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National Consultant-Designing Tools and Guidelines to Support LGIs for Achieving SDG Targets
|Location :||Dhaka, BANGLADESH|
|Application Deadline :||30-Jan-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||58 working days over a period of 4.5 months|
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.
Strengthening local governance has been a key focus of not only the government of Bangladesh but also different donor agencies. Considering the importance of the issue, UNDP has been working to strengthen the local governance system in Bangladesh for more than a decade. UNDP lead support projects to the LGIs have played an important role in reforming the Union Parishad (UP) and Upazila Parishad (UZP) tier of government. UNDP in collaboration with SDC and DANIDA through EALG project, is planning to support UZP and UP to improve service delivery through improved governance. The project has three major program components, including Strengthening Upazila Parishad (SUZP: Component-1); Strengthening Union Parishad (SUP:Component-2) and Policy for Effective Local Governance (PELG: Component-3)to strengthen overall decentralization/ devolution process.
Strengthen the capacities of local governments and other stakeholders to foster participatory local development service delivery for the SDGs (especially achieving the goals and targets of 1,1.3, 4,5,6,11-b,15, and 16.7). This project has the following three components;
1: Strengthening Upazila Parishad (SUZP) Component puts emphasis on Strengthening Capacities of Upazila Parishad to Improve Service Delivery. It would enable strengthening the governance framework of Upazila Parishad for inclusive, effective and accountable planning and improved service delivery. Moreover, it will work to improve the financial management of Upazila Parishad for improved funding absorption capacity and accountability, strengthened downward accountability of the UZP Committees through effective and inclusive public engagement mechanisms and practices, and strengthened the ability of Women Upazila Parishad Members to fulfil their role and duties in council work.
2: Strengthening Union Parishad (SUP) Component focuses on enhancing Capacities of Union Parishad for Participatory Local Development. It would attempt to: i. strengthen the capacity of the Union Parishads to provide pro-poor, effective and accountable services; ii. Make the Union Parishads (UP) more climate-resilient through prioritizing resilience measures in the UP development plan; and iii. Empower and institutionalize the space for the poor and marginalized citizens specially women to get engaged in the decision-making process of UP.
3: Policy for Effective Local Governance (PELG): This component provides policy support to the Government of Bangladesh for establishing effective local government irrespective of tiers.
Duties and Responsibilities
The scope of the work for this assignment is outlined below:
For collecting data, the consultant will need to design tools, methods and other instrument as applicable and will collect data using the tools from the agreed stakeholders.
Prepare a report on action research: Using the findings and recommendations of the action research, the selected consultant will prepare a report and will submit to EALG for review and accept.
The overall objective of this assignment is to design a set of tools and necessary guidelines on the prioritized SDGs so that these can be useable to the LGIs (Union Parishod and Upazila Parishad) for data collection to develop a baseline on their constituencies for making SDG decisions.
The specific objectives of this assignment are:
The timing of the tasks are as follows:
Geographical Coverage of EALG:The geographical coverage of the project are selected 18 UZPs under 9 districts from 8 divisions, and 251 UPs (30 from each district) under the 9 districts.
Based on the scope of the work outlined above, the deliverables from the consultant/ institute are as follows:
Institutional arrangements:The consultant will independently conduct the assignment but can take necessary guidance from LGD and UNDP. The consultant will be closely working with the Project Management Team of EALG and will be reportable to the Project Coordinator, EALG.
Duty Station: Dhaka with field visit
Methodology:The consultant will propose their methodology in the proposal. However, there are some indications in the different parts of this TOR about the methodology (such as consultations with the key stakeholders) that must be included in the proposal.
All the key personnel must possess the below competencies.
Required Skills and Experience
I. Academic Qualifications:
Minimum Master ‘s Degree in social sciences, Political Science, Public Administration, Governance and/or Development Studies.
II. Professional Qualifications:
Remuneration of the successful contractor will be fixed and bids should be submitted on this basis. No adjustment will be given for the period and determined by the specified outputs as per this ToR. The price should take into account all HR costs and professional fees, travel costs, subsistence and ancillary expenses. The financial proposal shall specify the total lump sum amount and must be all-inclusive (professional fees, travel costs, living allowances, medical allowances, communications costs etc.)
UNDP shall effect payments, by bank transfer to the consultancy consultant’s bank account, upon acceptance by EALG/UNDP of the deliverables specified in the ToR. Payments will be based on milestone deliverables upon submission of invoice and upon certification of the work completed.
A cumulative analysis weighted-scoring method will be applied to evaluate the consultant. Award of the contract will be made to the consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as
Only consultants obtaining a minimum of 70% of maxim achievable score (49 points) in the technical analysis would be considered for financial appraisal, and ultimately therefore, for contracting.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Proposers who shall not submit below mentioned documents will not be considered for further evaluation.