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National Consultant- Junior Planner for District Development Plan (DDP), Cox’s Bazar

Cox's Bazaar (Bangladesh)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Cox's Bazaar (Bangladesh)
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Civil Society and Local governance
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-21

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Background

An estimated 624,000 refugees, mainly the Rohingya, have fled violence across the border from Myanmar into Cox’s Bazar and the Chittagong Hill Tracts since 25 August 2017. The rapid influx of these refugees into areas with high baseline levels of poverty and environmental vulnerability has put immense strain on infrastructure, services and the host population. As of January 2019, over 900,000 stateless Rohingya refugees reside in Cox’s Bazaar and the vast majority lives in 34 extremely congested camps. The camps and surrounding areas are vulnerable to landslides, flooding and cyclones. The population in sub-districts where camps are located have tripled after the refugee influx, and anger and dissatisfaction is growing among host communities. Unfortunately, since the arrival of the Rohingya refugees, there has been no progress in terms of voluntary, safe and dignified returns of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar.

 

The global COVID-19 pandemic that hit Bangladesh in earnest in March 2020 has further exacerbated the vulnerable situation in Cox’s Bazar. Even before the COVID-19 crisis, malnutrition and food insecurity were at high levels, and poverty is well above the national average. On average, 33% live below the poverty line and 17% live below the extreme poverty line.  The COVID-19 crisis is still unfolding in Bangladesh and its full impact is therefore not yet clear. It is evident, however, that loss of income and trade flow disruptions of essential food and non-food items will even further stretch the capacities of communities to make a decent living and of the local government agencies to cover basic needs. COVID-19 is likely to further deepen inequalities, place considerable strains on social cohesion and place women and girls at higher risk of intimate partner violence and other forms of domestic violence due to heightened tensions in the household.

 

In this context, it is important to support all residents of Cox’s Bazar to not only transition smoothly from the humanitarian phase to the post crisis era but also to seize the opportunity to accelerate development, strengthen resilience and self-reliance, enjoy universal access to quality services, restored natural resources and decent livelihood opportunities. Development needs at present are dire and across a wide variety of sectors, including infrastructure (road, power, sanitation, etc.), quality essential services (health, education, water supply, solid waste management, etc.), local economic development, sustainable management of natural resources, disaster risk reduction and preparedness, etc. 

Encouraged by the support from the UN and the other Development Partner teams, the District Administration of Cox’s Bazar and the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) initiated to prepare District Development Plan for Cox’s Bazar. Four major results will be achieved through the Cox’s Bazar District Development Plan as follows:

 

  1. Key sector analyses, strategies and plans: The DDP will focus on at least 13 broad sectors and 4 cross cutting issues to prepare strategies and plan.
  2. Cox’s Bazar Full-Fledged District Development Plan: A full-fledged District Development Plan of Cox’s Bazar for 5 years that meets international quality criteria and standards and that is aligned to the 8th National Five-year Plan will be prepared.
  3. A fully operational GIS Platform and searchable database of district-wide existing and planned infrastructure and services and priority projects.
  4. Model District Development Plan for Bangladesh: Participatory and bottom-up approach-based District Development Plan of Cox’s Bazar has the potential for national replication.

 

The Stakeholders of the project are DC’s Office and other relevant GoB institutions, Upazila Administrations, LGIs, UN agencies, ISCG/Development Cell at Cox’s Bazar level, Donors, I/NGOs, CBOs, Host Community and other stakeholder groups

 

UNDP is currently recruiting a National Consultant-Junior Planner for Cox’s Bazar District Development Plan Core Team to be embedded at the DC’s Office to coordinate and prepare the District Development Plan.

Supervision:

The National Consultant - Junior Planner will work under the supervision of Project Manager (DDP) of UNDP’s Rohingya Response Office in Cox’s Bazar, and overall strategic guidance of Team Leader (DDP).

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the DDP Project Manager and Team Leader, UNDP Cox’s Bazar the National Consultant – Junior Planner will undertake the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. Field verification of collected data and updating of Data Collection findings and reports.
  2. Updating spatial and non-spatial database, find the gaps of existing database and report on updates.
  3. Summarizing and updates on findings from different national, international, UNCT and other organizations.
  4. Collecting, modification, analysis and infographic presentation of Tourism and Blue economy and Conducting 5 case study on Blue economic prospects
  5. Report on analysis of key findings from Institutional mapping, sectoral documentation.
  6. Preparing data analysis framework in relation with the planning and development perspective.
  7. Preparing context of DDGP for urban development strategies.
  8. Preparing sectoral thematic reports, infographics, and maps.
  9. Preparation of communication and advocacy materials.
  10. Using data visualization tools for data visualization and graphical representation, preparing presentation materials.
  11. Finalization of database, collected through community consultation, on prioritizing of growth potentiality
  12. Preparing context, Infographics, fact sheets for the final report.
  13. Final Report.

 

Expected Outputs and Deliverables

 

Deliverables/ Outputs

Estimated Duration to Complete

Target Due Dates (Indicative)

 

Review and Approvals Required (designation of person)

Deliverable 1

  1. Field verification of collected data and updating of Data Collection findings and reports.
  2. Updating spatial and non-spatial database, find the gaps of existing database and report on updates.

09 Days

2021-10-04

Project Manager

Deliverable 2

  1. Summarizing and updates on findings from different national, international, UNCT and other organizations.
  2. Collecting, modification, analysis and infographic presentation of Tourism and Blue economy and Conducting 5 case study on Blue economic prospects
  3. Report on analysis of key findings from Institutional mapping, sectoral documentation.

20 Days

2021-11-02

Project Manager

Deliverable 3

  1. Preparing data analysis framework in relation with the planning and development perspective.
  2. Preparing context of DDGP for urban development strategies.
  3. Preparing sectoral thematic reports, infographics, and maps.
  4. Preparation of communication and advocacy materials

20 Days

2021-11-30

Project Manager

Deliverable 4

  1. Using data visualization tools for data visualization and graphical representation, preparing presentation materials.
  2. Finalization of database, collected through community consultation, on prioritizing of growth potentiality
  3. Preparing context, Infographics, fact sheets for the final report.
  4. Final Report

20 Days

2021-12-30

Project Manager

 

DOCUMENTS:

 

The Consultant will prepare and submit the above-mentioned documents during the assignment period

 

Inputs (UNDP and Consultant)

 

The Consultant will use his/her own personal equipment. UNDP will provide office space.

 

Duration of the Work

The duration of the assignment will be 69 Days over a period of Three and a half months.  (September 22, 2021 to December, 2021)

 

Duty Station

The duty station is in Cox’s Bazar, Office of the Deputy Commissioner.

 

Travel:

The consultant will work from Cox’s Bazar. All travels from Cox’s Bazar to the project areas in will be facilitated by the project vehicle.

 

 

Payment Milestone linked with deliverables: 

Deliverables/ Outputs

Milestone

Days Worked

Payment %

Deliverable 1

  1. Field verification of collected data and updating of Data Collection findings and reports.
  2. Updating spatial and non-spatial database, find the gaps of existing database and report on updates.

 

Data Validation

09 Days

15% payment upon submission and acceptance of the report and time sheet

Deliverable 2

  1. Summarizing and updates on findings from different national, international, UNCT and other organizations.
  2. Collecting, modification, analysis and infographic presentation of Tourism and Blue economy and Conducting 5 case study on Blue economic prospects
  3. Report on analysis of key findings from Institutional mapping, sectoral documentation.

Summary on Sectoral Findings

20 Days

25% payment upon submission and acceptance of the report and time sheet

Deliverable 3

  1. Preparing data analysis framework in relation with the planning and development perspective.
  2. Preparing context of DDGP for urban development strategies.
  3. Preparing sectoral thematic reports, infographics, and maps.
  4. Preparation of communication and advocacy materials.

 

Thematic Report

20 Days

25% payment upon submission and acceptance of the report and time sheet

Deliverable 4

  1. Using data visualization tools for data visualization and graphical representation, preparing presentation materials.
  2. Finalization of database, collected through community consultation, on prioritizing of growth potentiality
  3. Preparing context, Infographics, fact sheets for the final report.
  4. Final Report

Data for visualization

20 Days

35% payment upon submission and acceptance of the report and time sheet

 

Competencies

  • Excellent data collection and analysis skills in relation to development challenges and planning;
  • In-depth knowledge of participatory development planning and risk reduction strategies, best practices, systems and actors in Bangladesh;
  • Excellent coordination skills; ability to facilitate synergies among different stakeholders and interests;
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral), including ability to network and serve as liaison function between stakeholders from different backgrounds;
  • Ability to effectively engage in English and Bangla with a variety of stakeholders including humanitarian actors, high ranking Government Officials, national institutions and Universities, UN and community members to provide advisory support services and support coordination;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Promotes knowledge sharing, knowledge management and a learning environment in the office and among partners;

Sensitivity to and responsiveness to all partners and respectful and helpful relations with all UN/UNDP staff, partners and communities.

Required Skills and Experience

Educational Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in urban and Regional Planning from any reputed University.

Professional Experience:

  • Minimum 3-years’ experience in physical/ development planning with 2 year working experience in Geographical Information System (GIS), Infographics design, and data population.
  • Minimum 1 years’ experience of town/Upazila Level participatory planning
  • Minimum 1 years’ working experience from positions requiring engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, including government officials, UN Agency/INGO and development partners.

Language requirements

  • Fluency in English and Bangla is required.
  • Fluency/better understanding in Local Chittagonian language will be given preference

 

Computer Literacy

  • Conversant with MS Office Package, Tableo, Illustrator and Photoshop, ArcGIS Desktop and Pro.

 

Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments

 

Daily Fee. Consultant shall quote an all-inclusive Daily Fee for the contract period. The term “all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, consumables, etc.) that could be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment are already factored into the daily fee submitted in the proposal. If applicable, travel or daily allowance cost (if any work is to be done outside the IC’s duty station) should be identified separately. Payments shall be done on a monthly basis based on actual days worked, upon verification of completion of deliverables and approval by the IC’s supervisor of a Time Sheet indicating the days worked in the period.

 

 

Travel;

All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel.  In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.

In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed

 

Evaluation Method and Criteria

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology…

 

1. Cumulative analysis

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.

* Technical Criteria weight; [70%]

* Financial Criteria weight; [30%]

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points or 70% would be considered for the Financial Evaluation

Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.

 

Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 70 points)

 

Criteria

Weight

Max. Points

Technical

70%

 

Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning.

20%

20

Minimum 3-years’ experience in physical/ development planning

20%

20

2 year working experience in Geographical Information System (GIS), Infographics design, and data population.

10%

10

Minimum 1 years’ experience of town/Upazila Level participatory planning

10%

10

Minimum 1 years’ working experience from positions requiring engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, including government officials, UN Agency/INGO and development partners.

10%

10

Financial proposal

30%

30

 

 

Financial Evaluation: (Total obtainable score – 30)

All technically qualified proposals will be scored out 30 based on the formula provided below. The maximum points (30) will be assigned to the lowest financial proposal. All other proposals receive points according to the following formula:

p = y (µ/z)                                                                  

Where:

p = points for the financial proposal being evaluatedy = maximum number of points for the financial proposalµ = price of the lowest priced proposalz = price of the proposal being evaluated

 

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

 

 

Documentation Required

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document: Maximum size per email is 7 MB.

  • Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided in Annex II.
  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.
  • Financial proposal, as per template provided in Annex II. Note: National consultants must quote prices in BDT.

 

Incomplete proposals may not be considered.

Please find attached the relevant documents:

Annexes

  1. Field verification of collected data and updating of Data Collection findings and reports.
  2. Updating spatial and non-spatial database, find the gaps of existing database and report on updates.
  3. Summarizing and updates on findings from different national, international, UNCT and other organizations.
  4. Collecting, modification, analysis and infographic presentation of Tourism and Blue economy and Conducting 5 case study on Blue economic prospects
  5. Report on analysis of key findings from Institutional mapping, sectoral documentation.
  6. Preparing data analysis framework in relation with the planning and development perspective.
  7. Preparing context of DDGP for urban development strategies.
  8. Preparing sectoral thematic reports, infographics, and maps.
  9. Preparation of communication and advocacy materials.
  10. Using data visualization tools for data visualization and graphical representation, preparing presentation materials.
  11. Finalization of database, collected through community consultation, on prioritizing of growth potentiality
  12. Preparing context, Infographics, fact sheets for the final report.
  13. Final Report.

 

Expected Outputs and Deliverables

 

Deliverables/ Outputs

Estimated Duration to Complete

Target Due Dates (Indicative)

 

Review and Approvals Required (designation of person)

Deliverable 1

  1. Field verification of collected data and updating of Data Collection findings and reports.
  2. Updating spatial and non-spatial database, find the gaps of existing database and report on updates.

09 Days

2021-10-04

Project Manager

Deliverable 2

  1. Summarizing and updates on findings from different national, international, UNCT and other organizations.
  2. Collecting, modification, analysis and infographic presentation of Tourism and Blue economy and Conducting 5 case study on Blue economic prospects
  3. Report on analysis of key findings from Institutional mapping, sectoral documentation.

20 Days

2021-11-02

Project Manager

Deliverable 3

  1. Preparing data analysis framework in relation with the planning and development perspective.
  2. Preparing context of DDGP for urban development strategies.
  3. Preparing sectoral thematic reports, infographics, and maps.
  4. Preparation of communication and advocacy materials

20 Days

2021-11-30

Project Manager

Deliverable 4

  1. Using data visualization tools for data visualization and graphical representation, preparing presentation materials.
  2. Finalization of database, collected through community consultation, on prioritizing of growth potentiality
  3. Preparing context, Infographics, fact sheets for the final report.
  4. Final Report

20 Days

2021-12-30

Project Manager

 

DOCUMENTS:

 

The Consultant will prepare and submit the above-mentioned documents during the assignment period

 

Inputs (UNDP and Consultant)

 

The Consultant will use his/her own personal equipment. UNDP will provide office space.

 

Duration of the Work

The duration of the assignment will be 69 Days over a period of Three and a half months.  (September 22, 2021 to December, 2021)

 

Duty Station

The duty station is in Cox’s Bazar, Office of the Deputy Commissioner.

 

Travel:

The consultant will work from Cox’s Bazar. All travels from Cox’s Bazar to the project areas in will be facilitated by the project vehicle.

 

 

Payment Milestone linked with deliverables: 

Deliverables/ Outputs

Milestone

Days Worked

Payment %

Deliverable 1

  1. Field verification of collected data and updating of Data Collection findings and reports.
  2. Updating spatial and non-spatial database, find the gaps of existing database and report on updates.

 

Data Validation

09 Days

15% payment upon submission and acceptance of the report and time sheet

Deliverable 2

  1. Summarizing and updates on findings from different national, international, UNCT and other organizations.
  2. Collecting, modification, analysis and infographic presentation of Tourism and Blue economy and Conducting 5 case study on Blue economic prospects
  3. Report on analysis of key findings from Institutional mapping, sectoral documentation.

Summary on Sectoral Findings

20 Days

25% payment upon submission and acceptance of the report and time sheet

Deliverable 3

  1. Preparing data analysis framework in relation with the planning and development perspective.
  2. Preparing context of DDGP for urban development strategies.
  3. Preparing sectoral thematic reports, infographics, and maps.
  4. Preparation of communication and advocacy materials.

 

Thematic Report

20 Days

25% payment upon submission and acceptance of the report and time sheet

Deliverable 4

  1. Using data visualization tools for data visualization and graphical representation, preparing presentation materials.
  2. Finalization of database, collected through community consultation, on prioritizing of growth potentiality
  3. Preparing context, Infographics, fact sheets for the final report.
  4. Final Report

Data for visualization

20 Days

35% payment upon submission and acceptance of the report and time sheet

 

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