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Consultant for Updating the UN Common Country Analysis for Georgia
|Location :||Home based, GEORGIA|
|Application Deadline :||22-Jan-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||up to 25 working days during 1 February - 1 April 2021|
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 UN system in Georgia has elaborated and jointly with the Government of Georgia endorsed the new UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) 2021-2025 in October 2020. The purpose of the UNSDCF is acceleration of progress towards achievement of the national Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through UN collective response to support Georgia in addressing national priorities and gaps on its way towards implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The preparatory process was carried out in full consultation with the Government of Georgia, civil society and other relevant stakeholders. The new five-year cycle starts in January 2021.
The UNSDCF was informed by the Common Country Analysis (CCA), made available in the beginning of 2020. The CCA represents the UN’s collective analysis of the development situation and provided the essential evidence-base from which the theory of change underpinning the UNSDCF was developed. CCA has identified the types of transformational changes needed and achievable in the country as of the period till the end of 2019.
The main objective of the UN CCA was to provide an independent, impartial and collective assessment and analysis of the situation in Georgia in order to inform the development of the UNSDCF. The CCA has provided a comprehensive overview of Georgia’s standing in each dimension of sustainable development - economic, social and environmental, reflecting on national development priorities and needs, existing gaps and challenges in achieving them, while taking into account the groups left behind or at risk of being left behind. The CCA also dealt with the root causes for inequalities - highlighting Georgia’s implementation of human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment commitments; the regional context and the priorities of regional and continental frameworks and strategies; as well as the potential risks and bottlenecks that might affect the country’s ability to achieve the SDGs.
The unexpected and rapidly changing situation triggered by the COVID19 pandemic, resulted in modification of priorities and ad-hoc needs for support, entailing reprograming within UNCT ongoing programs. In order to facilitate effectiveness of the UN Country Team’s (UNCT) response to emergency, assure proper and in-depth understanding of the overall changed situation and maintain synergy and coherence in efforts by the UN system in Georgia, the UNRCO initiated review and update the current CCA document, so that it embraces comprehensive update of the situation analysis, including gaps in substance and accompanying risks.
Duties and Responsibilities
With the support from RCO and UNCT in Georgia and under the overall supervision of the UN Resident Coordinator the selected Consultant will prepare the complete update of the Common Country Analysis for Georgia. The consultant will be directly supervised and guided by the Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) Team Leader and work closely with the RCO Team until successful completion of the assignment and acceptance of the updated CCA by the UNCT. The RCO Team as well as all resident and non-resident agencies will provide required support to the process as needed.
The Consultant is expected to:
The scope of the issues to be updated and reflected in the CCA Report:
Georgia's implementation of its commitments under all relevant internationally agreed norms and standards (including the ones for Human Rights Gender Equality and environmental sustainability), UN Charter values, as instrumental to achieving Agenda 2030.
Expected Deliverables and Deadlines:
The tentative framework and the amount of working days should be seen as a guidance. Payment will be made based on delivery of satisfactory results.
Duration of work and payment modality:
The duration of the assignment for the Consultant is estimated as 25 working days of home-based work. The consultancy will start on February 1, 2021 and complete before the end of March 2021 with the submission of a final report by 20 March 2021.
The output should be submitted by the Consultant to the RC and will be considered as accepted upon written confirmation from the UN Resident Coordinator.
This is a lump sum contract that should include costs of consultancy; payment will be released upon satisfactory provision of respective outputs and acceptance by the Resident Coordinator. The USD lump sum amount will be paid in three installments upon completion and acceptance by the UN Resident Coordinator of the above indicated outputs by the due dates.
Monitoring and Control:
Activities and progress will be monitored through regular contacts and review of the deliverable by the RC/RCO and the UNCT. The Consultant is requested to inform on progress on a weekly basis. In case the deliverable is deemed to have been completed to a standard that does not fully satisfy UN performance criteria, the UN reserves the right to withhold the payment in part or in full. No interim payments will be executed.
Required Skills and Experience
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis method: Offerors will be evaluated against combination of technical and financial criteria. Maximum obtainable score is 100, out of which the total score for technical criteria equals to 70 and for financial criteria – to 30. Offerors that do not meet Minimum Qualification Criteria will be automatically rejected, while the rest will form up the long list. The offerors who obtain minimum 28 points as a result of the desk review will be invited for the interview. Offerors who pass 70% threshold, i.e. obtain minimum 21 points, as a result of the interview will be requested the financial proposal.
The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in instalments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the ToR. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount. Maximum 30 points will be assigned to the lowest price offer. All other price offers will be scored using the formula (inverse proportion): Financial score X = 30* the lowest price offer/suggested price offer. All envisaged costs must be included in the financial proposal.
The UN is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified female candidates, people with disabilities, and minorities are highly encouraged to apply.