of his/her contract with UNDP and will provide internet facility, logistical and other support service including transport and security applicable to UNDP international personnel. The candidate however is expected to bring his/her own laptop and mobile phone (UNDP will provide a local pre-paid sim card).

Monitoring and reporting arrangements:

  • The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the

Duration of the Work

  • The whole assignment is foreseen for a period of 1 August 2020 until 31 December 2020 (with maximum of 100 working days) based in Kabul.

Duty Station

  • Kabul, Afghanistan with some field visits which will be arranged by UNDP.

Price Proposal and Schedule of Payment:

Shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal.  The consultant shall then submit a price proposal when requested by UNDP, in accordance with the below

  • Daily Fee – The Consultant shall propose a daily fee which should be inclusive of his/her professional fee, local communication cost, insurance (inclusive of medical health and medical evacuation etc.), equipment, and other costs required for performance of the contract but excluding travel, visa and DSA. The number of working days for which the daily fee shall be payable under the contract is 100 working days over a contract duration of 5 months.

  • DSA – The Consultant shall be separately paid the DSA as per applicable UNDP rate for stay in Kabul and travel to other locations as per actual number of nights spent in Kabul or other locations. Deductions from DSA shall be made as per applicable UNDP policy when accommodation and other facilities are provided by UNDP. An estimated provision in this regard shall be included in the contract. The consultant need not quote for DSA in Financial Proposal.

  • Accommodation in Kabul - The Consultants are NOT allowed to stay in a place of their choice other than the UNDSS approved places in Kabul, Afghanistan. UNDP will provide accommodation to the Consultant for the duration of the stay in Afghanistan in UNDSS approved places. Deductions in this regard shall be made from DSA payment as per applicable UNDP Policy.

  • Travel – The Consultant shall include lumpsum cost of travel per trip for Home-Kabul-Home (estimated 3 trips) in the Financial Proposal. Any other travel for work, originating from Kabul shall be payable by UNDP separately as per applicable Policy.

  • Visa – UNDP shall facilitate visa requirements and reimburse the visa cost, if any.

  • Payment schedule - Payments towards remuneration/fee shall be linked to deliverables and shall be made on certification of completion of deliverables and submission of certified timesheet. Payment towards travel shall be made on an instance of actual travel and shall be cost-reimbursable limited to the amount quoted in Financial Proposal. Payments towards DSA, Visa, etc. shall be cost-reimbursable, as specified above.

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:

  • Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and;

  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

* Technical Criteria weight 70%

* Financial Criteria weight 30%

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Technical Criteria 70 points

  • Technical Proposal (45 marks)
    1. Technical Approach & Methodology (35 marks) – This explain the understanding of the objectives of the assignment, approach to the services, methodology for carrying out the activities and obtaining the expected output, and the degree of detail of such output.  In particular, Applicants are requested to write about their approach to community policing in the context of Afghanistan. The Applicant should also explain the methodologies proposed to adopt and highlight the compatibility of those methodologies with the proposed approach.

    2. Work Plan (10 marks) – The Applicant should propose the main activities of the assignment, their content and duration, phasing and interrelations, milestones (including interim approvals by the Client), and delivery dates. The proposed work plan should be consistent with the technical approach and methodology, showing understanding of the TOR and ability to translate them into a feasible working plan.

  • Qualification and Experience (25 marks) [evaluation of CVs for shortlisting]
    1. General Qualification (5 marks);

    2. Experience relevant to the assignment (20 marks).

      Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:

      Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document:

  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.

  • Technical Proposal (can be attached with CV or response can be provided to mandatory question on jobs site):

  • A methodology, on how you will approach and complete the assignment and work plan as indicated above.

  • Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment;

All materials developed will remain the copyright of UNDP Afghanistan.  UNDP Afghanistan will be free to adapt and modify them in the future.

Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):

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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