UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2014-2017 (SP) emphasizes the need to identify, explore, test, evaluate and scale up innovative approaches across priority subject areas through emerging methodologies, technologies, knowledge and partnerships, in support of national partners and as part of its own institutional innovation. The SP identifies a specific result in its Integrated Results and Resources Framework related to innovation: “innovations enabled for development solutions, partnerships and other collaborative arrangements.” To achieve these results, UNDP focuses on the following two areas:
The UNDP Innovation Facility, launched in 2014, supports initiatives that a) strengthen UNDP’s position as a leading advisor on innovation for development; b) enable national development actors to co-create value; c) increase understanding of the role and value of innovation for development; d) support social innovators both within the organization and from the broader development community; and finally, e) enhance UNDP’s own performance efficiency through innovative practices.
UNDP Arab States Regional Innovation Facility, based in the Regional Hub in Amman, supports 18 Country Offices as well as Regional Hub colleagues in various professional areas, including Governance & Peacebuilding, Sustainable Development, Environment & Energy, and Gender. Regional innovation activities focus on Behavioral Insights, Games for Social Change, Data Innovation (including big data and micronarratives), and Alternative Financing Mechanisms.
Learn more about the Innovation Facility at http://www.undp.org/innovation.
In recent years, the world has witnessed new waves of violent extremism that have taken the lives of many innocent people. Whether based on religious, ethnic, or political grounds, extremist ideologies glorify the supremacy of a particular group and oppose a more inclusive and tolerant society.
In response to the growth of violent extremist (VE) groups, UNDP has developed a global framework on the prevention of violent extremism and implemented a number of projects in the Arab States where violent extremism has a significant regional dimension given the high VE interlinkage between countries in the region. This framework is based on the UN Secretary-General’s 2016 Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism (PVE), which considers VE a ‘diverse phenomenon, without clear definition and it knows many manifestations that are very context specific in nature and linked to a myriad of structural and individual drivers’.
Building sustainable approaches that tackle the causes of VE is hampered by a lack of robust evidence around what types of interventions are effective in reducing the influence of extremist groups. This, coupled with the lack of agreed definitions and robust understanding of different pull and push factors for radicalization and VE, poses a significant challenge. Without a framework through which to understand the dynamics and a methodology to measure impact, it is difficult to build a picture of which interventions are most effective in preventing violent extremism, what it takes to make them effective, and how to best target resources sustainably.
Given these challenges, the regional Innovation Team, in collaboration with two UNDP Country Offices (COs) – Tunisia and Yemen – and the regional Governance and Peacebuilding Team, has designed an initiative to test the use of Behavioral Insights in Preventing Violent Extremism. With this initiative, we hope to support Country Offices’ efforts to: 1) better understand how to affect contributing factors, both structural drivers and individual motivations, to violent extremism; 2) understand the types of interventions that are effective in reducing the influence of extremist groups and reducing the propensity to become radicalized; and 3) measure the impact of various interventions.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of UNDP’s Regional Innovation Team Lead based in the Regional Hub in Amman, and in collaboration with UNDP Tunisia and UNDP Yemen COs and the regional Governance and Peacebuilding Team, the consultant will provide technical support for the development of behavioral maps, intervention design and analysis, and knowledge product development.
The consultant will be responsible for the following:
By the end of the initiative, the objectives are to:
Knowledge Management and Learning
Required Skills and Experience
DURATION OF THE WORK
Work is to take place for a period of a little over 6 calendar months from contract signature date, to be completed by the end of March 2018. Applicants should include the number of working days they require to complete the scope of work and deliverables as described herein as part of their financial proposal.
The expert will work remotely from his/her own place of work, and will be expected to liaise regularly with the UNDP Regional Innovation Team Lead in Amman, Jordan, and UNDP Tunisia and UNDP Yemen Country Offices teams throughout the assignment. The expert will have to travel to Jordan for the project workshops (the kickoff workshop and progress check meeting).
Part of this assignment will require the consultant to travel for a two-day kickoff workshop as well as two-day a progress check meeting in line with the travel plan/schedule hereunder. The primary purpose of this travel will be to meet with the Regional Innovation Team Lead, CO teams, and national and/or international experts. The location of these two meetings will be Amman, Jordan or Tunis, Tunisia. Depending on availability, the kickoff workshop would occur in the second half of October, and the progress check meeting would occur in early-to-mid February. Applications should include all travel-associated costs in their financial proposal. Any travel outside of the travel listed below will be considered as Unforeseen Travel and will be treated in accordance with UNDP corporate regulations and rules.
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Candidates that fail to submit the required information will not be considered.
All necessary information including: Complete Procurement Notice, The Selection Criteria, and Annexes are found on the following link under Procurement http://procurement-notices.undp.org/
Interested candidates shall apply by submitting the online CV/P11 via the UNDP Job advertisement website. Thereafter, the consultant should submit a package containing all required documents via e-mail to email@example.com. The following documents must be included in the e-mail package submission:
Applications must be received no later than 10 September 2017. Only complete packages will be considered.
Work is to take place for a period of a little over 6 calendar months from contract signature date, to be completed by the end of March 2018. The number of working days is to be specified by the applicant in his/her financial proposal based on the scope of work and deliverables described herein.
Interested candidates should provide lump sum fees for requested services with detailed breakdown (consultancy fees, round ticket , living allowances etc.as per travel plan
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies:
Applications will first be screened and only candidates meeting the following minimum requirements will progress to the pool for shortlisting:
Shortlisted Candidates will then be assessed and scored against the following evaluation criteria:
Technical criteria (max 100 points):
Only Individual Consultants obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70%) on the Technical evaluation will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Financial criteria (max 30 points):
For those offers considered in the financial evaluation, the lowest price offer will receive 30 points. The other offers will receive points in relation to the lowest offer, based on the formula (PI/Pn)*30, where Pn is the financial offer being evaluated and Pl is the lowest financial offer received.
Step II: Final evaluation
The final evaluation will combine the scores of desk review and financial proposal with the following weights assigned to each:
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