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Consultant – Development Specialist, UNDP Samoa Multi-Country Office
UNDP Pacific Centre
Location: Apia, Samoa
Last Date: September 29, 2008


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Title: Consultant – Development Specialist, UNDP Samoa Multi-Country Office

Type of contract: SSA

Project:UNDP PC- Crisis Prevention and Recovery Project

Duty Station: Apia, Samoa (with some travel to select Pacific Island Countries)

Reporting to: UNDP Samoa Resident Representative and
UNDP-PC Senior Regional Crisis Prevention and Recovery Manager/Advisor

Start Date / Duration: October 2008 for a period of 6 months (with possibility of extension)

The UNDP Pacific Centre (UNDP PC) was set up in 2005 organized along the lines of three practice areas: MDG Achievement and Poverty Alleviation, Democratic Governance and Crisis Prevention and Recovery. UNDP PC is mandated to provide on-demand support to UNDP Multi/Country Offices in the Pacific (located in PNG, Fiji, Samoa and Solomon Islands) with easy access to knowledge through high quality advisory services (policy advisory/programme development/technical support) based on global applied research and UNDP lessons learnt.

The UNDP Samoa Multi-Country Office (MCO) covers four Pacific Island Countries (PICs) in the South Pacific Polynesian sub-region: Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tokelau. The core focus is helping countries build and share solutions to the key challenges of Democratic Governance, Environment and Energy, Sustainable Livelihoods / Poverty Reduction and Crisis Prevention & Recovery.

The UNDP Samoa MCO is putting together a team to carry out an integrated mission in October or November 2008 to assess community level needs in the four countries under its mandate (Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau). The main objective of this integrated mission is to identify community level needs, in relation to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This needs assessment will provide the basis for the formulation of an MDG-based community development programme for Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau. An overall concept paper for the programme is currently being finalized by the Samoa MCO.

Objectives and Outputs/Activities
Under the direct supervision of the UNDP Samoa MCO, Resident Representative and in matrix supervision with the UNDP-PC Senior Regional Crisis Prevention and Recovery Manager/Advisor, the Consultant will be responsible for supporting the UNDP Samoa MCO in the development of the MDG-based Community Development and related work plans and facilitate resource mobilization strategy.

The main intended the output from this consultancy is an MDG-based community development programme. This will be achieved through the following steps:

• Team member for the integrated mission.
• Coordinate inputs from the integrated mission on the needs assessment performed in Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau;
• Coordinate consultation processes with key UN agencies and relevant stakeholders on finalizing the findings from the integrated mission;
• Design and develop project documentation and associated work plans for the MDG-based community development programme;
• Assist in the development and implementation of resource mobilization strategies relating to the programme. This is likely to involve the coordination of consultation processes with key with international development partners such as NZAID, AusAID, EU, Japan and others.

Further, the consultant will undertake the following additional activities: Technical and Policy Advisory Services to the UNDP Samoa MCO

• Support the Samoa MCO in the development and implementation of strategies for resource mobilization including the preparation of donor briefings;
• Assist the Samoa MCO in partnership building and knowledge sharing;
• Provide programmatic preparatory support to Samoa MCO for fielding technical missions;
• Coordinate technical support from UNDP Pacific Centre;
• Provide technical assistance and support as and when required by the Samoa Resident Representative and;
• Liaise regularly with UNDP-PC Senior Regional Crisis Prevention and Recovery Manager/Advisor and relevant programme personnel in the CPR unit of the UNDP PC.

Reporting Requirements
Monthly progress reports based on this TOR will be required to be submitted to the UNDP Samoa Resident Representative and UNDP-PC Senior Regional Crisis Prevent and Recovery Manager/Advisor.

Proposal should have two parts: i) a one page summary based on the requirements of this terms of reference, and ii) financial component as follows:

Development Specialist should have:
• Advanced university degree in social sciences or discipline relating to international development would be highly desirable;
• At least 7 years of international development experience in programme design, management and implementation; proposal writing and resource mobilization;
• Technical expertise in one of following areas: Disaster Risk Management, Adaptation to Climate Change, Poverty Alleviation and MDG Achievement and Gender and Development;
• Experience in the development of community level development projects, particularly focusing on poverty reduction and the achievement of MDGs;
• Significant Experience in Participatory Rural Appraisal, Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment or similar participatory methodologies;
• Knowledge and experience of working in the Pacific and in particular in Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau contexts highly desirable;
• Previous experience with UNDP or another UN Agency, working on MDGs related programming;
• Demonstrable familiarity and understanding of UNDP’s programme cycle and Project Document format, preferably with experience in drafting UNDP/UN agencies projects and policy documents;
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to operate and deliver in a complex and multicultural environment;
• Good knowledge and understanding of the UN, its values, priority goals and systems and procedures will be a definitive asset; and
• Excellent written and spoken English.

Selection and Award
The consultant will be selected based on UNDP evaluation criteria with a split 70 percent score for technical proposal and 30 percent score for financial proposal. Based on the above evaluation methods the bidder with the highest accumulative score will be awarded the contract.

Payment Schedule
• The payments will be made on submission and approval of monthly progress reports by the UNDP Samoa Resident Representative.
• Schedule of payment will be agreed in the context of contract signing.

Inputs from the Consultant
The consultant is expected to provide their own laptop for the duration of the assignment.

Applicants for this post should express their interest by submitting a 1 page cover letter, which should indicate a proposed daily rate in US Dollars and a detailed CV based on the criteria stated above. (Note: Joint applications/proposals will not be accepted.) These should be sent by email to The deadline for applications is 5pm (Fiji Time), Monday, 29th September 2008. Applicants should indicate the assignment being applied for (‘Development Specialist –UNDP Samoa Multi-Country Office’) in the subject line of the email.

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