International Individual Consultant to assess capacities and analyze training needs of CSOs in Azerbaijan to engage in policy formulation around development issues


Location : Baku, AZERBAIJAN
Application Deadline :05-Apr-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
15-Apr-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :2 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :2 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.


Background

The EU and UNDP highly value dynamic civil society environment, which contributes towards sustainable development and inclusive growth, and recognize the important role of the civil society in support of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. The organizations have developed long-term partnership realized through a number of initiatives that promote a conducive environment for CSOs, foster meaningful participation of CSOs in policy formulation, local development as well as strengthen CSOs’ internal capacities.

To further support engagement of the civil society in the national development process, EU and UNDP have launched a new 3-year project “Developing innovation-driven and sustainable civil society in Azerbaijan”. The project is designed as a multi-dimensional response to accelerate the development  and growth of the civil society sector in Azerbaijan through building capacities for policy formulation, promoting social entrepreneurship and stimulating social innovation.

The project’s overall development objective is to contribute to building conducive environment for a vibrant, sustainable and innovation-driven civil society in Azerbaijan. The project specifically focuses efforts on boosting CSOs capacities to engage in evidence based policy-making around development issues, participate in policy dialogue with the government and advocate for policy changes.

To earn credibility and effectively influence policy the CSOs need to beef up their technical expertise and experience in policy-making processes, and be familiar with key structures and procedures involved in the development and implementation of policy. While CSOs in Azerbaijan have practical knowledge of what is happening on the ground it is crucial that they acquire specific analytical and research skills and learn how to improve the evidence base and better utilise the evidence they collect, if they want to stand a better chance of improving their capacity to influence public policies. In addition, the CSOs also need develop their communication strategies to become better able to persuade people of the validity of their goals and strategies.


Duties and Responsibilities

The Consultant is expected to conduct an assessment of the baseline capacities of the CSOs sector in Azerbaijan and analyse training needs of the CSOs in the area of evidence-based policy making.  The assessment should establish the current capacities of the local CSOs and provide a guide for the effective delivery of future capacity development initiatives.

Specific areas for assessment should include but not limited to the following capacities:

  • Policy research
  • Participation in policy debate and advocacy for policy change
  • Networking and other means for policy influence
  • Policy monitoring and evaluation

It is expected that the assessment should cover around 30-35 CSOs.

Duties and responsibilities

The consultant is expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Prepare detailed methodology for the capacity assessment and training needs analysis (to be agreed with UNDP)
  • Carry out capacity assessment process following approved methodology
  • Analyse findings and produce draft capacity assessment report (existing capacities, capacity gaps and training needs);
  • Validate the draft report with key stakeholders (CSOs, UNDP);
  • Provide inputs into the Terms of Reference for the consultants to be engaged in the future capacity building initiatives in evidence-based policy-making;
  • Finalize and submit the report to UNDP

The consultant is also expected to be available for follow-up questions during the preparation of the capacity building programme.


Competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Good problem-solving skill required;
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work efficiently in a team, and reporting;

Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

Advanced degrees in development studies, social sciences, economics or related discipline

Experience:

- A minimum of ten (10) years’ experience in conducting organizational capacity needs assessments, experience with self-assessment processes will be an advantage; 

- Proven experience in the policy formulation process; familiarity with policy formulation process in Azerbaijan or CIS countries will be an advantage; 

- At least 5 years of experience working in organizational development, capacity building in the specified area; 

Language: 

Excellent writing and communication skills in English

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:

Combined Scoring Method

 

Combined Scoring Method principle considers a combination of the applicants’ qualification and financial proposal (70% technical and 30 % financial offer). When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

a) Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and

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

Out of the maximum score of 100 points, the score for technical criteria equals 70% - maximum 70 points, and for financial criteria 30% - maximum 30 points.

Only the highest ranked candidates who would be found qualified for the job will be considered for the Financial Evaluation:

I. Academic Qualifications:

- Advanced degrees in development studies, social sciences, economics or related discipline;Maximum 15 points

II. Years of Experience:

- A minimum of ten (10) years’ experience in conducting organizational capacity needs assessments, experience with self-assessment processes will be an advantage;  Maximum 40 points

- Proven experience in the policy formulation process; familiarity with policy formulation process in Azerbaijan or CIS countries will be an advantage; Maximum 20 points

- At least 5 years of experience working in organizational development, capacity building in the specified area; Maximum 15 points

III. Language requirements

- Excellent writing and communication skills in English; Maximum 10 points

Other skills:

- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and work well with diverse people

Financial Criteria – (30% of total evaluation – maximum 30 points):

The offer with the lowest price will receive the maximum of 30 points. Other offers with higher prices will receive their respective scores according the following formula:

                Lowest Bid

               ------------------- x 30

                Proposed Bid

The contract will be awarded to the candidate that will obtain the highest aggregate score based on the technical and financial evaluation.

Individual Consultants are required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under dss.un.org

Note: Maximum possible score is 100 points. To be eligible, the candidate has to score at least 70 points (70% of maximum possible score)

Financial proposal:

Financial offer “all inclusive” – specifying a total lump sum in USD for the deliverables specified in the TOR. The financial offer shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (number of anticipated working days, professional fee, other expenses related to the assignment).

Travel:

The assignment is home-based, the Consultant is expected to work remotely.

The system accepts only one attachement, so please send both technical and financial proposals as one attachment. 

The applicants may download the forms mentioned above from the following link: 

https://www.az.undp.org/content/azerbaijan/en/home/procurement.html



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