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Consultancy –Learning and Communication Consultant,/BPPS /Effectiveness Group/UNDP-Home Based
|Location :||Home Based|
|Application Deadline :||01-Oct-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 :||60 Workingdays: With possibility of extension for additional 60 days subject to availability of fund|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||60 Workingdays: With possibility of extension for additional 60 days subject to availability of fund|
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.
UNDP's Social and Environmental Standards (SES) first came into effect 1 January 2015. While an update to the policies was approved in late 2019, it came with a clear mandate to prepare an implementation strategy to ensure strengthened institutional arrangements and capacities for implementation. An Inter-bureau SES Task Force was subsequently established to lead the development of the implementation plan, building on lessons learned from the last five years. Among the key lessons and feedback received was the need for greater and sustained investment in learning and training opportunities on the SES. Therefore, the SES Task Force has developed a Learning and Communication Strategy which is at the heart of the implementation plan.
Lessons from the last five years have showed that one-off ad hoc trainings with very limited investment in continued and progressive learning opportunities is insufficient at best. It has also shown that one-way communications and trainings reliant on small HQ SES team are not an effective strategy to build the capacities and awareness needed, as evidenced by continued low levels of basic awareness and understanding of the SES.
To respond to these lessons, the SES Learning and Communication Strategy describes the objectives, principles, approach, and resources required to ensure scaled-up and sustained investment in SES learning and communications. With a corporate commitment to invest in continued learning and implementation capacities, UNDP aims to enter a new phase of embedding the SES in the way we manage and implement our programming.
The objective of the strategy is to enable UNDP staff to progressively understand and implement UNDP’s SES as an integral component of effective programming, applying a principled and risk-informed approach and embed measures in broader risk-management efforts around program management. Further, it aims at raising awareness among all relevant stakeholders of the value and purpose of the SES, create and/or strengthen capacities of implementing partners.
As part of it’s launch package, the learning and communications strategy aims at delivering several elements that need to be prepared before or delivered alongside the launch of the updated SES (planned for Q4):
1) Building a Cadre of SES Experts in Regional Hubs
UNDP is lucky to have internal expertise from human rights to environment needed to implement the SES. However, these experts have not been trained or mobilized to offer this support. This strategy aims to build a “critical mass” of in-house specialized SES expertise in the Regional Hubs to offer support and trainings to the practitioners at the forefront of implementation. An initial phase will involve in-depth training for a group of experts within the Global Policy Network (GPN), primarily based in the Regional Hubs, on the content and implementation of the SES, simultaneously equipping them to deliver training and build internal and external capacity. Continued learning opportunities will be provided to these experts as well as networked knowledge sharing and exchange.
2) Webinars on policy updates, the basics etc.
Webinars are a fundamental tool to provide training while engaging with the audience in an interactive way, especially in times when face-to-face interactions are limited. Targeted webinar sessions with Regional Bureaux (RBx) as well as the Country Oversight and Support Teams and specific webinars for each of the RBx for all staff will be an essential tool to prepare and accompany the launch of the updated SES. The presentation of specific, recent guidance notes as well as orientation sessions for SES regional oversight LTA’s and consultants working on SES may be necessary.
3) Gather feedback, support the adaptation and general implementation of the Learning and Communication Strategy
Support the social and environmental policy specialist in conducting a continuous dialogue with relevant stakeholders (RBx) to gather feedback and improve both this specific training program as well as the overall learning strategy. The consultant is expected to support the organizational tasks around facilitating this dialogue and any other relevant tasks deemed essential for the implementation of the learning strategy.
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK, RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED ANALYTICAL WORK
The objective is four-fold:
Support the development of the “train-the-trainers” module
Support the design and delivery of a training program for selected GPN colleagues in the regional hubs. This targeted training must be an in-depth course that equips the participants with the necessary knowledge and practical experience to become trainers/advisors themselves and support country offices colleagues to efficiently fulfill their functions regarding SES. It should focus on the technical requirements for programs under each of the standards and principles at the different stages of the project cycle, their relevance for programming, familiarize the audience with the different social and environmental instruments (ESIA, ESMP, ESMF etc.) and how to efficiently engage with partners. Further, deep-dive sessions will need to be developed to train colleagues on specific standards and allo them to become advisors on specific topics.
Support the development of Webinars on relevant SES topics
Support the preparation and delivery of targeted webinar sessions with RBx, Country Oversight and Support Teams, specific webinars for each of the RBx for all staff, presenting specific Guidance Notes with particular relevance for the audience, an orientation session for SES regional oversight LTA’s and consultants on the roster working on SES and others, as required.
Gather feedback, support the adaptation of the Learning and Communication Strategy
Support the social and environmental policy specialist in conducting a continuous dialogue with relevant stakeholders (RBx) to gather feedback, improve tailoring of the specific learning and communication products. Further, the feedback should facilitate a continuous enhancement of the strategy based on the ideas and comments received. The consultant is expected to support the organizational tasks around facilitating this dialogue.
Expected outputs and deliverables:
Supported the general implementation of the learning strategy as needed.
Technical / Functional Competencies:
Positive and results-oriented attitude, able to meet targets/deadlines
Required Skills and Experience
The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):
Note: The above documents need to be scanned in one file and uploaded to the online application as one document.
Shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal.
The Financial Proposal is to be emailed as per the instruction in the separate email that will be sent to shortlisted candidates.
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):
Having reviewed applications received, UNDP will invite the top four shortlisted candidates for interview. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (490 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (700 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.
Financial evaluation - Total 30% (300 points)
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
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
Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into contract with UNDP.
The consultant will work under the guidance and direct supervision of Programme Specialist, Social and Environmental Standards, BPPS/Effectiveness Group and will be responsible for the fulfilment of the deliverables as specified above.
The Consultant will be responsible for providing her/his own laptop.
Payment to the Individual Contractor will be made based on the actual number of days worked, deliverables accepted and upon certification of satisfactory completion by the manager.
Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):
Annex 1 - UNDP P-11 Form for ICs
Annex 2 - IC Contract Template
Annex 3 – IC General Terms and Conditions
Annex 4 – RLA Template
Any request for clarification must be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The UNDP Central Procurement Unit will respond by email and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all applicants.