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TERMS OF REFERENCE
United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project
Home based with occasional duty travels to the Pacific from July 2019 to June 2020
31 May 2019
Type of Contract
Individual Contractor Long Term Agreement (IC LTA)
Duration of Initial Contract:
85 days spread over 12 months (July 2019– June 2020)
The United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) project aims to promote and strengthen measures to prevent and fight corruption more efficiently and effectively in the Pacific region. This aligns with the purpose of UNCAC in article 1(1) and the spirit of SDG 16.
The objectives of this Project are three-fold. The first is to provide Niue, Samoa and Tonga with sufficient information and support to enable their accession to UNCAC; and to support Pacific States parties to actively participate in the UNCAC review process. The second objective is to support PICs to strengthen their national anti-corruption legislation and policies, as well as institutional frameworks and capabilities to effectively implement UNCAC. The third is to provide support on the demand side of accountability, primarily through supporting a stronger engagement of non-State actors in the oversight of corruption and in the design of tools for a more transparent service delivery.
This Project will further draw on the technical expertise, tools and knowledge produced by the anti-corruption projects being implemented by UNDP and UNODC with the support of DFAT. It will also use those projects as platforms to share Pacific progress on UNCAC implementation with the global community.
OBJECTIVES AND OUTPUTS
The UNDP Pacific Office is seeking the services of a Consultant to support its anti-corruption (AC) work, namely under the UN-PRAC project, implemented in partnership with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
The outputs expected from this consultancy to achieve the objectives in 13 of the 15 countries that UN-PRAC covers (including Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tokelau, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu) are as follows:
- Assist UN-PRAC with the implementation of activities that would support Niue, Samoa and Tonga accession to UNCAC;
- Provide technical support to Pacific States parties to actively participate in the UNCAC review process, including supporting the implementation of activities that strengthen their national anti-corruption legislation and policies; and
- Support UN-PRAC activities that enhance the role of non-State actors in the prevention of corruption.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Scope of Work
Specifically, the consultant will deliver in the following areas:
- Support provided to Non-States Parties for UNCAC Accession:
- Conduct UNCAC awareness raising workshops for Members of Parliament and Senior Government Officials.
- Provide technical support to non-States parties of UNCAC(Tonga);
- Anti-Corruption reforms prioritized by Pacific Island Countries:
- Provide technical advisory support to countries for defining roadmaps following the UNCAC peer reviews;
- Support to reforms on National Anti-Corruption Legislation and Policies
- Conduct follow-up work related to the implementation of national anti-corruption legislations and policies, consistent with UNCAC and the Development Agenda 2030;
- Provide technical advice and work with countries on mainstreaming Goal 16 into their development strategies, including developing and monitoring related anti-corruption targets;
- Engagement of Non-State actors in the prevention of corruption
- Contribute to social accountability projects;
- Provide technical and advisory support on UN-PRAC’s engagement with non-State actors in the prevention of corruption;
- Provide technical support to anti-corruption initiatives with the media and private sector.
- Draft knowledge products
- Develop UN-PRAC newsletters
- Develop UN-PRAC publications
• In consultation with the UN-PRAC team, the consultant will develop a work plan/ToRs for each deliverable. This would include both home based deliverables and those that require missions;
• Knowledge products;
• Report after each assignment, including and
• A final report, to be delivered two weeks after the end of the assignment.
The Consultant will be reporting to the UNDP Anti-Corruption Specialist and the UNODC Anti-Corruption Advisor. The Consultant will be consulting and taking into consideration the views of other interested parties, particularly the UNDP Pacific Office. The Consultant is obliged to submit a final report after the finalization of the assignment, containing reflections on the performed tasks, deliverables, observations and recommendations for future steps.
Duration of the Work
The consultant will be required to work for 85 days spread over12 months (July 2019 – June 2020.)
The successful individual will sign the UNDP Individual Consultant Long Term Agreement. The engagement will be on an intermittent basis with the stated duration based on the required services. UNDP will issue separate terms of reference and purchase order for each specific assignment as a call-off from this IC LTA. The TOR will outline the expected outputs, and the number of days to be engaged. The outputs of the assignments will be reviewed by UNPRAC team.
The Consultant will be home based with required travel to selected Pacific island countries depending on the needs and requests of the specific PICs; Since travel will be requested on Ad-hoc basis, UNDP will purchase air tickets for the Consultant based on the most direct route and cost-effective route as per UNDP Travel Guideline.
UNDP will also provide Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) to the Consultant for the duration of his/her stay at the respective duty station at UN approved DSA rates.
The Consultant will be expected to provide reports after every detailed assignment, as well as mission reports when performing missions in the field.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
- Minimum Undergraduate degree in political science, law, communications, or relevant social sciences;
Experience & skills
- At least 5 years’ experience working on anti-corruption issues at various levels: national, regional (and sub regional) and international;
- Experience in working with Parliaments and other representative bodies including (but not limited to) civil society organizations, private sector, local governments and media; Experience working with UNDP and/or UNODC is an asset;
- Knowledge of wider governance issues;
- Excellent analytical, working and drafting skills and experience of providing policy advice at the international, regional or national levels;
- Working experience in the Pacific region on governance issues; and
- Has media Communications background.
- Fluency of English language is required.
- Excellent analytical, writing and drafting skills and experience of providing policy advice at the international, regional or national levels;
- Excellent networking skills; and
- Fluency in English (written and oral) is essential.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
- Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;
- Ability to plan, organize, implement and report on work;
- Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines;
- Demonstrates integrity and ethical standards;
- Positive, constructive attitude to work;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
Evaluation Method and Criteria
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
The award of the contract shall 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 set of weighted technical criteria (70%). And financial criteria (30%). Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation
Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 70 points)
- Criteria A: Possess undergraduate degree in political science, law, communications or relevant social sciences; 10%
- Criteria B: At least 5 years’ experience working on AC issues; 15%
- Criteria C: Experience in working with Parliaments and other representative bodies including (but not limited to) civil society organizations, private sector, local governments and media; Experience working with UNDP and/or UNODC is an asset; 15%
- Criteria D: Excellent analytical, writing and drafting skills and experience of providing policy advice at the international, regional or national levels; 10%
- Criteria E: Working experience in least developed countries such as the Pacific region on governance issues; 10%
- Criteria F: Has media Communications background; 5%
- Criteria G Fluency in English (written and oral) is essential; 5%
Interviews maybe be conducted for the technically qualified consultants as part of the validation process.
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
Consultant must send a financial proposal based on 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. [Remove this paragraph if Lump sum is selected]
In general, UNDP shall 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 event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and the Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
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:
- 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.
- Technical proposal, including a) a brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment; and b) a methodology, on how they will approach and complete the assignment. [Only request b) If applicable. A methodology is recommended for intellectual services, but may be omitted for more support services]
- Financial proposal, as per template provided in Annex II. Note: International consultants must quote prices in United States Dollars (USD).
Incomplete and joint proposal may not be considered. All required templates are available on the UNDP Procurement website: www.pacific.undp.org
For further information concerning this Terms of Reference, please contact: Lavenia Rokovucago, Programme Associate, Anti-Corruption Project, UNDP Pacific Office Fiji, Suva, on e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org / telephone (679) 3227560.
Completed proposals should be submitted to email@example.com no later than 5pm (Fiji Time) 31st May 2019.
Incomplete applications will not be considered, and only candidates for whom there is further interest will be contacted