National Consultant to oversee the construction of mobile sales centres and government buildings (Sri Lankan national only)



Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Home-based with extensive travel to the relevant locations, SRI LANKA
Application Deadline :28-Jan-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
05-Feb-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :5 February 2021 to 30 November 2021
Expected Duration of Assignment :5 February 2021 to 30 November 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.


Background

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates the United Nations system’s efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts towards building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

The 30-year armed ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka brought about a significant transformation in women’s roles in society. With the large loss or disappearance of spouses, over 1.2 million women became heads of households. These female heads of households must now sustain a livelihood for their families and take on roles not traditionally held by women in their communities. Carrying out a new role as the ‘head-of-household’ in a post-conflict climate has resulted in multiple intersectional vulnerabilities and exploitation of women. Poverty, gender-based discrimination, limited support structures, insecurity, vulnerable forms of employment, indebtedness, limited access to basic services, goods and resources, and the extent of trauma undergone by widows converge to increase the likelihood of exploitation and re-victimization, particularly through sexual exploitation and sexual bribery.

Financial instability is foremost amongst the vulnerabilities identified, together with concerns over physical health, children’s education and personal (in)security. As traditional labor participation methods are not applicable to this specific beneficiary group, many opt for home-based self-employment and microenterprises. Even in cases where female heads of households have undergone skills training, their limited access to resources continue to hinder and constrain any available opportunities. According to recent research, a number of women have expressed a strong desire to access some credit in order to start their own businesses.

In addition to being a basic right, women’s economic empowerment under gender equality has long been recognized as “smart economics” as its impact permeates throughout individual, community and national levels. At the individual level, women’s entrepreneurship provides not only employment opportunities based on women’s own ideas, innovation and resources, but also economic empowerment, which is an essential building block for women’s dignity and self-worth as well as social recognition. The effect of women’s economic empowerment expands to the community level, as multiple studies have proved that women are more likely than men to invest a higher proportion of their household income in the education and health of their children.  Moreover, through the empowerment of women, they gain a stake in negotiating and sustaining peace.

It was shown that in emerging markets, women reinvest 90 per cent of their earnings in their families and communities. Their accumulated assets and enhanced economic security prove that women can contribute to breaking inter-generational poverty and foster economic growth of Sri Lanka by creating new jobs and expanding the pool of available human resources and talents.

Likewise, women’s entrepreneurship will not only facilitate social cohesion and reconciliation but become increasingly significant in Sri Lanka’s development trajectory to reach an upper-middle income status.

With generous support of the Government of Japan, the UN Women project on Implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Sri Lanka aims to focus on empowering vulnerable groups of women from different ethnic and faith groups, including Female Heads of Households (hereinto referred to as FHHs). The project will empower target groups of women on entrepreneurial skills to support sustainable income generation, to relieve dependency and indebtedness, and enable resilience against re-victimisation by enabling them to establish sustainable, long term self-employment. It will further encourage women to play a key role on social cohesion and peacebuilding, as evidence across the region establishes that women’s individual and collective roles in promoting peacebuilding extend beyond their family roles to civil society and religious settings where they can shape the decisions of community members to refrain from violent activities. In particular, it aims to address the specific limitations faced by vulnerable groups of women, including FHHs in accessing the necessary knowledge and information regarding markets and value addition of products, as well as access to financial resources.

The project aims at refurbishing the key government buildings occupied by the development officers, counselling officers that provide support for women in three districts of Ampara, Monaragala and Vavuniya. This is to ensure that government premises are better equipped to serve women who require services, information and support from the relevant government officers such as women development officers (WDOs), counselors etc. The project expects to refurbish the government-owned sales centres that provide access to women entrepreneurs and businesses to ensure that they are better facilitated to run their own businesses in the sales centres. As part of empowering women entrepreneurs, the project looks at provision of mobile sales centres for selected beneficiaries to ensure they have access to markets, equipped with navigable sales centres to tap into varying market demands and sales spaces.  

Meanwhile, COVID-19 has called for more attention on addressing some of the Sexual and Gender Based Violence issues encountered by women and particularly women migrant workers. The nation-wide curfew and the lockdown that was administered as a precautionary measure to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 gave rise to a number of SGBV complaints/cases, which in return called for increased capacities at safe houses supported by the Government, especially in the districts of Batticoloa and Jaffna. The situation was further aggravated with the repatriation of migrant domestic workers from the Middle East. The State Ministry of Women and Child Development, Pre-school and Primary Education, School Infrastructure and Education Services has requested to provide safe house facilities to 80 single, pregnant women repatriated from the Middle East. This assignment includes assessing the needs for increasing the existing safe house capacity to ensure women’s safety and security in two districts; Batticaloa and Jaffna.


Duties and Responsibilities

Construction Supervision for Procurement of Mobile Sales Centres:

Under the supervision and guidance of the UN Women Programme Analyst, Sri Lanka, the consultant will undertake the following tasks. The consultant will remain accountable for the timely submission of the deliverables as per the timeline given below.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

Deadline

1.

Visit the Contractor’s fabrication workshop and share a Material Inspection Report with UN Women, for compliance with Contract specifications, within 14 days of commencement of construction contract.

8 February 2021

2.

Visit the Contractor’s fabrication workshops in the district of Kurunegala and share a product Sample Inspection Report with UN Women for the products stipulated in the invitation to bid for compliance with drawings and specifications within 28 days of commencement of construction contract. (relevant invitation to bid attached with the TOR)

15 February 2021

3.

Review progress and issuing payment certificates (interim and final) to UN Women for contractor’s payments.

 

Construction Supervision for Refurbishment of Government Buildings in Ampara, Batticaloa, Monaragala, Vavuniya and Jaffna districts:

 

Duties and Responsibilities

Deadline

1.

Visit (five times) the respective site locations in five districts and four times during the course of construction and inspect for the compliance with Conditions of Contract/invitation to bid (ITB), Drawings and Specification as stipulated in the Contract/ITB. The consultant shall administrate the Contract/ITB, supervise the work, review the progress of work and provide periodic (monthly) progress reports, handing over Report at the completion of works   and the Project Closure Report to UN Women.

Specified in the deliverables

2.

Review progress and issuing payment certificates (interim and final) to UN Women for contractor’s payments, liaison with WDOs and District Engineers to get periodic progress updates to prepare the progress reports and payment certificates during the periods in which consultant do not visit the sites.

Specified in the deliverables

Expected Deliverables[1]

Construction Supervision for Procurement of Mobile Sales Centres:

 

Tasks and Deliverables

Target Submission Date

1

A Material Inspection Report after visiting contractor’s fabrication workshop with UN Women, for compliance with Contract specifications, within 14 days of commencement of construction contract.

8 February 2021

2

Share a product Sample Inspection Report from the Contractor’s fabrication workshop and with UN Women for the products stipulated in the contract/ITB for compliance with Contract drawings and specifications within 28 days of commencement of construction contract.

15 February 2021

3.

Share a report for satisfactory performance of the service provider for issuing foldable tents and issue a necessary payment certificate

20 February

4.

Share a report for satisfactory performance of the service provider for pushable vendor carts and issue a necessary payment certificate

28 February

5.

Share a report for satisfactory performance of the service provider for peddlable vendor carts and issue a necessary payment certificate

28 February

6.

Interim and Final Inspection Reports along with Product Handing Over Report after visiting the site as stipulated in the Contract and to UN Women.

 

28 February

[1] Payments will be made upon installment basis upon the submission of each deliverable subjected to approval of the UN Women Programme Analyst, Sri Lanka

Construction Supervision for Refurbishment of Government Buildings in Ampara, Batticaloa, Monaragala, Vavuniya and Jaffna districts:

 

Tasks and Deliverables

Deadline

1.

Assist UN Women staff to evaluate the inception report submitted by the vendor, evaluate for the compliance with Conditions of Contract/invitation to bid (ITB). Issue a payment certification guided by the deliverables of the ITB.

20 February

2.

Visit the respective site locations in five districts when the assignment is being handed over to the relevant construction company, inspect for the compliance with Conditions of Contract/invitation to bid (ITB), Drawings and Specification as stipulated in the Contract/ITB and provide UN Women with a progress report – First Visit.

3 March

3.

Visit the respective site locations in five districts, inspect for the compliance with Conditions of Contract/invitation to bid (ITB), Drawings and Specification as stipulated in the Contract/ITB and provide UN Women with a progress report deriving from the second visit. Grant certification of any payment as per the deliverables of the ITB.

30 May

4.

Visit the respective site locations in five districts, inspect for the compliance with Conditions of Contract/invitation to bid (ITB), Drawings and Specification as stipulated in the Contract/ITB and provide UN Women with a progress report deriving from the third visit. Grant certification of any payment as per the deliverables of the ITB.

30 July

5.

Visit the respective site locations in five districts, inspect for the compliance with Conditions of Contract/invitation to bid (ITB), Drawings and Specification as stipulated in the Contract/ITB and provide UN Women with a progress report deriving from the fourth visit. Grant certification of any payment as per the deliverables of the ITB.

30 September

6.

Visit the respective site locations in five districts, inspect for the compliance with Conditions of Contract/invitation to bid (ITB), Drawings and Specification as stipulated in the Contract/ITB and provide UN Women with a progress report deriving from the fifth visit. Grant certification of any payment as per the deliverables of the ITB.

15 November

7.

Submit the Project Closure Report to UN Women

30 November

Evaluation

Applications will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis.

  • Technical Qualification (100 points) weight; [70%]
  • Financial Proposal (100 points) weight; [30%]
  • Total number of points: 200 points

A two-stage procedure is utilized in evaluating the applications, with evaluation of the technical application being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. Only the price proposal of the candidates who passed the minimum technical score of 70% of the obtainable score of 100 points in the technical qualification evaluation will be evaluated.

Technical qualification evaluation criteria:
The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 100. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on following technical qualification evaluation criteria:

                     Evaluation Criteria

                           Points obtainable

1. Education

                                     30

2. Experience

                                     70

[70%] of 100 points = 70 points needed to pass technical

                                    100

Only the candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% of total points will be considered as technically-qualified candidates who may be contacted for validation interview.

Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:

  • Only the financial proposal of candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation will be considered and evaluated.
  • The total number of points allocated for the price component is 100.
  • The consultant to incorporate the transport and accommodation cost to the financial proposal.
  • The maximum number of points will be allotted to the lowest price proposal that is opened/evaluated and compared among those technical qualified candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation. All other price proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price.


Competencies

Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Functional Competencies

  • Adaptability to UN procurement guidelines
  • Ability to monitor the work of vendors, deliver on best value for money


Required Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with minimum of 10 years of experience in Construction Supervision, Contract Administration for Construction Contracts and technical expertise in steel fabrication.
  • Minimum 5 year experience in structural and civil engineering
  • Similar experience working with government sector, remodeling and refurbishing existing buildings
  • Prior experience in liaising with government officers, district and divisional secretariats
  • Excellent grasp in developing bids, identifying technically and financially sound vendors
  • Experience in supervising the construction contracts, liaising with the government offices, companies coordinating field visits and work with stakeholders of the project.
  • Experience in monitoring the progress of the construction work and reporting to clients
  • Proficiency in English and official languages of Sri Lanka.

Contract Period/Location

The consultant will be hired during 5 February 2021 to 30 November 2021. He/She will be working under supervision of Programme Analyst – UN Women Sri Lanka. This consultancy is home-based with report to UN Women Sri Lanka Office occasionally as required by hiring unit. He/she may be traveling on missions. The cost of most economic and direct travel on mission must be pre-approved by Programme Analyst of UN Women Sri Lanka and it is reimbursable upon submission of evidence of travel, following UN Women Travel Guidelines.

Submission of application

Interest candidates are encouraged to submit electronic application to hr.bangkok@unwomen.org and avanthi.kalansooriya@unwomen.org not later than 28 January 2021 17.00 hrs, Bangkok Time.

Submission package includes:

Construction Supervision for Procurement of Mobile Sales Centres:

No

Deliverables

Amount (LKR)

     1

A Material Inspection Report after visiting contractor’s fabrication workshop with UN Women, for compliance with Contract specifications, within 14 days of commencement of construction contract.

 

     2

Share a product Sample Inspection Report from the Contractor’s fabrication workshop and with UN Women for the products described under Section 5 (a), (b) and (C) for compliance with Contract drawings and specifications within 28 days of commencement of construction contract.

Interim and Final Inspection Reports along with Product Handing Over Report after visiting the respective five districts after delivering the products and inspect for the compliance with product specification as stipulated in the Contract and to UN Women.

 

    3

Share a report for satisfactory performance of the service provider for issuing foldable tents     

 

     4

Share a report for satisfactory performance of the service provider for pushable vendor carts

 

     5

Share a report for satisfactory performance of the service provider for peddlable vendor carts

 

     6

Field Visits:

Two site visits to Contractor’s Fabrication workshops in Kurunegala. Reimbursement to be made on actual costs.

 

 

Subtotal of Financial Proposal – Procurement of Mobile Sales Centres

 

Construction Supervision for Refurbishment of Government Buildings in Ampara, Baticaloa, Monaragala, Vavuniya and Jaffna districts:

No

Deliverables

Amount (LKR)

     1

Assist UN Women staff to evaluate the inception report submitted by the vendor, evaluate for the compliance with Conditions of Contract/invitation to bid (ITB). Issue a payment certification guided by the deliverables of the ITB.

 

 

     2

Visit the respective site locations in five districts when the assignment is being handed over to the relevant construction company, inspect for the compliance with Conditions of Contract/invitation to bid (ITB), Drawings and Specification as stipulated in the Contract/ITB and provide UN Women with a progress report – First Visit.

 

   3

Visit the respective site locations in five districts, inspect for the compliance with Conditions of Contract/invitation to bid (ITB), Drawings and Specification as stipulated in the Contract/ITB and provide UN Women with a progress report deriving from the second visit. Grant certification of any payment as per the deliverables of the ITB.

 

   4

Visit the respective site locations in five districts, inspect for the compliance with Conditions of Contract/invitation to bid (ITB), Drawings and Specification as stipulated in the Contract/ITB and provide UN Women with a progress report deriving from the third visit. Grant certification of any payment as per the deliverables of the ITB.

 

   5

Visit the respective site locations in five districts, inspect for the compliance with Conditions of Contract/invitation to bid (ITB), Drawings and Specification as stipulated in the Contract/ITB and provide UN Women with a progress report deriving from the fourth visit. Grant certification of any payment as per the deliverables of the ITB.

 

   6

Visit the respective site locations in five districts, inspect for the compliance with Conditions of Contract/invitation to bid (ITB), Drawings and Specification as stipulated in the Contract/ITB and provide UN Women with a progress report deriving from the fifth visit. Grant certification of any payment as per the deliverables of the ITB.

 

   7

Submit the Project Closure Report to UN Women

 

   8

Field Visits:

Five site visits to Ampara, Baticaloa, Monaragala, Vavuniya and Jaffna districts. Reimbursement to be made on actual costs.

 

 

Subtotal of Financial Proposal for Refurbishment

of Government buildings

 

Summary of Financial Proposal:

Description

Amount (LKR)

Subtotal of Financial Proposal – Procurement of Mobile Sales Centres

 

Subtotal of Financial Proposal for Refurbishment

of Government buildings

 

Grand Total

 

Payments

Payments for this consultancy will be based on the achievement of each deliverable and certification that each has been satisfactorily completed.



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