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National Legal Consultant – To develop Market Ordinances for M4C Programme, UNW Vanuatu
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Port Vila, VANUATU|
|Application Deadline :||07-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Up to 50 working days within 3 months’ period.|
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 United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. UN Women provides support to Member States’ efforts and priorities in meeting their gender equality goals and for building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
The UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office (MCO) covering the Pacific sub-region has four main thematic areas:
The Markets for Change (M4C) Project
The M4C project is a key component of UN Women’s Fiji MCO programming for WEE in the Pacific, which aims to ensure that Pacific women advance economically and that this results in improvements in women’s well-being and economic growth nationally and across the region. One of UN Women’s global mandate is to implement innovative programs targeting women’s empowerment and gender equality.
Given that between 60-80% of market vendors are women, with many more women reliant on market produce, the project’s goal is to ensure that marketplaces in rural and urban areas are safe, inclusive, and non-discriminatory, promoting the gender, social and economic empowerment of market vendors, with specific attention to the needs and aspirations of women market vendors.
The M4C project brings together governments, market vendors and market vendor associations, civil society organisations and UN agencies to promote gender equality through the economic empowerment of women market vendors in Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. M4C is implemented by UN Women in partnership with UNDP and the Governments of Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
The project is based on a Theory of Change (ToC), which states that market vendors can be empowered within the market environment through a combination of implementation strategies. The M4C project incorporates: the creation and strengthening of representative marketplace groups, which in turn strengthen women market vendors’ roles and influence; interventions focusing on financial literacy, access to financial services and increased participation in value chains; strengthening the accountability and capacity of market management, municipal and provincial governments to enable them to employ gender-responsive policies, procedures and decision-making processes that are receptive to the needs of market vendors, as well as to the design and construction of gender-responsive infrastructure and on-site services.
M4C has four main outcome areas which are:
In Vanuatu, the M4C project works in six markets namely Port Vila, Luganville, Marobe, and three Shefa ring-road markets. Under Outcome 3, the project works with municipal councils, local governments, and market managements to strengthen their capacity and commitment to draft, adopt, and implement gender responsive market bylaws, policies, plans, and budgets for the provision of safe and secure market infrastructure, adequate amenities and services, and transparent revenue generation and expenditures.
The proposed short-term consultancy specifically supports M4C’s Outcome 3 to develop five market ordinances for Luganville, Marobe, Melemaat, Beverly Hills and Emua markets in Vanuatu. The Consultant will be required to: conduct desk review on existing market ordinances and other good practices from fresh produce markets in the Pacific; conduct stakeholder consultations and validation workshops for each markets; and facilitate the legislative process of drafting and gazettal of the market ordinances. The consultancy does not include the Port Vila market bylaw as there is one developed for the market by the Port Vila City Council and is at its final stages of approval.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objectives of the assignment
The key objective of the assignment is to consult and develop five (5) market ordinances. The proposed documents should:
Scope of Work/Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the M4C Project Manager and in close consultation with the respective market authorities and government agencies, the consultant will perform the following tasks:
For each project site, the consultant will require a proposed schedule, adapted to national and local circumstances.
Duration of the assignment
The duration of this assignment will be up to an estimated 40 working days within a 3-months’ period, effectively from May (or as soon as possible) till August 2021.
The assignment envisages ten missions to Luganville (two missions), Marobe (two missions), Melemaat (two missions), Beverly Hills (two missions), and Emua (two mission). The indicative schedule of missions is end of April- early May 2021 and early June to mid-July 2021 (subject to confirmation).
The Consultant is expected to deliver the following results:
All the documents, including the interview tools, and transcripts, all scoping materials including images materials and reports should be submitted in written English language. Note that all materials, including video footage and images will remain the property of UN Women and cannot be used without UN Women’s permission.
The Consultant’s performance will be evaluated based on: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.
Payments will be made in 3 (three) instalments and will be authorized upon submission and approval of deliverables and certification by the Project Manager that the services have been satisfactorily performed. Payment is paid in the following:
Required Skills and Experience
Required experience and qualifications
The individuals need to submit their CV’s and all certified certificates.
Education / Academic Qualification
Experience and Skills
Language and other skills
Initially, individual consultants will be short-listed based on the following minimum qualification criteria:
The short-listed individual consultant(s) will then be further evaluated based on a cumulative analysis scheme, with a total score being obtained upon the combination of weighted technical and financial attributes.
Cost under this method of analysis is rendered as an award criterion, which will be 30% out of a total score of 500 points.
Evaluation of submitted offers will be done based on the following formula:
Technical evaluation will be represented through desk review of applications. Interviews and/or written tests may be considered and/or be organized if needed only, depending on the short-listed candidates’ qualifications.
Technical Qualification Evaluation Criteria: The technical part is evaluated on the basis of its responsiveness to the Terms of Reference (TOR).
Financial Qualification Evaluation Criteria: In the Second Stage, the financial proposal of candidates, who have attained minimum 70% score in the technical evaluation (at least 245 points), will be compared.
The winning candidate will be the candidate, who has accumulated the highest aggregated score (technical scoring + financial scoring).
Interested candidates are requested to submit fully completed application on the UNDP Vacancy Site.
Applications without a complete financial proposal will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment. UN Women reserves the right to accept or reject any bid.
The consultancy recruitment process will be governed by the rules and regulations of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).
Deadline of all submission: 7 May 2021
Price Proposal Guideline and Template
The prospective Individual Contractor should take the following explanations into account during submission of his/her price proposal.
The price proposal should indicate a "lump sum amount" which is "all-inclusive"; All costs (professional fees, living allowances, communications, consumables, etc.) that could possibly be incurred by the Individual Contractor needs to be factored into the proposed price.
UN Women will not withhold any amount of the payments for tax and/or social security related payments. UN Women shall have no liability for taxes, duties or other similar charges payable by the Individual Contractor in respect of any amounts paid to the Individual Contractor under this Contract, and the Contractor acknowledges that UN Women will not issue any statements of earnings to the Individual contractor in respect of any such payments.
Contract price is fixed to activities/deliverables indicated in the ToR, regardless of the changes in the cost components (such as days invested for completion of the deliverables).
UN Women will not cover transportation cost within Municipality area of Port Vila and duty station (Port Vila) of consultant. Transportation costs between duty station and Luganville, Marobe, Melemaat, Beverly Hills and Emua will be covered by UN Women.
Any official travel costs outside of home-based location will be covered separately by UN Women with prior approval based on agreed upon routing and in conformity with UN Women applicable travel rules and regulations.
*** Will only be paid for approved travel-related mission/s outside of Efate Island, as per this TOR.
The applicants are requested to submit their price proposals in VATU.
In case of proposals in other currency, these shall be converted into VATU using the official UN exchange rate for currency conversion to VATU at the date of applications’ submission deadline.
Price Proposal Submission Form
[ Mandatory document for the Consultant to complete and submit]
To: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
Ref: National Legal Consultant – To develop Market Ordinances for M4C Programme, UN Women Vanuatu
Dear Sir / Madam,
I, the undersigned, offer to provide professional consulting services to UN Women within the scope of the referred Assignment. Having examined, understood, and agreed to the Terms of Reference and its annexes, the receipt of which are hereby duly acknowledged, I, the undersigned, offer to deliver professional services, in conformity with the Terms of Reference.
My maximum total price proposal for the assignment is given below:
Estimated Costs (in VATU)
*** Please be informed that for shorter assignments than a full day, the daily rate will be pro-rated into hourly rate.
I confirm that my financial proposal will remain unchanged. I also confirm that the price that I quote is gross, and is inclusive of all legal expenses, including but not limited to social security, income tax, pension, etc., which shall be required applicable laws. I agree that my proposal shall remain binding upon me for the duration of the contract timeline i.e. ________________ days / weeks / months / year.
I understand that you are not bound to accept any proposal you may receive.