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INDIVIDUAL INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANT ON DEVELOPING A BLUEPRINT STUDY ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF A BIO-HACKING LAB
|Location :||Home-based, Republic of North Macedonia|
|Application Deadline :||29-Jun-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Climate & Disaster Resilience|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Estimated 30 working days for the period from July - August 2021|
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.
By 2050, the UN foresees that 66% of the world's population will be living in metropolitan cities and, thereby, increasing pressure on municipal governments to provide reliable access to public services. With this expanding population, there is a global shift to cities as primary agents of innovation and intervention and a general consensus that, to accommodate these new patterns, they need to be resilient, economically vibrant, more livable, sustainable, accessible, well-governed, and well-planned. NextGenUNDP recognizes that development is not static and fixed, but that the current times are especially dynamic, ever-changing, and evolving into a new pattern. Grappling with complexity and uncertainty means that systemic change cannot be achieved with our past practices and radically new development models are in high demand. To this end, UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub (IRH) is pursuing a new approach to accelerate learning on strategic risks and development of systemic solutions to complex challenges, at the local level of Cities. Under the framework of the City Experiment Fund, UNDP’s Innovation team is supporting 4 cities in the region in the articulation, design and dynamic management of portfolios. This work builds on the ongoing efforts at the regional level to develop a portfolio on urban transformation following the pandemic.
The current phase of the City Experiment Fund aims to complete work and deliver activated seed portfolios by 31st August 2021.
A “seed portfolio” is a demonstration portfolio with a limited set of initial interventions that are there to showcase the process of portfolio design, engage the local city-system and stakeholders in this new approach, initiate a first set of small-scale time-boxed experiments to generate new learnings. To that end, all the phases of the process are fast-track short sprints of work (2-3 months for design) and timeboxed implementation timeframe – 1-2 months for option execution (July – Aug 2021). UNDP CO North Macedonia is one of the participating country offices in the CEF, with a focus on exploring system transformation approaches around Circularity of Waste with an initial focus on Bio-waste in Skopje.
The focus of CEF project for UNDP CO North Macedonia is to design a seed portfolio of interventions that engage the Skopje city-system in re-structuring itself towards waste circularity that not only reduces the overall amount of bio- waste in the system but also forms the basis of new businesses, employment opportunities and economic development. The project is composed of several distinct phases of work:
Currently the project is in the last phase of activating the seed portfolio and selecting relevant partners to implement the designed options, according to a given set of design principles, scope of work and deliverables/outcomes.
UNDP CO North Macedonia seeks to engage individuals in companies with relevant knowledge and expertise to assist in the activation of an option, as detailed in these Terms of Reference.
 * Bio-waste in this context means all types of waste of organic origin, in solid or liquid form such as (but not limited to) fresh plant and green waste, processed food waste, left overs from restauration and bars/cafes/juice making, used oils, manures and animal waste, left overs and by-products of food industry (brewing, cheese production, canned food,..), sludge and waste waters, fibers and cellulose products of organic origin (cardboard, textile,..), …
Duties and Responsibilities
As part of a bigger portfolio of interventions around circularity of bio-waste, we are looking to create interest and skills around biotechnologies in the ecosystem of Skopje, which today is nascent and has very limited local talent of applied biohacking knowledge.
Biohacking is a way to create a movement and interest in the local ecosystem that is driven bottom up rather than by top down educational design, by providing easy and open access to amateur equipment, knowledge and skills for learning and using biotechnologies. Our hypothesis is that creating informal learning environments where such equipment and knowledge is easily accessible in a self-directed but supported way through playful experimentation (not academic learning) would generate bigger/faster effects than investing in formal education. A visible measure of this increased interest in the system for biotechnology would be more students in bio/biotech/chemistry subjects, more businesses in those fields and more people working on projects in this area. This type of effect is a prerequisite for creating the conditions for positioning bio economy as a viable option of economic development in North Macedonia.
To this extent, we would like to test our hypothesis by observing and measuring the above-mentioned effects by installing a single biohacking lab and related activities in the city of Skopje.
For this purpose we need recommendations based on best practices from other environments with more mature bio-hacking ecosystems on how to set up a first lab and its activities to be able to see a shift in the maturity of the local ecosystem with effects of this kind:
Key characteristics, assumptions, and design principles for the lab
The intended “customer” of the lab
The blueprint should contain design and setup recommendations based on best practices from other labs for the setup and operations of a single bio-hacking space.
To implement this assignment UNDP is seeking to contract a qualifying individual to develop these following tasks and responsibilities.
TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Propose the design and set up of a biohacking lab space, including recommendations on how the lab should be initiated and developed over time (period of three years), how it should be equipped over the different stages of growth, and how recommendations for the space should be located.
For this task the contractor will need to take into account the different stages of the lab [seed/initiation stage, the establishment of the lab, its scaling and growth] and provide with input on the design and set up of the lab including:
2. Propose activities for the Biohacking Lab
Ideas of how the day to day activities of the lab could be structured and examples of the different services/ activities that it could pursue, as well as who they will engage/target given our overall objectives:
Recommendations around which of the above services would constitute a base model (must have, minimum version that should be available at initiation stage) vs advanced model (once the lab has achieved some size and scale
3. Provide the setup for the ongoing operations of the Lab to support the different services and activities.
The contractor will need to provide guidelines on the setup for ongoing operations to support the different services and activities above including elements such as:
4. Recommendations for the financial setup of the lab
Recommendations around the financial setup of the lab based on the experience from other labs. What different financial models are possible, an analysis of the positive/negative aspects of each option, as well as the conditions for success. Recommendations for this lab based on consultant’s relevant expertise and experience.
Consider at a minimum the following models:
5. Potential partnerships for the Lab
The contractor will need to provide a holistic list of specific partnerships that could be beneficial to the setup or ongoing activities of the lab. The partnerships should include:
6. Based on the overall analysis provide clear set of recommendations related to ensuring the sustainability of the lab.
Based on all the insights from the previous tasks the contractor should provide a clear set of recommendations that the UNDP team should take into account to ensure the sustainability of the lab.
EXPECTED OUTPUTS AND DELIVERABLES
The consultancy is expected to deliver the following outputs:
The payment, 50% of the payment will be done after the completion of the draft version of the deliverables, and 50% of the payment will be done after the completion of all the deliverables.
DURATION OF THE WORK
The duration of the Consultant is expected to be 30 working days in the period of 5th of July 2021 until 23rd of August 2021.
DUTY STATION AND TRAVEL
The Consultant is expected to work from home office. In event of business travel, the Consultant is responsible to make his/her own travel arrangements. Reimbursement of travel costs (tickets, fuel, and tolls) need to be pre-approved and will be additionally reimbursed per UNDP standard fees. The Consultants are required to submit a list of locations visited and adjacent travel documentation. Potential overnight stay will be reimbursed upon previous approval from UNDP Project Manager at UNDP standard fee.
Required Skills and Experience
The selected candidates shall possess:
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF THE BEST OFFER
The award of the contract shall be made to the offeror whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) Being responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) Having received the highest score based on the following weight of technical and financial criteria for solicitation as per the schedule below:
* Technical criteria weight: 70%
* Financial criteria weight: 30%
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70%) in the technical evaluation shall be considered for the financial evaluation.
For the considered offers in the financial evaluation only, the lowest price offer will receive 30 points. The other offers will receive points in relation to the lowest offer, based on the following formula: (Pn / Pl) * 30 where Pn is the financial offer being evaluated and Pl is the lowest financial offer received.
DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED
Interested offerors are invited submit the following documents/information to be considered:
1. Offeror’s letter, as per the following form LINK
2. Most updated CV with focus on required qualification as well as the contact details of at least three (3) professional references;
3. Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment,
4. Financial Proposal The financial proposal must be expressed in the form of a lumpsum all-inclusive cost, supported by breakdown of costs as per template provided in US Dollars for this consultancy.
The financial proposal must take into account various expenses that will be incurred during the contract, including: the daily professional fee; cost of travel from the home base to the duty station and vice versa, where required (the prevailing price for an economy class ticket on the most direct routes shall apply; living allowances at the duty station; communications, utilities and consumables; life, health and any other insurance; risks and inconveniences related to work under hardship and hazardous conditions (e.g., personal security needs, etc.), when applicable; and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services under the contract such as the cost of mission travels, as applicable.
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3. Upon completion of the first page, please hit "submit application" tab at the end of the page. On the next page, you will be asked to upload other required documents listed in the step 2.
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Failing to submit any of these documents may result in disqualification of the application.
Please note that shortlisted candidates might be interviewed.
If the deliverables are not produced and delivered by the consultant to the satisfaction of UNDP as approved by the responsible Portfolio Manager, no payment will be made even if the consultant has invested man/days to produce and deliver such deliverables.