Local Consultant to Support Activation and Employment of Vulnerable Groups
home-based and podgorica
Montenegro has been actively working towards human and sustainable development, through the national policies and programmes, as well as the EU accession and SDG agenda. The on-going reform processes require sustained support for institution building and capacity development, evidence-based policy making and improved monitoring and evaluation. Government continues to develop policies, services and programmes for employment, empowerment and social protection. However, current systems remain rather passive and reactive and offer ‘one-size-fits-all’ approaches. Vulnerable groups have insufficient access to appropriately differentiated services whereas means-tested benefits are not reaching all families/children in need. The culture of evidence-based policy-making needs strengthening, as does evaluation of social protection programmes’ impact.High unemployment and inactivity rates of young people and women characterise the labour market. While the employment rates are increasing, there are still more than 1/5 of young people who are not in employment, education or training, while those who do work often engage in informal jobs and insecure employment. A 2016 ILO report revealed that 20% of youth are affected by poverty, with those in poorer households most likely to have the lowest education level. Women continue to face specific barriers when joining the workforce and while the wage gap is higher in the private sector, women in the public sector are more educated and have better jobs than men but earn less due to a pronounced gender pay gap. Due to a variety of reasons, women are more exposed to social and economic inequalities.To address the abovementioned challenges, UNDP programmes focus on leaving no one behind, empowerment, activation, employability and inclusion of most vulnerable populations, including disadvantaged youth and women. Improving social protection services and access to employment, through the innovative tools and approaches, as well as evidence-based policy making in the areas of social protection and employment, are some of the interventions in this area. In addition, UNDP is supporting acceleration of country`s national as well as SDG and EU agendas through the support to evidence-based policy making, efficiency of service delivery, support to the social protection system effectiveness, gender equality, employment, etc.To support the successful implementation of the above-mentioned programmes, UNDP seeks to recruit national consultant.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objective of this assignment is to support UNDP Programme work related to social protection, activation and employment/economic empowerment of various target groups.
Under direct supervision of the Programme manager, the local consultant will ensure implementation of the following tasks:
- Support project team in coordinating activities with relevant local and national partners, ensuring timely and successful implementation of all interventions/activities defined by the Project documents, promoting networking and experience sharing between all relevant stakeholders;
- Provide technical inputs and advise on preparation/implementation of project documents/activities, including definition of information requirements, data gathering and analysis;
- Draft up to 10 ToRs for delivery of various services needed for the successful implementation of the project activities, including training programmes, research, situation and cost-benefit analysis and similar;
- Contribute to the design of various capacity building programmes, analytical reports, studies, researches;
- Provide written analytical inputs for analytical reports, studies, researches, etc;
- Support to organisation and facilitation of at least 5 events with institutional partners and projects` beneficiaries (such as workshops, trainings, meetings, field visits);
- Provide technical advice on programme matters;
- Draft routine correspondence, minutes from the meetings, memoranda and reports, in accordance with the standard office procedures and good practices.
Timing and reporting:
The Consultant will be engaged under Individual Contract (IC) for 7 months, 1 July 2021 - 31January 2022. The consultant will work from home, but will be expected to attend various meetings and events in Podgorica and elsewhere in Montenegro. Occasional travel to other towns in Montenegro will be required, up to 10 days in total. The travel related costs will be paid in accordance with UNDP travel policies and procedures.
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
- Shares knowledge and experience;
- Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
- Excellent social, communication skills and ability to operate under pressure;
- Excellent writing and reporting skills;
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
- Demonstrates ability to manage complexities and work under pressure, as well as conflict resolution skills.
Required Skills and Experience
- University Degree in social or economic sciences, or similar;
- Minimum 3 years of relevant experience in project implementation;
- Minimum 3 years of relevant experience and knowledge of social protection and employment sectors/issues/policies in Montenegro;
- Knowledge of relevant institutional and policy frameworks in the areas of employment and social protection;
- Experience of working with multi-stakeholder groups;
- Experience with managing databases and large quantities of information;
- Experience with preparing analytical documents and reports;
- Experience with and knowledge of data collection and analysis tools and research methods is desirable;
- Fluency in local and English language is required;
- Computer literacy.
Criteria for selection:
Combined Scoring method will be used. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as: (i) responsive, compliant, acceptable, and (ii) having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
- Technical criteria weight - 70% (Background and education 10%; Relevant previous experience 20%; Substantial knowledge/Required competencies 30%; Required language 10%);
- Financial criteria weight - 30%.
Only offerors obtaining a minimum 490 points for technical criteria will be considered for the financial evaluation. For more information on procurement methodology for Individual Contractors, please refer to Procurement Notice.
Interested applicants are requested to submit their applications by June 13, 2021 by using the Apply now button. The application should contain CV or P11 that can be downloaded at https://www.me.undp.org/content/montenegro/en/home/jobs.html. Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file.
Only the short-listed applicants will be contacted and requested to submit a letter of interest including a price quotation indicating the lump sum (in EUR) requested for the work envisaged in the section "Description of Responsibilities".