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Support to facilitate the implementation of national activities for the UNDP Pacific Office (PO) Parliamentary Development Team and liaison with national partners.
The UNDP in the Pacific works with parliaments to address constraints to the effectiveness and capacities of national parliaments in Pacific Island Countries (PICs) in order to engage with key development issues, contribute to the development of participatory and transparent national planning processes, expand parliamentary outreach and citizen engagement to include traditionally excluded groups such as women and youth, and increase the political participation of women. Specifically, it provides country (national) programming support for 10 PICs (Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, FSM, Palau, Marshall Islands. The Pacific Office in Fiji also provides regional programming support across the whole of the Pacific encompassing the 10 PICS, plus PNG, Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue, and the Territory of Tokelau.
Currently, UNDP PO is implementing the following parliamentary strengthening projects in the Pacific:
- The Fiji Parliament Support Project (FPSP) - a four (4)-year project implemented from 2017 – 2020 with a budget of US$4.7m and funded by the Governments of New Zealand, Australia and Japan;
- The Strengthening Legislatures in the Pacific (SLIP) Project - a three (3) year regional project implemented from 2018 – 2020 with a budget of US$5.2m focusing on 5 pacific parliaments, funded by the Government of Japan.
- The Pacific Parliamentary Effectiveness Initiative (PPEI) Phase II Project - to be implemented for four (4) years from May 2019 – April 2023 with a budget of US$5.4m. It is a regional project focusing on five (5) Pacific parliaments, with additional funding to support another five (5) smaller pacific parliaments in the Pacific. The project is funded by the Government of New Zealand.
To ensure the continued implementation of activities jointly agreed by UNDP PO, and the Pacific Parliaments, UNDP’s Parliamentary Development Team is engaging the services of a National Consultant to provide quality support in the:
- implementation of national level activities agreed with the parliament and key partners; and
- facilitation of in-country strategic discussions on parliamentary development efforts and other related issues, as assigned by the UNDP Parliamentary Development Specialist;
- Liaison with national partners, especially within parliament (or legislature) the office of the Speaker and the office of the Clerk, as assigned by the UNDP Parliamentary Development Specialist.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Scope of work/Expected Output
- The Parliamentary Development Consultant, under the direct supervision of the Pacific Parliamentary Development Specialist, and in close collaboration with the Programme Manager (Parliamentary Development & Women in Politics), will facilitate the implementation of activities and in-country discussions for FPSP, SLIP and PPEI projects.
To this end, the Parliamentary Development Consultant shall provide technical advice and implementation support by undertaking the following tasks:
- Contribute to the formulation, implementation and management of parliamentary development and women in politics programme strategies at the national level;
- Facilitate appropriate discussions and follow-ups on key activities with the national parliament and national partners;
- Provide quality strategic advice on a range of national issues to the Parliamentary Development Specialist, including (but not limited to) political and economic developments, key governance actors and their interests, potential parliamentary development partnerships etc.; and
- Undertake high quality research on key national issues, draft Terms of Reference, concept notes and activity briefs/reports, as assigned by the Parliamentary Development Specialist.
- The Consultant will report to the UNDP PO Parliamentary Development Specialist;
- All materials developed relating to the assignment will be submitted to the UNDP PO; and
- At the end of each month, the consultant is to submit a progress report (and relevant accompanying documents) outlining key activities and strategic discussions progressed.
Duration of the Work
- The consultant will be required to work for a period of 120 days between February 2021 to January 2022.
- The consultant will be homebased. When required and if the situation allows, the consultant will/may travel for workshops or trainings if required.
- Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
- 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 favoritism;
- Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
Requirement for Qualifications & Experience
- Bachelors or equivalent in political science, economics, governance, law or related field;
- Minimum of five (5) years of project management experience at national, regional or international level;
- Proven networks in and knowledge of national governance structures;
- Strong experience in research and policy-level analysis and the design, formulation and coordinating of project activities;
- Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems.
- Fluency and good working level of English is required.