National Consultant (Software Development Specialist) for Police Emergency Response Service, LOTFA-CSM


Location : Kabul, AFGHANISTAN
Application Deadline :31-Jan-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :Four Months (with maximum 77 working days)

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

UNDP Global Mission Statement:

UNDP is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with national counterparts on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.

Organizational context:

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is committed to strengthening the capacity of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s (GIROA) to administer rule of law and improve the safety and security for all Afghan citizens. As the lead rule of law institution in the country, improving the ability of the Ministry of Interior Affairs (MoIA) to fulfil its mandate remains critical to the overall stability of Afghanistan and its people. As the UN’s primary development agency, and a longstanding development partner to GIROA’s rule of law and security sector, UNDP Afghanistan plays a leading role in facilitating reform and development of MOIA as well as the Afghan National Police (ANP) to better serve the people of Afghanistan.

UNDP Afghanistan Mission Statement:

UNDP has administered the Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA) and supported the payment of salaries of the police officers, institutional development of the Ministry of Interior Affairs (MOIA) and police professionalization of the Afghan National Police (ANP) since 2002. Based on consultations conducted in 2017, a growing view emerged that the scope of LOTFA should be expanded to include the entire justice chain (police, courts and corrections) and cover all institutions across the entire Rule of Law sector, with an increased focus on anti-corruption.  Accordingly, the following four Thematic Windows have been identified for the Trust Fund: 1) Security; 2) Justice; 3) Anti-Corruption; and 4) MOIA Payroll. Under the new Trust Fund, new project(s) will be designed and developed in alignment with the national strategies, plans and policies and with the Fund’s Strategic Framework. One of these projects, the Transitional Support to MOIA (CSM) project commenced through a Project Initiation Plan (PIP), which was developed as a project at a later stage and subsequently placed under the new Trust Fund. The current CSM project is a successor to PIP will conclude existing project deliverables associated with Ministry of Interior Affairs (MOIA) requested areas of support, while also engaging in new initiatives providing opportunities for the MOIA to demonstrate to the Afghan people direct impact and high visibility of the ANP in responding to safety and security related public emergencies. Initiatives such as these will enhance public trust in the police and promote a sense of safety and security in the communities they are serving.

Police Emergency Response Service (PERS) Initiative Background:

Pursuant to a directive of the Minister of Interior Affairs, MOIA established the 119 Emergency Call Center (ECC) in 2007. Presently, ECC functions out of an office within the old MOIA complex and operates with 12 emergency phone lines working 24/7. An initial call center in Kabul was soon followed by additional call centers in Herat, Balkh (Mazar-e-Sharif), Helmand (Lashkar Gah), Kandahar, and Jalalabad, serving all 34 provinces. Initially, the purpose of the 119 call centers was to receive and process reports of corruption and official misconduct. As 119 was the only direct access to the MOIA/ANP, its function evolved to include emergency response, as well as reporting of corruption and allegations of official wrongdoing as well as violations of citizens’ rights, both criminal and civil in nature. Calls for help with Fire Services and Ambulance are also dealt with.

UNDP, through the CSM PIP is supporting the MOIA to design, build and operationalize a new PERS. The PERS will be a critical interface between Afghan citizens and police, enabling the provision of security and rule of law and contributing to improved public trust and confidence in the ANP

Organizational context of the position:

Under the overall supervision and guidance of the CSM Project Manager and PERS Programme Management Specialist, the Software Development Specialist will develop and lead PERS Information Management System and will provide technical and advisory support to UNDP, MOIA, Kabul Provincial Headquarters (PHQ) and Police Districts (PD) in implementation of the PERS concept, focusing on the development of the PERS Information Management System: (i) database design, (ii) application development, (iii) different levels of software testing, (iv) conducting training for end-users and (v) developing of technical, operational, and training manuals. Finally, s/he will coordinate with relevant programme/project and operational units within the UNDP Country Office to ensure adequate support is provided in a timely manner, consistent with the rules and regulations of UNDP, and in a client-oriented manner.  


Duties and Responsibilities

Objective of the Assignment

Under the overall supervision of the CSM Project Manager and technical guidance of the Governance for Peace Unit (G4PU) and direct supervision of the PERS Programme Management Specialist, the incumbent will ensure the following key functions are performed to a high standard:

  • Lead PERS technical team in design and development of PERS software application, MIS products and databases related to PERS.
  • Improve and use integration of data into PERS, MoIA and the CSM project outputs and activities.
  • Strengthen MoIA's capacity to operate and maintain PERS system, other MIS systems and software applications.
  • Technical Support, Partnerships, and Coordination.

Expected Outputs and Deliverables:

The consultant will submit monthly progress report and any other documentation as required by the PERS Programme Management Specialist and the CSM Project Manager at the end of each month. Monthly progress reports will cover all achievements, issues and recommendations during the applicable month.

Deliverables covering the period are summarized below:

Deliverables/ Outputs

Estimated Duration to Complete

Target Due Dates

Review and Approvals Required

Monthly Progress Reports including:

  • Lead PERS technical team in design and development of PERS software application, MIS products and related databases.
  • Improve and use integration of data into PERS, MoIA and the CSM project outputs and activities.
  • Strengthen MoIA's capacity to operate and maintain PERS system, other MIS systems and software applications.
  • Technical Support, Partnerships, and Coordination.
  • Lead PERS technical team in design and development of PERS software application, MIS products and databases related to PERS.
  • Improve and use integration of data into PERS, MoIA and the CSM project outputs and activities.
  • Strengthen MoIA's capacity to operate and maintain PERS system, other MIS systems and software applications.
  • Technical Support, Partnerships, and Coordination.
  • Lead PERS technical team in design and development of PERS software application, MIS products and databases related to PERS.
  • Improve and use integration of data into PERS, MoIA and the CSM project outputs and activities.
  • Strengthen MoIA's capacity to operate and maintain PERS system, other MIS systems and software applications.
  • Technical Support, Partnerships, and Coordination.

Once each month*3.5=4 Reports

Within 1 week after the end of month

CSM Project Manager or his/her designate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Payment Modality:

Payments shall be made at the end of each month and will vary depending on the number of days worked, as indicated in a properly completed UNDP timesheet. This timesheet should follow the UNDP procurement format for individual contractors and is to be submitted by the consultant alongside the progress report. The PERS Programme Management Specialist, or his/her designate, will review the progress and quality of the assignment prior to payment being issued. The CSM Project Manager will approve the payments.

Institutional Arrangements:

The National Consultant will be working under the overall supervision of the PERS Project Management Specialist or his/her designate and under the technical guidance of the G4PU.

The CSM Project will provide office space, internet, logistical and other support services. However, the consultant is expected to bring his/her own laptop and mobile phone and meet local communications costs (UNDP will provide a local pre-paid SIM card). Costs to arrange meetings, workshops, travel costs and DSA during field visits (if any), etc. shall be covered by CSM Project/UNDP.

Duration of the Work:

The deliverables under this contract shall be completed within 3.5 Months (With Maximum 77 Working days) after the signing of the contract, including all preparation work and on-site visits. A contract extension beyond the proposed dates may be available, subject to acceptable performance by the contractor, but is not guaranteed

Duty Station:

Work will be carried out in-country. The duty station for the Consultant shall be Kabul, Afghanistan. The CSM Project will cover expenses of all official field missions, upon receiving the prior approval from the CSM Project Manager. When in Kabul, the contractor will be based at the UNDP CO office, security conditions permitting. The consultant will follow the working hours and weekends applicable to UNDP Country Office (CO) staff. The Consultant’s movement for meetings and consultations shall be coordinated by the CSM Project.

The Consultant is at all times required to observe UNDP security rules and regulations.


Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP's vision, mission, values and strategic goals; 

  • Display cultural, gender, religious, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;

  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Behavioral Competencies:

  • Strong communication skills, both in writing and orally, including networking skills;

  • Strong ability to persuade and influence others to cooperate;

  • Ability to work in a complex environment requiring liaison and collaboration with multiple actors;

  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity, tact and diplomacy and judgment;

  • Strong analytical, organizational and negotiation skills.

Client Orientation:

  • Researches potential solutions to internal and external challenges and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion;

  • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines;

  • Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients for positive feedback.


Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications:

  • Master’s and/or bachelor’s degree in computer science, Information Technology or other relevant field from an accredited college or university.

Experience:  

  • With Master, at least 5 years and with Bachelor at least 7 years’ experience in database, system development and web development and design.

  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of the Information and Communication Technology;

  • Experience in development of the user requirement, functionality requirement and technical requirements specifications of various information systems;

  • Excellent knowledge of the computer and web portal design programs as well as good working knowledge of the modern internet technologies;

  • Analyse Business Requirements and Assess Impact with Existing Architecture;

  • Ability to Analyse Complex Technical Information;

  • Analyse, Design and Implement Database Structures;

  • Enhance the Functional and Technical Aspects of Various ICT Products;

  • Strong Experience Building Software Applications with Latest Client/Server Technologies in the Field; including MVC, SQL, RESTful APIs, .NET Core, EF Core, Angular, Cross-Platform Development and PWAs;

  • Experience with Multilingual Software Development;

  • Participate in Source Code and Design Reviews;

  • Transform Requirements into Design Concepts and ERDs;

  • Troubleshoot and debug Issues;

  • Understand Software Engineering Best Practices;

  • Work Within an Agile Scrum Team;

  • Write Clear and Detailed Technical Specifications and Documentation.

  • Experience working in conflict affected countries desirable;

  • Excellent written and oral English skills a necessary requirement;

    Fluency in Dari/Pashto is a must.

Language:

  • Excellent written and oral English skills is a necessary requirement;

  • Fluency in Dari or Pashto is a must.

PRICE PROPOSAL AND SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS

Shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal.  The consultant shall then submit a price proposal when requested by UNDP, in accordance with the below:

Daily Fee - The consultant shall propose a daily fee, which should be inclusive of her/his professional fee, local communication costs and insurance (inclusive of medical health insurance and evacuation). The professional daily fee, all inclusive of the above elements, shall be paid upon submission of timesheet. The number of working days for which the daily fee shall be payable under the contract is 3.5 months with maximum 77 working days.

Payment Schedule - The PERS Project Manager and Programme Management Specialist, or his/her designate, will review the progress and quality of the assignment prior to payment being issued. The CSM Project Manager will approve the payment.

UNDP reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines.

EVALUATION METHOD AND CRITERIA

Individual Consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:

  • Cumulative analysis

The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and

  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

* Technical Criteria weight 70%

* Financial Criteria weight 30%

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Technical criteria (70 marks)

  • Review of the previous experience (20 points) – based on the submitted CV (desk review)
  • Technical proposal (40 points) – to assess the technical expertise of the candidates
  • Language requirements (10 points)

Financial Evaluation (30%):

The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:

p = y (µ/z), where

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

Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:

Interested individual Consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document:

  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all experience from similar projects relevant to the assignment.

  • Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment;

All materials developed will remain the copyright of UNDP Afghanistan.  UNDP Afghanistan will be free to adapt and modify them in the future.

Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):

Note: Incomplete application will not be considered, it will be disqualified automatically



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