National consultant to support Tirana Municipality to Design the 5-year Social Housing Municipal plan


Location : Tirana, ALBANIA
Application Deadline :26-Jan-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Expected Duration of Assignment :Up to 20 working days, over a 3-month period

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 Leave No One Behind (LNB) Project builds upon the vast experience of the UN and UNDP in addressing social inclusion and the needs of vulnerable groups. It supports the implementation of the newly shaped vision of the social sector in Albania, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the country’s aspirations towards EU integration. LNB avails of technical expertise and know-how of UN agencies aiming at allowing for greater impact and outreach by focusing on the municipal level and its linkage to the national level. The objective of this four-year programme (2017 – 2021) is to empower vulnerable persons and groups to have equal access to public services and opportunities, to have a voice in public decision-making affecting their lives and hold the duty bearers accountable. The project’s first phase (2017-2021) is designed to:

  • strengthen the vulnerable population to request and receive adequate social services from local authorities that support their social inclusion,
  • help municipalities to effectively manage the provision of social services and promote social inclusion, 
  • support national institutions to implement their policy framework for providing social services and adequately fund social services. 

Since service delivery is realized mostly at local level, the project’s intervention focuses on this level as reflected by the first two of its three outcomes. The third outcome of the project reflects the project’s concern with anchoring its interventions at system level, i.e. to contribute to the further development and implementation of policies and Laws relevant for social inclusion.

The project’s implementation is the responsibility of the four UN agencies UNDP, UNICEF, UN Women and UNFPA, and funded by Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC).


Duties and Responsibilities

Aware of the importance of housing, as a fundamental right that guarantees integration and social cohesion, the government of Albania, with technical support form UNDP developed a national policy on social housing - The Social Housing Strategy 2016 – 2025 (SHS) that treats and provides solutions to a broad range of issues with the common aim of integrated economic and social development of the strata in need ranging from single-parent families, people with disabilities, orphans, victims of domestic violence, to Roma and Egyptian families.

The Law “On Social Housing” was approved by the Parliament of Albania in 2018. It was drafted also with UNDP assistance and expertise and with CoE support availed to the Ministry in charge. It aims at creating opportunities for adequate and affordable housing for a safe, dignified and peaceful life, relying on the solvency of individuals and families in need of housing and in need of state aid. It intends to provide a tailored approach to the needs of people with disabilities, the elderly, children and other groups, by reducing the efforts of these groups to meet their specific housing needs. The Ministry of Finance and Economy (MoFE) is in the final process of drafting the full package with bylaws and other related legal documents that are necessary for the implementation of the Social Housing Law.

The general purpose of this ToR is the engagement of an expert (hereinafter “the consultant”) with expertise in the field of Social housing policies and practices to support the Tirana Municipality in designing the social housing 5-year plan in line with the National Strategy and the Law on Social Housing and the existing guidelines. The Municipal housing plan would allow the Tirana Municipality to:

  1. assess the social housing needs of the most vulnerable in their territory;
  2. assess the municipal capacities being them human, technical, financial, and organisational to address such needs;
  3. come up with concrete actions and budget estimations for the implementation of social housing needs.

 

Duties and responsibilities

With UNDP/LNB facilitation, and with guidance and technical support of the General Director of General Directorate of Social Services, Tirana Municipality, the Consultant will carry out the following main tasks:

  • Getting familiar with the Social Housing Strategy, the Law on Social Housing and its by-laws and legal base for the functioning of the Social Housing in Albania, guidelines, and all other related documents;
  • Using the tools/ guidelines, facilitate/assist to develop the Municipal housing plan, including the vision, goals, objectives, anticipated results, objectively verifiable indicators, costs, timeframe, its relationship with and its reflection in the urban plan.
  • Supporting the process of consulting the Municipal Plans with local councilors, CSOs, community members, and other local actors.

 

  • Organizing and facilitating at least one workshop to present and discuss the draft Municipal housing plan with key stakeholders and duty bearers.
  • Facilitating key stakeholder’s feedback/agreeing and reflecting all necessary changes in the draft Municipal social housing plan.
  • Finalizing the Tirana Municipality Social Housing plan in English.

 

Expected Outputs and Deliverables:

 

  • An inception Report. This brief report will propose the detailed methodology and workplan, sources and procedures to be used for the development of the Municipal Housing Plans. It will include a proposed timeline of activities and submission of deliverables. This report will be used as an initial point of agreement and understanding with Tirana Municipality and UNDP.
  • The Draft Municipal Housing Plans developed in accordance with the TORs and in close consultation with key stockholders. The draft should take into consideration comments received by reviewers. The draft will be presented and validated in the workshop with stakeholders at local level.
  • Final Municipal Housing Plan: The consultant will finalize the municipal housing plan incorporating reviewers’ comments.  The report shall not exceed 20 pages. The plans must take into consideration the plight and needs of the vulnerable and disadvantaged, for example, women, youth, persons with disability, Roma and Egyptians, etc.
  • The Consultant’s report comprising important observations, conclusions and recommendations for future work.

Duration of the Work

The duration of this assignment is for a maximum of 20 person-days over the period of 3 months from contract signature. The target start date is January, 2021.


Competencies

Corporate Competencies 

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN's values and ethical standards;
  • Commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values; 
  • Sensitivity to cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age differences. 

Functional Competencies 

  • Substantial experience in strategy formulation and in drafting documents based on extensive consultations.
  • Strong inter-personal and communication (oral and written) skills, efficiency in a multi-tasking and multi-cultural environment;
  • Ability to work and adapt to a dynamic working environment, judgment, results-orientation, and ability to perform under pressure.

 


Required Skills and Experience

Academic qualification:

  •  Postgraduate degree in Urban planning, Urban management, Public administration, Public policies, Statistics, Social policies or closely related field of studies.

 Relevant work experience:

  • Minimum ten years of experience as senior professional with expertise in analyzing /designing/implementing social housing policy/ programmes, in particular for disadvantaged groups.
  • Substantial experience in drafting documents and in carrying out local housing planning and reviews.
  • Experience in organizing capacity building activities for various stakeholders
  • Excellent knowledge of vulnerabilities, and social housing challenges in Albania
  • Research experience and the ability to analyze qualitative and quantitative data and compile and summarize results.
  • Excellent organizational skills

Language

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is essential.

Evaluation Procedure 

UNDP applies a fair and transparent selection process that would consider both the technical qualification of Individual Consultants as well as their financial proposals. The contract will be awarded to the candidate whose offer: 

  • Is deemed technically responsive / compliant / acceptable (only technically responsive applications / candidates will be considered for the financial evaluation) 
  • And has obtained the highest combined technical and financial scores. 

Technical Criteria?- 70% of total evaluation – max points: 70 

Criteria A: Minimum 10 years of direct experience in carrying out/analyzing /designing/implementing social housing policy/ programmes – max points: 20 

Criteria B: Substantial experience in drafting documents and in carrying out local housing planning and reviews – max points: 40 

Criteria C: Postgraduate degree in Urban planning, Urban management, Public administration, Public policies, Statistics, Social policies or closely related field of studies – max points: 10 

Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation – max points: 30 

Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (49 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (70 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation. 

Contract Award 

The 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. 

Application Procedure 

Interested applicants are advised to carefully study all sections of this ToRs and ensure that they meet the general requirements as well as specific qualifications described. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials. 

The application should contain: 

  • Cover letter?explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position. Please paste the letter into the "Resume and Motivation" section of the electronic application. 
  • Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability-please fill in the attached form...http://www.un.org.al/doc/PSU_%20Individual%20Contract_Letter%20to%20UNDP.docx 
  • Filled P11 form?including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees, please upload the P11 instead of your CV.? 

http://www.al.undp.org/content/dam/albania/docs/misc/P11%20for%20SCs%20and%20ICs.doc 

  • Financial Proposal in ALL*?- specifying a?total lump sum?in Albanian Lek??for the tasks specified in this announcement.? The attached template may be used -?http://www.un.org.al/doc/Financial%20Offer%20template.doc?Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant during the contract period (e.g. fee and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services). 
  • Copy of Diplomas and?copy of Passport. 

*Kindly note that Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability and Financial Proposal are two separate documents and should be both part of your application. 

How to Submit the Application

To submit your application online, please follow the steps below: 

  • Download and complete the UN Personal History Form (P11) for Service Contracts (SCs) and Individual Contracts (ICs); 
  • Merge your UN Personal History Form (P11) for Service Contracts (SCs) and Individual Contracts (ICs), Financial Proposal Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability and cover letter into a single file. The system does not allow for more than one attachment to be uploaded; 
  • Click on the Job Title (job vacancy announcement); 
  • Click “Apply Now” button, fill in necessary information on the first page, and then click “Submit Application;” 
  • Upload your application/single file as indicated above with the merged documents (underlined above); 
  • You will receive an automatic response to your email confirming receipt of your application by the system. 

Due to large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process. 

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.  

 



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