|Overview : |
Timor-Leste is a small island developing state (SIDS) and least developed country (LDC), which restored its independence in 2002. The National Parliament of Timor-Leste has made considerable progress since its creation in 2002 and aims to become an inclusive and transparent institution by 2022, open to the participation of all and supporting the fulfillment of citizens’ aspirations for a democratic and prosperous nation, inspired by the values of mutual respect, equality and solidarity. To achieve these aspirations, the Parliament is seeking innovative solutions to increase the participation of citizens in the democratic process.
With the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, developing innovative digital solutions to ensure Parliament’s business continuity has become an utmost priority. UNDP Timor-Leste has provided various types of support to the National Parliament for its digital transformation, particularly for its immediate COVID response, including: 1) ICT equipment and access to Zoom/DocuSign for remote meeting of Party bench leaders and the Governing Council and 2) situation room to facilitate virtual meetings.
UNDP has recently received a request from the National Parliament for assistance to develop a mobile app. The Parliament App will be a platform that will facilitate interactive engagement between the people of Timor-Leste and this institution. Furthermore, the app will also be key in effectively communicating on its work across functions – Representation, Legislation, Oversight, Budget scrutiny and allocation – in normal times and in times of emergency. This initiative will therefore advance a dual objective, one of increased citizen engagement with/participation in the work of Parliament and a second of digital transformation of this key democratic institution to make it better fit for 21st century challenges (including pandemics and other emergencies) and opportunities.
The expected results of the project are that the National Parliament of Timor-Leste:
- Is more open and transparent with citizens;
- Engages proactively and regularly with citizens, enabling a better public participation in both normal times and emergency situations that will be reflected in more inclusive policies and legislation and increased accountability and public trust;
- Manages the legislative process in a more responsive, effective and transparent way.
UNDP, on behalf of the National Parliament of Timor-Leste, is therefore seeking to hire a qualified consultant to carry out the assignment to conduct a feasibility study for a comprehensive mobile application platform (that could be implemented in stages).
To download the ToR, P11 form, Financial Proposal form , IC Terms of References, please click this link: https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=69682
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