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Call for Applications:National Consultants (ROSTER)-Democratic Governance

Bangladesh (Bangladesh)

Background

UNDP Bangladesh is supporting the Government to find innovative solutions to its development challenges based on the Country Programme Document approved by the Executive Board for the period 2017-20 with annual delivery of approximately 80 MUSD. Democratic Governance is the largest programming area of UNDP Bangladesh with an anticipated outlay of 65M USD in the new UNDAF/CPD 2017-20. UNDP Bangladesh is organized into (1) Policy and Programmes and (2) Operations Team. The Policy and Programmes Team consists of the following clusters: (1) Policy Support and Communications, (2) Poverty & Inequality Reduction, (3) Local Governance, (4) Democratic Governance, (5) Peace and Development, (6) Climate Change, Environment and Disaster and 7) Results and Resources Management.

The assignments for the Democratic Governance involve preforming specific tasks in the area of deepening national democracy and governance in the country office, including public administration and Public Service Innovation, SDG Mainstreaming & Localization, Local Governance, Justice & Human Rights, Preventing Violent Extremism, Electoral Assistance, and Development Effectiveness. The Democratic Governance Cluster is responsible for planning, implementing, managing the deliverables program development, capacity building, project monitoring and advocacy and knowledge services.

In many contexts UNDP Bangladesh requires the service of specialists as Individual Consultants in the above mentioned fields of Democratic Governance to help us complete specific tasks dedicated to the advancement of Democratic Governance in Bangladesh.

Under the understanding of registering for the Individual Consultant Roster, the selected candidates will be contacted to see if they are available to work when needed under supervision of the Assistant Country Director, Democratic Governance Cluster in close collaboration with other  programme clusters and projects as required.

The overall objective of this assignment, is to place qualified Individual Consultants in a Roster, for the next 3 years in order to expedite hiring processes for various consultancy assignments under the Democratic Governance portfolio of UNDP Bangladesh.

The Democratic Governance Consultants will advise and guide the implementation of the defined deliverables and cluster/project activities, while developing relevant programme pipeline for the new CPD/UNDAF period, including through a number of distinct outputs among 5 thematic areas of Governance Cluster (Justice, Human Rights and Security; Public Administration and Anti-corruption; Civic Engagement; Governance, Elections and Parliaments; Political Economy analysis; Development Cooperation.

Duties and Responsibilities

The applicant may look into all areas of expertise indicated below and then choose their relevant field as appropriate to submit the application. Individuals may apply for more than one area if they have the required qualifications and professional skills.

Areas are –

  • Public Service Innovation and Change Management
  • SDG Mainstreaming & Localization, SDG Monitoring
  • Local Governance
  • Justice & Human Rights
  • Preventing Violent Extremism
  • Elections & Parliament
  • Development Effectiveness and Development Cooperation NGO Management

The applicants will be considered for the Roster based on their relevant expertise after the completion of the evaluation process.

Programme support and technical assistance will focus on the following areas:

 Justice & Human Rights

  • Provide technical support for Political Economy Analysis in the area of justice and human rights
  • Support reporting on international obligations and devise monitoring tools to assess progress of state  commitments under  international human rights law
  • Provide Technical Expertise to design Project Documents aligned with Country Office Goals
  • Monitoring and evaluation of project/ programme results
  • Support to implementation of specific activities
  • Development of knowledge products, communication products

 Public Service Innovation and Change Management

  • Stock taking of the on-going supports in the area of public service innovation and also identifying the key achievements and failures in reform initiatives taken by different actors;
  • Would assist GoB and UNDP in identifying the areas to be addressed to improve performance and grievance management system;
  • Analysis of political economy of public administration reform and innovation in Bangladesh;
  • Assist UNDP and GoB  in strategy development for public administration reform that would help to achieve the goal of middle income country by 2021
  • Provide Technical Expertise to design Project Document aligned with Country Office Goals
  • Support in designing monitoring framework, tools and overall monitoring and evaluation of project/ programme results
  • Support to implementation of specific activities
  • Development of knowledge products, communication products

SDG Mainstreaming & Localization, SDG Monitoring

  • Provide technical support for Political Economy Analysis in the area of SDG Mainstreaming and monitoring
  • Provide Technical Expertise to design Project Documents aligned with Country Office Goals
  • Monitoring and evaluation of project/ programme results
  • Support to implementation of specific activities
  • Development of knowledge products, communication products

Local Governance

  • Provide technical support for Political Economy Analysis in the area of Local Governance
  • Provide Technical Expertise to design Project Documents aligned with Country Office Goals
  • Provide technical assistance in preparing Technical Project Proforma/ Development Project Proforma
  • Development of knowledge products e.g. Policy Briefs, Results Briefs, communication products e.g audio-visual documentation, editing and translation services, printing and publications
  • Provide technical support in carrying out survey, assessment and reviews
  • Monitoring and evaluation of project/ programme results
  • Support to implementation of specific activities
  • Development of knowledge products, communication products

Social Cohesion

  • Provide technical support for Political Economy Analysis in the area of Conflict Prevention, Social Cohesion
  • Provide Technical Expertise to design Project Documents aligned with Country Office Goals
  • Monitoring and evaluation of project/ programme results
  • Support to implementation of specific activities
  • Development of knowledge products, communication products

Elections & Parliament

  • Provide technical support for Political Economy Analysis in the area of Elections and Parliament
  • Provide Technical Expertise to design Project Documents aligned with Country Office Goals
  • Monitoring and evaluation of project/ programme results
  • Support to implementation of specific activities
  • Development of knowledge products, communication products
  • Support to  develop  implementing strategy to prevent monitor and mitigate violence against women in election (VAWE).
  • Support to develop a public outreach strategy
  • Support to conduct a gender mapping of the Bangladesh Election Commission to see its operational effectiveness from a gender perspective
  • Provide expertise to develop interactive capacity development module
  • Support to develop and apply parliamentary capacity development strategy

Development Effectiveness, Aid Effectiveness, NGO Management

  • Provide technical support for Political Economy Analysis in the area of development effectivess, aid effectiveness and NGO management
  • NGO mapping according to different thematic area
  • Resource mobilization for the 3 Years capacity enhancement Project  in partnership with UNDP and NGO-AB.
  • Identifying scope of youth engagement in local and national level development
  • Assist UNDP in preparation of engagement strategy for civil society organizations
  • Provide Technical Expertise to design Project Documents aligned with Country Office Goals
  • Monitoring and evaluation of project/ programme results
  • Support to implementation of specific activities
  • Development of knowledge products, communication products
  • Technical support in identifying key elements for effective multi-stakeholder cooperation for effective development cooperation;
  • identifying area of support for policies and strategies, mechanism or systems that may facilitate to strengthen current or new approach responding to national needs and include all relevant stakeholders;

Supervision and Performance Evaluation

Under the day to day supervision of the Assistant Country Director Governance when a request for services arises, the UNDP Bangladesh Governance Cluster shall directly engage the consultants without the need for further selection process. A specific Terms of Reference (ToR) outlining the outputs, deliverables, timelinesand detailed arrangement for each assignment shall be provided and an Individual Contract (IC) or Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), whichever is applicable, will be issued to the consultant, detailing the time frame.

Timeframe and deadlines

The Individual Consultant Roster, is expected to be maintained for a period of 3 years and will be reviewed and updated yearly based on performance & UNDP needs.

Competencies

Corporate:

  • Serves and promotes the vision, mission, values, and strategic goals of the UN
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability plans, prioritizes, and delivers tasks on time

Functional:

  • Demonstrated substantive and technical knowledge to meet responsibilities and post requirements with excellence
  • Demonstrated sound judgment in resolving issues/problems; ability to proactively seek and recommend sound policy initiatives and provide high-level advice.

Team Work:

  • Excellent inter-personal skills with an ability to foster teamwork, work in a multi-cultural, mixed gender environment with sensitivity

Creativity

  • Ability to actively seek to improve or offer new and different options to solve problems/meet client needs, and promote and persuade others to consider new ideas.

Communications

  • Excellent and effective communication (verbal and written) skills, including ability to make recommendations; diplomacy and tact; present information in a concise and accurate manner; ability to convey difficult issues and positions to senior officials.

Language Required: Fluency in speaking and writing in English

Required Skills and Experience

  • Support: Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field with minimum 3 years of relevant work experience, or Secondary Certificate / Diploma with minimum of 6 years of relevant work experience.
  • Analyst: Master’s Degree in relevant field with minimum 5 years of relevant work experience, or Bachelor’s Degree with minimum of 7 years of relevant work experience.
  • Specialist: Master’s Degree in relevant field with minimum 8 years of relevant work experience, or Bachelor’s Degree with minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience.
  • Advisor: PhD Degree in relevant field with minimum 15 years of relevant work experience, or Master’s Degree with minimum of 20 years of relevant work experience.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should follow UNDP Standard online application procedure and send in a single document

  • An updated detailed CV with a portfolio of last three works with UN or any other development organization

Travel

The consultant may be required to travel for specific tasks and UNDP will arrange and cover the cost of the official travels in accordance to UN rules and procedures. This may include travel inside of Dhaka and any other project sites in Bangladesh.

N.B: The intention of this advertisement is for inclusion in a Roster (i.e., no immediate opportunity for an assignment/IC issuance)

 

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.

 

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Bangladesh (Bangladesh)
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • International Relations
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Democratic Governance
  • Closing Date: 2019-04-11

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