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International Consultant on Non-communicable diseases, tobacco control and development
|Location :||Istambul, TURKEY|
|Application Deadline :||18-Feb-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|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 :||Up to 200 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||1 March - 31 December 2018|
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life, as envisaged by 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We are on the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, working with governments and people on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners that can bring about results.
The Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan and help countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. BPPS’s staff provide technical advice to Country Offices; advocate for UNDP corporate messages, represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogues, South-South and Triangular cooperation initiatives, and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas.
BPPS supports UNDP’s 2014-2017 Strategic Plan and will focus on strengthening institutions to progressively deliver universal access to basic services (outcome 3). The HIV, Health and Development Group (HHD), within BPPS, is helping to contribute towards this outcome.
UNDP is a founding cosponsor of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), a partner of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and a co-sponsor of several other international health partnerships. UNDP’s work on HIV, health and development, as described in the HIV, Health and Development Strategy 2016-2021: Connecting the Dots, leverages UNDP’s core strengths and mandates in human development, governance and capacity development to complement the efforts of specialist health-focused UN agencies. UNDP delivers three types of support to countries in HIV, health and development.
First, UNDP helps countries to mainstream attention to HIV and health into action on gender, poverty and the broader effort to achieve and sustain the Sustainable Development Goals. For example, UNDP works with countries to understand the social and economic factors that play a crucial role in driving health and disease, and to respond to such dynamics with appropriate policies and programmes outside the health sector. UNDP also promotes specific action on the needs and rights of women and girls as they relate to HIV.
Second, UNDP works with partners to address the interactions between governance, human rights and health responses. Sometimes this is done through focused or specialized programmes, such as promoting attention to the role of the law and legal environments in facilitating stronger HIV responses, including the use of flexibilities in intellectual property law to lower the cost of drugs and diagnostics. UNDP also works to empower and include marginalized populations who are disproportionately affected by HIV, such as sex workers, men who have sex with men and people living with HIV. Beyond these focused efforts, UNDP plays a key role in ensuring attention to HIV and health within broader governance and rights initiatives, including support to municipal action on SDGs, sustainable responses for Health and HIV such as improving sustainability of AIDS financing, sustainable health procurement, strengthening of national human rights institutions and increasing access to justice for key populations.
Third, as a trusted, long-term partner with extensive operational experience, UNDP supports countries in effective implementation of complex, multilateral and multisectoral health projects, while simultaneously investing in capacity development so that national and local partners can assume these responsibilities over time. The UNDP/Global Fund partnership is an important part of this work, facilitating access to resources for action on SDG 3 by countries that face constraints in directly receiving and managing such funding. UNDP partners with countries in crisis/post-crisis situations, those with weak institutional capacity or governance challenges, and countries under sanctions. When requested, UNDP acts as temporary Principal Recipient in these settings, working with national partners and the Global Fund to improve management, implementation and oversight of Global Fund grants, while simultaneously developing national capacity to be able to assume the Principal Recipient role over time.
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory disease, are a leading health and development challenge. Responding to NCDs requires the significant engagement of sectors beyond health, who are often uniquely placed to address the underlying drivers that shape people’s exposure to the four main behavioural risk factors for NCDs – tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity – as well as access to prevention and treatment services.
Tobacco use, driven by industry marketing and fueled by social inequities, kills seven million people per year, inhibiting socio-economic development at household, national and global levels, exacting economic burdens on national health care systems, infringing human rights and obstructing progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. UNDP works closely with the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to help countries strengthen their national tobacco control governance frameworks.
Collaborating with WHO and the FCTC Secretariat, UNDP’s support to countries focuses on the areas of:
Objective of the assignment:
The consultant will provide expert policy and research support for UNDP’s work on both NCDs and tobacco control, including through participation in country-level missions. Contributions will be made to both global and regional-level knowledge products and country-level programming. The consultancy is expected to entail travel to UNDP programme countries.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of the HHD Regional HHD Team Leader for EECA, the consultant will be responsible for:
All activities and tasks will be coordinated in close collaboration with UNDP HHD policy specialist in New York, regional and country offices, WHO, the WHO FCTC Secretariat and other partners.
The consultant will work regularly with the Programme Specialist of UNDP’s Health, Gender and Environment Team, and report to the Regional HHD Team Leader for EECA. Quarterly reviews of progress against deliverables will be done with the global Health, Gender and Environment team.
Some travel is foreseen under this contract. Travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon between the supervisor and Individual Consultant, prior to travel booking and will be reimbursed as per agreement.
Payment Method: All-inclusive daily fee:
Consultant will be paid in monthly installments upon submission of progress report and timesheet providing details of time spent on respective tasks, their timely execution and acceptance by the Supervisor. Specific deliverables and timeline will be agreed between Consultant and the Supervisor at the beginning of the contract.
Evaluation of Applicants:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal.
The award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical (P11 desk reviews) and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
Only the highest ranked candidates who would be found qualified for the job will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation – max. 70 points:
Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation – max. 30 points
Project and Resource Management:
Partnership building and team work:
Communications and Advocacy:
Required Skills and Experience
Guidelines for Application:
Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website. The application should contain:
*Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period (e.g. fee, health insurance, vaccination and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services...). Per diems cannot exceed UN DSA rates (http://icsc.un.org/rootindex.asp).
Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under dss.un.org
Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply.
Due to large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.
ANNEX 1- INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS is provided here: http://www.undp.org/content/dam/undp/documents/procurement/documents/IC%20-%20General%20Conditions.pdf.
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.