National Junior Consultant: Component Support Officer


Location : Dhaka, BANGLADESH
Application Deadline :09-Aug-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)
27-Jul-2020
Duration of Initial Contract :105 days over a period od 07 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :105 days over a period od 07 months

Background

The Livelihoods Improvement of Urban Poor Communities (LIUPC) Project (also known as National Urban Poverty Reduction Programme-NUPRP) builds on the experiences of the DFID, UNDP and GoB funded Urban Poverty Reduction Project-UPPR (2007-2015), one of the largest urban poverty reduction intervention in the world which established a community based approach to reduce urban poverty working with more than 2,500 Community Organizations in 23 Pourashavas (Municipalities) and City Corporations. LIUPC will be implemented over a period of five years (2018-2023) to provide support towards contributing to balanced, sustainable growth and reduction of urban poverty in Bangladesh. LIUPC will work nationwide and cover poor people living in slums and informal settlements in selected Pourashavas and all City Corporations in Bangladesh.

The Local Government Division (LGD) of the Local Government Division, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives and UNDP will be the Implementing Partners. The Local Government Division (LGD) of the Local Government Division, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives and UNDP will be the Implementing Partners. In each town/city the Town Manager will lead the Programme Team comprising of programme staff and staff from the local government institutions. The programme will be managed by a Dhaka based Programme Board with the National Programme Director, Project Manager and UNDP representatives. The programme has five Outputs: -

  • Output 1: Improve climate resilient housing and basic services for the low-income households

  • Output 2: Build community organizations

  • Output 3: Skills and enterprise development for women and girls

  • Output 4: Enhancing climate adaptive capacity of the low-income community through resilient infrastructure

  • Output 5: Strengthening municipal capacity to deliver pro-poor, climate sensitive urban development.

The ultimate intended beneficiaries of this intervention are the poor and vulnerable urban people, now and in future years. Based on evidence outlined in the previous UPPR reviews and similar types of urban interventions in Bangladesh, the LIUPC reasonably expects a wide range of benefits to result from the interventions at community, municipal and national levels. Given the ever-expanding size of the urban centers and the populations that will be linked to employment opportunities, interventions targeting urban poor people should affect overall economic growth, income inequality, employment and the poverty situation.

The urban poor face constraints in terms of livelihoods, access to finance, education, and specifically women and girls due to violence and early marriage. They may only able to access informal employment opportunities, which are insecure, so to improve their employment chances LIUPCP develops skills and offer small grants to start their own businesses. They may also lack access to formal financial services leading to their exclusion from loans and services.

LIUPCP has been adopted typical business model for livelihoods improvement that needs further capacity building support. In this context, LIUPCP is seeking the services of a qualified consultant to conduct training  on enterprise development for staff. LIUPCP town office will organize the training and the consultant will conduct a tailor-made training for LIUPCP field level staff on entrepreneurship development. It is expected that at the end of the course the staff will be able to provide mentorship support to the business grantees


Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

Under the guidance of the National Project Manager and with the day to day support from the Coordinator-Local Economy, Livelihoods and Financial Inclusion, the consultant will be responsible to carry out the following, but not limited to these duties:

1. Support to finalize local market assessment report: The town team will develop 1st draft report. The consultant will review the draft of local market assessment report from 10 towns and do necessary adjustment to finalize it from phase 3 towns. The consultant will also help to finalize the 10 report from phase 1 & 2 city.

2. Support to draft pro-poor economic development strategy: The consultant will support to Output 3 coordinator to conduct workshop on pro-poor economic development strategy at town level for 15 town for phase 2 and 3 cities. The consultant will help to draft workshop report and develop pro-poor economic development strategy.

3. Support to identify relevant partners and establish partnership: The consultant will help to identify suitable partners for skills and enterprise development and support to establish partnership with them. S/he will also help to set meeting, draft meeting note, and prepare possible area of collaboration.

Expected Results and Deliverables

The main expected results and deliverables of this consultancy are:

  1. An Inception Report (final) outlines understanding the assignment, approach, methodology and tools, and timeline (in English, not more than 5 pages).

  2. Final local market assessment report for 10 towns. Stander report format has  to be agreed upon by the Supervisor. (In English)

  3. Pro-poor economic development strategy for 15 town. Stander report format has  to be agreed upon by the Supervisor. (In English)

  4. A final Assignment Completion Report (In English, not more than 10 pages)

Methodology

The Consultancy will undertake the following tasks to achieve the objective of this assignment:

  • Step 1: Prepare Plan: The consultant will make all necessary preparations to carry out the assignment e.g. Tools, Specific monthly plan, logistics, assessment methodology, and other necessary materials.
  • Step 2: Execute/Implement the Plan: The consultant will execute the specific monthly plan and produce deliverables. S/he will ensure the quality of services and maintain necessary communication with the relevant persons.  
  • Stage 3: Complete and Evaluate: The consultant will prepare completion report at the end of each deliverable. At the end of the assignment, the consultant will prepare assignment completion report.

Expected Outputs and Deliverables

Deliverables/Outputs

Estimated Duration to Complete

Target Due Dates

Review and Approvals Required (Indicate designation of person who will review output and confirm acceptance)

  1. Inception Report (final) outlines understanding the assignment, approach, methodology and tools, and timeline (in English).

03 days

05 working days after signing the contract by 25 September 2020

 

 

 

 

Payment will be made upon confirmation and acceptance by the Supervisor

  1. Final local market assessment report (05 reports).

20 days

 60 working days after signing the contract by 25 October 2020

  1. Final local market assessment report (05 reports).

20 days

 90 working days after signing the contract by 25 November 2020

  1. Pro-poor economic development strategy (05 reports)

20 days

120 working days after signing the contract by 25 December 2020

  1. Pro-poor economic development strategy (05 reports)

20 days

150 working days after signing the contract by 25 January 2021

  1. Pro-poor economic development strategy (05 reports)

20 days

180 working days after signing the contract by 25 February 2021

  1. Assignment completion report (In English)

02 days

215 working days after signing the contract by 30  March 2021

 

Total business days 105

Over a period of seven months

Final Products

The assignment should

  1. result 10 final local market assessment report;

  2. 15 pro-poor economic development strategy;

  3. a final Assignment Completion Report.

The report should be formatted to A4 size paper and be in a condition that can be published without any need for further work. LIUPCP will be the owner of all the products by the consultant. 

Institutional Arrangement

The Contract Administrator will be the Project Manager and with the regular support from the Coordinator- Local Economy, Livelihoods and Financial Inclusion of LIUPCP.

Duration of the Work

This assignment will take place over seven months and will require 105 days. The expected start date is beginning of August 2020.

Duty Station

The consultancy will be LIUPCP HQ based. Meetings between LIUPCP and the consultant will take place at the LIUPCP office in Dhaka.

  1. Travel and DSA:

No DSA will be paid at the duty station. If unforeseen travel outside the duty station not required by the Terms of Reference is requested by UNDP, and upon prior agreement/approval, such travel shall be at UNDP’s expenses and the individual contractor shall receive a per-diem not to exceed United Nations daily subsistence allowance rate in such other location(s).


Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards (human rights, peace,
  • Understanding between peoples and nations, tolerance, integrity, respect, and impartiality;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Functional Competencies:

  • Demonstrates openness to change, flexibility, and ability to manage complexities;
  • Proven strong written, analytical and communication skills in English


Required Skills and Experience

Educational Qualification:

  • Minimum Master’s degree in English, Development Studies, Mass Communication, Economics or related fields.

Experience:

  • Minimum 02 years of experience on report writing and oral communication skills in English.

  • Excellent working knowledge of MS Office-Word, e-mail applications etc. Knowledge of other applications such as adobe illustrator, infographic would be an asset.

  • Minimum 02 years of experience on skills and enterprise development in Bangladesh.

  • Previous experience working on similar work for UN agency, bilateral donor or international organization

Cumulative analysis-

The award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant up on Cumulative Analysis/evaluation 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;

Only candidates obtaining a minimum 70% mark in technical evaluation will be considered eligible for financial evaluation.

Technical Evaluation Criteria (Total 70 marks)

Criteria

Weight

Max. Points

Technical

70

 

1. Expertise of consultant

 

 

  • Demonstrate strong report writing skills in English. (Sample writing needs to be attached/ share link)

30

 

  • Demonstrate experience on skills and enterprise development in Bangladesh

15

 

  • Excellent working knowledge of MS Office-Word, Excel, e-mail applications, illustrator, infographic. 

20

 

  • Working experience with any UN agencies/INGOs/ Donor agency

05

 

Financial

30

 

Total

100

 

Financial Evaluation (Total 30 marks)

All technical qualified proposals will be scored out 30 based on the formula provided below. The maximum points (30) will be assigned to the lowest financial proposal. All other proposals received points according to the following formula:

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.

The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel, per diems, and number of anticipated working days).

Tentative payment schedule

There will be total six payments, after completing each month’s deliverables.

  • 1st payment -15% of the total contract amount will be paid after submission of Inception Report (final) outlines understanding the assignment, approach, methodology and tools, and timeline (in English) and an assessment report on institutional mapping for skills and enterprise development.
  • 2nd payment: 15% of the total contract amount will be paid after submission of 05 final local market assessment report.
  • 3rd payment: 15% of the total contract amount will be paid after submission of 05 final local market assessment report.
  • 4th payment: 15% of the total contract amount will be paid after submission of 05 pro-poor economic development strategy
  • 5th payment-15% of the total contract amount will be paid after submission of 05 pro-poor economic development strategy
  • 6th payment- 25% of the total contract amount will be paid after submission of 05 pro-poor economic development strategy and assignment completion report (In English)

DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

Proposal

  • Technical Proposal including the timeline, methodology and plan of action;
  • Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;
  • Personal CV, 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;
  • Financial Proposal: Financial Proposal has to be submitted through a standard interest and availability template which can be downloaded from the link below:

http://www.bd.undp.org/content/dam/bangladesh/docs/Jobs/Interest%20and%20Submission%20of%20Financial%20Proposal-Template%20for%20Confirmation.docx 


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