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International Consultant - Social and Environmental Standards (3 positions)
|Location :||Home based|
|Application Deadline :||03-Dec-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 :||Retainer Contract|
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 is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work carried out at Headquarters, Regional and Country Office levels forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan.
The Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific (RBAP) focuses its efforts on developing the region’s capacity to promote and accelerate action on its progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It implements the UNDP Strategic Plan in Asia and the Pacific and delivers on UNDP’s partnerships within the region and with development actors in the region. UNDP has corporately prioritized the implementation of SDG country support platforms as its main value offer in the new strategic plan. RBAP is actively taking ownership of this agenda and positioning its Country Offices (COs) and regional support to achieve these corporate commitments.
In this context, RBAP is intending to provide enhanced support to the COs within the region to implement Social and Environmental Standards policy.
The Social and Environmental Standards (SES) underpin UNDP’s support for sustainable development. The objectives of the standards are to:
The starting point to ensure these standards are applied is through UNDP’s project-level Social and Environmental Screening Procedure (SESP), which is a requirement for proposed projects. The objectives of the SESP are to: (a) integrate the SES Overarching Principles (human rights, gender equality and environmental sustainability); (b) identify potential social and environmental risks and their significance; (c) determine the Project's SES risk category; and (d) determine the level of assessment and management required to address potential social and environmental risks and impacts. All guidance on UNDPs Social and Environmental Standards can be found in the SES Toolkit.
The consultant will support oversight of the implementation of SES requirements, from project design through implementation, in high-priority and “High Risk” projects in the Asia and the Pacific region. This will include quality assurance, spot-checking, and advising on measures to be taken to ensure effective implementation of and compliance with the SES. The consultant will also facilitate learning across the region and beyond, tracking and sharing lessons learned.
The consultant’s work will be supervised by the Programme Management Specialist, based in UNDP’s Bangkok Regional Hub.
Duties and Responsibilities
Support implementation of Regional SES action plan for Asia-Pacific:
Targeted technical oversight and quality assurance for high risk and high priority projects:
Support corporate accountability, reporting, coordination and learning across regions:
Will be advised for each assignment.
Required Skills and Experience
Languages: Fluency in English
Individuals who are based in the countries covered by the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific will have a distinct advantage.
Applicants will be screened against qualifications and the competencies specified above. Those selected for the next stage of the selection process will participate in an interview.
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal.
Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation – max. 70 points:
Desk Review - max 35 points
Asynchronous video assessment - max points: 35
Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation – max 30 points.
Documentation to be submitted:
Kindly note you can upload only ONE document to this application (scan all documents in one single PDF file to attach).
For information and agreement, please read UNDP’s General Conditions of Contract for the ICs
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