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Project Management Consultant
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA|
|Application Deadline :||29-Jan-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|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 :||220 working days spread over one year|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||One year with possibility of extension to another year based on satisfactory performance|
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 United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 least developed countries. With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.
Leaving no one behind in the digital era
UNCDF has formulated its strategy ‘Leaving no one behind in the digital era’ based on over a decade of experience in digital finance in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. UNCDF recognizes that reaching the full potential of digital financial inclusion in support of the Sustainable Development Goals aligns with the vision of promoting and financing digital economies that leave no one behind. The vision of UNCDF is to empower millions of people by 2024 to use services daily that leverage innovation and technology and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Inclusion is at the heart of UNCDF’s strategy to promote digital economies that leave no one behind, which can only be achieved if digital economies are developed at the national level and if there is a focus on making them inclusive—without any new form of exclusion. We place particular importance on youth, women, migrants, refugees, and MSMEs, customer segments that are often marginalized and denied digital innovation and technology due to social norms, societal status, and limited revenue and capacity. We place the empowerment of these customer segments at the center of UNCDF initiatives to develop innovative services in various sectors.
Our approach focuses on accelerating the development and financing of inclusive digital economies at the country level with the government, the private sector and academia, with specific attention given to the development and financing of the right services to reduce the digital divide and to empower key customer segments.
To implement the UNCDF strategy, we apply a country-level market development approach. The objective of such an approach is to continuously aim to understand and intervene in select market systems to address underlying market dysfunctions in order to improve efficiencies, effectiveness and sustainability. The approach seeks to (1) leverage the roles and behaviors of current players in the marketplace, support them to do what they do better or to change their behavior; (2) strengthen the systems and relationships among the various market and sector actors; and (3) work with current players to de-risk new business models in order to make digital solutions more inclusive for key segments and reduce the digital divide.
In this regard, UNCDF in Tanzania seeks a project management consultant, who has demonstrable work experience in project management to support the implementation and monitoring of ongoing projects and the development of new initiatives in line with the Inclusive Digital Economies strategy.
The national consultant will be based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, reporting to the UNCDF Tanzania Country Lead for Inclusive Digital Economies, based in Dar es Salaam, with occasional travel to project sites.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of UNCDF Tanzania’s Country Lead, the Project Management Consultant will be responsible for the following key duties and responsibilities:
Effective and efficient management of project:
Coordinate with UN Coordinator, which includes contributing to relevant strategic frameworks as requested by them and with inputs from the UNCDF Team.
Facilitate knowledge management and & technical assistance
Facilitate monitoring & reporting
The table below outlines the list of key deliverables and estimated number of days:
Duration of Assignment, Duty Station and Expected Places of Travel
Contract duration: The assignment, is expected to have a duration of 220 days over one year with the possibility of extension for one (1) more year, based on the satisfactory performance of an individual consultant, project needs and funding availability.
Number of working days: up to 220 working days per year
Duty station: This is a national consultancy and the consultant is expected to be on-site in Dar es Salaam with occasional travel to project locations as needed. The schedule of travel will be negotiated with the consultant according to the requirements of each task.
Travel: Travel costs associated to the assignment will be paid as reimbursable basis and following the UNDP/UNCDF rules and regulations which states that consultants shall only be paid the most direct and most economical ticket, as will be quoted by the official UN travel agency. Any amount in excess of the said quotation, such as class and airline preference of the consultant, shall be borne by the consultant and the daily living allowance will be paid as per UN Rate.
If the travel is to perform work or deliver outputs that are OUTSIDE the work/deliverables agreed in the contract, the unit supervising the consultant will fully justify in a note to file why the consultant is being asked to undertake such travel. The said justification should be provided along with the supporting documents uploaded in the T&E module and in line with UNDP/UNCDF Travel Policy rules. The contractor will conduct briefings to the UNCDF team prior to and following field visits to projects via meetings and back to office reports (BTORs) and all supporting documentation for F10 within two weeks.
In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon in writing between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant prior to travel and will be reimbursed according to UNDP/UNCDF Travel Policy.
Provision of Quality, Monitoring and Progress Control
The consultant will work under direct supervision of the UNCDF Tanzania, Country Lead, Inclusive Digital Economies.
The following supporting documents will serve as conditions for disbursement: (i) monthly submission of an invoice and Certificate of Payment (COP) duly approved by the Country Lead; (ii) review, approval and written acceptance of each deliverable project by the Country Lead and/or her designate; and (iii) an authorization of payment disbursement from a direct supervisor.
The consultant(s) will work under the direct supervision of the Country Lead for Tanzania and Rwanda and in close collaboration with other relevant colleagues, experts and/or institutions designated by the country Teams. The Country Lead or her assignee will provide overall supervision of the consultancy and approve key deliverables.
The consultant is responsible for providing his/her own laptop.
Payment Terms and Expected Timeline
Required Skills and Experience
Interested individuals must submit the documents mentioned below as proposals in order to demonstrate their qualifications. (Note: The system does not allow multiple uploads of documents. Applicants must make sure to upload all documents in one PDF file.)
All applications must contain the following information:
Selection process and evaluation:
Applications will be rated on both technical and financial submissions. The following selection method will be used: Highest rated proposal using the combined scoring method. The weight distribution shall be 70% technical and 30% financial.
Step I: Screening:
Applications will be screened and only applicants meeting the minimum criteria will progress to the pool for shortlisting.
Step II: Shortlisting by desk review (30% out of technical assessment):
UNCDF will produce a shortlist of candidates and technically evaluate candidates by using the following criteria with corresponding points (100 points):
As applicable, the applicants achieving 70% of the points at this stage shall be invited for an interview via Skype.
Step III: Interview (70% out of technical assessment)
Only candidates obtaining a minimum score of 70% at the desk review stage shall be invited to a competency-based interview.
Step IV: Financial Evaluation:
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% on the total of Step II (Desk review 30 % + Interview 70%) shall be considered as technically qualified and will be reviewed further for financial evaluation.
The following formula will be used to evaluate the financial proposal:
Lowest priced proposal / Price of the proposal being evaluated x 30%.
The contact shall be awarded to the applicant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
The first ranked top candidate that achieved the highest cumulative score will be recommended for award of Individual Contract.
Contract management mechanism:
UNCDF will regularly monitor the consultant’s performance against the following criteria:
Both individual consultants and individual employed by a company or institution are welcome to apply.
Any individual employed by a company or institution who would like to submit an offer in response to a Procurement Notice for IC must do so in their individual capacity (providing a CV so that their qualifications may be judged accordingly). Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.