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Senior Researcher on Trafficking in Persons (TIP) in the Arab Region
|Location :||Home-based/with possible travel to the Arab region|
|Application Deadline :||02-Mar-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||6d 10h 46m|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||Arabic English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||45 working days from contract signature date until 31 December 2021|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||9 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.
Trafficking in persons (TiP) has become a source of increasing concern worldwide. It constitutes a serious crime and often involves organized criminal groups. UNODC is mandated to support member states in implementing the key international instrument addressing trafficking in persons i.e., the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (hereinafter referred to as “UN TiP Protocol”) supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (hereinafter referred to as “UNTOC”). The UNTOC and the UN TiP Protocol proscribe the crime of TiP and call upon states to adopt such measures as may be necessary to implement their provisions and effectively combat TiP.
As the custodian of the UNTOC and the UN TiP Protocol, UNODC has a comparative advantage in providing technical assistance to member states to prevent and combat TiP while protecting the rights of the victims. This assistance covers a number of issues, including ratification and development/revision of legislation; development of national policies and strategies; capacity-building of criminal justice officials in investigating, prosecuting and adjudicating TiP cases; international cooperation in criminal matters; support and assistance to TiP victims; awareness raising. Technical assistance activities are tailor-made to the specific needs of each country and/or region and are implemented at national, regional and global levels.
The UNODC Office for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Region (OGCCR) in Abu Dhabi was established in order to support the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the other GCC countries in their efforts in the fields of drug control, crime prevention and combating transnational organized crime. The establishment of OGCCR improves the cooperation and coordination of UNODC operational activities in the GCC region in order to strengthen and enhance the effectiveness of national agencies in the six member states to prevent and combat cross-border illicit drug trafficking and organized crime. OGCCR serves as the UNODC hub coordinating the ‘Strategic Partnership with the GCC Countries’ and related programme framework, strategies and policies, securing funds and taking responsibility for the implementation of the drug- and crime-related programme portfolio in the GCC region. OGCCR seeks and promotes new opportunities for partnership with the governments concerned, including resource mobilization and contribution to the overall strategic approach and outputs of the Regional Programme. It also seeks and promotes the enhanced participation of the GCC countries in UNODC global initiatives, programmes and relevant platforms and intergovernmental bodies.
Within the framework of its ‘Strategic Partnership with the GCC Countries’ and related programme portfolio, UNODC has been closely supporting stakeholders in the GCC region, particularly via the national committees for combating trafficking in persons, to support and strengthen their legislative frameworks and capacities to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons while protecting the victims’ rights, in accordance with the UNTOC, UN TiP Protocol and international best practices. Two of the ongoing initiatives in the GCC region are as follows: a joint project with the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking of Saudi Arabia to support and strengthen national capacities to effectively prevent, suppress and punish TiP in accordance with international standards and best practices; and a joint project with the National Committee to Combat Trafficking in Persons of Bahrain to support the establishment of a regional training and capacity-building centre on combating trafficking in persons.
Duties and Responsibilities
The purpose of this consultancy is to provide technical advisory services as well as research, analysis and delivery of analytical reports on TiP to identify baseline information and provide recommendations to strengthen criminal justice capacities at national and regional levels to effectively prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons (TiP) in accordance with the UNTOC, the UN TiP Protocol and international best practices. The international consultant will support the implementation of below activities under the framework of UNODC project AREU51 as follows:
In view of the current challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic for the implementation of activities, the international consultant might be expected to provide expected outputs and deliverables on-line via the use of information and communication technology (ICT) tools. The exact dates of implementation will be agreed upon with the international consultant.
EXPECTED OUTPUTS AND DELIVERABLES
At the end of the contract, as determined by specific assignments, the international consultant will have:
Knowledge Management and Learning
Required Skills and Experience
DURATION OF THE WORK
Interested candidates should provide a daily fee for the delivery of requested services, with detailed breakdown. The daily fee must be “all-inclusive”. Please note that the term “all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, consumables if any, etc.) that could possibly be incurred are already factored into the final amount submitted in the proposal. Also, please note that the contract price will be based on deliverables/outputs.
The individual contractor will be paid an all-inclusive amount calculated on the basis of the daily fee multiplied by the number of working days for each deliverable/output delivered during the assignment period, subject to the submission of Certification(s) of Payment (CoP) duly certified and confirmation of satisfactory performance of achieved work (deliverables/outputs). Payments should be done in line with the schedule of payments hereunder, noting that the maximum number of working days for this assignment should not exceed 45 working days:
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS
Interested candidates shall submit above documents to the Job Advertisement Website (https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_jobs.cfm) as one document not later than 2nd March, 2021.
Interested candidates can find Procurement Notice, Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability and P11 templates via the following link: http://procurement-notices.undp.org/
Please do not submit financial proposal at this stage. Financial proposals shall be requested from candidates who are considered technically responsive.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF THE BEST OFFER
Candidates will be evaluated based on the following methodology.
Step I: Screening
Applications will be first screened and only candidates meeting the following minimum requirements will progress to the pool for shortlisting:
Step II: Desk review
Shortlisted candidates will be then assessed and scored against the following evaluation criteria:
Technical evaluation criteria (max 100 points) / Weighted 70:
Financial evaluation criteria / Weighted 30:
For those offers considered in the financial evaluation, the lowest price offer will receive 30 points. The other offers will receive points in relation to the lowest offer, based on the following formula: (Pl / Pn)* 30 where Pn is the financial offer being evaluated and Pl is the lowest financial offer received.
Step III: Final evaluation
The final evaluation will combine the scores of the desk review and the financial proposal with the following weights assigned to each.
Shortlisted candidates will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis methodology (weighted scoring method), where the award of the contract will be made to the candidate whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70%) on the Technical evaluation would be considered for the Financial evaluation.