National Consultant: Localizing Recovery and Resilience
Juba (South Sudan)
The prolonged and multidimensional nature of the crisis in South Sudan is the cause of recurrent shocks to local communities from a variety of sources. These shocks have undermined efforts to build capacities and institutions and achieve long term development goals at the national level. Instead, international development actors and their local partners are increasingly focused on supporting short term recovery and resilience to shocks in local areas to establish a stronger and more robust foundation for development, going forward.
In January 2018, a Joint Mission to Yambio involving over 90 participants from UN Agencies, donor agencies, NGOs, business leaders and government leaders resulted in the adoption of the Yambio 11-Point Agenda. This agenda is hinged on 4 pillars, namely: rebuilding trust in people and institutions, re-establishing basic services, restoring productive capacities, and nurturing effective partnerships. The Yambio Mission followed an earlier mission to Aweil in December 2017.
A High-Level Dialogue followed the Yambio mission on 22nd March 2018, which issued a Communiqué outlining a shared commitment to reduce vulnerability and enhance coping capacities in South Sudan. This Communiqué became the guiding framework for the Partnership for Recovery and Resilience (PfRR), which is currently organizing itself around a number workstreams and with a coordination structure.
- The six commitments include:
- Stopping the trend of increasing vulnerability;
- Working together across security, humanitarian and development efforts to meet basic needs and protect coping capacities;
- Improving coordination, collaboration and strategic integration;
- Advancing comprehensive frameworks and partnerships in selected geographic areas;
- Scale up delivery of integrated efforts in Yambio and other geographic areas; and
- Enhancing mutual accountability and learning
The six commitments are a testament of the desire to reduce vulnerability and enhance coping capacities for people and communities. The commitments will be achieved when responsible stakeholders translate them into their own rules (e.g. policy instruments, by-laws, plans, budgets) and actions (e.g. expenditure), and become accountable to them. This interaction will be more effective when stakeholders, rules and actions are fully aligned with the specific conditions and challenges in local areas, as the effects of shocks and disturbances are inherently local. Support for recovery and resilience therefore needs to be localized in order to be effectively implemented.
Localizing the Partnership for Recovery and Resilience will mean customizing the six commitments of the communiqué to the local context – at Boma, Payam, County or State. Local stakeholders and partners will need to jointly assess and agree on priorities and then commit to corresponding actions that they jointly implement and account for. Partners at each level will include leaders in Business, Traditional/culture, Government, Civil Society, and the International Community.
Localization of the Partnership can be implemented through a process of joint consultation and assessment among local stakeholders and their local, national and international partners. This process would involve determination of the level and participation in the localization (state, county, boma, payam) based on existing interest and capacities among local actors, the sources of vulnerability and their related problems, as well as the suggested solutions and required commitments to implement them.
The consultative process would typically take the form of a 2-4 day workshop that convenes the relevant stakeholders from a specific area as determined by the PfRR. The workshop will draw from the support and participation of local champions and leaders that have demonstrated the will to help the community change for the better. The organizers of the workshops will come from the national level PfRR and will be supported by international agencies that are committed to the six points of the joint Communique.
The organizing group will ensure balanced participation in local workshops from representatives of:
- Business leaders
- Traditional leaders
- Government leaders
- CBOs/CSO leaders
- Church leaders
Gender balance will require that there are not less than 2 persons or more than 3 persons of either male or female in each category as participants in the workshop. The organizers also ensure that participation and agenda of workshops are conflict sensitive and based on a do no harm principle.
As part of the organization of local workshops, the organizers determine in advance what the suggested geographical scope and level of the localization process is.
The goal of the workshop would be to establish a consensus on the main vulnerabilities to shocks in the local area and how different stakeholder groups are affected by these, what are the immediate causes, the underlying causes, as well as the structural or root causes of vulnerabilities. Following this, potential solutions could be identified and commitments to joint action agreed to achieve sustainable impact. This would include commitments to ensure effective work across the humanitarian/development/peace nexus, coordination, joint programming, and accountability and learning. Finally, the workshop could frame the commitments within the broader national and international development frameworks: The National Development Strategy and the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Joint Policy Advisory Team (JPAT) of the United Nations in South Sudan will support the development of a conceptual and operational framework for localizing the PfRR in close cooperation with other participants in the Partnership and under its overall leadership and guidance. JPAT will support a process of piloting and action learning to gather experiences and reflect on these and draw out lessons learned. These will be presented to the PfRR as a contribution to the implementation of the broader partnership through joint learning and reflection.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant team will undertake the following:
- Drafting of a generic concept note that outlines objectives, method, process, participation and outputs of PfRR localization as well as risks and opportunities (20 pages): Home based, 10 days
- Discussion and review of the concept note by JPAT followed by revision: Home based, 2 days
- Presentation of lessons learned to the PfRR in Juba and support other tasks related to PfRR localization and learning: Juba based 5 days
- Convening of workshops in two field locations determined within the framework of the PfRR: Juba and field based, 20 days
- Drafting of a report with observations and recommendations to ensure effective localization processes going forward (15 pages): Home based, 10 days
- Revise report based on review comments: Home based, 3 days
Total of 25 home based and 25 field/Juba based workdays for each consultant
Team composition and management
The team will be led by an experienced international consultant and supported by a national consultant. The consultants will report to the JPAT co-chairs. The draft concept and the final report will be quality assured by JPAT. JPAT members will provide additional support to and participate in the work, including in local workshops.
- Extensive knowledge of United Nations System;
- Comprehensive knowledge of Sustainable Development Goals;
- Demonstrates integrity and ethical standards;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
- Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities skills;
- Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;
- Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines;
- Outstanding communication, project management and organizational skills;
- Excellent presentation and facilitation skills;
Required Skills and Experience
Required skills and experience
- Masters degree in economics, social sciences, international development or closely related fields.
- At least 7 years of experience working on economic and social development issues;
- Experience with analyzing stakeholder engagements at different levels, including community leaders and government officials at the state level as well as national level partners, donors and NGOs
- Experience with writing and presenting analytical reports;
- Familiarity and experience with recovery and resilience frameworks;
- Excellent command of English both written and spoken.Arabic language an asset.
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:
- Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and
- Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical (Desk reviews and Interviews) and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
Only candidates who will receive at least 70% in each step of the process (desk review and interviews) will be considered for financial evaluation.
*Written samples of previous work should be provided
Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation:
- Quality of Previous Reports: max. 23 points;
- Experience with stakeholder consultations and different levels: max. 23 points;
- Experience with recovery and resilience frameworks: max. 24 points.
Financial Criteria – 30 % of total evaluation
- Qualified candidates are requested to apply online.
- The application should contain:
- Brief cover letter explaining your approach to the assignment and why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position. Please paste the letter into the "Resume and Motivation" section of the electronic application;
- Financial Proposal* - specifying a total lump sum amount in USD for the tasks specified in this announcement consisting of a) all-inclusive professional fee and b) travel costs for two missions to Juba in duration of 10 working days each (including costs for flight tickets, per diem, terminals);
- Written samples of previous work relevant to the assignment should be provided either attaching the document or providing the link;
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 document as the system only allows to upload maximum 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. fee, health insurance, vaccination and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services...). All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal.
Payments will be made only upon confirmation of 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
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.