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Consultancy – Development of Policy and Programme Documents for UNDP Yemen and the Lake Chad Basin Region, CB/CSMT/UNDP
|Location :||Home Based|
|Application Deadline :||09-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|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 :||95 days of which 35 Workdays for UNDP Yemen and 60 Workdays for Lake Chad Basin|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||95 days with possibility of 60 days extension subject to availability of funds and satisfactory perf|
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.
Yemen Country Strategy Note, Country Programme Framework Document and Adaptive Management Strategy
Entering the sixth year of conflict, Yemen remains the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. About 20.7 million people, two thirds of the population are estimated to need humanitarian assistance in 2021; 16.5 million people (54% of the population) are projected to go hungry, 47,000 people projected to face famine-like conditions in the first half of 2021 and 2.25 million children under 5 projected to suffer from acute malnutrition in 2021. The widespread conflict has impacted both urban and rural livelihoods with over 40% of Yemeni households losing their primary sources of income - more than 36,000 fishermen have lost their incomes and 204 fishing boats were damaged whilst the livestock sector has also been severely affected as animals have been killed from attacks on farms and
agricultural facilities. A high level of unemployment among vulnerable youth and marginalized groups represents a waste of potential human resources and talent that is vital for rejuvenating the labor force.
Yemen has the fourth largest population of internally displaced people in the world. In 2020, 172,000 people were displaced, bringing the total number of IDPs in Yemen to 4 million. The conflict, displacement, flooding and economic decline have created conditions for infectious diseases to flourish. In 2020 alone, Yemen experienced six outbreaks of infectious disease, including cholera, polio and COVID-19. Meanwhile, health and water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services critical for containing the spread of disease and providing treatment are overstretched and underfunded.
Basic services and the institutions that provide them are collapsing, placing enormous pressure on the humanitarian response. Only 51 percent of health facilities are functioning, and even these face severe shortages in medicine, equipment and staff. The conflict has also affected local institutions and weakened community-based governance structures. This undermines the efforts of the local systems to provide essential services, which leads to erosion of confidence by the public and calls into question the legitimacy of those structures. Failure of the local institutions to deliver critical social services is underlined by increased poverty, continued perception of corruption, a high inflation rate, and mounting fiscal pressure, which creates discontent and increases vulnerability.
UNDP Yemen Country Office (CO) developed the 2019-2021 Country Programme Framework (CPF) to respond to the growing humanitarian and development crises in the country. Framed around three priority areas: Programme priority 1 – Peace operations support, Programme priority 2 – Governance and the rule of law, and Programme priority 3 – Economic recovery and development, The 2012-2015 Country Programme Document (CPD) (extended until December 2021) remains an overarching strategic document, although with less relevance to the everchanging Yemen context. The CO intends to develop a successor programme framework to the current CPF ending in December 2021 informed by contextual dictates, emerging country priorities and needs, Sustainable Development Goals, UNDP strategic plan and achievements and lessons learnt from the ongoing programme among others.
As part of the preparatory work for the development of a new programme, a three-day programme retreat was held in December 2020. The retreat aimed at providing a platform for strategic reflections on the upcoming country programme, a much-needed exercise given the complex and ever-changing nature of the programming environment in Yemen, which calls for an in-depth understanding and regular reviews of the situation on the ground and UNDP’s programmatic offer, impact and operational support. The retreat outcomes inform the development of a Country Strategy Note (CSN) which will lay the ground for the development of the new Country Programme Document. UNDP will continue to provide the bridge between humanitarian interventions on one side and peace and development programming on the other by focusing on three programme priority areas: 1) Local service delivery and empowered communities; 2) Transforming the economy for stability and peace; and 3) An inclusive peace process. The essential themes of gender, youth and the climate change adaptation cut across the three priority areas. While the three are the basis for the existing programme structure, it is important to bolster the programmatic content in each of the areas as well as ensuring a coherent and comprehensive programme approach.
Lake Chad Basin Region Policy and Programme Documents on Community-Based Reconciliation and Reintegration
The humanitarian and development crisis in the Lake Chad Basin, driven by Boko Haram's violent extremism and terrorism, is among the most severe in the world. The latest data from OCHA indicate that 9.8 million people need humanitarian assistance, 2.4 million people are internally displaced, and 243.000 people are refugees. Nigeria continues to be the epicenter of the crisis. However, Cameroon's North and Far North Regions (1.9 million people in need), Niger's Diffa Region (1.2 million) and Chad's Lac and Hadjer Lamis Regions (486.000) are profoundly affected too.
Violent extremism and terrorism, though, can be viewed themselves as an effect of entrenched situations of violations of and limited access to rights, including in the economic area. Pre-existing structural constraints and deficiencies, including high inequality, perceived social injustice, a lack of social service provision, consistent marginalization, inadequate economic opportunities, high levels of poverty, and the impacts of climate change and land degradation have been essential factors leading to some of the lowest human development indicators in the world and a high degree of vulnerability of the region's people. Questions of impunity, corruption and difficult access to justice compound these crises and require a holistic approach to address them.
The Governments of the Lake Chad Basin Region recognize that ending the conflict is an essential requirement for tackling the humanitarian and development crisis and requires a combination of military campaigns and civilian-led stabilization and peace initiatives. UNDP Crisis Bureau Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights (RoLSHR) Team through the Global Programme has therefore provided technical support to the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), in the framework of the Regional Strategy for the Stabilization, Recovery and Resilience of the Boko Haram-affected territories of the Lake Chad Basin (Strategy). Specifically, Pillar Three of the Strategy focuses on Screening, Prosecution, Rehabilitation and Reintegration of persons formerly associated with Boko Haram. Furthermore, Pillar Paper Three, which is annexed to the Strategy, details the LCBC approach and calls for harmonization of approaches and programmes among the Member States.
As a result, UNDP has provided technical support to the LCBC, through its Stabilization Secretariat, to develop an LCBC draft community-based reconciliation and reintegration policy in collaboration with UN partners and the several consultations with UN and non-UN entities based on their technical expertise, mandates and comparative advantages. UNDP ROLSHR Team will continue to support the LCBC and countries in the region in furthering support to community-based reconciliation and reintegration through national policies and programmes.
UNDP seeks the services of an experienced and qualified international consultant to lead in the development of a) new country strategy note based on the outcomes of the programme retreat conducted in December 2020, b) country programme framework/document for the period 2022 to 2024, informed by the country strategy note, UNDP Yemen’s programmatic focus, analyses of the current context, country priorities and needs, applicable Sustainable Development Goals, UNDP strategic plan and achievements and lessons learnt from the ongoing programme, among others. In addition, the consultant will also support the rollout of the adaptive management strategy and approach in the CO. The consultant will also produce inter-agency cross-border joint programmes, policies and DREAM-IMS windows on community-based reconciliation and reintegration. Furthermore, UNDP requires the consultant to formulate 2 inter-agency cross border joint programmes for the Lake Chad Basin Region and develop policies on community-based reconciliation and reintegration in 3 countries. Additionally, the consultant will be responsible for shaping DREAM-IMS windows for community-based reconciliation and reintegration in 3 countries.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultancy will be conducted over a period of 95 working days over the period May to December 2021. The consultant is expected to deliver the following:
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.
The consultant will work under the overall guidance of the Resident Representative and direct supervision of the Senior Deputy Resident Representative/Programmes with support from the Head of Management Support Unit. The consultant will collaborate with the CO programme, project and operations teams, heads of sub-offices and Amman Liaison office staff. On rolling out of the adaptive management strategy, the consultant will work closely with the Adaptive Management Specialist.
Lake Chad Basin Region
The consultant will work under the overall guidance of the CB Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights Policy and Programme Specialist – Community Security and also UNDP Focal Point for Reintegration. The Consultant will collaborate with focal points in the Regional Service Center for Africa and the Dakar Hub.
In all cases, UNDP will provide the consultant with logistical support in conducting the assignment - relevant background documents for review, setting up meetings with stakeholders as needed.
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.