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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Copenhagen
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Supply Chain
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Logistics
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
  • Closing Date: 2019-02-28

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Consultancy Title: Technical Consultant – Education Unit, UNICEF Supply Division, Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen (Denmark)

In communication with counterparts in field offices, Programme Division, EMOPS etc. the purpose of the consultancy is to establish technical specifications, standards and guidelines for a group of commodities owned by the Education Unit, including educational supplies, core relief items and security commodities (which are requisitioned by UNICEF programmes, or by specialized UN agencies, governments and non-governmental organizations through UNICEF procurement services), to identify commodity sources and evaluate the technical appropriateness of commodities with a focus on sustainable procurement.

Consultancy Title: Technical Consultant – Education Unit, UNICEF Supply Division, Copenhagen, Denmark

Location: UNICEF Supply Division, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 11 months, February – December 2019

Organizational Context and Purpose for the assignment

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favouritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfil their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

Purpose of the assignment:

In communication with counterparts in field offices, Programme Division, EMOPS etc. the purpose of the consultancy is to establish technical specifications, standards and guidelines for a group of commodities owned by the Education Unit, including educational supplies, core relief items and security commodities (which are requisitioned by UNICEF programmes, or by specialized UN agencies, governments and non-governmental organizations through UNICEF procurement services), to  identify commodity sources and evaluate the technical appropriateness of commodities with a focus on sustainable procurement.

Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

  1. Reviews and develops technical specifications and requirements to ensure completeness and appropriateness. Advises requesting offices on technical matters relating to the commodity of specialization. Clarifies inadequate specifications with requesting office, proposing substitute or alternative items as necessary.

  2. Assists with technical evaluation of RFQ/ITB/RFPs on products related to project support, such as core relief items and security commodities.

  3. Collaborates with Programme Division, Country Offices and/or other UN agencies in the promotion and improvements in use, availability and appropriateness of products. Communicates with EMOPS/UNDSS where appropriate for clarification on security items.

  4. Provides technical inputs to market research activities to broaden supplier base and maintains appropriate vendor lists for the commodity areas managed by the Education unit.

  5. Prepares analyses of supply of UNICEF Education commodity group i.e. security items, armored vehicles and emergency structures, including background information, recommendations for improving the suitability and range of products, resulting in more appropriate equipment, better delivery and fit for purpose. Provides technical input on innovation projects, as well as reviews existing commodity group to identify product gaps and propose improvements for disability inclusiveness.

  6. Undertakes collaboration/partnership initiatives with UN Agencies and other international organizations on technical areas related to the commodities procured by the unit. Supports regular review and update in Education material webpages, supply Catalogue and UNGM.

  7. In conjunction with the Quality Assurance Section, establishes list of potential pre-qualified suppliers for requisitions. In partnership with the Warehouse, reviews Education material lists and ensures that they are kept up-to-date.

  8. Researches, evaluates and proposes new products, and promotes development of new technologies when appropriate, to meet programme requirements especially focusing on sustainability and disability inclusiveness

Impact of Results

The main results will be improved service and support to UNICEF Country Offices and internal and external partners in the procurement and supply of Education unit commodities. Having sufficient technical capacity in Supply Division in this area will lead to greater satisfaction among country offices, and to ensuring more efficient supply of corresponding product groups, including supply of more appropriate equipment, better post-procurement follow up, shorter delivery times and better return on investment.

Competencies and level of proficiency required (based on UNICEF Professional Competency Profiles)

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies

  • Communication (I)
  • Working with people (I)
  • Drive for results (I)

Functional Competencies:

  • Applying Technical Expertise (1)
  • Analyzing (I)
  • Planning and organizing (2)

Skills and knowledge

  • Computer skills, including internet navigation and various office applications.
  • Ability to provide technical support to countries and partners.
  • Strong Technical and communications skills (written and spoken) is required.

 Recruitment Qualifications

Education:  A completed 1st University Degree in engineering or other related technical field is required. Experience in diversified Education commodity area as well as Security items, Armoured vehicles will be an added advantage

Experience: A minimum of two years of progressively relevant professional experience which includes extensive hands-on working experience in the products group is required.

Experience in institutional procurement of security equipment and/or humanitarian relief supplies is an asset. Experience with UNICEF or other humanitarian relief partners is desirable.

Language Requirements: Fluency in English is required and in another UN language (preferably French) is desirable.

EVALUATION PROCESS:

Qualified candidates are requested to submit:

  1. Cover letter/application.
  2. Financial quote for the consultancy in USD per deliverable, stating also the timeframe for completion of deliverable and/or daily rate in USD. 
  3. As applicable, for consultants requiring initial travel to duty station, estimate amount for round-trip most economical and direct travel, in addition to settling in allowance, with breakdown. Costs for accommodation, meals and incidentals shall not exceed applicable daily subsistence allowance (DSA) rates, as promulgated by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC). Travel as required/agreed with the Supervisor during the consultancy will be reimbursed on actuals upon receipt of supporting documents and invoices.
  4. References (2)
  5. P 11 form (which can be downloaded from our website at https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/P11.doc).

Queries can be sent to: Peter Harvey (pharvey@unicef.org) with subject line “Technical Consultant – Education Unit”. Applications must be submitted through the UNICEF electronic application system by 15 February 2019.

Successful applicants will be invited to a telephone interview and will be evaluated by the following criteria:

 

Applicant x

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION    (max. 80 points)

 

Overall Response (10 points)

 

  • Understanding of tasks, objectives and completeness and coherence of response

 

Overall match between the TOR requirements and CV (30 points)

 

  • Education:

 

  • Language:

 

Technical Capacity (40 points)

 

  • Technical knowledge

 

  • Work experience:

 

  • References:

 

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION - Total Points

 

 

 

FINANCIAL PROPOSAL     (max. 20 points)

 

Per month Rate in USD (22 working days approx.)

 

Per day Rate in USD

 

Total fee for the deliverables in USD

 

Economy Air Ticket for reporting at duty station (if applicable)

 

Settling in allowance and other costs as applicable with break down

 

Total estimated cost of contract (proposed contract fee only)

 

FINANCIAL PROPOSAL - Weight Combined Score

 

 

 

TOTAL SCORE   (max. 100 points)

 
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