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Communications Consultant of the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Application Deadline :||10-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 :||Estimated 20 August 2020 – 10 December 2020|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Approximately 40 working days|
The United Nations Development Programme (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. Since 1966 UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and to drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life of everyone. On the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.
The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS), an agreement under the Convention on Biological Diversity, was adopted on 29 October 2010. It provides a transparent legal framework for the effective implementation of the 3rd objective of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
The UNDP-GEF Project “Strengthening human resources, legal frameworks, and institutional capacities to implement the Nagoya Protocol” (Global ABS Project) is a 3-year project that specifically aims at assisting 23 countries (Albania, Belarus, Botswana, Colombia, Comoros, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Honduras, India, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mongolia, Myanmar, Panama, Rwanda, Samoa, Seychelles, South Africa, Sudan, Tajikistan and Uruguay) in the development and strengthening of their national ABS frameworks, human resources, and administrative capabilities to implement the Nagoya Protocol. The project seeks to achieve this through its 4 components namely:
The fourth component of the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project aims to promote the exchange of experiences and knowledge sharing among the participating and non-participating countries (i.e. government institutions, private sector entities, research and academic institutions, UNDP regional and country offices, international organizations, among others) through a south-south cooperation framework and it is implemented in partnership with UNV.
The project website and the community of practice on ABS leverage synergies, disseminate key information, promote connectivity, and facilitate a spirit of collaboration among its different members as a global community. This approach will allow ABS and the Nagoya Protocol to inform and ensure their contribution to sustainable development in all the involved fields through concrete case studies, stories, pilots, experiences, and knowledge products.
Duties and Responsibilities
The UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project is seeking an International Communications Consultant to support the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project in the organization and development of the communications for the Global Conference on ABS, the project final event that will take place at the end of October 2020.
This conference will gather ABS practitioners from all around the world (countries, focal points, experts, IPLCs leaders, representatives of scientific and research institutions, academia, and private sector). It represents a great opportunity to (1) celebrate the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Nagoya Protocol, (2) showcase the impact of the Global ABS Project, (3) continue building trust between providers and users of genetic resources for the development of an integral and successful post-2020 agenda; and (4) increase knowledge and visibility of the Global ABS Community.
In this regard, the Communications Consultant will be responsible for the following aspects:
The consultant will be home-based working under the supervision of the Manager of the UNDP-GEF Global ABS Project and the Knowledge Management and Communication Specialist, with regular virtual meetings to guarantee the envisaged deliverables. The Consultant will work with the Global ABS Project team and is expected to be able to interact during EST schedule (Panama time). The incumbent will be responsible to ensure the completion of the following tasks:
Planning and follow-up (15 days)
Development of the work plan prior to the event (two months)
Support the day to day implementation of the communication strategy of the conference (one month)
Monitoring and evaluation (two weeks)
Expected outputs and deliverables timelines
Estimated duration to complete and payment percentage (40 working days; 100% to be divided as follows)
1st deliverable by 15 August 2020 – 5 days / 12.50% of total value of the contract
2nd deliverable by 30 September 2020 – 15 days/37.50% of total value of the contract
3rd deliverable by 15 October 2020 – 5 days/12.50% of total value of the contract
4th deliverable by 30 November 2020 – 15 days/37.50% of total value of the contract
Management and organizational arrangements:
Required Skills and Experience
Evaluation of Applicants
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal.
The award of the contract should 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 a pre-determined set of weighted technical (P11 desk reviews and interviews) and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
Only those candidates who will obtain min. 70% of points will be invited for the next stage of the technical evaluation and financial proposal evaluation.
Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation – max. 70 points:
Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation – max. 30 points
Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website. The application should contain:
*Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period (e.g. fee, health insurance, vaccination, personal security needs and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services...).
Payments will be made only upon confirmation of UNDP on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner.
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 dss.un.org
General Terms and conditions as well as other related documents can be found under: http://on.undp.org/t7fJs.
Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply.
Due to large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.
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.