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National Consultant Training and Procedures Specialist - Elections
|Location :||Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA|
|Application Deadline :||26-Oct-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||4d 12h 53m|
|Additional Category :||Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Maximum 9 Months (November – June 2021) , a total of 188 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Maximum 9 Months (November – June 2021) , a total of 88 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.
Since 1995, Ethiopia has adopted a multiparty parliamentary system and a federal structure devolving power to nine regions and two city administrations. The Constitution established a bi-cameral parliamentary form of Government with two houses. The framework of governance includes a system of political representation based on the holding of local (every 2.5 years) and nation-wide elections (every 5 years), and formation of a set of legislative institutions at all levels, including, at the apex`, the two houses of the national parliament (the House of Peoples Representatives (HoPR) and the House of Federation (HoF).
Under the current Constitution, the country held five general elections, the last being in May 2015. Among all elections, only the 2005 election was characterized by improved political space and competition between political parties.
Ethiopia has embarked on a path of reforms and political renewal. With the new leadership of Dr. Abiy Ahmed, the Government has systematically invested in the opening of the political space and has lifted many of the restrictions that were placed on political participation. The most notable development was the lifting of 'terror labels' of several previously outlawed political parties. The return of opposition parties has enriched the political debate and has been a clear indication of the Government and the Ruling Coalition to engage in open and more inclusive political process. This is expected to have direct bearing on the upcoming general elections planned for 2020.
The National Electoral Board of Ethiopia (NEBE) has recently seen its leadership changed. Former Judge Birtukan Midekssa was appointed in November 2018 as the new Chairwoman of NEBE. The change of NEBE's leadership reconfirmed the Government's commitment to reform the institution and enhance its credibility within the political sphere but also among the general public. NEBE has faced reputational challenges and was heavily criticized for being biased and partial in conducting previous elections. Investment in the Board's integrity, professionalism and effectiveness has been included in the policy priority areas that were captured in the 'New Horizon of Hope' document, issued by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) following the most recent Cabinet reshuffle.
In response to the request by the Government of Ethiopia and with the view to support the reforms and general elections, the United Nations has performed a Needs Assessment Mission (NAM), which confirms that conditions were favourable for the United Nations to design and activate an elections programme/project of support. UNDP supported the development of the 'Supporting Elections for Ethiopia's Democratic Strengthening (SEEDS)', which was established in June 2019.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the International Training and Procedures Advisor and the Head of the NEBE Training Department, in coordination with relevant SEEDS project advisors, the incumbent will provide technical assistance to NEBE on all training and procedures matters pertaining to the implementation of the electoral process. The expert will also support translations in Amharic and advice on compliance of training material and other operational forms with the legal framework for elections. The training and procedures specialist will work with other SEEDS advisors to ensure adherence to specific ICT systems with the established Ethiopian legal and operational framework and recognized international good practices and standards.
Specific duties include:
INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENT/REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS
The selected National Consultant Training and Procedures Specialist will be based at the SEEDS project office and the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia as required. The selected Consultant will operate under the direct supervision of UNDP's SEEDS International Training and Procedures Advisor and overall guidance of the head of the NEBE training Department.
The Consultant should possess the following competencies:
Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN's values and ethical standards; Sensitivity to cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age differences. Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment; ability to exercise sound political judgment;
Required Skills and Experience
Required Skills and Experience
Education: Master's degree in Law, Political Sciences, International Relations, or related field.
Payments under the contract shall be delivery-based and be made on receipt of the specific deliverables indicated above. These shall be made upon approval by International Training and Procedures Advisor
UNDP reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs are incomplete, not delivered, or for failure to meet deadlines
Deliverables, Deadlines & Estimated level of effort (in working days)
Translation of manuals and forms as well as any requirement for ICT applications. Training plan for the voter registration process. 23, November 2020, 20 Days
Support the organization and implementation of the training plan for voter registration; 23 December 20, 2020, days
Support the organization and implementation of the training plan for candidate registration; 23 January 2021, 20, days
Support development and translation of procedures for polling and counting; Technical specifications for polling and counting forms; 23 February 2021, 20 days
Support development and translation of forms for polling and counting; 23 March 2021, 20 days
Training plan and the timeline for polling staff; 23 April 2021, 20 days
Support the organization and implementation of the training plan for polling and counting;
Support the organization and implementation of the training plan for results management; 23 May 2021, 20 days
Final report on training support to NEBE, 23 June 2021, 20 days
PRICE PROPOSAL AND SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS
Shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal. The Consultant shall then submit a price proposal when requested by UNDP, in accordance with the below:
UNDP reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory if work/outputs are incomplete, not delivered, or for failure to meet deadlines.
The following criteria will be followed in selecting the best Candidate.
Criteria Weight Max. Point
Technical Competence: 70%
Criteria a) Relevance of Education: Master's degree in Law, Political Sciences, International Relations, or related field- Max Point 20
Criteria b) Relevance of Experience: Minimum 4 years of experience in legal practice or education -Max Point 20
Criteria c) Experience in the national or international context in training- Max Point 20
Criteria d) Familiarity with the UN in general and UNDP procedures in particular and/or previous experience with the UN – Max Point 10
Financial (Lower Offer): 30% - Max Point 30
Technical Score (70%) + Financial Score (30%) – Total Max Point 100
Financial Evaluation (30%):
The following formula will be used to evaluate the 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
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Interested international Consultant must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document:
All materials developed will remain the copyright of UNDP Ethiopia. UNDP Ethiopia will be free to adapt and modify them in the future.
Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):
Note: Incomplete application will result in automatic disqualification of Candidates.