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Consultancy – Global guidance note on integrating mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) into peacebuilding, CB/UNDP
|Location :||Home based|
|Application Deadline :||18-Apr-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||5d 8h 18m|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||100 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||100 working days until end of Dec 2021|
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 UNDP Crisis Bureau (CB) is responsible for UNDP’s corporate crisis-related work and drives UNDP’s vision and priorities for peacebuilding and crisis prevention, response, and recovery. Together with the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS), the CB forms the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of global experts and practitioners providing timely development advice, delivering support to Country Offices and programme countries in a coherent manner – to connect countries to the world of knowledge, resources and networks of best practice they need to achieve development breakthroughs. Within the CB, the Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding and Responsive Institutions (CPPRI) team covers the following thematic/programming areas as part of the Global Policy Network (GPN): 1) Conflict prevention and Peacebuilding; 2) Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE); 3) Core government functions, including local governance; and 4) Climate Security.
UNDP CPPRI is looking to hire an International Consultant to develop global guidance, through a consultative process, which will propose a framework for integrating mental health and psychosocial support into peacebuilding processes and programming. The Consultant will report to Team Leader, PVE and UNDP focal point on MHPSS.
There is a growing understanding of how prolonged crisis and violent conflict not only have devastating consequences for mental health and wellbeing of communities and individuals but also impact their resilience, so the need for adaptive responses from the global peacebuilding community, including UNDP, is pressing. In recent years, great advances have been made towards including mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in conflict and humanitarian responses at the national and community level. Global initiatives such as the IASC Reference Group on MHPSS have produced core guidance on integrating MHPSS in emergency settings and a wealth of complementary resources exist. Within the peacebuilding context, there is limited focus on MHPSS and a substantive framework for integration of MHPSS does not yet exist. To summarise, MHPSS is not yet structurally and explicitly considered as part of broader peacebuilding or conflict prevention efforts. The July 2020 Report of the UN Secretary General on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace included a clear ambition towards enhancing the integration of MHPSS into peacebuilding: “The further development of the integration of mental health and psychosocial support into peacebuilding is envisaged with a view to increasing the resilience and agency of people and communities.”
As the lead agency of the United Nations working on Peacebuilding and as the biggest implementing agency of the Peacebuilding Fund UNDP plays an important role in carrying forward the ambition of the Secretary General and is committed to support the further integration of MHPSS into peacebuilding. In this context, UNDP is initiating a process of engaging stakeholders across the sector in consultation with a view to developing a global guidance on integration of MHPSS into peacebuilding.
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK, RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED ANALYTICAL WORK
Under the supervision of the PVE Team Leader and UNDP Focal Point on MHPSS the Consultant is expected to produce the following deliverables:
Phase 1: Develop the methodology for developing a guidance note on MHPSS and peacebuilding
The consultant will design the methodology which will outline the approach to be applied in Phase 2 (research and stakeholder consultations) and Phase 3 (development of the guidance notes on integration of MHPSS in peacebuilding) of the assignment. Upon UNDP approval of the methodology note including a detailed work plan, the next phase will start.
The consultant should engage key stakeholders to inform the design of the methodological note which should include, but not be limited, to:
A timeline and consultative approach for drafting and finalising the guidance note, including validation and feedback from key stakeholders.
Phase 2: Research and stakeholder consultations on MHPSS and peacebuilding
The consultant will implement the methodology by carrying out the approved steps in the methodology note with the identified stakeholders and experts. This involves collecting the inputs by conducting relevant research (through both desk review and interviews) and implementing the stakeholder consultation process. This second phase concludes with UNDP’s approval of a draft outline of the guidance note on MHPSS and peacebuilding and the stakeholder consultations findings report.
The research should include 1) review of current guidance, practices, and key documents around MHPSS and peacebuilding, 2) identification of case studies and good practice examples through desk review and interviews with stakeholders in collaboration with UNDP. The research must have a strong focus on gendered and human rights dimensions of peacebuilding and MHPSS. This research should feed into the draft outline of the guidance note on MHPSS and peacebuilding.
The consultant will also be tasked to implement the stakeholder consultations, which should engage stakeholders from both the peacebuilding and MHPSS sectors, within and beyond the UN. UNDP will be responsible for the logistics (providing the online platforms and infrastructure; where appropriate, liaising with the consultation participants). The key discussions and findings should be summarised in the findings report.
Phase 3: Development of specific guidance on integration of MHPSS into peacebuilding
Based on the outcomes of the research and consultations, the consultant will be responsible for developing a guidance note on MHPSS and peacebuilding. This will include the drafting and incorporation of feedback from UNDP and stakeholders through a validation process. The phase will be completed once the final draft guidance note on MHPSS and peacebuilding has gone through UNDP quality assurance mechanisms, including a peer review process, and has been finally approved by UNDP.
The final guidance notes on MHPSS and peacebuilding should include, but not necessarily be limited to:
Required Skills and Experience
The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):
Note: The above documents need to be scanned in one file and uploaded to the online application as one document.
Shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal.
The Financial Proposal is to be emailed as per the instruction in the separate email that will be sent to shortlisted candidates.
Applicants are reviewed based on Required Skills and Experience stated above and based on the technical evaluation criteria outlined below. Applicants will be evaluated based on cumulative scoring. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical evaluation - Total 70% (70 points):
Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (49 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (70 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.
Financial evaluation - Total 30% (30 points)
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
Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into contract with UNDP.
All information and production of materials pertaining to the assignments as well as outputs produced under this contract shall remain the property of the UNDP who shall have exclusive rights over their use. The products shall not be disclosed to the public nor used in whatever format without written permission of UNDP in line with the national and International Copyright Laws applicable.
The consultant will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the Team Leader, PVE and will be responsible for the fulfilment of the deliverables as specified above.
The Consultant will be responsible for providing her/his own laptop.
Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):
Annex 1 - UNDP P-11 Form for ICs
Annex 2 - IC Contract Template
Annex 3 – IC General Terms and Conditions
Annex 4 – RLA Template
Any request for clarification must be sent by email to email@example.com
The UNDP Central Procurement Unit will respond by email and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all applicants.