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Please apply via the UNDP job site - Job ID 94197
UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan.
Within the GPN, the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. BPPS’s staff provides technical advice to Country Offices; advocates for UNDP corporate messages, represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogues, and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas. BPPS works closely with UNDP’s Crisis Bureau (CB) to support emergency and crisis response. BPPS ensures that issues of risk are fully integrated into UNDP’s development programmes. BPPS assists UNDP and partners to achieve higher quality development results through an integrated approach that links results-based management and performance monitoring with more effective and new ways of working. BPPS supports UNDP and partners to be more innovative, knowledge and data driven including in its programme support efforts.
BPPS supports UNDP’s 2018-21 Strategic Plan, focusing on 3 outcomes including advancing poverty eradication in all its forms and dimensions (outcome 1). The HIV, Health and Development Group (HHD), within BPPS, is helping to contribute towards this outcome.
UNDP is a founding cosponsor of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), a partner of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and a co-sponsor of several other international health partnerships. UNDP’s work on HIV, health and development, as described in the HIV, Health and Development Strategy 2016-2021: Connecting the Dots, leverages UNDP’s core strengths and mandates in human development, governance and capacity development to complement the efforts of specialist health-focused UN agencies. UNDP delivers three types of support to countries in HIV, health and development.
First, UNDP helps countries to mainstream attention to HIV and health into action on gender, poverty and the broader effort to achieve and sustain the Sustainable Development Goals. For example, UNDP works with countries to understand the social and economic factors that play a crucial role in driving health and disease, and to respond to such dynamics with appropriate policies and programmes outside the health sector. UNDP also promotes specific action on the needs and rights of women and girls as they relate to HIV.
Second, UNDP works with partners to address the interactions between governance, human rights and health responses. Sometimes this is done through focused or specialized programmes, such as promoting attention to the role of the law and legal environments in facilitating stronger HIV responses, including the use of flexibilities in intellectual property law to lower the cost of drugs and diagnostics. UNDP also works to empower and include marginalized populations who are disproportionately affected by HIV, such as sex workers, men who have sex with men and people living with HIV. Beyond these focused efforts, UNDP plays a key role in ensuring attention to HIV and health within broader governance and rights initiatives, including support to municipal action on SDGs, sustainable responses for Health and HIV such as improving sustainability of AIDS financing, sustainable health procurement, strengthening of national human rights institutions and increasing access to justice for key populations.
Third, as a trusted, long-term partner with extensive operational experience, UNDP supports countries in effective implementation of complex, multilateral and multisectoral health projects, while simultaneously investing in capacity development so that national and local partners can assume these responsibilities over time. The UNDP/Global Fund partnership is an important part of this work, facilitating access to resources for action on SDG 3 by countries that face constraints in directly receiving and managing such funding. UNDP partners with countries in crisis/post-crisis situations, those with weak institutional capacity or governance challenges, and countries under sanctions. When requested, UNDP acts as temporary Principal Recipient in these settings, working with national partners and the Global Fund to improve management, implementation and oversight of Global Fund grants, while simultaneously developing national capacity to be able to assume the Principal Recipient role over time.
Access and delivery of new health technologies for tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases
The majority of deaths caused by infectious disease are of poor people living in LMICs with many occurring in children under five. HIV, malaria, tuberculosis (TB) and other epidemics continue to devastate communities throughout the developing world. The prevalence of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), endemic in 149 countries, also remains high. As part of its work on accelerating progress on the SDGs, UNDP is committed to working with partners to achieve the health-related SDGs specifically aimed to address the sector gap in research and development (R&D) funding for new global health technologies through our partnership with the Global Health Innovative Technology (GHIT) Fund.
The introduction of new health technologies (broadly defined as medicines, vaccines and diagnostic tools) can place a weighty burden on existing health systems. These burdens may include new requirements within the regulatory system, for supply and distribution, as well as for health personnel training. The Access and Delivery Partnership (ADP) supports LMICs enhance their capacity to access, introduce and deliver new health technologies for TB, malaria and NTDs.
ADP focuses on strengthening the capacity of stakeholders in LMICs to facilitate the development of the systems and processes required to effectively access new health technologies and introduce them to the patients in need. Led and coordinated by UNDP, ADP is a unique collaboration among UNDP, WHO, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases at the World Health Organization (TDR) and PATH. Working together, the ADP partners leverage the expertise within each organization to provide the full range of technical skills necessary to strengthen capacity in LMICs. This support will enable LMICs to enhance their capacity to access, introduce and deliver new health technologies for TB, malaria and NTDs.
Objective of the assignment
The consultant will provide high quality communications support for the development and dissemination of knowledge products, communications materials and other content, materials, as well as strategic communications support, to ensure impactful communication of ADP’s work and achievements.
The Consultant will report to the ADP Programme Advisor (Supervisor) and will work in close collaboration with the team focal points on communications.
Description of responsibilities
The scope of work will encompass one or a combination of the following tasks:
- Managing the ADP digital assets, including the website and social media accounts. This involves web hosting and domain management, publishing content, developing new features and functionality, and developing and executing campaigns.
- Monitoring website and social media analytics and providing regular reports on performance.
- Production of communication materials and knowledge products, including layout design for web and print.
- Writing, copyediting and proofreading of knowledge products, including reports, technical papers, guidance material, contributing papers, briefs, think pieces, web stories, blogs and press releases.
- Supporting the planning and execution of webinars and other virtual meetings, as well as the management of an online stakeholder community.
- Providing strategic communications advice to the ADP project team.
- Any other related tasks.
- The overall objective of setting up this Framework Agreement is to facilitate and expedite the process by which UNDP will hire the services of the Communications Specialist Consultant once there are specific assignments over the next 3 years;
- Estimated volume of services: maximum 210 days over the 3-year duration of the Framework Agreement and for approx. 70 working days per year;
- UNDP does not warrant that any quantity of services will be purchased during the term of the Framework Agreement as this will depend on forthcoming needs;
- The initial Framework Agreement would be for one year with an option for renewal in subsequent years dependent on demand for services and satisfactory performance evaluation;
- The Framework Agreement to be signed with the Consultant will be for a fixed all-inclusive daily fee;
- Once the Framework Agreement is signed, if there is a specific assignment, the focal person at UNDP HIV, Health and Development Team would contact the Consultant by email informing them of the assignment specific deliverables, and timeline;
- The consultant must advise within 48 hours whether he/she are available to deliver the requested service. Thereafter a Purchase Order will be raised. Financial commitments will only be established each time the services are requested within the scope of the Framework Agreement through the transmitted email and purchase order;
- IC as a Framework Agreement is non-exclusive (i.e. it does not prohibit UNDP from entering into another such framework agreement with another individuals or entities);
- The Consultant will be given access to relevant information necessary for execution of the tasks under this assignment;
- The Consultant will be responsible for providing their own working station (i.e. laptop, internet, phone, scanner/printer, etc.) and must have access to a reliable internet connection;
- Payments will be made upon submission of certification of payment form, and acceptance and confirmation by the Supervisor of outputs delivered.
- No travel is envisaged to deliver this work. If the need arises, travel will be arranged according to the UNDP travel policies.
- Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s vision, mission and values;
- Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Treats all people fairly without favouritism;
- Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.
Development and Operational Effectiveness
- Results-driven and initiative-taking;
- Ability to work under pressure and to meet deadlines;
- Ability to plan and organize work and establish priorities;
- Remains calm and in control even under pressure, and consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
- Thoroughly and methodically collects, verifies and records data, demonstrating attention to detail and identifying and correcting errors on own initiative.
Client Orientation and Communication
- Effective written and oral communication skills;
- Good interpersonal and networking skills;
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations;
- Ability to work under minimum supervision;
- Ability to work with multiple stakeholders from a wide range of disciplines and fields, from both developed and developing countries, and having diverse and competing worldviews and interests.
- Tertiary qualifications in communications or public relations, journalism, media studies, political science, social science, science, public affairs, development studies or other relevant fields.
- A minimum of seven years of relevant experience working with multi-agency health system strengthening projects.
- Strong record of developing promotional and visibility materials/content for health system strengthening projects, including high quality reports, blogs, press releases, briefing notes and other communication products for social media and other platforms. Include link of five (5) works as proof.
- Experience in writing, copyediting and contributing to the development of technical and substantive knowledge products and tools in the area of health system strengthening.
- Experience in supporting and running online consultations and virtual workshops related to health system strengthening.
- Demonstrated international experience working with UNDP, other health-related UN agencies, as well as multiple stakeholders from government, civil society and development partners.
Scope of 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.
Payments shall be made based on approved invoices indicating number of working days spent for each specific assignment, upon verification of completion of deliverables and approval by the IC’s supervisor.
- Only those applications which are responsive and compliant will be evaluated;
- Offers will be evaluated according to the Combined Scoring method – where the desk review will be weighted at 40%, an interview will be weighted at 30% and the financial offer (based on a quoted all-inclusive daily fee) will be weighted at 30%;
- The desk review will evaluate the qualifications (education, experience, language) and be based on maximum 40 points. The candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (28 points) of the maximum obtainable points for desk review (40) shall be considered for the interview;
- Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (21 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the interview (30 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation;
- Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted;
- The top Applicant obtaining the highest combined scores of Technical and Financial evaluations will be considered technically qualified and from the evaluation, and that has accepted UNDP’s General Terms and Conditions, will be awarded the Framework Agreement
Desk Review weight – 40% (maximum 40 points)
Criteria 1. Tertiary qualifications in communications or public relations, journalism, media studies, political science, social science, science, public affairs, development studies or other relevant fields. (maximum 10 points)
Criteria 2. A minimum of seven years of relevant experience working with multi-agency health system strengthening projects. (maximum 5 points)
Criteria 3. Strong record of developing promotional and visibility materials/content for health system strengthening projects, including high quality reports, blogs, press releases, briefing notes and other communication products for social media and other platforms. Include link of five (5) works as proof. (maximum 5 points)
Criteria 4. Experience in writing, copyediting and contributing to the development of technical and substantive knowledge products and tools in the area of health system strengthening. (maximum 5 points)
Criteria 5. Experience in supporting and running online consultations and virtual workshops related to health system strengthening. (maximum 5 points)
Criteria 6. Demonstrated international experience working with UNDP, other health-related UN agencies, as well as multiple stakeholders from government, civil society and development partners. (maximum 5 points)
Criteria 7. Fluency in English; 5 points
Interview weight – 30% (maximum 30 points)
Recommended Presentation of Offer
The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file)
- Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP (see link below)
- 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;
- Include link of five (5) works as proof of Strong record of developing promotional and visibility materials/content for health system strengthening projects, including high quality reports, blogs, press releases, briefing notes and other communication products for social media and other platforms
- Financial Proposal as part of the letter of confirmation of interest and availability. The proposal should indicate the all-inclusive daily rate. 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.
Link to UNDP General Conditions of Contract for the ICs:
Link to candidate’s letter of confirmation of interest and availability
Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability