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National Consultant (Chief Technical Advisor) Women SMEs’ Support Project, Prosperity Pillar UNDP
|Location :||Kabul, AFGHANISTAN|
|Application Deadline :||19-Apr-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||7d 15h 37m|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||12 months (with maximum 240 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.
UNDP Global Mission Statement:
The United Nations Development Programme (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. UNDP is on the ground in 166 countries, working with national counterparts on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.
UNDP in Afghanistan:
UNDP supports stabilization, State-building, governance and development priorities in Afghanistan. UNDP support, in partnership with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIROA), the United Nations system, the donor community and other development stakeholders, has contributed to institutional development efforts leading to positive impact on the lives of Afghan citizens. Over the years UNDP support has spanned such milestone efforts as the adoption of the Constitution; Presidential, Parliamentary and Provincial Council elections; institutional development through capacity-building to the legislative, the judicial and executive arms of the State, Ministries, Government agencies and commissions at the national and sub-national levels.
UNDP has played a role in the management of the Law-and-Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA), which supports the Government in developing and maintaining the national police force and strengthen human rights compliance through comprehensive justice and anti-corruption efforts across the country. UNDP Programmes in Afghanistan have benefited from the very active support of donors. UNDP Afghanistan is committed to the highest standards of transparency and accountability and works in close coordination with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN system to maximize the impact of its development efforts on the ground.
Background and Organizational context of the position:
As Afghanistan is battling the COVID-19 pandemic with enforced quarantines, lockdowns, and movement restrictions, these measures significantly impact the private sector, including emerging female-owned businesses, due to limitations of trade and business activities.
As Afghanistan emerges from protracted conflict, the private sector provides a pivotal foundation for sustained economic and social development in support of the 2030 SDG Agenda, contributing to peace and social cohesion. While the overall formal private sector is estimated to provide approximately 20% of GDP, there are an estimated 16,000 registered micro (fewer than ten employees) or small (10-49 employees) enterprises operating in Afghanistan.
Women-driven SMEs play a direct role in empowering women and providing services that contribute to women's empowerment. While there is a re-emergence of the private sector in Afghanistan, the proportion of businesses owned by women is estimated to be less than 5% of MSMEs and only 3% of registered companies. Most are operating in the services sector, Afghanistan's primary sector, and provides 52% of GDP and small-scale manufacturing. According to the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA), 78% of women's participation was in small businesses (1-10 employees).
The proposal builds on previous UNDP efforts in support of women-owned/managed MSMEs and will specifically address Access to business financing, which is a key structural barrier for addressing gender disparity across entrepreneurship in Afghanistan.
The proposal will further the capacity building support includes a major focus on a digital transformation of women-owned/managed MSMEs through training on business management and promoting business models that leverage eCommerce and digital banking opportunities to enhance market access, both locally and abroad; and overall equipping them with relevant digital and IT skills, required for the process to be successful. By leveraging eCommerce and digital banking technologies, the proposal further seeks to "build--better forward" and overcome social and mobility barriers associated with women-owned/managed business in the public space, hence improving the gender-responsiveness of the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Afghanistan. E-services and e-commerce business models are already gaining momentum due to high levels of smartphone ownership and internet penetration in the larger cities, with evidence of increased engagement by women-owned enterprises, and a forward-looking capacity strengthening project will further this momentum. Capacity strengthening efforts will include a women empowerment focus, and non-financial barriers will seek to be addressed by working with many complementary projects and initiatives (e.g., EGEMA).
Duties and Responsibilities
Overall Objective of the Assignment
Under the supervision of the Assistant Resident Representative (Prosperity) and the day-to-day coordination with the UNDP Programme Analyst, the Chief Technical Advisor acts as the main substantive advisor of the Project. S/he is responsible for the provision and coordination of all policy support activities in the Project and provides technical advice on quality management. S/he provides strategic advice to the UNDP in the Project´s scope of work and building and links Project and UNDP to knowledge networks. Ensure the direction of project activities and the achievement of project targets and results including through providing technical guidance and strategic orientation on anti-corruption.
Specific Objective and Scope
Chief Technical Advisor acts as the main substantive advisor of the Project. S/he is responsible for provision and coordination of all policy support activities in the Project and provides technical advice on quality management. S/he provides strategic advice to the UNDP in the Project´s scope of work and building and links Project and UNDP to knowledge networks.
Duties and Responsibilities
Payments under the contract shall be time-based, including a timesheet according to UNDP procurement formats for individual contractors. The monthly reports will be reviewed by the Senior DRR Programmes and Assistant Resident Representative of Prosperity Pillar. The payments will be paid upon the full completion and acceptance of contractual obligations, as accepted by the the Senior DRR Programmes and Assistant Resident Representative of Prosperity Pillar.
Under the overall guidance of the UNDP Assistant Resident Representative of Prosperity Pillar and the oversight of the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, the Chief Technical Advisor will lead the Support to Women SMEs project.
Duration of the Work:
The duration of the assignment is 240 working days over 12 calendar months.
The consultancy is based in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Teamwork and Communication skills:
Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Required Skills and Experience
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:
The total professional fee shall be converted into a lump-sum contract and payments under the contract shall be made on submission and acceptance of deliverables under the contract in accordance with the schedule of payment linked with deliverables.
EVALUATION METHOD AND CRITERIA
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
* Technical Criteria weight 70%
* Financial Criteria weight 30%
Technical Criteria for Evaluation (70 points)
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
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
Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):
Note: Incomplete application will result in automatic disqualification of candidate.