|Overview : |
Across Asia, violent extremism poses a direct threat to peace and security and inclusive development by fueling intolerance, forcibly displacing communities, exacerbating cycles of insecurity and armed conflict, exploiting existing inequalities, obstructing human rights, and challenging the rule of law.
While violent extremism requires interventions to protect the security of people and assets, prevention of violent extremism needs to look beyond strict security concerns to development-related causes of and solutions to the phenomenon. Experiences in both development and peacebuilding show that an increase in the levels of inclusion and tolerance in communities can lead to both better governance of diversity, and to societies better inoculated against violent extremism.
UNDP’s conceptual framework on Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) identifies eleven interlinked building blocks of strategies for preventing violent extremism- four of which are focused on the community-based prevention, de-radicalization, reintegration and reconciliation including:
- Support for internal intermediaries to promote dialogue with alienated groups and re-integration of former extremists.
- Promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
- Youth engagement in building social cohesion.
- Working with faith-based organizations and religious leaders to counter the abuse of religion by violent extremists
There are currently three ongoing EU funded Regional UNDP project focusing on Preventing Violent Extremism through Promoting Tolerance and Respect for Diversity in south and Southeast Asia where there is focus is mainly on three key areas of intervention:
- Regional and national support for Governments to further develop and implement policy framework for PCVE;
- Strengthen knowledge management in regard to violent extremism in South and Southeast Asia, and mobilize and facilitate a Community of Practitioners.
- Build the capacities of Government and key civil society actors in each country to disrupt processes of radicalization and ‘recruitment in the places where it is known to occur, while promoting civil engagement and voice, and indigenous cultural traditions of peace, tolerance and respect for diversity.
The projects utilise its integrated approach on development solutions to continue addressing the root cause of exclusion and vulnerability and to respond to the socio-economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis. The strong partnerships developed with government and CSOs during the first UNDP initiative in Southeast Asia will be leveraged to work on issues that resonates with the pandemic, particularly on areas related to social cohesion, disinformation and hate speech.
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the PVE Project Manager, the PVE Community Engagement Consultant will look at the role of women, youth, religious organizations and community leaders, to identify opportunities to instigate dialogue and exchanges with civil society organizations, NGOs and faith-based organizations on PVE relative and PVE specific interventions.
The Consultant is expected to liaise with UNDP regional and country office programmes that focus on areas related to Gender/WPS, Human Rights, Youth, Livelihoods and local governance to identify opportunities for engagement and contribution on UNDP strategic PVE interventions.
The Consultant function will serve as a substantive outreach capacity, capable of sparking compelling dialogue with civil society organizations, NGOs and Faith-based organizations on better understanding the contextual drivers that have tipped disaffection and radicalization into violent extremist behavior and inform more effective conflict sensitive programming on the ground. The Consultant will also play a key role in facilitating the exchange of knowledge and resources between stakeholders at the national levels using a transnational lens from the regional perspective, particularly related to counter-narrative programming.
In turn, the PVE Community Engagement Consultant will also open the doors for the rest of the programme portfolios to collaborate with stakeholders and unlock potential sources of data and analysis, innovation, and consolidate and manage regional knowledge related to PVE practices at the community level. It is envisioned that the Consultant will require a very strong substantive credibility and the ability to facilitate cohesive citizen collaboration across all of UNDP’s programme activities.
Objective of the Assignment
To support the overall delivery of the Regional UNDP PVE project, the objectives of the following assignment will be to:
- Coordinate and strengthen the gender components of the PVE programme including the women’s civil society organization engagement initiatives, partnership with other UN agencies and the development of integrated Gender/PVE activities;
- Coordinate community-engagement components to regional activities (i.e ExtremeLives community engagement events/programme, and youth influencer/engagement programs);
- Capture and consolidate knowledge for PVE ‘Community of Practice’ leading to the facilitation of regional exchanges on community-based prevention, reintegration, de-radicalization, reintegration and/or reconciliation;
- Support UNDP Country Offices to enable credible intermediaries to promote dialogue across lines of tension and convene and facilitate critical conversations between traditional or religious leaders, civic activities, artists, teachers, media anchors with legitimacy to mediate
Duties and Responsibilities
The Consultant is expected to coordinate the overall PVE community engagement and advocacy efforts of the Regional UNDP PVE project through:
1. Capacity building and advocacy
- Provide support in regional exchanges on topics related to PVE community;
- Assist COs in the development and implementation of integrated gender programming/activities for PVE regional programme;
- Lead regional exchanges on topics related to PVE community
2. Assisting the creation of strategic partnerships and support;
- Identify key partners for programme initiatives around gender, youth and religious communities;
- Support the PVE programme manager in resource mobilization, proposal development, and project reporting (if required)
- Expansion of existing tools/knowledge that will be applied to a wider PVE community, may include localised adaptation of the tools/knowledge
3. Ensuring facilitation of knowledge building and management.
- Lead in the logistics, moderation and facilitation of programmes and events that focus on online counter-narrative communications at national levels from the regional perspective.
- Consolidate knowledge and best practices on PVE community-based prevention, de-radicalization, reintegration and reconciliation efforts in Asia
The consultant will work under the guidance of UNDP’s Advisor for Governance and Peacebuilding and the PVE Project Manager. The consultant will be responsible to deliver:
- Organize regional exchanges on topics related to PVE community;
- 2-3 concise concept notes and briefs on agreed PVE concepts and proposals;
- Develop a network of PVE community around related topics at the regional level;
- Enhance partnership and coordination for women’s insider mediator platform meetings;
- Develop materials that contribute to the PVE knowledge management platform, UNDP PVE website and social media;
- Lead in the logistics, moderation and facilitation of programmes and events that focus on online counter-narrative communications at national levels from the regional perspective
- Demonstrates integrity by modelling UN mission, vision, values and ethical standards;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity, and adaptability; and,
- Promotes UNDP’s agenda.
- Ability to work in close collaboration with a group of national and international experts, to meet strict deadlines and plan the work according to priorities;
- Demonstrates capacity to plan, organize and execute effectively;
- Initiative, good analytical skills, mature judgement and ability to work under tight schedule while respecting deadlines and achievement, ethics, and honesty;
- Ability to establish effective working relations in a diverse environment;
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
- Build strong relationships with internal and external clients;
- Demonstrated ability to function in a team environment and to deal with complex multi-stakeholder environment;
- Good ability to use information and communication technologies as tools and resources; and,
- Excellent written communication and presentation/public speaking skills, focus on results, ability to interact productively in a teamwork environment.
Required Skills and Experience
The consultant should possess the following expertise and qualifications:
- Master’s Degree, or equivalent in Human Rights or Political Science, or other relevant social science studies
- At least 2 years’ experience working with CSOs, NGOs and community stakeholders on gender equality issues, of which at least 1 year is work experience that also encompasses preventing violence extremism, conflict, or peacebuilding issues.
- At least 1 year of experience working with a UN Agency based in Southeast Asia.
- Excellent administrative skills demonstrated through previous administrative positions such as organizing events, logistics, writing reports, and supporting with project coordination.
- Experience in producing and providing inputs on written materials including blogs, newsletters, concept notes, briefing notes, policy documents and research products.
- Excellent writing and communications skills in English;
Duration and expected places of travel
The period of the assignment is estimated to be from 1 October 2020 – 30 June 2021, up to a maximum of 195 working days. The duty station will be based in Manila. This assignment is on a full-time basis with travel required. The Consultant’s presence is not required at UNDP Manila Office.
Provision of Monitoring and Progress Controls
The consultant will work under the guidance of UNDP Regional PVE Project Manager. For the effective delivery of the above outputs, the consultant will liaise with the UNDP Regional Communication Officer, and with PVE project staff in UNDP country offices.
In accordance with the requirements above, the duration of this assignment is maximum days. Consultant should quote an all-inclusive Daily Fee in USD for the contract period. The term “all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, medical insurance, 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 completing of deliverables and approval by the IC’s supervisor of a time sheet indicating the days worked in the period
UNDP may organize consultant for travel arrangement in line with UNDP rules and regulations. Travel costs shall be reimbursed at actual but not exceeding the quotation from UNDP approved travel agent. The provided living allowance will not be exceeding UNDP DSA rates. Repatriation travel cost from home to duty station in Manila and return shall not be covered by UNDP.
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
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer
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.
Detailed Technical Evaluation (Maximum 100 points)
Part I (Documents review) – Maximum 70 points
Technical Criteria for Evaluation;
- Criteria 1 : Relevance of Education (minimum 7 points for Master's Degree /equivalent, additional points for additional degree, max of 10points)
- Criteria 2: At least one year of work experience in the area of preventing violence extremism, conflict, or peacebuilding (minimum 14 points for 1year experience, additional points for additional years, max of 20 points)
- Criteria 3: At least 1 year of experience working with a UN Agency in Asia (minimum 7 points for 1 year of experience, additional points for additional years, max of 10 points)
- Criteria 4: At least two years of experience working with CSOs, NGOs and community stakeholders on gender equality issues (minimum 7 points for 1 year of experience, additional points for additional years, max of 10 points)
- Criteria 5: Excellent writing and communications skills in English, demonstrated through informal editorial positions and the provision of 3 writing samples (maximum 1000 words each, no more than 3000 words) - Min 7 points, Max. 10 points
- Criteria 6: at least one year consistent engagement with CSOs/NGOs and other international organizations on PVE related issues (minimum 7 points for 1 year of experience, additional points for additional years, max of 10 points)
Part II (Interview) – Maximum 30 points
- Telephonic interview: Please note only those candidates who score minimum 49 points out of above 70 points from the review of documents will be called for interview.
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% of the total technical points would be considered for the financial evaluation
Recommended Presentation of Offer
Candidates wishing to be considered for this assignment are required to submit the following documents to this link: https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=93309. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document.
- Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;
- Personal CV, indicating all pass experiences from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email, and telephone number) of the candidate and at lease three (3) professional references;
- Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive daily rate/fee in USD of the candidate plus roundtrip flight prices to and from duty station in US dollars if applicant is not residing in Manila, Philippines. Financial proposal should also include personal Medical/health insurance (to be purchased by the individual at his/her own expense) as a mandatory requirement for the issuance of contracts. Upon award of the contract, the consultant must be ready to submit proof of insurance valid during the contract duration.
- Submission of three documents to demonstrate candidates related experiences and written and communication skills.
The following templates / Annexes and IC General Terms & Conditions can be downloaded from http://gofile.me/6xdJm/bE9TCw8fU:
- General Terms and Conditions for Individual Contract
- Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability
- P-11 form
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