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International Consultant – Needs Assessment for the Enhancing Social and Economic Opportunities for Youth in the Lao PDR Project
|Location :||Home-Based, LAO PDR|
|Application Deadline :||09-Aug-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Crisis Response|
|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 :||17 August - 11 Sept 2020|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||15 working days|
Lao PDR has one of the youngest populations in the region. Close to 60 per cent are estimated to be less than 25 years of age. Projections show a rapid increase in the working-age population and a falling dependency ratio. Thus, in the medium-term, Lao PDR is set to benefit from the “demographic dividend” to the economy. However, the full benefits of the demographic dividend will be realised only if new jobs allow to keep pace with the working-age population's growth and only if young women and men are better equipped with the appropriate skills and knowledge. This issue is all the more critical for the disadvantaged youth groups, including ethnic groups and female, in rural and most remote areas.
Duties and Responsibilities
The main purpose of this consultancy is to assess and analyse needs in order to map out the nature of the industrial structure in Khammouan Province. The assessment will also review local regulations to identify threats and opportunities for youth social and economic engagement in Lao PDR. It is expected to captures youth experience and voice and use a systematic lens to analyse the barriers youth face. The result of the assessment will inform the project, as well as local authorities about the challenges and opportunities in the area, with particular focus on youth empowerment. It is also expected to inform local regulations and development planning.
• A sound knowledge of research software, data processing and analysis tools (Excel proficient).
Required Skills and Experience
· Strong knowledge of youth development, public policy and governance in development would be an asset;
· Familiarity with the UN(DP) norms and standards; and
· Knowledge in the use of computers and office software packages
· Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and Lao.
· Knowledge about Russian is desirable
· A sound knowledge of research software, data processing and analysis tools (Excel proficient).
· Excellent interpersonal, communications and facilitation skills.
· Sound knowledge and familiarity with the key local and national development issues in Lao PDR.
· Cultural and gender sensitivity and ability to work with people from different backgrounds
Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive and include all costs components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee, travel costs, living allowances, communications, consumables, and any other applicable cost that may be possibly incurred by the IC in completing the assignment.
The contract price will be fixed output-based price regardless of changes in the cost components. Payments will be done upon completion of the deliverables/outputs and as per below percentages:
- Deliverable 1: Workplan & inception report (20%)
- Deliverable 2: Needs Assessment Report (30%)
- Deliverable 3: Finial Assessment Report and Recommendations (50%)
Recommended Presentation of Offer
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualification:
a) Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided in Annex.
b) Personal CV or P11, indicating all experience from similar projects as well as personal information including age. Note: If the consultant is beyond age 62, s/he should submit a medical certificate indicating her/his medical condition during the contract.
c) Technical proposal (maximum 3 pages), including a) a brief description of why the individual considers her/himself as the most suitable for the assignment; and b) methodology on how s/he will approach and complete the assignment.
d) Financial proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided, as per template provided in Annex. (Note: National consultants must quote prices in US Dollar.)
Incomplete proposals may not be considered.
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer
Applicants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
Combined Scoring method: The award of the contract shall be made to the applicant 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 combined with the financial offer which will be weighted a max of 30%.
a. Relevance of education: Max 10 point
b. Direct work experience in youth development/ public policy research at a local level: 30 point
c. Expertise and knowledge of youth development/ public policy: 30 points
Only candidates obtaining a minimum 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Annexes to the TOR
Annex 1 – Terms of Reference
Annex 4 – The Enhancing Social and Economic Opportunities for Youth in the Lao PDR Project Document available here
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.