Consultant for Technical Support: Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding, Analysis and Programming


Localidad : Istanbul, Turquía
Fecha límite de postulación :23-Jan-19 (Medianoche Nueva York, Estados Unidos)
Tipo de contrato :Individual Contract
Nivel de puesto :International Consultant
Idiomas requeridos :
Inglés  
Duración del contrato inicial :estimated January 2019 – January 2020
Duración esperada del puesto :approximately 210 days

Antecedentes

Within the framework of UNDP’s ECIS Regional Programme for 2018-20, a consultant is to be hired to support the Governance and Peacebuilding (GPB) Team at the Istanbul Regional Hub (IRH). The consultant will focus on a number of analytical and programming tasks and activities, contributing to the wider regional conflict prevention and peacebuilding service line, expanding portfolio, and delivery of relevant areas of the IRH regional programme. The duration of the assignment is foreseen to be from 7 January to 31 December 2019. 

The consultant will play a lead role in developing and producing various specified analytical products and outputs of the team, including the Risk Monitor, the Central Asia VE UN study, as well as a Western Balkans Youth, Peace and Security Survey, at the same time contributing to knowledge management both within IRH and more broadly in the UN system as required. The consultant will further contribute to strategic context scoping to inform conflict prevention programme design initiatives. S/he will also play a cross-cutting role contributing to the quality and delivery of conflict prevention and peacebuilding activities both at country and regional level as required, with a particular focus on Preventing Violent Extremism and Conflict-Sensitivity capacity support, while also presenting and reporting on these activities with internal and external networks and stakeholders in support of their continued consolidation and impact. Further, the consultant will support the expansion of specific technical expertise and programming across the wider GPB cluster. 


Deberes y responsabilidades

The consultant will work in the Istanbul Regional Hub under the supervision of the Governance and Peacebuilding Cluster Leader and daily guidance of Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Specialist. Given the nature of the tasks requiring daily cooperation with other Programme Specialists of the Governance and Peacebuilding Cluster as well as other staff of the Istanbul Regional Hub, full-time presence at IRH is required, with some expectation of travel across the ECIS region and beyond.

Following are specific areas of responsibility:

  • Lead production of Risk Monitor (RM) tool, collecting news and analysis concerning the ECIS region pertinent to the GPB portfolio as a risk-informed development output, including new directions in partnership with Crisis Bureau
  • Conduct background research and serve as focal point for planned violent extremism in Central Asia study undertaken as part of Strengthening Community Resilience and Regional Cooperation for Prevention of Violent Extremism in Central Asia project, 
  • Organize and deliver at least three regional events as part of the Strengthening Community Resilience and Regional Cooperation for Prevention of Violent Extremism in Central Asia project 
  • Coordinate development of research methodology and roll-out of youth-led peace and security survey in Western Balkans
  • Provide technical inputs for conflict-sensitivity capacity tools and accompaniment of specific Country Offices and initiatives with conflict sensitivity assessment capacity
  • Provide country-specific analyses in support of programme design initiatives
  • Ensure IRH knowledge management systems are well-maintained in the areas of conflict prevention and peacebuilding
  • Consult Country Office conflict prevention and peacebuilding activity in coordination with Programme Specialist as required
  • Consult and provide technical inputs to resource mobilization and funding proposals
  • Coordinate IRH engagement with ECIS Peace and Development Advisers and relevant processes;
  • Support follow up of UNDP #NextGenGov Agenda
  • Support development of regional project on media in Central Asia 
  • Report on these activities with internal and external networks and stakeholders in support of their continued consolidation and impact
  • Active contribution and support to wider GPB discussions and reflections as a team member throughout the period of the consultancy.

Deliverables

  • Deliverable 1 - Delivery of 20 issues of Risk Monitor, upgrade to new web portal with Crisis Bureau (throughout 2019, two per month)
  • Deliverable 2 - Methodology for a United Nations study on violent extremism in Central Asia (Q1 2019)
  • Deliverable 3 – Documentation of governance arrangements for UN violent extremism in Central Asia study (meeting minutes, agendas, coordination) (Q1 2019);
  • Deliverable 4 – Agenda, meeting minutes, participants confirmed for at least three Central Asia PVE regional events (May 2019; June 2019 November 2019)
  • Deliverable 5 – Final meeting reports Central Asia PVE regional events produced (June 2019, July 2019, December 2019)
  • Deliverable 6 - Methodology and background research for Western Balkans youth peace and security survey (Q1-Q2 2019);
  • Deliverable 7 – CSA tools and at least two accompaniment reports on conflict-sensitivity with recommendations to COs (throughout 2019);
  • Deliverable 8 – Contribution to CO CP/PB activity (fully documented in Back-to-Office Reports following support missions to COs), as well as contributions to funding proposals in support of resource mobilization and partner engagement strategies (at least two in-depth);
  • Deliverable 9 – Report on presentation of IRH activity at external expert events (min. 5 events by the end of the contract), sharing results, informing on UNDP principles and priorities, and exchanging lessons learned and best practices in relation to IRH PVE or CP/PB portfolio in ECIS region;
  • Deliverable 10 – Comprehensive and up-to-date IRH knowledge management portals for conflict prevention and peacebuilding activities and outputs (intranet, website, issue briefings for external audiences);
  • Deliverable 11– Background research paper informing UNDP #NextGenGov agenda, building on outcomes of November 2018 IID event (by May 2019); 
  • Deliverable 12 – Background research paper informing regional media and governance Central Asia project currently being developed for key development partner in the region (by February 2019).

Payment schedule:
Payments will be made upon confirmation by the Governance and Peacebuilding Cluster Leader of a monthly progress report detailing progress against deliverables specified above. Schedule for completion of services will be agreed with the certifying officer at the beginning of each month. 

  • Monthly Progress Report 1; deadline: 1 month after contract signature; payment: 8.3%;
  • Monthly Progress Report 2; deadline: 2 months after contract signature; payment: 8.3%;
  • Monthly Progress Report 3; deadline: 3 months after contract signature; payment: 8.3%;
  • Monthly Progress Report 4; deadline: 4 months after contract signature; payment: 8.3%;
  • Monthly Progress Report 5; deadline: 5 months after contract signature; payment: 8.3%;
  • Monthly Progress Report 6; deadline: 6 months after contract signature; payment: 8.3%;
  • Monthly Progress Report 7; deadline: 7 months after contract signature; payment: 8.3%;
  • Monthly Progress Report 8; deadline: 8 months after contract signature; payment: 8.3%;
  • Monthly Progress Report 9; deadline: 9 months after contract signature; payment: 8.3%;
  • Monthly Progress Report 10; deadline: 10 months after contract signature; payment: 8.3%;
  • Monthly Progress Report 11; deadline: 11 months after contract signature; payment: 8.5%;
  • Monthly Progress Report 12; deadline: 12 months after contract signature; payment: 8.5%.


Competencias

Corporate competencies:

  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Shares knowledge and experience;
  • Provides helpful feedback and advice;
  • Displays strong analytical skills;
  • Plans and produces quality results to meet established goals in a timely manner;
  • Generates innovative, practical solutions to challenging situations;
  • Conceptualizes and analyzes problems to identify key issues, underlying problems, and how they relate;

Functional competencies:

  • Demonstrates substantive and technical knowledge to meet responsibilities and post requirements with excellence;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Responds positively to critical feedback and differing points of view.
  • Demonstrates extensive research planning and implementation skills;
  • Demonstrates commitment to human development principles and values;


Habilidades y experiencia requeridas

Academic Qualifications/Education: 

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, political sciences, international development, international relations, economics or other related field.

Experience: 

  • Five years of experience in research and analysis related to conflict prevention or peacebuilding is a requirement
  • Experience in designing and producing knowledge products in different formats is a requirement
  • Experience working in the ECIS region on issues related to conflict prevention and peacebuilding is a requirement
  • Experience with implementation of development projects and programs in a post-conflict or conflict environment or environment of political complexity is an asset
  • Experience with the UN or international organizations is an asset. 

Language skills: 

  • Excellent command of English. Knowledge of Russian and other regional languages is an asset.

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:

  • Criteria A – (desk review) Experience in research and analysis related to conflict prevention/peacebuilding (max. 10 points);
  • Criteria B - (desk review) Relevance of the Master’s degree and main area of studies (max. 5 points);
  • Criteria C – (desk review) Experience in designing and producing knowledge products in different formats (max points: 10);
  • Criteria D – (desk review) Experience working in the ECIS region on issues related to conflict prevention and peacebuilding (max. 15 points)
  • Criteria E – (desk review) Experience with implementation of development projects and programmes in a post-conflict or conflict environment or environment of political complexity (max. 5 points); 
  • Criteria F – (desk review) Experience with the UN or an international organization (max. 5 points); 
  • Criteria G – (desk review) Language skills (max. 10 points)
  • Criteria H – (written samples evaluation) Research and analysis related to conflict prevention/peacebuilding (max. 10 points) 

Only candidates who score above 70% in criteria A-H will be considered technically qualified and will be considered for the financial proposal evaluation. 

Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation – max. 30 points.

Application procedures
The electronic application should contain:

  • Cover letter in English detailing briefly the reasons why you think you are an outstanding candidate for this job (Maximum 1000 Characters). Please paste this into the "Resume and Motivation" section of the electronic application. 
  • Filled P11 form or CV including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees (blank form can be downloaded from: http://www.eurasia.undp.org/content/dam/rbec/docs/P11_modified_for_SCs_and_ICs.doc)
  • Offeror’s Letter (blank template can be downloaded from https://bit.ly/2KO1okS).
  • Samples of your previous research work (min. 2) related to conflict prevention/peacebuilding
  • Financial Proposal* in USD – specifying total lump sum amount for tasks specified in this announcement, including breakdown consisting of a) total amount for professional fee and b) travel to/from the duty station. The financial proposal should not include travel expenses related to missions as they will be paid separately by UNDP in accordance to UNDP regulations. Applications that do not provide a lump sum financial proposal in USD will be automatically disqualified.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials. Please group all your documents into one (1) single PDF attachment as the system only allows upload of one document. 

*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. travel to duty station and repatriation, fee, health insurance, vaccination and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services).  Possible travel costs to missions to country offices within the region will be covered separately according to UNDP rules and regulations.

Payments will be made only upon confirmation of UNDP on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner. 
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
General Terms and conditions as well as other related documents can be found under:  http://on.undp.org/t7fJs

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.

 


El PNUD está comprometido con lograr la diversidad de su personal en términos de género, nacionalidad y cultura. Se alienta por igual a las personas que pertenecen a grupos minoritarios, a pueblos indígenas o que tienen alguna discapacidad a presentar su candidatura. Todas las solicitudes se tratarán con la mayor confidencialidad.

UNDP no tolera la explotación y el abuso sexual, ningún tipo de acoso, incluido el acoso sexual, ni la discriminación. Por lo tanto, todos los candidatos seleccionados serán sometidos a una rigurosa verificación de referencias y antecedentes.


Si está experimentando alguna dificultad con la solicitud de empleo en líneam puede ponerse en contacto con: erecruit.helpdesk@undp.org

© 2016 Programas de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo