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National Consultant –Senior Strategic Advisor
|Location :||Dhaka with field visits as and when required, BANGLADESH|
|Application Deadline :||06-Feb-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
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 in Bangladesh is supporting the Government of Bangladesh to find innovative solutions to its development challenges through the broad framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), aligning activities with the government’s various national policies including but not limited to the 7th / 8th five-year plan and Perspective Plan 2041 and 2071. From the United Nations system, UNDP takes a lead in the organizations work on environment, climate change, green and renewable energy, rule of law, electoral reform, access to justice, human rights and human security, public administration, Innovation for SDGs, private sector engagement for SDGs, strategic direction to country’s frontier challenges like unemployment, blue economy, local governance and capacity development of democratic institutions, like the Election Commission, the Judiciary, the National Human Rights Commission, the Bangladesh Police and the Parliament, etc. UNDPs two programming clusters take lead in advocating for policy reforms to capacity development, from implementation of national policies to awareness raising at the grassroots level and so forth.
UNDP Bangladesh is exploring avenues to redefine its strategy in the development context of Bangladesh. Bangladesh will soon graduate to a lower middle-income country and UNDP Bangladesh will continue to engage with the Government during this transitional phase. The changing nature of engagement with donors and partners requires that UNDP continuously demonstrates its value. In this context, UNDP is working on its strategic positioning in Bangladesh and how it organizes itself to be “fit for purpose” and able to support the alleviation of poverty and the reduction of inequality and vulnerability in a relevant, efficient and effective manner.
The main purpose of this assignment is to provide high-level strategic and technical advice to the UNDP Senior Management on policy and programme interventions with a special focus on political economy issues for addressing implementation gaps and enhancing results effectiveness. The prime focus of the UNDP Bangladesh in 2021 will be the implementation of the UN Framework for the Immediate Socio-Economic Response to COVID-19 and the formulation of the next Country Programme 2022-2025.
The immediate Socio-Economic Response Plan (ISERP) consists of the five pillars of work – an integrated support package offered by the UNDS to protect the needs and rights of people affected by the pandemic, with particular focus on the most vulnerable areas, groups, and people who risk being left behind and to bring the country back on track to deliver Agenda 2030. To that end, the Senior Advisor is expected to analyze trends based on the 2030 agenda, help navigate the political economy amongst different sectors and agencies and provide high-level strategic advice.
Duties and Responsibilities
C. Scope of work and expected outputs/deliverables:
This position requires sound knowledge and demonstrable work experience on development policies and priorities and specialized knowledge of governance and socio-economic issues in the Bangladeshi context. Details on the duties and responsibilities include:
1. Strategic advice on implementing the UN Immediate Socio-Economic Response Plan on COVID-19 (UN ISERP).
2. Strategic guidance on the implementation of UNDP’s key interventions in line with national priorities.
3. Advised to analyze implementation trends of SDGs and design program interventions to accelerate the country's progress in achieving SDGs.
4. Strategic guidance for stakeholder engagement – both government and private sector, and networking at a national and international level as well as enriching UNDP’s knowledge repository.
D. Supervision and Performance Evaluation.
The National Consultant –Senior Strategic Advisor will be working with UNDP under the direct supervision of the Resident Representative of UNDP Bangladesh who will be responsible for reviewing the performance and approval of the deliverables of the incumbent.
E. Timeframes and deadlines:
The assignment will be for 50 working days over 12 months.
The incumbent will be paid on a deliverables basis. The incumbent will be paid in 5 installments, after completing each of the periodic advisory support and reports.
G. Duty Station: The consultant shall be stationed in Dhaka with field visits as and when required for the assignment. Any such field missions will be arranged by the UNDP country office and based on prior discussion and planning.
Knowledge Management and Learning
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Management and Leadership
Communications and Networking
Language Required: Fluency in speaking and writing in English and Bengali
Required Skills and Experience
a) Academic Qualifications:
Master’s degree in public administration/international relations/law/political science/international development, Social Sciences, or a related field.
J. Financial Proposal
Total lump sum:
The financial proposal shall specify the total lump sum amount and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e., whether payments fall in installments 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 finance proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel, per diems, and the number of anticipated working days).
Tentative Payment Schedule:
The incumbent will be paid on a deliverable basis
All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel. In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel to a higher class, he/she should do so using their own resources.
In case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs, including tickets, lodging, and terminal expenses, should be agreed upon between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
L. Technical Criteria:
M. Financial Evaluation: (Total obtainable score – 30)
All technically qualified proposals will be scored out 30 based on the formula provided below. The maximum points (30) will be assigned to the lowest financial proposal. All other proposals receive points according to the following formula:
p = y (µ/z)
p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal
µ = price of the lowest priced proposal
z = price of the proposal being evaluated Recommended Presentation of Offer
N. Recommended Presentation of Offer