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Individual Consultant: Long Term Agreement (LTA) for on-call Resource Persons, Facilitators for Road Implementation (for Filipino Nationals Only)

Philippines (Philippines)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Philippines (Philippines)
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Infrastructure and Urban-Rural development
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-06

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Background

Efficient, resilient, and well-planned road networks ensure that no one is left behind in the drive for inclusive growth. This is why roads are considered as an important foundation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and a prerequisite for bringing communities together. At present, only 24.6% of all provincial roads in the Philippines are of acceptable quality. Of the 12,726km of provincial core roads, 57.2% are unpaved and in need of upgrading, while 20.2% are in poor condition and in need of rehabilitation. The situation is similarly dire for the 19,098 km of non-core roads, with 67% needing upgrading and 7% in need of rehabilitation.  To address this situation, the Department for the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has launched the Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces (CMGP) initiative to improve the quality of the local road network across the country, by providing both financial investment for capital outlay, as well as strengthening the governance processes so that provincial governments are themselves able to effectively plan, design, implement and maintain their road networks. The Program addresses the underinvestment in local roads, and improvement of national-local roads connectivity to increase economic activity, and improve public access to facilities and services in the provinces.   The Program, however, is not only a road engineering intervention, it is also a governance reform program in local roads management (LRM) and public financial management (PFM). Thus, in partnership with DILG, UNDP has launched the project “Paving the Roads to SDGs through Good Governance (Roads2SDGs)” which aims to provide support to the governance reform and quality assurance components of CMGP through the ‘Roads to SDGs’ framework. This framework will anchor the prioritization, planning, design, implementation, and maintenance of infrastructure projects to the achievement of the SDGs, incorporating the elements of partnership building, climate change and disaster risk reduction, gender mainstreaming, and citizen participation for transparency and accountability. One of the aims of Roads2SDGs is to provide support to the governance reform and quality assurancecomponents of the DILG-CMGP. In 2018, a number of deliverables have been completed, such as: development of the QA Tool; hiring of UNDP and DILG-CMGP Field Engineers; engagement with PASUC on the conduct of Quality Assurance Inspections; Training-Workshops on Quality Assurance; Conduct of Quality Assurance Inspections by PASUC, GHUBS, UNDP and DILG Field Engineers; and Finalization of the Road Projects Quality Management Manual for LGUs.  For 2020, there are planned activities aimed at intensifying technical assistance to provincial LGUs (PLGUs) to address other capacity needs along Road Construction and Management and public financial management. Foremost is the nationwide cascading of the Road Projects Quality Management Manual for LGUs. In addition, DILG-CMGP with Roads2SDGs will spearhead the training and provision of technical inputs and coaching on Road Design and Road Planning as well as Road Asset Management concerns. Also, there appears to be a need to strengthen knowledge and skills of LGUs related to Procurement and in public financial management in general. These are but some of the observed needs among LGUs and addressing them will help build competencies in line with a holistic approach to road governance.  With these activities in the pipeline, it is also essential to capacitate the DILG and UNDP Engineers, who shall be in-charge of conducting the needs assessment towards evidence-based learning and development interventions for PLGUs. Likewise, convening them for a trainer’s training shall also be an opportunity to engage them for inputs and contributions towards the finalization of the manuals, guide, tools and templates.   In view of this, the Roads2SDGs project needs to engage an Individual Consultant who will assist or conduct capacity development activities in Local Road Implementation particularly in the areas of expertise described in section IV. 

Duties and Responsibilities

I. Objective:

UNDP requires the services of individual consultants as Resource Persons and Facilitators from time to time to provide trainings as and when required by UNDP projects in the Philippines.

II. Scope of Work:

The Consultant  will be responsible in carrying out the following tasks, as applicable:

  • Assist or spearhead the preparation of Course Agenda/Topics/content and Programme schedule for the courses assigned;
  • Support in finalizing course materials and group learning exercises;
  • Co-ordinate and facilitate the training courses;
  • Facilitate assigned sessions of the training courses at state/district/Sub-district levels;
  • Conduct group exercises;
  • Conduct Tabletop/Simulation Exercises;
  • Provide technical inputs on various aspects of the course;
  • Prepare a brief course report after completion of each course - The Resource Persons/Facilitators shall submit an activity/accomplishment report relative to their conducted topic/session.

III. Expertise Required:

  • Civil Engineering Road Field Survey;
  • Feasibility Studies – road planning and design: skills civil 3D is an advantage
  • Contract Management
  • Construction Supervision
  • Road Quality Assurance and Quality Control
  • Road Asset Management and Maintenance

IV. Institutional Arrangements:

The individual consultant (IC) will work under the overall supervision of the Project/Road Sector Manager and work closely to the focal person for particular engagement as defined in the terms of reference (TOR

V. Duration of Assignment:

The duration of the roster will be 1 year on on-call basis.  Most of the conferences are expected to be 2-4 days duration.  Selected resources persons shall be paid one or two days extra for preparation and report writing. In cases where the Resource Person need more days to prepare for the technical inputs, corresponding days equivalent shall be included.

VI. Duty Station and Travel: The Resource Persons/Facilitators shall be required to travel to the locations where the training or workshops will be conducted, therefore, should be willing to travel to areas of assignment. They are also expected to attend meetings relative to the preparation and assessment of conducted peace formation sessions.

Payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging etc. should be agreed upon, between the UNDP and the Resource Person prior to travel and will be reimbursed on actuals in line with UNDP rules OR shall be arranged by UNDP.

VII. LTA Contracting modality and Call-off mechanism:

  • The LTA to be signed will have a fixed daily fee for the duration of one year, however, UNDP does not warrant that any quantity of services will be purchased during the term of the LTA as this will depend on forthcoming needs.
  • Once the LTA is signed, the focal person in the UNDP hiring unit would contact the top-ranking LTA holder for a specific requirement. Should this Consultant not be available for the event, UNDP will contact the second ranked and so on.
  • Upon receipt of this communication, the consultant would have to confirm their availability for the assignment. If positive, s/he would inform UNDP of the expected travel/lodging costs (if applicable if the event requires travel). Upon review of the same, UNDP will send the consultant a written communication confirming the requirement in the form of a Purchase Order sent by email.
  • The Purchase Order will include details on the location of the event, number of hours/days for work and other practical details.
  • Price in the Purchase Order will be based on daily fee included in the LTA contract and on the agreed travel costs. After the work order has been sent, no further costs would be reimbursed by UNDP (increased number of work days/hours, or increased travel costs) unless there is prior written authorization by UNDP.
  • Once the services are completed and have been approved by the hiring unit, the consultant will send the following for payment purposes: a) complete invoice indicating number of hours/days worked and travel costs (if any); b) supporting documentation (bills/vouchers) for reimbursements of travel costs if applicable; c) copy of the UNDP order for the assignment.

VIII. Contract management mechanism:

UNDP will regularly monitor the performance of these LTA holders, based on the following Key Performance Indicators (KPIs):

  • KPI 1: Responsiveness: the consultant should respond and confirm their availability for the event within 1 day of UNDP’s notification by email/telephone/WhatsApp.
  • KPI 2: Timeliness of submission of reports to UNDP
  • KPI 3: Quality of reports are as per work order submitted.
  • KPI 4: Accuracy of payment documentation. Consultant shall provide complete payment documentation including accurate invoices with correct quantities, unit price, complete travel bills/vouchers for reimbursement, etc.
  • KPI 5: Communication and Reporting. Consultant shall communicate and provide reports in a timely and professional manner
  • UNDP will conduct performance reviews of these LTAs every 6 months, which might include meetings with the LTA holders and gather feedback from other stakeholders.

If the consultant fails to meet UNDP’s performance requirements detailed above, s/he will receive in the first instance a warning to improve their performance. Continued failure to meet performance requirements may result in the termination of the LTA.

IX. Payment:

The consultant will be paid using the approved rates that will be determined based on the qualification/s of the RP as reflected in the LTA contract/P.O.:

  • Design of Course Agenda
  • Training/Facilitation days
  • Preparation and report writing

The Resource Persons/Facilitators will receive the total amount indicated in the Terms of Reference multiplied with the number of days spend for each assignment. 100% Payment will be made upon satisfactory performance /completion of work and acceptance by UNDP.

Competencies

  1. Comprehensive knowledge of UNDP/UN/ Development domain in the country
  2. Ability to communicate / delivery trainings
  3. Demonstrates excellent oral and written skills in English and Tagalog

Required Skills and Experience

A. Eligibility:

Person with a strong experience of working in business/government/companies; experience in Infrastructure projects particularly road implementation: B. Academic Qualification:

  • A graduate of university degree in Civil Engineering or any other relevant field;
  • Master's degree preferred but not necessary.

C. Experience:

  • At least seven years of progressive experience in civil engineering under Local or National Government departments/ multi-lateral/bi-lateral donors or International / National NGOs; with at least three (3) years comprehensive experience in road projects; particularly in areas of planning and design, engineering field surveys, contract management, construction supervision, road quality assurance/control and road maintenance;
  • At least three (3) similar events/training facilitated or managed as resource person facilitator;

D. Criteria for evaluation of proposals:

The offer will be evaluated based on the documentation submitted by consultants.  Technical evaluation will be based on the following:

  1. Educational qualification – 20
  2. Experience in relevant sector – 20
  3. Three past references / satisfactory performance – 30 (10 each)

Only candidates with 70% or above (49 marks) will be considered for the roster.

E. Submission of Proposal:

E.1 Annexes to the TOR

  • Annex 1: Offerors Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability for the Individual Contractor Assignment. You may download the editable version of the Offeror's Letter to UNDP Confirming Insterest and Availability for the IC by clicking on this link: http://gofile.me/6xdJm/bE9TCw8fU
  • Annex 2: General Terms and Conditions for ICs (in separate document)
  • Annex 3: P-11 form for ICs (in separate document). 
  • Annex 4: Vendor  Detail form (in separate document)

Documents to be submitted by Consultant:

  1. Offerors Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability for the Individual Contractor
  2. Updated and signed P-11 form for ICs OR detailed CV;
  3. List of events facilitated/managed in last two years
  4. Minimum three (3) certificates of satisfactory performance OR list of three (3) references for obtaining performance reference checks
  5. Filled in and signed Vendor details Form with  copy of proof of banking (used deposit slip, bank statement, front and inside copy of passbook, etc.)

Notes:

  • An application will not be accepted if some of the above listed documents are missing from the submitted PDF files;
  • Any kind of miscellaneous charges i.e. internet, phone etc. would not be reimbursed;
  • Tickets and related expenses will be reimbursed based on UNDP standard provisions (considering the most direct and economical option and subsistence allowance);
  • Individuals working with institutions may also apply, contract would be issued in the name of institution for the specific services of individual;
  • The consultants must bring his/her own communication equipment/laptop etc
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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