UNDP’s democratic governance practice focuses on fostering inclusive participation, strengthening responsive governing institutions, and promoting democratic principles. Inclusive participation expands equal opportunities for engagement by the poor, women, youth, indigenous people, and other marginalized groups who are excluded from power. Efforts in this area aim to strengthen opportunities for civic engagement in the core channels linking people and the state, at the national, regional and local levels.
Work on governing institutions has traditionally emphasized the design and functions of the core pillars of the state, including the legislative, executive and judicial branches, at national, regional and local levels. Strengthening responsive governing institutions entails promoting the core channels of representation and accountability in the state at the national, regional and local levels. Responsive institutions mean that the state reflects and serves the needs, priorities, and interests of all people, including women, the poor, youth, and minorities.
Supporting national partners to strengthen democratic practices grounded in human rights, anti-corruption and gender equality require UNDP leadership in promoting integration, coordination and information-sharing of policies, practices, and strategies strengthening democratic governance within and outside of the UN family.
The Global Programme for Electoral Cycle Support (GPECS) has become UNDP’s most important vehicle contributing to the formulation and implementation of electoral policy. GPECS sought to respond to the growing demands and to ensure global coherence while balancing and responding to regional and country realities. The programme consists of country, regional, global and gender components that sustainably support policy development, knowledge management and programme support and that use a process-driven approach rather than an event-driven one.
The overall goal to which GPECS contributes is towards deepening democracy and accelerating human development.
In 2007, an EC-UNDP Joint Task Force (JTF) on Electoral Assistance, composed of EC and UNDP representatives based in Brussels, was established to further strengthen and facilitate the already existing EC-UNDP partnership in the field of electoral assistance, and to improve the overall efficiency and adherence of UNDP projects benefitting from EU financial contributions to the common EC-UNDP strategic approach. The JTF monitors and supports the partnership, from the early formulation missions to the end of the contractual obligations; seeks policy convergence in both organization’s electoral assistance, including advocating adherence to UN and multilateral norms and standards; better positions UNDP with the EC in the domain of electoral assistance and related areas; encourages the professional development of EC and UNDP staff, and improves knowledge of the institutional aspects of electoral assistance projects. Since 2009, UNDP support to the work of the EC-UNDP Joint Task Force has come from GPECS, and JTF staff based in Brussels have been part of the overall GPECS framework, linking in their country-support closely with the global and regional policy advisors.
Under the overall guidance of BPPS Democratic Governance Director and the day-to-day supervision of BPPS Electoral Advisor and coordinator of the EC-UNDP joint task force, the candidate will strengthen and facilitate cooperation between UNDP and all UNDP country offices requiring assistance, facilitate cooperation between the EU and UNDP. S/He will assist senior management on managerial, political and operational issues relating to EC-UNDP electoral assistance projects and support the development of the SELECT SIXTEEN initiative centered around conflict prevention and democracy strengthening
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the UNDP Programme Advisor – Elections and Coordinator of the Joint EC-UNDP Task Force on Electoral Assistance (JTF), the consultant will expect to perform the following tasks:
Advise relevant UNDP and EU services in the drafting project documents (including the definition of operational procedures, selection of personnel/contractors and resource mobilization for projects);
Required Skills and Experience
Education: Advanced university degree (MA) in the field of International relations, Law, Political Science or related subject. Significant experience may be considered in lieu of an advanced university degree.
Application Evaluation Process
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis methodology (weighted scoring method), where the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical Criteria weight: [70%]
Financial Criteria weight: [30%]
Only Individual Consultants obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70%) on the Technical evaluation will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation – max. 70 points:
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