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International consultant Outreach and Engagement Specialist
|Location :||Bissau, GUINEA-BISSAU|
|Application Deadline :||27-Jun-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English Portuguese|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||6 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||90 working days|
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.
Guinea-Bissau (GNB) has a history of political and institutional fragility. The economy of Guinea-Bissau is poorly diversified and is highly dependent on agriculture, fisheries, and forestry, providing up to 47 percent of the GDP, with cashew nut as the primary crop. The macroeconomic context of Guinea-Bissau is characterized by low levels of economic growth in recent years, with the country experiencing negative GDP growth of minus 1.7% in 2012, to a GDP growth of 4.6% in 2019 amounting to around 1.35 billion US dollars. The participation of youth and women informal economic activities is very low considering that youth, mainly young women, represent 72% of the unemployed population in the country. In addition to the lack of economic opportunities, social and cultural norms continue to limit their participation in the informal sector, thus perpetuating and increasing inequality and depriving the country of the potential productivity of a large portion of its human resources.
The spread of COVID-19 has exacerbated the existing vulnerabilities of Guinea-Bissau’s economy as well as its institutional weakness and public service provision. The economic shock-induced is likely to reverse the economic growth rate as the pandemic has affected exports (especially cashew nuts) and imports, having serious implications on poverty and food security in the country.
The pandemic has affected the main economic actors, like informal workers and MSMEs. Sectors like agriculture, transport, and tourism suffered the most. The poor and vulnerable segments of the population, mostly relying on small-scale agriculture and natural resources were the most affected. The adverse impact of COVID-19 on Micro, small and medium enterprises is quite severe. According to a recent study commissioned by UNDP to assess the impact of COVID-19 on MSMEs, the approximate average duration of firm closure was 143.1 days and most firms had difficulties getting supplies due to the closure of borders. Exporting firms experienced a sharp decline in exports. Lack of data and policy-oriented studies to inform public choice and guide government policies hinders the formulation of coherent recovery plans. Significant capacity building is required for national actors, including MSMEs, to make rational and sustainable choices regarding the utilization of natural resources in a transparent and accountable manner. Blue economy can be the key to recover from COVID-19 impacts and to embark on a greener and more sustainable and inclusive development pathway in Guinea Bissau. A coherent and applicable national SIDS strategy requires the engagement of all, particularly MSMEs, women, and youth.
The Blue Economy project is set out to achieve the main outcomes of developing an inclusive well-informed evidence-based national strategy for the blue economy that leaves no one behind. The Blue Economy is to create enabling environment for the participation of all stakeholders, particularly the private sector, and enhance the institutional capacity of implementation. This will contribute to the establishment of a resilient economy driven by inclusive green growth, a blue economy, and sustainable human development. It will catalyze to help Guinea-Bissau reap the opportunities to redirect its economic development strategy acknowledging its SIDS character and its possibilities that lie in pursuing its green and blue economy potential.
The project includes two programmatic outputs: first, to (i) strengthen national and community-based institutions’ capacities to integrate blue economy opportunities into post-COVID -19 green recovery, and second, to (ii) provide direct support to the private sector green recovery as part of the country Covid-19 forward building. The methodology planned under this term of reference falls under the second programmatic output.
In this regard, UNDP Guinea-Bissau is looking for a consultant specialist on outreach and engagement with all stakeholders for SDG 14 monitoring and to explore SIDS opportunities/challenges. This dialogue will enhance among others, outreach, and communication to local, isolated, illiterate, and/or marginalized communities through the use of digital platforms like Na Nô Mon, engagement with local NGOs and grassroots associations of women and youth, and partnerships with national and local media.
Duties and Responsibilities
The objective of the assignment:
The purpose of this consultancy is to provide technical assistance and expertise, to develop communication products and campaigns, and develop guidance documents on strategies and best practices document on topics related to the blue economy and SIDS potential awareness in Guinea-Bissau.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Under the overall supervision of the Project Manager for the Blue Economy as a catalyst for the green recovery project, the consultant will support to:
Communication and advocacy:
Required Skills and Experience
Duration of the assignment:
The assignment is for 90 working days, from the day the contract is signed.
The Consultant will be paid on a monthly lump sum arrangement. Payment to the individual contractor will be based on the deliverables accepted and upon certification of satisfactory completion by the head Project Manager of the Blue Economy as a catalyst for a green recovery project.
Guidelines for application:
Lump-sum contracts: 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 installments 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, per diems, and the number of anticipated working days).
Travel: 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 Individual Consultant 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 reimbursed.
Evaluation: Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies:
When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 points would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.