As the development arm of the United Nations, UNDP is the leading organization working to end the injustice of poverty, inequality and climate change. Working with our broad network of experts and partners in 170 countries, we help nations to build integrated, lasting solutions for people and planet.
In Sri Lanka, UNDP has been working as a key development partner of choice since 1967, to achieve sustainable human development in economic, social and environmental fronts. Working closely with the Government, civil society, private sector and communities, UNDP aims to eradicate extreme poverty and reduce inequalities and exclusion to protect both people and the planet.
Guided by UNDPs 2018-2022 Strategic Plan, our work focuses on the following areas; climate resilience and environment management, democratic governance and peacebuilding, youth and innovation, and gender equality. As UNDP looks beyond in strengthening efforts for development, UNDP is now focused on helping Sri Lanka identify relevant solutions for today’s complex development challenges in-line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The development of new and niche thematic, programmatic and portfolio interventions will enable greater collaborative and holistic initiatives, in alignment to Government and national priorities.
To this end, in order to explore further collaborative platforms and partnerships in the thematic areas, UNDP in Sri Lanka is looking to strengthen its knowledge and results in communication, through the development of easy to digest and relevant packaged products that will complement partnerships and resource mobilization efforts in moving forward. UNDP is also focusing on strengthening awareness of core national development issues, and advocacy around key initiatives that could positively contribute towards the alleviation of such issues – for instance, illegal environmental practices, citizens’ environmental rights and the need for public engagement to combat illicit practices. Further, in support of supporting the country to shift towards innovation-driven development model, UNDP is also focusing on increased advocacy and communications around the work carried out by the Citra 2.0, the second cycle of the Citra Social Innovation Lab, which was established as a joint initiative between UNDP and the Government in 2018.
SCOPE AND OBJECTIVES
The overall objective of the assignment is to strengthen UNDP in Sri Lanka’s niche thematic portfolios that are currently being developed, through strategic packaged communications and knowledge products which could be leveraged for further resource mobilization and partnership opportunities to strengthen each of the strategic portfolios.
The specific objective of this consultancy can be spelt out as follows;
Duties and Responsibilities
The Consultant will be required to provide services while working from home and will work closely with the Communications team at UNDP in Sri Lanka when carrying out the key responsibilities of the assignment. The Communications Consultant will be responsible for the following functions:
1. Conduct a series of discussions on each of the thematic/ programme areas, to better understand UNDPs results and service offerings in alignment with national priorities
The Consultant is required to liaise with thematic focal points for each of the below-outlined portfolio/ programmes to better understand UNDPs current work and areas being formulated, and build on existing material, briefs and proposals in order to develop relevant content required for packaging communications products.
Portfolio areas; Gender, SDG Planning and Financing, Green Development and Citra 2.0
Programmatic and other areas; UNDP Country Programme Results (2018-2022), Kaduwela Municipal Council Government Co-Financing initiative, Partnerships and UNDPs service offering, Citra/UNDP Anti-Corruption project
2. Development of dedicated knowledge products on the outlined areas which cover thematic portfolios, highlighting country programme results and best practices, while advocating for new and niche areas of UNDPs engagement in the country
The Consultant is required to develop content for a series of communications products;
3. Liaise with relevant communications agencies along with the UNDP Communications team on the development each of the communications products as outlined above
The Consultant is required to ensure quality assurance and timely delivery of each of the products and awareness campaigns/ initiatives.
Expected outputs and deliverables
The Communications Consultant will work under the overall supervision and guidance of the Communications and Engagement Analyst, alongside the UNDP Communications Team.
The assignment should be completed within six months. The UNDP Communications team will assist in connecting the consultant with relevant focal points and communications agencies to facilitate this assignment.
A. Technical competency;
– Competence: Consultant should possess the abilities, skills, and experience appropriate to undertake the tasks proposed.
B. Behavioural competency;
Required Skills and Experience
Following are the minimum qualifications required for the selected consultant.
a) Academic Qualifications;
Diploma in Mass Communication, Journalism, Marketing or a relevant field, or at minimum 2 years of experience working in the capacity of a Communications, Marketing, Partnerships officer or a similar role (150 Max. Points)
HOW TO APPLY
The application should contain:
All Inclusive Lump Sum Fee: LKR (_______________________________________)
Amount in words: (Rs._____________________________________________________)
Please refer the below link to access the template for Financial Proposal
Offeror’s Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability for the Individual IC, including Financial Proposal Template
Note: Payments will be based on invoices on achievement of agreed milestones i.e., upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR and certification of acceptance by the UNDP. The applicant must factor in all possible costs in his/her “All Inclusive Lump Sum Fee” including his/her consultancy and professional fee, travel (economy class flights is required to and from the Duty Station) board and lodging, and any other foreseeable costs in this exercise. No costs other than what has been indicated in the financial proposal will be paid or reimbursed to the consultant. UNDP will only pay for any unplanned travel outside of this TOR and Duty Station on actual basis and on submission of original bills/invoices, and on prior agreement with UNDP officials. Daily per diem and costs for accommodation/meals/incidental expenses for such travel shall not exceed established local UNDP DSA rates.
For an Individual Contractor who is 65 years of age or older, and on an assignment requiring travel, be it for the purpose of arriving at the duty station or as an integral duty required travel under the TOR, a full medical examination and statement of fitness to work must be provided. Such medical examination costs must be factored into the financial proposal above. Medical examination is not a requirement for individuals on RLA contracts.
Evaluation method to be determined out of the following two options.
a. Best value-for-money approach, which is typically used for assignments that are intellectual in nature, and which considers a combination of the candidates’ qualifications and financial proposals. The financial proposal should account for at least 30 percent of the total score. b. Lowest evaluated offer of technically qualified candidates typically used for individual contractors performing support services.
PAYMENT FOR SERVICES
Payments for this consultancy will be based on the achievement of each deliverable stated under Section C and certification that each has been satisfactorily completed with an approval of the Communications and Engagement Analyst at UNDP Sri Lanka.
UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workplace, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence and qualified women are encouraged to apply.
|Country:||-- Sri Lanka|
|Closing date:||November 29, 2021|