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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Home Based - May require travel
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • HIV and AIDS
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Democratic Governance
  • Closing Date: 2019-03-26

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International expert to develop Institutional Strengthening Plans for Civil Society Organizations working in HIV/TB in Albania

Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)

Background

Albania is a middle-income-country that is making the transition to an open market economy. Albania has low HIV prevalence, but data show an upward trend in new diagnoses, suggesting a larger number of undiagnosed cases. While tuberculosis treatment success rates in Albania are high, the country’s TB burden has increased since 2012. The Global Fund (GF) is supporting a combined HIV/TB grant in the country in investing for impact against tuberculosis and HIV.  The goal of is to contain the TB and HIV epidemics at the current low levels and reduce TB and HIV-related morbidity and mortality in Albania. Its vision is to foster a long term sustainable public health care system with continued and sustained TB and HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services increasingly integrated, institutionalized and client centered , and scaled up through high impact interventions in the most affected populations and epidemiological hotspots of the country, while providing quality services that are gender sensitive and can be equitably accessed by key at risk populations. 

Given the concentrated character of the epidemics, the focus is on who men having sex with men (MSM), people who inject drugs (PWID), sex workers (SW), the transgender population (TG), TB infected people and their contacts, people living with HIV (PLWHA) and the sexual partners of key affected populations (KP) and PLWHA,  the prison population and other vulnerable groups. The key strategies of the GF interventions' aim at ensuring programmatic and financial sustainability, reducing stigmatization and discrimination and intensifying the identification and outreach of key affected populations in selected areas while ensuring continuum of care. Key to this is a client/patient tracking system that builds up from community level and is linked to a strengthened public surveillance system. GF is expected to: 1) ensure equitable access to high quality TB and HIV prevention, treatment, care and support with a focus on key affected populations; 2) strengthen the health and community systems that enable needs-based, cost effective and integrated interventions for key populations mostly affected by HIV and TB epidemic.

The nature and goal of the interventions require a network of civil society and CBOs working in tandem with the government in order to have a successful implementation. Since that a broad range of civil society and communities have been involved in the development of the proposal, there will still be the need of civil society involvement in programme implementation through the delivery of specific interventions for targeted populations.

In this regard, UNDP will provide specific support to civil society organizations in terms of institutional strengthening and capacity building of organizational development for civil society organizations working in health issues with specific focus on HIV / TB's and affected target groups.

An improvement in health outcomes can be greatly enhanced through involvement of key affected populations and community networks. In order to have real impact, community organizations and actors must have effective and sustainable systems in place to support their activities and services. This includes a strong focus on capacity building, human and financial resources, with the aim of enabling community actors to play a full and effective role alongside health and social welfare.

Therefore, UNDP will need the services of an international expert, teaming up the a national expert to conduct the following tasks and deliverables.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the UNDP Programme specialist, the qualified consultantin cooperation with a national consultant will be responsible for conducting the following tasks

  • In cooperation with the national expert and in consultation with UNDP develop a consultancy plan with specific tasks and division of duties between the two experts, pointing out the specific timeline. The consultancy plan will indicate the time and purpose of the field missions (up to two) of the international consultant in Albania.
  • Develop the methodology and related documents for capacity assessment of the targeted NGOs (maximum 14 NGOs) focusing on key organizational development issues: human resource development, resource mobilization and financial management, planning, monitoring and evaluation of capacities, administrative systems and other needs/gaps of NGOs. Guide national expert in conducting the capacity assessment interviews. 
  • In cooperation with national consultant draft the capacity assessment report and  Institutional Strengthening Plans (ISP) for each of the targeted NGOs or group of NGOs as per their specific needs and gaps.
  • Teaming up with the national expert organize and deliver a three day training for targeted NGOs on capacity building, related on the methodology for the implementation of the Institutional Strengthening Plans focusing on: human resource development, resource mobilization and financial management, planning, monitoring and evaluation of capacities and provide recommendations for future areas of interventions related to NGOs capacities and institutional building.
  • Conduct a briefing session for the targeted NGOs, PMU, UNDP and other involved stakeholders on the key assessment findings and present the Institutional Strengthening Plans.

The list of deliverables:

  • Inception report that describes consultancy approach and timelines
  • Capacity assessment methodology and institutional Strengthening Plan for each targeted NGO or group of NGOs.
  • A PowerPoint presentation on the key assessment findings and ISP.
  • Delivery of 3 day training programme; this includes training materials and post training report on capacity building of NGOs (i.e. agenda and methodology, presentations, training toolkits and training report by including needs, gaps and future areas of intervention related to NGOs institutional strengthening).
  • A final consultancy report (in English) describing the completed tasks and recommendations for CSO strengthening activities.

Competencies

CORPORATE COMPETENCIES:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

CORE COMPETENCIES:

  • Communication - Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.
  • Planning & Organizing – Develops clear goals in line with agreed strategies, identifies priorities, foresees risks and makes allowances accordingly.
  • Organizational Awareness - Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.
  • Teamwork - Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Accountability – Takes ownership of all responsibilities and delivers outputs in accordance with agreed time, cost and quality standards.

FUNCTIONAL COMPETENCIES:

  • Analytical skills, initiative, sound judgment, results-oriented and efficiency in a multi-tasking environment
  • Good inter-personal and teamwork skills, networking attitude, ability to work in multi-cultural environment and ability to get people engaged and willing to open up and speak out.
  • Ability to work under pressure in complex situations
  • Ability to work in an independent manner, set priorities and organize the workflow efficiently
  • Willingness to travel around the country
  • Very good computer skills and ability to use information technology as a tool and resource.

Required Skills and Experience

The selected candidate should have the following qualifications:

Academic Qualifications/Education:

  • University degree preferably in major disciplines of public health ( health services, social issues, health administration);
  • Advanced degree in any of the above-mentioned areas is preferred;

Experience:

  • At least 10 years of professional experience working particularly on health policies, HIV/TB  or public health issues
  • Knowledge and working experience with civil society organizations with focus on HIV/TB;
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting assessments, developing plans and related policy documents at institutional level (NGOs);
  • Experience in providing capacity building on organizational development issues;
  • Good knowledge and understanding of United Nations System and particularly the role and mandate of UNDP is desired;

Language skills:

  • Full working knowledge of English, including excellent writing and presentation skills

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 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. 35 points:

  • Criteria A: Specific education development-related disciplines as mentioned under “Qualifications” section – max points: 30
  • Criteria B: Work experience – max points: 20
  • Criteria C: Previous experience with similar tasks – max points: 20

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

Interested applicants are advised to carefully study all sections of this ToRs and ensure that they meet the general requirements as well as specific qualifications described. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.

The application should contain:

  • Cover letter explaining 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.
  • Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability-please fill in the attached form...http://www.un.org.al/doc/PSU_%20Individual%20Contract_Letter%20to%20UNDP.docx
  • Latest personal CV, including past experience from similar projects or completed and signed UN Personal History Form (P11) for Service Contracts (SC) and Individual Contracts (IC) – Blank form Download here.
  • Financial Proposal in USD that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price and all other travel related costs (such as flight ticket, per diem, etc), supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template attached to the Letter of Confirmation of Interest template.  If an applicant is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the applicant must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP. 
  • Copy of Diplomas and copy of Passport.

PLEASE NOTE THAT INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR FURTHER EVALUATION 

How to Submit the Application:

To submit your application online, please follow the steps below:

  • Merge your CV or P11, Financial Proposal Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability and cover letter into a single file. The system does not allow for more than one attachment to be uploaded;
  • Click on the Job Title (job vacancy announcement);
  • Click “Apply Now” button, fill in necessary information on the first page, and then click “Submit Application;”
  • Upload your application/single file as indicated above with the merged documents (underlined above);
  • You will receive an automatic response to your email confirming receipt of your application by the system.

Due to a large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process

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.

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. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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