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International Consultancy: Advisor to provide advice and assistance to implement a community security integration pilot initiative (CSIP) in Iraq
Procurement Process :Other
Office :UNDP Service Center - IRAQ
Deadline :03-Apr-19
Posted on :20-Mar-19
Development Area :CONSULTANTSCONSULTANTS
Reference Number :54176
Link to Atlas Project :
00089459 - Funding Facility for Stabilization
Documents :
Confirmation of Interest and Financial Proposal
Overview :

Background

For the past three years, the majority of Iraqi citizens were subject to daily personal insecurity, threat to life and destruction of property, seriously impeding their ability to live a decent life.  Restoring their confidence in security arrangements is a top priority for regained towns and villages in post-ISIL. The stability of post-ISIL Iraq will depend a great deal on generating a real sense of safety and security among all citizens, individually or as groups, and in all parts of the country. With the end of the major military actions against ISIL, this work has just begun. Additionally, there remain a substantial number of former fighters that fought to liberate areas previously occupied by the insurgency. The fate of these groups and, helping them to reintegrate back to their home communities is also under discussion. Thus within this context there is a recognized requirement for dignified return of communities both in terms of civilians who fled ISIL controlled territories and, former fighters who fought to liberate Iraqi territories from ISIL. This is necessary for Iraq’s long-term stability, sustainable development and is intended to prevent the recurrence of further insecurity and conflict.

Peace, stability, accountable governance and respect for rule of law are essential pre- requisites for sustainable development. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development therefore re-affirms that 'sustainable development cannot be realized without peace and security' and Goal 16 is dedicated to fostering peaceful and inclusive societies, the provision of access to justice and, building effective and accountable institutions for all. In outline, improving state security provision together with reasonable delivery of these services to returnee populations and, the rest of Iraq will be a key determiner to sustain country's transition to recovery and stability.

Since 2015 UNDP Rule of Law/Security Sector Reform (RoL/SSR) Programme has established a progressive partnership with the Office of the National Security Advisor (ONSA) and, relevant ministries and, agencies at the highest level to promote and, support a more balanced and complementary approach to security and justice sector transformation in Iraq. Emphasis is in supporting the Government to improve state security and justice provision for better security and stronger public trust in its capacity to maintain security from day-to-day public safety to combating serious crime that would ultimately restore conditions for socio - economic development and, long term stability. Similarly, efforts are also being made to enhance the role of civil society in security sector governance by providing a supporting environment to engage with national policy makers. Overall, the programme of work facilitates an environment of trust and collaboration among national policy makers; between policy makers and Iraqi civil society and; between national policy makers and international partners, to make a meaningful contribution to the development of a Government endorsed and led Security Sector Reform Programme (SSRP).

In parallel UNDP RoL/SSR Programme also plans to undertake a pilot initiative to advance dignified returns of communities and, former fighters to their home communities  - i.e. Community Security Integration Pilot (CSIP). The planned pilot initiative recognizes a strong community partnership as the key entry point.  In addition to the Government, receiving communities will be a principle partner and, not only a beneficiary. In this regard, they will have a vital role in planning, implementing and, the resultant project outcomes. The community becomes the 'stakeholder' and 'owner' of the process. Government buy- in and local ownership therefore are necessary pre- conditions for the CSIP model. It also rests on the assumption that while national and international support is essential to create the basis for post- ISIL security and development in Iraq, it ultimately comes about as a result of community driven efforts. The overall pilot approach is informed by lessons learned and good practice from UNDP’s work in the security sector in Iraq since 2015 and, it will allow to field test a context specific approach to advance security - development nexus in Iraq. All levels, from the central policy to communities, will be incorporated through an integrated bottom-up and top-down approach. The engagement will also align with UNDP's on-going support to Government of Iraq's  Security Sector Reform Programme  (SSRP) where the primary focus is to provide a safer and secure Iraq to it's citizens and, allow opportunities for their socio- economic development.

UNDP therefore, has identified the requirement to hire a qualified Community Security Integration/CSIP Advisor to provide strategic and technical advice and assistance to implement and, oversee the overall CSIP initiate. The Advisor will lead the implementation of the CSIP pilot in the target location under the overall supervision of the RoL/SSR Programme Manager. They will also work collaboratively with the Programme's Senior SSR Advisor, Chief Technical Advisor ( SSR and DRR) and, rest of the programme team. 

Description of Responsibilities :

Majority of the consultancy will be Erbil or Basra based (subject to confirmation of the pilot location in Tal-afar or Basra) with some home-based work and, travel to Baghdad where necessary. The CSIP Advisor will be required to engage closely with all relevant government institutions/agencies at local and national levels and, where appropriate with a range of international partners. The consultancy will be for a period of 12 months. The assignment will be conducted under the auspices of UNDP’s 'Support to Security and Justice Sector Governance' programme of work. The CSIP Advisor is expected to deliver the following:

  • Provide on-going advice and technical assistance to successfully implement the Community Security Integration Pilot (CSIP) in the target location and, in close consultation with relevant lead GoI counter parts and UNDP SSR team.
  • Undertake a rapid scoping to assess the identified target location to better understand the security needs and, priorities at local level including guiding the methodology and tools. The rapid scoping exercise will also help set baseline to measure overall impact of the pilot. 
  • Informed by the rapid scoping findings, further refine and finalize the CSIP including the development of Standard Operating Procedures (SoP) to guide the CSIP process in close consultation with relevant national and local government counter parts and community focal points. 
  • Implement the CSIP in the target location including guiding and overseeing the overall M&E and documentation of the pilot implementation - best practice, lessons learned and community feedback in close consultation the CSIP M&E and Documentation Advisor.
  • Develop CSIP lessons learned and, best practice report that will be published and, disseminated more widely in Iraq and beyond.
  • Any other task as advised by the RoL /SSR Programme Manager.

Expected deliverables:

Under the supervision of the RoL/SSR Programme Manager, the CSIP Advisor is expected to achieve the following deliverables:

Deliverables

Estimated Timeline

Location

1. Undertake a rapid scoping to assess the identified target location to better understand the security needs and, priorities at local level including guiding and developing the methodology and tools.

April  - June 2019

Erbil and Tal-afar, or Basra (TBC), Baghdad- Iraq & home base.

2. Document key findings & recommendations and, set baseline to measure overall impact of this activity.

June - July 2019 

3. Conduct 2-3 meetings/ workshops to share key findings with identified stakeholders in Baghdad and in the target location.

Jul-19

4. Further refine and, finalize the CSIP model, informed by the rapid scoping.

July - August 2019

Erbil or Basra (TBC), Baghdad - Iraq.

5. Develop Standard Operating Procedures (SoP) to guide the CSIP process in close consultation with the relevant national and local government counter parts.

Aug-19

6. Implement the CSIP in the target location including guiding the methodology and, providing overall oversight on the following specific activities:

September 2019 - April 2020

Erbil and Tal-afar, or Basra (TBC), Baghdad- Iraq.

a) Design and pilot a former combatant’s / veteran's guaranteed grant programme reaching 100 beneficiaries.

b) Conduct and facilitate a series of workshops in the target locations to identify, assess and prioritise 3 practical schemes contributing to community security and, development priorities in the target location.

c) Implement the prioritised 3 practical schemes including guiding the overall methodology and approach. 

d) Undertake regular field visits to monitor and document progress and community feedback.

7. Develop and finalize CSIP lessons learned and best practice document

March - April 2020

Erbil or Basra (TBC), Baghdad - Iraq & home based.

Key performance indicators during implementation of deliverables will include the following:  

  • Provision of clear and comprehensive deliverables specified under outputs.
  • Timely completion of deliverables.
  • Appropriate and regular coordination with all relevant stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Good team player as well as the ability to work on his/ her own initiative.

Reporting:

The CSIP Advisor will report directly to the RoL/SSR Programme Manager. They will develop a mutually agreed quarterly deliverable activity plan with appropriate timelines. The CSIP Advisor will submit a quarterly progress report against the agreed activity plan on a mutually agreed template.

Schedule and Method of Payment:

Payments will be made upon satisfactory completion of the deliverables outlined in the table above and, upon submission and acceptance of a quarterly progress report mentioned above. The payments will be made in 4 instalments subject to UNDP procurement procedures.

1. First payment – 28% of the total amount upon submission and acceptance of the 1st quarterly progress report in July 2019.

2. Second payment – 25% of the total amount upon submission and acceptance of the 2nd quarterly progress report in October 2019.

3.  Third payment – 27% of the total amount upon submission and acceptance of the 3rd quarterly progress report in January 2020.

4. Fourth payment- 20% of the total amount upon submission and acceptance of the 4th and final quarterly progress report in March 2020.

Reimbursement costs/ travel costs will be paid on the basis of actual expenditure and should not exceed the approved amount in the contract calculation sheet.

The consultant will be reimbursed for the daily living allowance in Iraq based on the actual days spent in Erbil or Basra and, where necessary in Baghdad.

A written approval from the Programme Manager will be required to facilitate consultant's travel outside other than the locations specifically mentioned in the ToR for official missions where necessary.

The RoL/ SSR Programme Manager must certify all payment instalments and, accompanying payment invoices.

For each payment a certification of payment needs to be signed and approved by the RoL /SSR Programme Manager attached to it explaining the accomplishment of the deliverables corresponding to the respective quarterly progress report.

Contract Duration:

Total contract duration will for a period 12 months. The expected start and end dates are: 1 April 2019 (tentative) to 31 March 2020.

No

Country / City

Duration

1

Erbil/ Basra based working days

212 days

2.

Home base working days

10 days

3

Baghdad based

20 days

 

Evaluation Criteria:

Criteria

Weight (100 points)

Education

30 points

Work Experience

70 points

 

The Best Value for Money Approach will be used in selecting the qualified consultant.  This means that the consultant must get a minimum score of 70 points (70%) in the technical evaluation criteria to be considered as technically qualified.  This score will be added to the financial evaluation score to get the combined score.

To compute for the score of the financial proposal, we use the formula:

(Lowest financial proposal received/Financial proposal of the Offeror) x 0.30.

The contract will be awarded to the consultant with the highest combined score

Recommended Presentation of Offer 

 

  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate
  • At least three (3) professional references;
  • Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a methodology on how the Candidate will approach and complete the assignment;  
  • Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability and Financial Proposal, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided. If an Offeror 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 Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.  

The qualified individuals are requested to make your application through the UNDP Jobs site following the below link:

https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=84230 

Competencies :

Core Competencies:

  • Ethics and Values.
  • Organizational Awareness.
  • Developing and Empowering People / Coaching and Mentoring.
  • Working in Teams.
  • Communicating Information and Ideas.

Functional Competencies:

- Technical/ Functional:

  • Strong knowledge and expertise in community security and reintegration of former fighters.
  • Strong analysis skills and ability to synthesize complex inputs into coherent documents.
  • Strong field experience in crisis and post -conflict environments.
  • Excellent written and spoken English language skills.

- Managerial:

  • Focuses on impact and result for the client.
  • Leads teams effectively and shows conflict resolution skills.
  • Establishes priorities for self and other members of the team; schedules activities to ensure optimum use of time and resources.
  • Demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills.

- Behavior:

  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and, adaptability.
  • Treats people fairly without favoritism.
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.

 

Qualifications :

A. Education:

  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in subjects related to peace, security and/ or conflict studies or other relevant subject matter areas.

B. Work Experience

  • At least 10 years professional experience working in community security, reintegration of former fighters and related issues in post-conflict environments is essential.
  • In-depth understanding of and a credible track record and experience working in community security and reintegration projects/ pilots in a post conflict environment are essential.
  • At least 5 years of experience working with senior government officials within the security sector both at national and local levels in a post- conflict context is necessary. 
  • Experience in designing and, implementing community security integration pilot projects/ approaches at local level in post conflict environments is essential. 
  • Proven expertise in the field of community security, reintegration of former fighters and, in the boarder security sector in post- conflict, complex settings is highly desirable. 
  • Proven capacity to engage with both national and local government interlocutors, community focal points and with key international stakeholders with strong liaison capacities and experience is essential.
  • Proven track record in leading community security and reintegration projects/ pilot approaches in post- conflict setting is highly desirable. 
  • Experience and knowledge of monitoring and evaluation of community security and reintegration projects will be an added advantage.

C. Language

  • Excellent command/ highly proficient in spoken and written English is essential.
  • Knowledge of Arabic will be an added advantage.