UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
In the run-up to the closure of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Office in the Republic of Korea (RoK) in 2010, a programme on South-South cooperation jointly implemented by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) and UNDP was evaluated. The evaluation showed an interest from partner countries, especially in the Asia-Pacific Region, to have the project continued beyond 2010. Thus, the Ministry and the then Special Unit for South-South Cooperation (SU-SSC) engaged in discussions that culminated in the design and implementation of the Facility/Programme for Capacity Development for Poverty Reduction through South-South and Triangular Cooperation in Education, Science and Technology, or RoK-UNOSSC Facility.
The Facility Phase I (2010-2016) was implemented with the basic structure inherited from the RoK/UNDP South-South project of 2005-2009. In a nutshell, a number of RoK Institutions were selected to implement projects based on proposals submitted to the SU-SSC. The projects were distributed across education, science and technology themes. Furthermore, one of the main criteria for participation was demonstrating that the RoK institution had a counterpart institution in a country that would work with them. The result was that the projects were usually located in local institutions and unknown to central government. Furthermore, almost every institution worked in a different country from the others.
Towards the end of Phase 1, a local (RoK) evaluation team was assembled with a view to synthesize lessons learnt and recommend the design of Phase 2 of the Facility. The findings of the evaluators were that although much had been achieved in Phase 1, the Facility could be strengthened by:
After an iterative process involving inputs from RoK experts and project appraisal by the UNOSSC, the Facility Document was approved in June 2016. The approved Phase 2 document included three components. The first is a Scaled-up Project selected from the Phase 1 projects that were well implemented, achieved intended results and reached out to many countries. Although a few projects would have qualified, only one could be implemented for financial reasons. The second component reflected the intended scope to exchange knowledge, guide policy-level country interventions and document the progress made under Phase 2. This component was denoted as the Knowledge Platform. The third component responded to the idea to concentrate collaboration among the theme-focused institutions to fewer geographic areas. Based on a demand survey, 6 institutions were selected to work in two countries, Indonesia and Cambodia. This component is the Consortium, which is focused on implementing an integrated pilot project focused on ICT for business and social development of women, entrepreneurship, agriculture, school health, water management, and energy/environment.
Mechanisms to implement the Facility were then put in place including:
The RoK-UNOSSC Facility Phase 2 was designed to share Korea’s and its partners’ development experiences and know-how in science, technology, and ICT as a way of bringing knowledge and technology application to promote social and economic advancement of developing countries in line with the 2030 Agenda.
Developing countries make progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through triangular cooperation and knowledge bridging spearheaded by Korean institutions and partnering UN agencies.
Improvement in the SDGs indicators of partner countries are considered outcome indicators of the project, as a capacity building project, the Korean institutions focused on building some indicators, particularly for application in village development.
Mid-Term Evaluation and latest progress
In December 2018- January 2019, a mid-term evaluation was undertaken to provide a comprehensive assessment of the project progress at its mid-way point to strengthen implementation for the remaining duration of the project. The evaluation was conducted based on desk reviews of project documents including bi-annual reports, meeting reports, and steering committee meeting minutes; focus group interviews; and analyses of key findings. The evaluation helped stakeholders to understand the barriers that some of the institutions face in implementing the project. Findings highlighted benefits to partner countries and participating Korean institutions. However, localization, communication, risk identification and administration/logistics were identified as remaining challenges.
After completion of the evaluation report, Project Management convened a post-midterm evaluation coordination meeting to scrutinize and assess project activities aligned with the demand of governments. Since then, the Facility stakeholders have put additional coordination arrangements to work together to enhance coordination in order to “deliver as one”. Their concerted actions resulted in achievement of the following outputs: harmonization of village index in Indonesia and establishment of a Technology Business Incubator (TBI) in Cambodia, led by the Platform institutions; the Government of Indonesia’s establishment of a South-South Centre of Excellence on Village Innovation (SSCEVI) based on the work of Consortium institutions; raising the public and policymakers’ awareness on electron beam applications in countries without the facilities; and advanced joint research and development (R&D) as well as technical exchanges on advanced applications of electron beam technology in diverse areas such as sterilization of bank notes, degradation of industrial effluents in water, and food preservation and production.
Duties and Responsibilities
In compliance with the UNDP evaluation policy relating to the scale of the project (over $4 million) and provisions in the monitoring and evaluation framework included in the Phase 2 Facility Document, an End-of-Project evaluation is planned and budgeted for under the Facility. The overall objective of the End-of-Project evaluation is to assess how well the project has achieved its intended results.
The Phase 2 Facility implementation was originally scheduled to be completed by 31 December 2020. Initially, a final evaluation was planned to take place in October 2020 as recommended by the third Steering Committee in August 2019. During the Fourth Steering Committee Meeting in December 2020, the Steering Committee advised that the end-of-project evaluation should take place in Q1 of 2020 as the project has been extended to 30 June 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. The extension will allow ROK institutions to complete their work at the community level. In addition, the partners working on Phase 3 would like to incorporate findings from the final evaluation in the planning for Phase 3.
Scope of Work
End-of-Project Evaluation will examine the following areas: Project results, Project management and monitoring, project activities, coordination arrangements and partnerships with the participating national and local government officials as well as other RoK institutions, local implementing agency roles including community leaders, academia, NGOs) and beneficiaries. It will focus on sustainability including exit strategies. It will also focus on risk planning. The evaluation will also review the responsiveness of stakeholders to the mid-term The evaluation findings. As a triangular cooperation project, the evaluation will focus on the implementation process, particularly application of triangular cooperation processes and facilitation of South-South Cooperation among the participating countries. The evaluation will be conducted through a desk-top review of pertinent documents. It will also include telephone interviews and virtual meetings.
The evaluation is intended to be forward-looking, to capture lessons learnt effectively and provide information on the nature, extent, and where possible, the results achieved through the facility in the 14 participating countries. (Note: Cambodia and Indonesia are two partner countries where all three components of the Facility are being undertaken.)
The methodology for the evaluation is envisaged to be as follows:
The final methodological approach including interview schedule, and data to be used in the evaluation should be clearly outlined in the inception report and be fully discussed and agreed between UNOSSC and the evaluator.
The following questions will guide the End-of-Project evaluation:
a. Relevance (Assess design and focus of the project
b. Effectiveness (Describe the management processes and their appropriateness in supporting delivery)
c. Efficiency (of Project Implementation)
e. Cross-cutting: Gender equality
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
UNOSSC Regional Coordinator (Asia-Pacific) will serve as an Evaluation Manager for this evaluation. The evaluator will be under supervision of the UNOSSC Regional Coordinator (Asia-Pacific).
Duration of the Work
March and April 2021 within a timeframe of 32 working days.
Home- based with no travel. Due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions, consultant will not be able to travel to project sites.
Required Skills and Experience
Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments
Consultant must send a financial proposal based on Lump Sum Amount
The total amount quoted shall be all-inclusive and include all costs components required to perform the deliverables identified in the TOR, including professional fee, travel costs, living allowance (if any work is to be done outside the IC´s duty station) and any other applicable cost to be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment. The contract price will be fixed output-based price regardless of extension of the herein specified duration. Payments will be done upon completion of the deliverables/outputs and as per below percentages:
In general, UNDP shall not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.
In the event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and the Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
Travel costs shall be reimbursed at actual but not exceeding the quotation from UNDP approved travel agent.
Evaluation Method and Criteria
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology;
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as a) responsive/compliant/acceptable; and b) having received the highest score out of set of weighted technical criteria (70%) *and financial criteria (30%). Financial score shall be computed as a ratio of the proposal being evaluated and the lowest priced qualified proposal received by UNDP for the assignment.
a. Technical and Interview (70%)
b. Financial Evaluation (30%)
Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 100 points)
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 points (70% of total 100 points in technical evaluation) would be considered for Interview and Financial Evaluation respectively.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document:
*Incomplete proposals may not be considered. The shortlisted candidates may be contacted and the successful candidate will be notified.
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