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National Consultant to prepare a National Report based on SSC Data in Uganda to contribute to the First African SSC Report

kampala

Background

As reiterated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, at the core of which are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), South-South & Triangular Cooperation (SSC/TrC) is playing a greater role than ever before in the development cooperation landscape. Against the backdrop of unprecedented transformations in the economic and political role of Southern powers, such a new and inclusive global partnership, complementing North-South Cooperation, is not only a logical consequence, but also urgently needed to ensure adequate balance and representation on the international stage.

Around the globe and in the different regions and countries, new actors are beginning to shape the development cooperation agenda. New types of partnerships and modalities of cooperation are growing in importance, in volume of resources and geographical reach. Yet, information about the approaches taken, or the results achieved is still fragmented. So far data about SSC/TrC has not been shared systematically, and we only have a vague and very incomplete idea of its full scale, key areas, modalities, scope and the lessons learned from existing experiences that could maximize development outcomes.

Against all this context, and acknowledging the importance of better documenting their own development cooperation, some southern partners have increasingly made efforts to publicize and share their development cooperation practices. At the regional level, as experienced already in the Iberoamerican region (SEGIB) and with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), this reporting process is also providing the opportunity to improve the overall SSC management in the region. It is also promoting the political dialogue around key policy and institutional aspects to enable SSC and therefore, enhancing collaboration, integration and partnerships between the countries in these regions.

In this same line, in April 2018, a number of pilot African countries, together with NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency and UNDP Regional Service Center for Africa (RSCA), agreed to push for a South-South Cooperation reporting related initiative. They agreed to initiate the process by gathering data on SSC initiatives that occurred in 2017 at the bilateral level, with a focus on technical and know-how exchanges. The intention is to build from the experience and add other factors and variables in consecutive SSC reports.

In response to this process, the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, through UNDP, is looking for an expert to undertake the research and document information on south-south cooperation activities in Uganda. The assignment will be carried over a period of 4 months, and it is intended to deliver a fill-in template – based on a template and the guidelines– that will capture all SSC initiatives that were completed in year 2017. As per the guidelines for reporting, Bilateral Cooperation initiatives are considered as the process whereby two countries pursue their individual and/or shared national capacity development objectives through exchanges of knowledge, skills, resources and technical know-how. An initiative may consist of several activities, and it is considered completed when the last activity ends successfully. Beyond the data collection, the national work will also aim at gathering Uganda’s strategic statements – in a formal statement-foreword format - with the priorities on south-south cooperation towards the Buenos Aires Plan of Action (BAPA) +40 meeting. Such foreword will be included, together with the rest of the leading countries and partner organizations in the Foreword of the Report.

Objectives:

The objective of this consultancy is to support the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development in the research and gathering of data on SSC initiatives of 2017, prepare national report for Uganda as well as collecting the information on key strategic priorities of Uganda towards the BAPA+40 to elaborate the formal statement of the  government of Uganda that will be included in the regional report.

Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant is expected to conduct the following tasks:

  • Review existing policy frameworks on SSC/TrC activities;
  • Prepare a data collection plan on the process to gather the data, including the different institutions that will be targeted in this research and data collection process. This plan should be developed in consultation with UNDP and under the overall supervision and approval of the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development. In response, the Ministry will support in the organization of such bilateral meetings to ensure the response and facilitation of key relevant information to include in the report;
  • Research and data collection. The consultant will conduct a series of bilateral or multi-stakeholder meetings with the relevant ministries to collect key data on SSC activities that occurred in the year 2017;
  • Template filled- in. Once the data has been gathered the consultant will reflect the data and adapt it to the SSC template for reporting, which includes concrete guidelines for reporting;
  • Propose structure and initial outline of the Uganda report using the SSC template that includes concrete guidelines for reporting.
  • Prepare first draft of the report based on the available information;
  • Facilitate a joint meeting with line ministries to discuss the draft, identify information gaps and agree on additional relevant information that can be included in the report;
  • Follow-up with relevant ministries to collect the remaining information on SSC/TrC, especially activities that occurred in the year 2017;
  • Consult Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, other relevant institutions and line ministries on their key national priorities on SSC in the context of the implementation of the 2030 and 2063 agendas and prepare a summary in a formal statement-foreword format;
  • Summary of Key national priorities (foreword) on SSC. Simultaneously, the consultant will be gathering the key strategic priorities from the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, but also from other key ministries – sector ministries – on their key priorities on SSC in the context of the implementation of the 2030 and 2063 agendas; 
  • Key lessons learned from the process;

Methodology:

  • Document review and desk research;
  • Joint and individual meetings with ministries to identify SSC/TrC activities and validate the information in the report;
  • Interviews with Ministry of Finance and Economic Development as well as Ministry of foreign affairs management on key strategic priorities;
  • Review National policy and institutional setting for SSC;
  • Discuss with National Planning Authority the SSC within the framework of the NDP II.

Competencies

  • Demonstrated ability to contextualize research problems and solutions to Uganda’s context;
  • Excellent skills in written and oral communication in English are a must;
  • Ability to work under minimum supervision and meet timelines;
  • Motivated to contribute towards development;
  • Good interpersonal, networking and communication skills;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Fair and impartial treatment of all people.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • At least an advanced university degree or equivalent in, economics, international development, public policy, development studies, or any other closely related field.

Experience:

  • Minimum seven years’ experience in quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and research and drafting;
  • Proven knowledge and experience in providing advisory and/or consultancy services as well as doing research and analysis in the area of South-South Cooperation;
  • Experience in qualitative data collection and analysis;
  • Previous work experience with UN systems will be highly desirable.

Language:

  • Excellent knowledge of English, including writing and oral skills.

Institutional Arrangement:

  • The Consultant will be contracted by UNDP, and becomes directly responsible to the UNDP Senior Economist. For day to day liaison on implementation of the assignment, the consultant will engage with the Senior Economist and the UNDP SSC Advisor from the RSCA for technical guidance and support during the data collection and research;
  • As a lead Ministry for the study, the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development will provide the overall supervision to the assignment, and facilitate information and access to all necessary documentation, working in collaboration and technical support of the UNDP;
  • The Consultant will collect the data through bilateral meetings with the relevant ministries, as per the provided guidelines for reporting and template;
  • UNDP will facilities during the data collection process and meetings with the relevant ministries for data collection purposes with official assistance from the Government;
  • The consultants must have own computers to use in the assignment.

Duration of the Work and Duty Station:  

  • The assignment will be carried out in 40 days, spread over a period of 4 months. The assignment must be completed by 14 September 2018;
  • The assignment comprises both home and on-site deliverables (to include the data gathered into the template). The Consultant will be expected to make in-person consultations, and engage any other technology-mechanism for follow-on discussions.

Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments:

  • The financial proposal should be presented as a Lump Sum Amount –representative of payments closely linked to deliverables. Payments will be scheduled as per the TORs.

The following must be noted:

  • The lump sum amount must be “all-inclusive[1]”;
  • the contract price is fixed regardless of changes in the cost components.

Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer:

Selection of best offers will be made based on the following:

Individual Consultants will be evaluated based on Cumulative Analysis as per the following scenario:

  • Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation. In this regard, the respective weight of the proposals are:
    • Technical Criteria weight is 70%;
    • Financial Criteria weight is 30%.

Submission of Application:

The candidate is required to submit an electronic application directly uploaded on the UNDP jobs website with all the requirements as listed here below. Annexes and further information may be downloaded on http://procurement-notices.undp.org no.48265.

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document to this website - http://jobs.undp.org no. 80129.

  • Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP (Annex II);
  • Personal CV, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.

Technical proposal:

  • Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment;
  • A methodology, on how they will approach and complete the assignment;
  • Financial proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided (Annex II);
  • Annexes 1 and II - may be downloaded from the UNDP Procurement Notices Website -http://procurement-notices.undp.org/ For further clarifications, please contact; janet.anyango@undp.org; moses.lutwama@undp.org;

Interested applicants should submit applications through uploading of all their required documentation in one single pdf document on this website only.

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: kampala
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Statistics
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Documentation and Information Management
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-03

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