Lead Author/Team Lead- National HDR, Myanmar


Location : Yangon and Home-based
Application Deadline :07-Dec-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :100 days
Expected Duration of Assignment :January 2021 – June 2021 (Phase 1)

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.


Background

The Global Human Development Report and the its more country-focused counterpart- the National Human Development Reports (NHDR)- are flagship UNDP publications produced regularly to address topics relevant to a country’s development trajectory and are aimed at providing policy recommendations and generating public discourse around the topic.


It is expected that Myanmar will move towards developing its first ever NHDR in the 2021/22 period, focusing on basic and enhanced capabilities- a concept introduced in the Global HDR 2019. Basic capabilities refer to basic means for living such as primary education or primary health care or ownership of mobile phone, whereas enhanced capabilities refer to higher level of capabilities, say, access to tertiary education or improved medical facility, or high-speed internet connectivity.

 

Covid-19 reinforced the significance of enhanced capabilities as difference in such capabilities across population groups can create a yawning gap in human development outcomes when a shock hit. The difference in enhanced capability makes the impact of Covid-19 on poor disproportionally higher. For example, those who have tertiary level of education and access to broadband width, they can continue working in other arrangements and thus continue earning, whereas those that lack these capabilities cannot.

Against the above backdrop, the report will take a fresh look at differences in basic and enhanced capabilities using a framework that goes beyond income. It will investigate various factors affect different groups in various states and regions of Myanmar. It will explore constraints and barriers that prohibit poor and vulnerable to build such capabilities, and how state can help address to improve the access to make them relevant and enable them to harness their potential to maximum extent.


Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities

In close collaboration with the UNDP Management and Country Office NHDR Focal Point and in consultation with the NHDR advisory group and the peer review group, the Lead Author/Team Leader in Phase 1 of the NHDR development process will: 

 

  • Develop and finalize the draft Concept Note for NHDR 2021/22
  • Attend stakeholder meetings, organized by UNDP Myanmar to present the Concept and receive feedback and recommendations
  • Develop NHDR outline and detailed workplan
  • Identify the background papers to be developed
  • Recruit team of experts
  • Lead and coordinate the report writing process,

 

Expected Deliverables (Phase 1): 

 

Deliverables

Delivery Date

1

Finalized NHDR Concept

December 30, 2020

2

NHDR 2021/22 outline and workplan

Identify Background papers

February 15, 2021

3

Recruit Team of experts

Completed background papers

 

 

TBD (based on Government approval)

4

Lead and Coordinate report writing process

 

 

TBD

 

Evaluation Process

Candidates will be reviewed through a desk review based on required skills and experience as elaborated in the TOR. The award of the contract will be made to the candidate with the highest score out of the pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the position. The technical criteria weights 70% and financial criteria 30%.

Technical evaluation

Summary of Technical Evaluation (max 70 points)

Points Obtainable

1.

Education

15

2.

Experience, capacity and expertise

30

3.

Regional experience and knowledge of the Myanmar context

15

4.

Language, editing and communication

10

 

Total

70

 

Section 1. Education

Points obtainable

1.1

Relevant academic qualification

15

Total Section 1

15

   

 

Section 2. Experience, capacity and expertise

Points obtainable

2.1

Experience in issues related to sustainable human development context with a focus on inequalities;

4

2.2

Ability to undertake professional research using both quantitative and qualitative methods and experience with the development of composite indices;

4

2.3

Analytical skills and ability to write concisely and clearly and to deliver on time

4

2.4

Credentials in project design, methodology design, and conducting assessments

4

2.5

communication and advocacy skills, and ability to work in an environment requiring liaison and collaboration with multiple actors including government representatives, donors and other stakeholders;

4

2.6

Familiarity with UNDP and UN system policies, including Human Development Reports

4

2.7

In-depth knowledge on relevant development issues and ability to advocate and provide policy advice;

3

2.8

Ability to lead teams effectively

3

Total Section 2

30

 

Section 3. Regional experience and knowledge of the Myanmar context

Points obtainable

3.1

Relevant knowledge and experience in the region

7

3.2

Relevant knowledge and experience of the Myanmar context

8

Total Section 3

15

 

Section 4. Language, editing and communication

Points obtainable

4.1

Writing, editing, and oral communication skills in English

5

4.2

Communication and advocacy skills, and ability to work in an environment requiring liaison and collaboration with multiple actors including government representatives, donors and other stakeholders

5

Total Section 4

10

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.

 

Financial evaluation

The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal. Other candidates receive points in inverse proportion (30 – 20 – 10).


Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Demonstrates a passion and energy for development projects;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

Functional Competencies:

  • Demonstrates substantive and technical knowledge to meet responsibilities and position requirements;
  • Participates effectively in a team-based, information-sharing environment, collaborates and cooperates with others;
  • Generates ideas and innovative, practical solutions and seizes opportunities to support strategic objectives;
  • Excellent ability to write and communicate orally with accuracy and professionalism;
  • Proven ability to work within the set time frames on multiple activities and tasks concurrently


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  •  Masters degree in social sciences at the minimum, Phd is an asset

 

Experience:

  • At least ten years of experience in issues related to sustainable human development context with a focus on inequalities;
  • Proven ability to undertake professional research using both quantitative and qualitative methods and experience with the development of composite indices;
  • Proven analytical skills and ability to write concisely and clearly and to deliver on time;
  • Proven credentials in project design, methodology design, and conducting assessments;
  • Proven communication and advocacy skills, and ability to work in an environment requiring liaison and collaboration with multiple actors including government representatives, donors and other stakeholders;
  • Relevant knowledge and experience in the region;

 

Languages Requirements

  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills in English

 

Other Requirements

  • Familiarity with UNDP and UN system policies, including Human Development Reports
  • In-depth knowledge on relevant development issues and ability to advocate and provide policy advice;
  • Ability to lead teams effectively 

 

 

Interested Individual Consultant must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  1. Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;(Please see Template attached)
  2. Personal CV/P11, indicating the past experience relevant to the assignment, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references;(Please see Template attached)
  3. Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a methodology, if applicable, on how he/she will approach and complete the assignment;
  4. Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided.

 

Proposal should be submitted to (either bids.mm@undp.org or UNDP Jobs website http://jobs.undp.org) no later than 17:00 (Myanmar Time), 7 December 2020. Email submission should state procurement notice number (2020/UNDP-MMR/PN/139) in the subject line. 

For Annexes Template Please visit - 

https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=73304&view=admin



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