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Consultancy for a National Consultant Local Government Development IC/PNG/25-2021
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home-Based Port Moresby, with regular travel mostly to Highlands, Project Sites, PAPUA NEW GUINEA|
|Application Deadline :||25-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 :||200 working days spread over 12 months (until May 2022)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||200 working days spread over 12 months (until May 2022)|
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 - UNCDF
UNCDF makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 least developed countries. With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development. UNCDF’s financing models work through two channels: financial inclusion that expands the opportunities for individuals, households, and small businesses to participate in the local economy, providing them with the tools they need to climb out of poverty and manage their financial lives; and by showing how localized investments — through fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance — can drive public and private funding that underpins local economic expansion and sustainable development. By strengthening how finance works for poor people at the household, small enterprise, and local infrastructure levels, UNCDF contributes to SDG 1 on eradicating poverty and SDG 17 on the means of implementation. By identifying those market segments where innovative financing models can have transformational impact in helping to reach the last mile and address exclusion and inequalities of access, UNCDF contributes to a number of different SDGs.
Highlands Joint Project
The PNG Highlands Joint Programme (2020 to 2022) has been developed from the UN response paper – Scope of Post-Earthquake Recovery Activities. It is supported by the Hela Government Funding Contribution to the UN Highlands Joint Programme (April 2020). The response paper sets out the design parameters for the program that were validated through; (i) the Hela Peace and Development Workshop (October 2019) and the associated road map. The Governor of Hela Province further outlined the general priority investment areas for the provincial earthquake recovery funds to create sustainable local development ecosystem that at its core promotes and promulgates peace in the province.
The UN response paper proposed four thematic intervention areas based on agency positioning: (i) Enhancing Small-Holder Commercial Agriculture (ii) Access to Community Infrastructures, (iii) Safe Markets and (iv) Economic Empowerment Fund.
UNCDF under the Local Government Development Practice will participate in the joint project with UNDP to establish and demonstrate the peace building dividends that can be generated by a local development fund (LDF). UNCDF is bringing its expertise in promoting and supporting local economic development through the formulation and demonstration of a basic LDF for socio-economic empowerment and the promotion of peace in PNG under the “PNG Highlands Joint Programme for Peace and Development (H-JP)”.
The pilot LDF is being established in Hela Province and will be potentially demonstrated in five districts as follows; Tagali Rural LLG, Hayapuga Rural LLG, Komo Rural LLG, Hulia Rural LLG, South Koroba Rural LLG. Other LLGs may be considered during the initial scoping and establishing of the LDF.
The main objective of the assignment is to provide support to the Highlands Project, complementing the work of UNDP who is the main project partner to design, pilot test and monitor the introduction of a local development grant system to finance small scale projects developed by local governments and their communities as a physical driver of peace. The Local Development Finance system will be based on UNCDF propriety performance-based grant that has been successfully deployed globally in a majority of the LDCs and build-up on to the LDF knowledge base with a lens towards the peace dividends generated by the LDF.
Duties and Responsibilities
Duties and Responsibilities
Under supervision of UNCDF Regional Technical Advisor for Asia, the consultant will specifically work in the areas as follows:
Capacity Building LLGs
Project Administrative Support
Networking and Partnership Building
Payments will be made against the following reporting schedule and subject to submission of a timesheet.
Reporting and payment terms
The consultant will work under the supervision of the UNCDF Regional Technical Advisor (RTA) and fully coordinate with UNDP Highlands Project Team and UNDP DRR. The RTA will provide overall direction and guidance of the consultancy and approve key outputs and deliverables. In addition, the consultant will also coordinate and collaborate with UNCDF PNG Office.
Submission of specific deliverables will be completed in accordance with the above schedule unless revised timelines are mutually agreed by UNDP and the Consultant. Acceptance of deliverables will be determined by Regional Technical Advisor based in Bangkok.
Milestone payments will be made upon submission and acceptance of specific deliverables.
The estimated duration of contract is between June 2021 to May 2022, up to 200 working days.
Any travel required under the assignment needs to be agreed and pre-approved by UNCDF regional technical advisor. All the travel cost will be reimbursed by UNCDF according to UNCDF rules and regulations.
The consultant is expected to own and use his/her own equipment during and after the assignment.
Required Skills and Experience
Education and experience
Documents to be included when submitting Consultancy Proposals
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The financial proposal shall specify a total lump-sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in instalments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump-sum amount (including travel, living expenses, and number of anticipated working days).
All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel. In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.
In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimburse.
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