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Consultant for the Stocktake and Review of Social Protection Systems in the Cook Islands
|Location :||Cook Islands, COOK ISLANDS|
|Application Deadline :||18-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 :||3 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||13 weeks (maximum 36 working days)|
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.
The 'Strengthening Resilience of Pacific Island States through Universal Social Protection’ (SP) programme is a joint initiative by the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) and Governments in Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau. The Joint Programme is being implemented in these four Pacific Islands and Territories (PICTs), from June 2020 to December 2021.
The four PICTs are among the most fragile Small Island Developing States (SIDS) due to their isolated geography, small economies and vulnerability (to climate change and external shocks). With limited economic opportunities, quality of life for many of the local people have deteriorated with increased, poverty, social exclusion and inequality. An increased number of local people are facing economic hardships unable to meet basic needs. Urbanisation and monetisation are changing lifestyles and social dynamics creating new forms of hardships, such as high costs of living and lack of access to basic services and decent employment opportunities. Increased non-communicable diseases, alcohol abuse and domestic violence are key concerns.
Social Protection (SP) is relatively novel in the four PICTs, and existing SP initiatives are fragmented and limited in scope. The SP Joint Programme (JP) aims at increasing resilience through viable and financially sustainable SP systems that will address life cycle vulnerabilities, strengthen SP floors and enhance employability. The objective is to develop universal, evidence-based, nationally owned SP systems and introduce SP floors to help accelerate SDG progress through integrated programming and Leaving No One Behind. Government ownership and leadership are critical for sustainable inclusive SP systems. The SP governance structure involves a Multi Country Steering Committee (MCSC) and a Technical Committee for each of the four PICTs. The Technical Committee will be actively involved with steering the implementation of the Joint Programme.
In line with the principles of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the outcomes of the UNDP Pacific Strategy 2018-2022, the Social Protection Joint Programme (SP-JP) will work through five strategic interventions in developing and strengthening of coherent SP frameworks and systems - data and evidence; inclusive participation and partnerships; sustainable finance; institutional coordination and capacity; and outreach. Inclusive SP systems will include fiscally sustainable social insurance schemes for the active population seeking or holding jobs, self-employed or voluntarily contributing; non-contributive social welfare (child allowance, social safety nets and social services) for all people in need; as well as labour market interventions to facilitate access to jobs and incomes. SP will be evidence based (including using digital data and innovative data systems), developed and implemented through participatory consultations, have equitable financing mechanisms, forge strong partnerships with stakeholders including faith, community based organizations and the private sector, induce smarter institutional coordination, bolster capacity for implementation, and expand outreach.
The Social Protection Joint Programme (SP-JP) has four outcomes, all of which UNDP will be contributing to:
Owing to its wide scope that spans life-cycle vulnerabilities, the developed and strengthened SP floors are expected to improve Human Development indices, reduce inequalities; and support skills development and employment generation. Income security will reduce poverty and hunger, minimize inequalities and ensure equitable access to basic services. Inclusive, rights-based SP floors will empower women, remove discrimination in access to services and facilitate access to decent work for all including persons with disabilities, school dropouts, youth and women.
To assist with the implementation of the Social Protection Joint Programme component for the Cook Islands, UNDP is seeking the service of a qualified consultant to work with the UNDP and the SP-JP Cook Islands Technical Committee in the review of existing social protection systems and coverage gaps in the Cook Islands.
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK
The objectives of the consultancy are to:
To achieve the above objectives, the Consultant is expected to ensure the effective and efficient performance and completion of the following tasks:
5. Prepare and submit the following requirements as part of the Review’s recommendations:
6. Seek other expert inputs on the Review of the Social Protection Systems for the Cook Islands.
7. Present the Review of the SP systems in the Cook Islands to the key stakeholders including the Cook Islands Technical Committee and the Multi Country Steering Committee (MCSC).
8. Ensure incorporation of expert, stakeholder, MCSC and Technical Committee inputs into the finalisation of the Review of the Social Protections in the Cook Islands.
Expected outputs and deliverables
In line with the scope of work outlined above, the Consultant is expected to ensure the effective and efficient completion and submission of the outputs and deliverables within the timelines specified in Table 1 below:
Table 1: Outputs, deliverables and timelines
Timeframe of the consultancy
Within the timelines specified in Table 1 above, the Consultant is expected to commence this consultancy on 31 August 2020 and to be completed by 30 November 2020.
The Consultant will be remunerated in accordance with the effective completion and submission of the required deliverables within the timelines of the required timelines in Table 1. The payment schedule will be processed in accordance with the payment schedule given in Table 2:
Table 2: Payment schedule
Counterparts and line of reporting
The Consultant will work closely with the Social Protection Joint Programme (SP-JP) UNDP Programme Coordinator, Chief Technical Adviser, the Cook Islands Technical Committee, focal points in the other UN Participating Organisations and the Government of the Cook Islands.
Inputs by stakeholders, UN agencies and other development partners
All key stakeholders, UN agencies and other development partners will make available to the consultant all relevant information which may assist the consultant in carrying out and completing the Terms of Reference.
Home-based with travel to the Cook Islands (for an overseas consultant as required).
The Consultant will be stationed with the Cook Islands Ministry of Internal Affairs and will also be required to ensure effective engagement with all other agencies and authorities of the Government of the Cook Islands including key stakeholders in the private sector, civil society and development community during the whole process for the Review of the SP Systems in the Cook Islands.
The Consultant will be responsible for making his/her mission travel arrangements in line with UNDP travel policies. Such travel shall be at UNDP’s expense and the Individual Contractor shall receive a per diem not to exceed United Nations daily subsistence allowance.
A.COMPETENCIES OF THE REQUIRED CONSULTANT
Required Skills and Experience
Assessment of competencies
The assessment of individual consultants will be in accordance with the evaluation criteria below:
Technical Evaluation Criteria will be based on the information provided in the CV and relevant documents that are to be submitted as evidence to support the above required criteria.
Only the top 3 candidates that have achieved a minimum of 49 points (70% of 100 points) will be deemed technically compliant.
The technical competencies will be assessed as per follows:
Recommended Presentation of Proposal:
Given below is the recommended format for submitting your proposal. Proposals must include:
Kindly note you can upload only ONE document to this application (scan all documents in one single PDF file to attach).
Proposals must be submitted by 18 August 2020.
Incomplete applications will not be considered and only candidates for whom there is further interest will be contacted.
Queries about the consultancy can be directed to the UNDP Procurement Unit : email@example.com.