NHDR Lead Author


Location : Kuwait, KUWAIT
Application Deadline :06-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
16-May-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :3 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :3 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

UNDP and the State of Kuwait, represented by the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council of Planning and Development (GSSCPD), strive to enhance institutional capacities at various government agencies by providing them with necessary technical support to strengthen their capacities and skills to perform their expected duties.

For more than a decade, national and regional Human Development Report (HDR) teams have been helping to advance the human development conceptual framework and apply it to the most pressing development challenges of the day. Now published in over 135 countries, these reports, grounded in thorough analytic research, have become dynamic advocacy tools. They are helping to generate lively debates around the policies and actions needed to accelerate human development and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

With the support of UNDP, Two National Human Development Reports for Kuwait have been published previously back in 1997 and 1999. The 1997 report was a general report on human development, but the 1999 report was more focused on human development within the Economic Reform Plan of the Government.

With education being one of the main pillars of human development, the 2019 report theme will be on education with a focus on private education. This theme will give policy makers an insight on the private education in contrast to public education.

The 2019 NHDR has been drafted and currently it is required to include further performance of the State of Kuwait in the education sector considering the latest available data. As such, the consultant is expected to update the related analysis to be in line with the most recent statistics and data.

Objective

The main objective of the consultancy is to re-write and update the current NHDR draft and have it published in collaboration with the Arab Knowledge Project.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of UNDP, the Lead Author will assume the following tasks:

 

  • Revise and re-write the current Arabic draft of the report.
  • Ensure that the NHDR content and data meet the guidelines of the HDR Toolkit for National & Regional Human Development Report.
  • Coordinate closely with the Arab Knowledge Project for the structure and analysis of the data related to the report theme and content.
  • Conduct work sessions with the relevant stakeholders at the General Secretariat of Development and Planning GSSCPD.
  • Relevant stakeholders may include GSSCPD, Ministry of Education, Kuwait University and other government agencies that the government may include in the project.
  • Meeting and Conducting work sessions with the relevant stakeholders at the government of the State of Kuwait.
  • Address, apply and take into consideration the feedback of the GSSCPD and other related government agencies.
  • Coordinate with UNDP in all stages leading to the final publication of the Report including preparing a final text and executive summary.
  • Review and assess the conceptual framework and outline of the report to ensure it is addressing the dimensions of the selected theme, education, based on the availability of TIMSS 2020 data.
  • Lead on consolidation of the methodology proposed for the report ensuring its alignment with NHDR corporate policies and guidelines and NHDR toolkit.
  • Redraft the report including consolidation of all additional inputs, and write the introductory chapter and the final chapter, conclusions and recommendations
  • Identify further substantive areas that need to be covered, and topics of background papers required;
  • At all stages of review, ensure feedback and comments from the Advisory Board and Readers Group on drafts of the Report are reflected in the revised draft;
  • Participate in advisory board meetings, provide updates on the progress of the report development, present the report and solicit feedback.
  • Participate at the launch of the NHDR and other follow up events, if needed.

1.Expected Outputs and Deliverables

 

Deliverables: 

Institution and the duration and timeline of the deliverables are indicated in the below table:

 

 

 Deliverables/ Outputs

 

Target Due Dates

 

Payment schedule in percentage

 

Review and Approvals Required

Deliverable 1 

•Submit a report that includes a revision and assessment of the current draft of the NHDR.

•Conduct a minimum (1) work sessions with the report stakeholders.

2 weeks after the start of the contract.

%5

GSSCPD & UNDP

Deliverable 2 

•Submit a revision for chapter one & two.

•Conduct a minimum (1) work sessions with the report stakeholders.

Upon previous deliverable completion.

(Est 4 weeks.)

%15

GSSCPD & UNDP

Deliverable 3

•Submit chapter three & four of the NHDR.

•Conduct a minimum (1) work sessions with the report stakeholders.

Upon previous deliverable completion.

(Est 6 weeks.)

%15

GSSCPD & UNDP

Deliverable 4

•Submit chapter five & six of the NHDR.

•Conduct a minimum (1) work sessions with the report stakeholders.

Upon previous deliverable completion.

(Est 8 weeks.)

%15

GSSCPD & UNDP

Deliverable 5

•Conduct and complete a minimum (5) work sessions with the report stakeholders.

•Submit Executive Summary & Findings.

Upon previous deliverable completion.

(Est 12 weeks.)

%50

 

 

 

 

  1. Institutional Arrangement
  • The Consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Programme Analyst. He/she needs to coordinate closely with the GSSCPD International Cooperation Department and UNDP project team.
  • All payments subject to approval based on submitted certified and approved interim, draft and final reports (with relevant attachments) by GSSCPD and UNDP. These interim and final reports will serve as justification of payment.
  1. Duration of the Work

The duration of this assignment is expected to be 3 months. The starting date is expected within April 2021.

 

  1. Duty Station

The consultant will be based in Kuwait at office for the duration of the assignment.

 

  1.  Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments

 

 

? Lump Sum Amount

 

? Daily Fee

 

 

  1. EVALUATION

 

 

? Option A -. Lowest price and technically compliant offer

 

 

 

 

?Option B -  Cumulative analysis

 

 

 

Total score=Technical Score + Financial Score.

Technical Criteria weight - 70%, 700 scores maximum 

Financial Criteria weight - 30%. 300 scores maximum

 

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 490 from 700 points in the Technical part of evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation

 

The selection of candidates will be done in 3 stages:

 

1st stage: Prior to detailed evaluation, all applications will be thoroughly screened against eligibility criteria (minimum qualification requirements) as set in the TOR in order to determine whether they are compliant/non-compliant.

 

Shortlisting criteria   

1

Academic Degree: Master’s degree in education, social science or any relevant field.

 

2

Experience: Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in conducting policy research, participating in/organization of/quality controlling policy research and conducting policy advocacy; experience in preparing HDRs/NHDRs are assets. Working knowledge of the context and policy making systems/practices in Kuwait. Possess related publications in education.

 

3

Language: Fluency in English & Arabic is a must.

 

2nd stage: Evaluation of technical proposals

Short-listed candidates will be evaluated based on the following criteria. Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 490 points (70%) at the Technical Evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

 

Technical Evaluation Criteria (Desk review and Interview based)

Maximum obtainable points – 700; Threshold – 490 points

PhD in Education, social science or any relevant field.

100

Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in conducting policy research, participating in/organization of/quality controlling policy research and conducting policy advocacy; experience in preparing HDRs/NHDRs are assets.

10 points for each additional year of experience up to 5 additional years.

150

 

 

50

Working knowledge of the context and policy making systems/practices in Kuwait.

25

Possess related publications in education.

75

Technical Proposal/Interview: Good understanding of the assignment with all specific components proposed within TOR have been identified clearly and in a logical order to address TOR requirements:

Excellent           100% from the score

Good                  90% from the score

Satisfactory      70% from the score

Poor                   40% from the score

               Very poor          10% from the score

300

Financial Evaluation Criteria

Maximum obtainable points – 300 (30%)

 

3rd stage: Financial evaluation

Cumulative analysis will be used based on the following methodology: All the offers of individual consultants who scored 490 (70% from 700) and more points during the desk review are acceptable for financial evaluation. The lowest financial qualified proposal receives 300 points and all the other technically qualified proposals receive points in inverse proportion per the formula:

 

Formula applied

P=y(µ/z)

P=points for the financial proposal being evaluated

 

y=maximum number of points for the financial proposal equal to 300

 

µ=the lowest priced proposal

 

z=price of the proposal being evaluated

 

 

The candidate achieving the highest cumulative score for both Technical and Financial evaluations will be recommended by the Evaluation Committee for contracting.

 

 

 

  1. DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS.

 

 

Applicants are requested to compile and submit as one PDF file the below requested documents:

 

  1. Duly accomplished and signed Offeror’s letter/filled-in template to UNDP confirming interest and Breakdown of Costs Supporting the Final All-Inclusive Price as per Template. If an Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP;
  2. Complete and signed P11 form or CV, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate;
  3. At least three (3) professional references;
  4. Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment.
  5. Technical Proposal of how the consultant will carry out the required assignment, with a clear Methodology.
  6. Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided.  If an Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP. 
  7. Copy of diploma/s
  8. Copy of ID card (passport)


Competencies

Core Competencies

  • Demonstrates leadership, team building and coordinating skills
  • Demonstrates commitment to human development principles and values.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Shares knowledge and experience;
  • Provides helpful feedback and advice;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Plans and produces quality results to meet established goals;
  • Generates innovative, practical solutions to challenging situations;
  • Conceptualizes and analyses problems to identify key issues, underlying problems, and how they relate;
  • Demonstrates substantive and technical knowledge to meet responsibilities and post requirements with excellence;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Responds positively to critical feedback and differing points of view.

 

Functional Competencies

Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing:

  • Makes the case for innovative ideas documenting successes and building them into the design of new approaches;
  • Identifies innovative approaches and strategies that promote the use of tools and mechanisms;
  • Develops and/or participates in the development of tools and mechanisms, including identifying new approaches to promote individual and organizational learning and knowledge sharing using formal and informal methodologies.

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise:

 

  • Proven analytical and writing skills, including in the area of gender and programming.
  • Understands more advanced aspects of social development as well as the fundamental concepts of related disciplines
  • Ability to prepare succinct analytical publications and reports.
  • Continues to seek new and improved methods and systems for social planning.
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in area of public policy development and international organisations and seeks to develop him/herself professionally.

 

Client Orientation:

 

  • Maturity and confidence in dealing with senior and high-ranking members of national and local institutions, government and non-government.
  • Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion
  • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines.
  • Anticipates client needs and addresses them promptly.


Required Skills and Experience

I.Academic Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in education, social science or any relevant field. PhD is preferred

II. Years of experience:

  • Sound knowledge and understanding of Human Development concepts and approaches. Be familiar with UNDP/HDR Corporate NHDR policy, NHDR principles and quality criteria.
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in conducting policy research, participating in/organization of/quality controlling policy research and conducting policy advocacy; experience in preparing HDRs/NHDRs are assets.
  • Working knowledge of the context and policy making systems/practices in Kuwait.
  • Possess related publications in education.

III. Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in oral and written English & Arabic is a must.



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