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Framework Agreement for a Local Technical Facilitator on Drin River basin

Tirana (Albania)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Tirana (Albania)
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
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  • Closing Date: 2020-10-26

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Background

UNDP is implementing an Adaptation Fund-funded project “Integrated climate-resilient transboundary flood risk management in the Drin River basin in the Western Balkans (Albania, Montenegro and North Macedonia)” (hereinafter Drin FRM Project). The project aims to assist the riparian countries in the implementation of an integrated climate-resilient river basin flood risk management approach in order to improve their existing capacity to manage flood risk at regional, national and local levels and to enhance resilience of vulnerable communities in the Drin River Basin (DRB) to climate-induced floods. The following results shall be achieved: (i) Improved climate and risk informed decision-making, availability and use of climate risk information;(ii) Improved institutional arrangements, legislative and policy framework for climate-resilient flood risk management (FRM), and development of climate change adaptation (CCA) and FRM strategy and plans at the basin, sub-basin, national and sub-national levels; (iii) Strengthened community resilience through improved flood management, through implementation of structural and non-structural measures and enhanced local capacity for CCA and FRM.

Outcome 1 of the project is aimed at achieving an improved climate and risk informed decision-making, availability and use of climate risk information. Key to the strategic management of climate-induced flood risk is to have appropriate density and frequency of monitoring of important hydrometeorological variables.  Given the importance of accurate historical hydrometeorological records in the assessment of flood risk, it would be important to ensure that the hydrometric network is spatially optimized and centrally managed, and that data is made available to all flood management practitioners.

Outcome 2 is aiming at improved institutional arrangements, legislative and policy framework for FRM, and development of climate change adaptation and flood risk management strategy and plans at the basin, sub-basin, national and sub-national levels. The Adaptation Fund (AF) project will consolidate and extend current flood risk management efforts by DRB countries through the establishment of a dedicated coordination mechanism on flood risk management with the necessary political support and resourcing from the Riparian countries to comprehensively address missing formalized and effective cooperation on FRM.

Outcome 3 of the project will secure strengthened resilience of local communities through improved flood forecasting and early warning, implementation of structural and non-structural measures and the strengthened capacity for CCA and FRM at the local level.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Local Coordinator will provide analytical, technical and local presence support to the implementation of the project and will work under the guidance of the Programme Officer for Environment and Climate Change and direct supervision of the Project Coordinator within Environment and Climate Change Unit.

He/she will work closely with the Ministry of Tourism and Environment, the National Agency of Water Source Management, and local targeted authorities, and other government/ institutions as relevant to project activities.

  • Support in preparation and implementation of the project Work Plans.
  • Support in the implementation of project activities at the local level as described in the project document.
  • Coordinate and facilitate a process of technical quality management for the outsourced expertise;
  • Provide professional advice based upon his/her specific area of expertise that is relevant to the project activities’ goals and objectives;
  • Coordinate the organization of project related activities, ensure timely and appropriate delivery of services.
  • Organize stakeholder meetings in consistence with plans, objectives, rules, regulations and allocations;
  • Support field work/missions and interaction at local level with consultants and sub-contractors;
  • Support in preparing quarterly and yearly reports.  
  • Other duties as required in implementation of the project at the local level.

Deliverables:

Timing and travel: The Consultant will be engaged under the Framework Agreement - Individual Contract. The engagement will be up to 180 working days for 24 months.

If unforeseen travel outside the Duty Station not required by the Terms of Reference is requested by UNDP, and upon prior written agreement, such travel shall be at UNDP’s expense and the Individual Contractor shall receive a per diem not to exceed United Nations daily subsistence allowance rate in such other location(s).

Reporting and delivery of outputs:

As per the Framework Agreement, deliver technical documents, technical reports, list of stakeholders involved, technical support materials, technical guidance document.

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.
  • 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

  • Thorough understanding of disability issues, human rights, social inclusion and social services
  • Excellent inter-personal and teamwork skills, networking attitude;
  • Capacity to deliver as per deadlines;
  • Ability to pick up new terminology and concepts easily.
  • A basic understanding of UNDP development mandate;
  • Willingness to undertake occasional field visits and interact with different stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to deal with and build collaboration among development stakeholders;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Results-oriented and good analytical skills;

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • University Degree in environmental sciences, environmental management, engineering studies, legal studies, economic studies, or relevant fields.

Work experience:

  • At least 5 years of work experience with proven experience in the environment and /or watershed resources management at the local level or other relevant field.
  • Strong knowledge of local level policies and familiarity with stakeholders in Shkodra Region.
  • Previous experience with UNDP /other international donors in the region will be an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to deal with and build collaboration among development stakeholders.
  • Strong drafting, presentation and reporting skills.
  • Strong communication skills, especially in timely and accurate responses to emails.
  • Strong computer skills, in particular all applications of the MS Office package and internet search.

Languages:

  • English and Albanian language required.

UNDP applies a fair and transparent selection process that would consider both the technical qualification of Individual Consultants as well as their financial proposals. The contract will be awarded to the candidate whose offer:

  • Is deemed technically responsive / compliant / acceptable (only technically responsive applications / candidates will be considered for the financial evaluation)
  • And has obtained the highest combined technical and financial scores.

Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation – max points: 70

Criteria A: 20%- Education Background

Criteria B: 30%- Related work experience

Criteria C: 20%- Strong knowledge of local level policies and familiarity with stakeholders in the Shkodra region.

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

Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (49 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (70 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.

Application Procedure

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.
  • Latest personal Curriculum Vitae (CV) including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees, 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.
  • Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability-please fill in the attached form...  www.un.org.al/sites/default/files/IC_Offerors%20Letter%20to%20UNDP%20Confirming%20Interest%20and%20Availability.docx
  • Financial Proposal in ALL - specifying a total lump sum in Albanian Lekhttp://www.un.org.al/doc/Financial%20Offer%20template.doc (The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable -qualitative and quantitative- deliverables . Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR.  In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount-including travel, per diems, and number of anticipated working days).- Please note that with regard to travel component you may provide an average estimated travel cost for one circuit with and without accommodation.
  • Copy of Diplomas and copy of Passport. 

* Kindly note that Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability and Financial Proposal are two separate documents and should both be part of your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

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.

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.

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.

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
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