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Engagement of a Consultant for Project Coordination for Accelerator Lab Experimental Pilots
|Location :||New Delhi, INDIA|
|Application Deadline :||26-Feb-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||10 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.
UNDP strives to have a workforce which reflects diversity and gender balance and applies an equal opportunities approach. All selection is on merit.
India is the largest producer as well as the consumer of the spices in the world with a total export value of approximately US $ 2.8 billion every year. Consumers have grown suspicious of the food they are consuming. Food fraud costs the global food industry an estimated $30-40 Bn annually. Food allergies and food food-related illnesses are much more common now than 25 years ago and consumers are beginning to demand the information related to the food they are consuming. Most spice farmers are poor small and marginal farmers. One of the major challenges for getting their due share of income for farmers is lack of a robust monitoring mechanism that can ensure the quality of spices at every stage of value chain.
Blockchain is a decentralized process of recording transactions on an open and shared electronic ledger. With blockchain the food supply chain gets simplified as the data management across a complex network that includes farmers, brokers, distributors, processors, retailers, regulators, and consumers gets simplified and transparent. Blockchain increases transparency and accountability across the value chain to enhance the quality assurance of agricultural export commodities. This has a great potential of doubling the income of small farmers in a country such as India. Farmers and all members of the supply chain can access all the information throughout the chain. This will make the entire supply chain more efficient and equitable.
Accelerator Lab, UNDP is currently working towards developing a blockchain platform for spices collaborating with collectives of farmers, GS1, Spices Board India, UNDP State Teams and a wide range of stakeholders. Through this experimental pilot, Accelerator Lab, UNDP is building a robust technological interface powered by blockchain that can strengthen the eSpice Bazaar platform of Spices Board India to provide market access, quality assurance and traceability of spices for millions of small and marginal farmers in India. Accelerator Lab, UNDP is also involved in several other experimental pilots including a Geo-AI platform for monitoring hotspots of air pollution from brick kilns, IoT based smart irrigation, technological pilots for mitigation air pollution at source and so on.
Towards ensuring timely coordination and management of various tasks related to the above projects, UNDP is interested to hire the services of a consultant who can effectively liaise with key stakeholders and partners for these experimental pilots, provide timely inputs, perform monitoring and evaluation of progress related to the pilots and assist the Accelerator Lab in making these innovations reach scale. The consultant will be reporting to the Accelerator Lab team. This assignment might require travel to liaise with stakeholders and partner organizations.
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK
Required Skills and Experience
DURATION OF WORK
10 months (01 March, 2021 to 01 December, 2021)
On the basis of daily fee for a maximum up to 171 working days during the contract period and upon submission of monthly progress report and time sheet certified by the reporting officer.
DESIRED EDUCATION QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as Responsive to the requirement. Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation. Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Technical Criteria (70% of total evaluation)
Job Knowledge & Expertise – 30 %
Education – 20%
Sample of work done of similar nature – 20% [Summary of similar projects undertaken in the past; Published reports/papers]
Technically qualified consultants will be requested to submit their daily fee rate i.e. consultants who score more than 70% i.e. 49 marks with respect to the above-mentioned evaluation criteria. Consultant should not specify their consultancy fee on their CV or with the submission. The CV will not be evaluated further in case the consultant submits the same.
Financial Criteria: (30% of the total evaluation) based on the total all-inclusive lump sum amount for professional fee for tasks specified in this announcement. Those candidates short-listed after technical and financial evaluation of their bids will have to appear in an interview and final selection of candidates will be done based on all three parameters (technical evaluation, financial evaluation and outcome of the interview process).
Documents to be submitted by Consultants