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Communications and Outreach Consultant, Crisis Bureau UNDP
|Location :||Home based (during COVID - 19 telecommuting) and New York City Offices, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA|
|Application Deadline :||18-Aug-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|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 :||6 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||6 months|
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. Working in support of the Regional Bureaus, the GPN also aims to provide rapid and integrated support to UNDP country offices, combining policy advice, technical expertise, financial resources, agile tools and procedures, and partnerships. Within the GPN, the Crisis Bureau guides UNDP’s corporate crisis and fragility-related strategies and vision for crisis prevention, response and recovery and lead corporate support in response to crisis.
Support to country operations is coordinated by the Country Support Management Team (CSMT), working closely within the GPN, with the GPN Crisis and Fragility Policy and Engagement Team, the GPN SDG Integrator Team and GPN technical teams. The overall goal of the CSMT is to ensure strong, coherent and coordinated support to country offices (COs), as it relates to crisis and fragility, within the full spectrum of the GPN’s service offer. The CSMT steers the effective interaction of GPN Teams, Regional Bureau/Regional Hub and CO counterparts for integrated country support. It ensures that UNDP corporate support is provided before, during and after crises (in line with UNDP Standard Operating Procedures during the response phase). The CSMT aims to provide regular analytical updates in consultation with Regional Bureaus to support early warning and early action. It also supports and coordinates the GPN crisis response capacity and takes the lead in a UNDP-wide approach to strengthen UNDP capacity in preventing, preparing for, responding to and recovering from crisis.
Within the CSMT, the deployment of technical and operations experts through the SURGE (UNDP Staff), GPN/ExpRes (Consultants), and Standby Partnerships mechanisms are a key component of UNDP’s response to the immediate crisis and technical support to Country Offices.
One of the major challenges of the Crisis Bureau’s deployment mechanism is to ensure that both internal and external rosters have the required capacity and availability of this capacity to support UNDP Country Offices in times of need. The Crisis Bureau is systematically developing outreach plans and efforts to reach out to potential experts through both online and off-line initiatives. Linked to this work, the Crisis Bureau is undertaking the Consolidation of all technical Rosters within UNDP under the umbrella of the GPN, which is now called the GPN/ExpRes Deployment Mechanism and the launch of a new intelligent rostering platform.
Furthermore, in order to consciously and consistently attract, develop, support and recognize the most suitable internal crisis personnel, the Crisis Bureau is developing a SURGE Academy, as a dedicated set-up with a structure, personnel and resources, within the existing SURGE system.
Within the larger CSMT, the communications and outreach consultant will develop material to inform regional bureaus and the rest of the organization of support that is provided through the deployment mechanism to country offices for crisis response and recovery and progress on the consolidation of rosters. The consultant will also seek innovative ways to leverage social media and online platforms to create both internal and external talent communities where experts can interact, exchange ideas and be linked to upcoming opportunities within UNDP.
Under the overall supervision of the head of CSMT and the day-to-day supervision of Programme Specialist (Deployments), the Communications and Outreach Consultant will promote the work of the GPN/ExpRes and SURGE mechanisms and develop communication and outreach strategies for the initiatives mentioned above. The consultant will also work closely with the SURGE Academy Project Manager and the Programme Specialist (tools and systems).
Duties and Responsibilities
The Communications and Outreach Consultant will:
Develop and implement a communication and outreach strategy for the Consolidation of technical rosters initiative;
Leverage social media and online platforms to build talent communities and networks and promote the SURGE Academy
Develop and enhance the presence of UNDP’s deployment mechanism online
Identify and facilitate the addition of new candidates for the GPN/ExpRes roster;
The following deliverables/actions will be provided on an ongoing basis:
Required Skills and Experience
The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one merged pdf file):
Note The above documents needed to be scanned into one file and uploaded to the online application as a single document. Candidates who fail to provide the above listed information may be directly disqualified.
Shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be requested to submit a?Financial Proposal.
Applicants are reviewed based on Required Skills and Experience stated above and based on the technical evaluation criteria outlined below. Applicants will be evaluated based on cumulative scoring. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical Evaluation - Total 70% (70 points)
Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (49 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (70 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.
Financial Evaluation - Total 30% (30 points)
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be recommended to enter into contract with UNDP.
The consultant will report to the Programme Specialist - Deployments, Country Support Management Team, UNDP Crisis Bureau. The consultant will also work closely with other members of the Crisis Bureau. Frequent interactions and consultations with a variety of UN/UNDP stakeholders will form an integral part of the consultant’s duties.
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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.